1001 Apprenticeships

Leaders of new worshiping communities face the daunting challenge of creating something new that is both contextual and transformative. We want to help. 1001 New Worshiping Communities offers several different training and support mechanisms to enhance your experience and help you and your team start strong – with the support you need to thrive.

Applications are due March 15, 2019
and are accepted on a rolling basis.

If you are currently leading an NWC and would like more support or are exploring a call to be a part of this movement, we encourage you to apply to one of our apprenticeship and residency programs for 2019-2020. Regardless of the program, all accepted applicants take part in:

  • discerning and starting new ministries from scratch
  • a 3.5-day national training with all residents and apprentices, summer 2019
  • a cohort of peers and mentors throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or residency
  • one: one coaching with an experienced NWC coach
  • a stipend of $3600 (nine-month) or $2600 (Summer)

Important Dates:

  • National Training: June 23 (eve) – June 26 (noon) Location TBD.
  • Nine-month dates: Sept 5 2019-May 13 2020; coaching will continue through summer 2019.

Details: We have two apprenticeship opportunities: One for ten weeks over the summer in Los Angeles and one that takes place in your local context, part-time, September-May. All leaders receive:

  • the opportunity to start something new, and coaching to help you do it;
  • training and discernment in new worshiping community work as a part of a diverse cohort of colleagues;
  • one-on-one coaching from a mentor experienced in the inauguration of new ministries;
  • access to national leaders to help you navigate the dynamics and opportunities involved in starting ministries that are both contextual and transformational.

If you are interested in being part of a future apprenticeship group, we’d love to talk with you. If you have questions or want to talk this through, please email Director of Apprenticeships, Residencies and Leadership Cohorts for 1001, Sara Hayden at sara.hayden@pcusa.org

What are the major components of the apprenticeship?

  • Inaugurating a contextual and transformative new ministry from scratch
  • Participating weekly in a cohort of peers and mentors for reflection, training, and discernment via Zoom
  • One: one coaching every three weeks with an experienced NWC coach

All apprentices and residents participate in a national training together. Participants will team-build, experiment in diverse models of worship, receive asset-based leadership analysis training, participate in a reflective anti-racism training led by the Open Table KC, receive missional theological training, and develop skills in entrepreneurial leadership and faith-based formation.

Where is the nine-month apprenticeship?

Nine-month apprenticeships are located in the context in which the leader feels called to live and work; it is usually near their current residence, but doesn’t have to be. For example, an apprentice could re-locate for the apprenticeship, if desired. Once an apprentice receives a spot in the cohort, we will work with them to find a coach. The nine-month national cohort members meet for conversation, training and discernment via Zoom on Thursdays from 12-1:15 pm EST, beginning September 5.

Who can apply?

This program is open to people at any stage of the life. We have had college students, seminarians, seminary grads, pastors, and other professionals apply and fruitfully take part.

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If you are interested in being part of a future apprenticeship group, we’d love to talk with you. If you have questions or want to talk this through, please email sara.hayden@pcusa.org.