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, 2021
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 our apprenticeship program for 2021-2022. Regardless of the program (our residencies, or our apprenticeship, which is part-time), all accepted applicants take part in:
- discerning and starting new ministries from scratch in their local context
- a 3.5-day national gathering with all residents and apprentices (dates COVID-pending, likely fall 2021)
- a weekly cohort of peers and mentors throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or residency, Thursdays from 12-1:15 pm EST, led by Sara Hayden, Director of Apprenticeships and Residencies, via Zoom
- one on one coaching with an experienced NWC coach
- a stipend of $3600 (nine-month)
This year we are offering an apprenticeship 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.
- National Training: TBD, likely October or November 2021 with an online orientation this summer
- Nine-month dates: Sept 9, 2021-May 19, 2022; coaching will continue through summer 2022
All apprentices and residents will participate in a national gathering. Costs associated with this training are covered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Participants will team-build, experiment in diverse models of worship, receive asset-based leadership analysis training in StrengthsFinder, receive missional theological training, and develop skills in entrepreneurial leadership and faith-based formation.
All applicants for the program will be notified by April 15, assuming they applied by the deadline. You can apply at any time before that date; applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled. In July, we begin matching apprentices with coaches.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your application today.
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