Established in 2009 with the name For Such a Time as This, the Small Church Residency Program served to pair small, underserved congregations in rural, small town and urban settings with recent seminary graduates for a two-year pastoral-residency relationship, during which they were supported and guided by a cluster of pastor-mentors. Although the program came to a close in December 2017, this site will serve as a resource page for presbyteries who are seeking tools and best practices in order to replicate the program in their own settings.
“Resourcing Small Churches: Implementing the Small Church Residency Program Model in Your Presbytery or Synod” — Recording of the November 17, 2016, webinar is available for viewing on the PC(USA) YouTube Channel
The recording of “Resourcing Small Churches: Implementing the Small Church Residency Program Model in Your Presbytery or Synod,” a Nov. 17 webinar featuring the Rev. Cindy Cushman, and hosted by the Rev. Jana Blazek is now available for viewing here. The webinar presents basic components of the Small Church Residency Program—a two-year pastoral residency program for first-call pastors to serve small, underserved congregations in rural, small-town, and urban settings—to mid-council leaders who are interested in adopting this model within their presbyteries and/or synods as the program comes to a close at the national level. The program’s structure provides increased support and leadership development for new pastors serving small churches, as well as help providing the building blocks for a small church interested in revitalization.