Established in 2009 with the name For Such a Time as This, the Small Church Residency Program has 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 are supported and guided by a cluster of pastor-mentors. Although the program will come to a close in December 2017, the Rev. Cynthia Cushman will continue to provide guidance and oversight to the pastoral residents commissioned in 2016 as well as pastors in the program who are at the mid-point of their respective residencies. While the program is no longer accepting new applications from presbyteries, congregations, or call-seekers, 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, Coordinator, Small Church Residency Program, 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.