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Church Pastor and Planter Training Center

The Christ Church training center hosts one-year pastoral internships and two-year church planter residencies that provide hands-on experience, immersive learning and mentorship with experienced pastors and planters in our Bay Area network.

How It Works

  • During the program, interns and residents work closely with the Christ Church pastoral staff at one of our three locations, in our church plants and in partnering churches.

  • Once a year, interns and residents will join other pastors and planters from all over the country at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church national church-planting conference.

  • The program balances pastoral experiences with learning opportunities that help participants cultivate health in three key areas.

(1) Personal Life

  • A Rule of Life

  • Marriage and Family or Singleness

  • Self Awareness (Strengths & Struggles)

(2) Pastoral Vocation

  • Sacramental Worship

  • Biblical and Theological Reflection

  • Preaching and Teaching

  • Counseling and Care

  • Evangelism and Discipleship

  • Developing and Training Leaders

  • Organizational Leadership

  • Ordination Preparation (if applicable)

(3) Planting Skills (for Church Planting Residents)

  • Discernment of Call

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Development

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Vision Development

  • Missional Contextualization

  • Development of Church Planting Prospectus

  • Financial Development and Fundraising

Who Should Apply

Both programs are intended to equip pastors and planters interested in long-term service in the Bay Area. However, any prospective pastor or planter who meets the following requirements is encouraged to apply.

  • Pastoral internship: Open to applicants who haven't yet started seminary, are in seminary, or have completed seminary.

  • Church planter residency: Must have a seminary degree or alternative approved by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Application Process

The program currently accepts up to two candidates per year. Christ Church begins accepting applications in December for ministry terms that commence the following July.

Timeline

  1. December to January: Submit application

  2. February: Interviews via video conference

  3. March: Acceptance notices sent out

  4. April: Incoming residents and interns attend the annual EPC church-planter conference

  5. April to June: Incoming residents and interns develop a team of financial supporters

  6. July: Incoming residents and interns move to the field

How to Apply

For those that might need financial assistance, learn more about the Dr. David A. George Church Planter in Residence Memorial Scholarship.

Fill out the Pastoral Intern Application Here. If you have a spouse please direct them to fill out this form in addition to your application so we can get to know them.

Fill out the Church Planter in Residence Application Here. If you have a spouse please direct them to fill out this form in addition to your application so we can get to know them.