Central Florida Residency Program
Raising up a New Generation of Leaders
Like doctors who train as residents in teaching hospitals after medical school, the next generation of priests need hands-on experience under the guidance of seasoned leaders. During a paid residency with full benefits, these new clergy will minister in a church while developing the tools to dynamically teach, preach, serve the community and lead God's people. After two to three years, they are sent out prepared to meet the demands of ministry today.
|A curacy is a position for a “junior priest.” Like the unpaid college intern at a business, they are typically given the grunt work no one else wants to take.
|The residency is a paid position crafted around the learning of the resident. It's empowering and intentionally growth-oriented.
|A curate receives mentorship through the course of typical meetings and to the extent that the curate pursues it.
|The resident receives consistent, thorough mentorship through regular meetings, discussions and debriefing, among other means.
|A curate has little authority or influence.
|The resident is invited to observe, question and participate in decision-making.
|A curacy is a steppingstone.
|The residency is a launching point.
Residencies attract the next generation of priests to churches and develop leaders emotionally, relationally, functionally and spiritually so they're ready to answer the demands of ministry today.
Any church can start a residency program, but only churches within the Diocese of Central Florida can currently apply for funding. Watch the recorded Zoom meeting below to learn more. After viewing, if your church is interested in starting a residency program, please contact The Rev. Jonathan French using the link.Learn More - Recorded Zoom Meeting Contact - The Rev. Jonathan French