Applications for small church residency program, For Such a Time as This, now being accepted

Matching process was “touched by the hand of God,” says a current pastoral resident

January 17, 2013

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Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke blesses the 2012 Souper Bowl of Caring meal. —Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke.


The application process for prospective pastoral residents is now open for For Such a Time as This: A Small Church Residency—Growing Leaders, Growing Churches.

Launched by the Presbyterian Mission Agency in fall 2009, For Such a Time as This was designed to renew and grow small churches and help them to become healthy, missional congregations. The program pairs small, underserved congregations in rural, small town, and urban settings with recent seminary graduates in a two-year pastoral-residency relationship, during which they are supported and guided by a cluster of pastor-mentors. Since For Such a Time as This began, 22 recent seminary graduates are serving 26 congregations in 10 presbyteries.

“The For Such a Time as This matching process was definitely touched by the hand of God,” said the Rev. Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke, a member of the Class of 2011, who serves the Waverly-Bethel and First (Williamstown) Presbyterian congregations in W. Va. “It has been a gift to see both congregations come together with enthusiasm to discern what God might have in store."

Applicants for the Class of 2013 must be first-call candidates in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who are willing and able to serve at designated residency sites located within the bounds of the program's 2013 partner presbyteries. Pastoral residents are expected to serve for a minimum of two years as ordained pastors in a call that includes support from pastor-mentors.

Interested candidates for the Class of 2013 are encouraged to visit the website for further information. The completed application and all supporting documents must be emailed to the Rev. Cindy Cushman, program coordinator, no later than March 31, 2013.

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For Such a Time as This: A Small Church Residency—Growing Leaders, Growing Churches is currently seeking gifts to allow the program to continue to reenergize and renew the PC(USA)'s  small congregations. Visit the website for further information or to make a gift.

Applications, due January 31, 2013, are available to presbyteries seeking to be partners in For Such a Time as This. For more information or to download an application, visit the website or email Cindy Cushman for further assistance.

  1. First Presbyterian Church in Safety Harbor is seeking to use this program now. What a great blessing you are providing for small churches with limited resources, but big hearts to share God's love. Thank you for offering these services!

    by DP Lockwood

    January 19, 2013

  2. Having heard in the past month about "For Such A Time As This," I am happy to read more about the program from you. I am the Faith Community Nurse at this wonderful church, First Presbyterian Church of Safety Harbor, FL, as well as an Elder, and I thoroughly enjoy how the congregation all participates in various projects, from: Donation of Christmas clothing & toys to local needy families; Our Garden of vegetables among many other garden plots on the ground we own; Clean-Up Days--from reorganizing closets to pulling the Spanish moss from low-hanging branches and the roofs; etc. If there is any discord among our people, it is not easily found...we all assist each other in time of need and otherwise too!

    by Susan Coughlin

    January 18, 2013