Incubating Ministry alongside the Faithful Imaginations of Seminarians
This week we continue our fall Conversations at the Well as we hear from three of our four seminarians participating in our Ministry and Leadership Incubator. The Ministry and Leadership Incubator is a partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary that connects up to six seminary students with three local congregations, ideally two students per site. Seminary students are mentored at the congregational level and nurtured and coached within a peer cohort facilitated by executive leadership within the Presbytery. This cohort gathers three times per semester to talk about relevant issues facing the church, explore vocational discernment, and develop pertinent leadership skills for ministry in the 21st century. During the eight-month program, seminary students, local congregations, and presbytery leadership work in partnership to exegete their neighborhoods, discover their unique gifts as individuals and faith community, design and experiment with contextualized ministries of empathy, face challenges and risk failure, and live into their call as the next generation of Christian leaders. Since 2015, we have partnered with 17 of our congregations and 31 Princeton Seminarians. You can learn more about this initiative at: presbyphl.org/ministry-incubator…nary-partnerships/
In today’s conversation, we talked with Beth Putney (serving alongside Rev. Kari Olson at East Falls Presbyterian Church), Reni John (Serving alongside Rev. Anna Grant-Borden at Mt Airy Presbyterian Church), and Yujin Cho (Serving alongside Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer at The Presbyterian Church in Deep Run) . Carlos Acosta is also serving at Deep Run, but was unable to join us for the call- he has been a gift to us as well! Listen in now to how these gifted seminarians have been asking faithful questions, exploring revitalized possibilities, and are dreaming about what it can look like to be the Church of Jesus Christ in our time and place.