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Teaching Pastors are a vital part of the Meadville Lombard TouchpointSM program. We need dedicated ministers from all over the country to guide our students in integrating their studies into the daily practice of ministry. Feel free to contact Darrick Jackson, Director of Contextual Ministry, for more information. We hope that you will consider joining us in serving the future of Unitarian Universalist ministry.
What are the benefits of serving as a Teaching Pastor?
Beyond the joy of journeying with new colleagues as they deepen their own sense of ministry:
What is the criteria for selecting Teaching Pastors?
What is the role of the Teaching Pastor during the 1st year?
During the student’s first year, the primary role of the TP is to engage in theological reflection with the student. The student is enrolled in the Community Studies Seminar, where they volunteer eight hours a week at a community service organization in their home community. The Teaching Pastor supplements the coursework by meeting monthly with the student and engaging in reflection on issues of community, border-crossing and ministerial formation.
What is the role of the Teaching Pastor during the 2nd and 3rd year?
During the second and third year of the program, students complete a 20 hour a week internship at their Teaching Congregation. The student is enrolled in the Congregational Studies Seminar during the second year, where they explore the different aspects of congregational life. In the third year, the student is enrolled in the Leadership Studies Seminar where the focus shifts from exploration to expressions of leadership.
The Teaching Pastor’s role is to be a supervisor, mentor, coach, translator, confidant and model for how to be effective in Unitarian Universalist ministry. The Teaching Pastor and Student Minister are expected to meet no less than one hour per week. As a supervisor, the Teaching Pastor should help the Student Minister design a schedule of activity that gives insights into diverse roles and expectations of ministry. As a coach, the Teaching Pastor should help the Student learn to navigate the interpersonal and group dynamics of congregational life. As a translator, the Teaching Pastor should help the Minister learn to listen to and articulate values, mystified assumptions, and other factors that impede effective communication. As a confidant, the Teaching Pastor ministers to the awakenings and growing edges the Student Minister presents. And, as role model, the Teaching Pastor models how to preach, lead worship, educate, and generally live into the diverse, and often competing roles a minister must play.
Interested in becoming a Teaching Pastor?
Darrick Jackson - (312) 546-6482
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