Leadership Gatherings convene pastors, ministry couples, and strategic Christian leaders from a variety of different backgrounds, denominations, geographical locations, church sizes, and experiences who share a common commitment to Christ and the Theological Commitments of Resound Project. The goal of the gatherings is to strengthen, encourage, and equip church leaders for ministry in our current cultural context through a peer-to-peer based model. We believe that the uniquely difficult and isolating challenges of ministry require more personal relationships built on friendship and mutual trust in order to sustain leaders and to pinpoint the most effective way to address particular issues within the life of a congregation. The gatherings facilitate not only time for deep work and reflection, but also entertainment and relaxation.
One of the greatest difficulties facing the church today is a lack of leadership that understands the unique features of the complex and changing world in which we live and offers a vision for ministry that is adequate for the moment. The Church needs to invest in the discipleship of emerging leaders in order to sustain a faithful encounter between the gospel and contemporary culture. To that end, Central seeks to function as a “teaching hospital” through Resound Project, creating a pipeline of future leaders to serve the Church in a variety of different contexts.
The Emerging Leaders Programs provide various points of entry for qualified candidates who exhibit a desire to learn from our particular philosophy of ministry. The programs are based on life stage, educational level, and vocational interest.
The Ministry Internship Program is offered to qualified male and female candidates who have discerned a call to ministry and who are pursuing a degree from an accredited seminary. The purpose of the program is to help students grow spiritually and clarify their sense of call while worshipping and serving in the local church.
The internship is designed so that students receive a substantial amount of relational and spiritual support from the congregation and its members while also gaining extensive experience in ministry. Some Ministry Interns eventually serve the Church as senior, associate or assistant pastors or as ministry directors, and many become excellent candidates for future positions at any one of the churches in the growing Resound network.
The Residency Program is offered to qualified male candidates who have graduated from seminary and are seeking ordination as ministers of the gospel. Candidates are selected for the Residency Program based on demonstrated leadership ability and the potential to play a significant role in the work of church renewal as pastors. After successful completion of the Residency Program, many residents become excellent candidates to serve as lead pastors of churches in need of renewal, assistant/associate pastors of larger churches within Resound’s network, or church planters, depending on gifting and opportunity.
The Fellows Program is offered to relatively young professionals and marketplace leaders in a variety of different vocational pursuits who are interested in intensive theological training and discipleship. The goal of the program is to equip future leaders to embrace the integral relationship between faith and vocation and to use their gifts, experiences, and opportunities to serve the Church and the world in whatever field to which God calls them.
The College Internship Program is offered to qualified male and female candidates entering their junior or senior year of college who have demonstrated an interest in church leadership. The purpose of the program is to encourage interns’ growth in their vocational discernment, love for the church and understanding of Christian theology. The program provides a context for students to mature spiritually and discern their calling while worshipping and serving in the local church.
The internship is designed so that students receive a substantial amount of relational and spiritual support from the local church and its members. Some of the interns may eventually attend seminary and pursue ordination as pastors. Others may serve on church staffs as administrators, ministry leaders, or as future elders, deacons or trustees.