Residency In Ministry

A Program of The Arkansas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

In Partnership with the Center for Vitality

 


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Who is in Residency & the RIM program?

Commissioned provisional elders and provisional deacons who

  • have completed all educational requirements,
  • received a full time appointment (less than full-time appointments are considered on a case-by-base basis) , and
  • are seeking full membership and ordination in the Arkansas Conference

shall enter a Residency in Ministry (RIM) process. It is the responsibility of the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) to nurture and evaluate those persons who are provisional members of the Arkansas Conference.

 

What are the goals and expectations of the RIM program?

“The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Our Arkansas Annual Conference Trajectory for the coming years: “Creating vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples, equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.”

Together as United Methodists of Arkansas, we live out this mission and this trajectory. The Residency in Ministry process seeks to fulfill this mission by fulfilling the following goals:

  • Provide the BOM with the evaluative tools necessary to gauge the effectiveness of provisional members seeking ordination and full connection.
  • Assist provisional members in their transition into ministry, guiding them into deeper fruitfulness and effectiveness in becoming excellent and passionate clergy, toward the goal of fulfilling the mission of the UMC and the Arkansas Conference.
  • Create opportunities for communities of practice for peer group learning, discipleship, and support among the residents.

It is clear from studies about clergy life that early patterns and attitudes become basic for a person’s self-confidence and view of his/her ministry. Your way of understanding your vocation as a United Methodist Minister is created during this time, and research shows that it will last during the whole of your ministry. This is the time that you set habits, styles, and inclinations for a lifetime of ministry. Through the Residency Committee, clergy mentors, and residency peer groups, the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) offers provisional ministers a curriculum that supports the practice and work of their ministry as servant leaders, to contemplate the grounding of ordained ministry, and understand the covenant ministry in the life of the Arkansas Conference of the UMC.

Successful completion of this process is a requirement for ordination as a deacon or elder in full connection in the Arkansas Conference. In accordance with recent and existing General Conference decisions, residency is a 2-8 year process. The BOM expects that the average length of residency will be 3 years, but the new RIM process is not designed with a 2-year or 3-year “default” calendar. Instead, the process allows flexibility so that you, the resident, are assisted with the tools you need to transition into effective ministry as an ordained United Methodist minister in full connection. Also, it will allow the people of the BOM to have the evaluative tools we need to assess your effectiveness in ministry. Two years of effective ministry in a single appointment as a Resident is the minimum time required to complete the Arkansas Conference Residency Process.

 


What are the parts of the Residency In Ministry Program?

The RIM program is comprised of three primary elements:

 

1. A multi-day summer retreat organized in partnership with the ARUMC Center for Vitality

For those residents new and currently a part of the RIM program, there is a required summer Residency Retreat at Mount Eagle Retreat Center, sponsored by the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Center for Vitality, for a time of learning and spiritual/vocational formation and discernment. . This retreat is an opportunity to make connections with one another, grow in pastoral leadership skills, and to learn more about what it means to serve as a clergy member in the Arkansas Conference.

2. Small Residency Peer Groups (5-7 residents + 2 ordained mentor/facilitators) that will meet 6-7 times a year

One purpose of the Residency Process of the Arkansas Annual Conference is to surround each Provisional Member with supportive caring groups. Following Annual Conference, each resident will be assigned to a RPG “to support the practice and work of their ministry as servant leaders, to contemplate the grounding of ordained ministry, and to understand covenant ministry in the life of the conference” (¶326).

3. Assignments and annual Board of Ordained Ministry Interviews

By January 31 of each year, materials are due to the Board of Ordained Ministry Secretary in preparation for the yearly interview/retreat with the BOM. The BOM will assign sermons to be preached, Bible study outlines, theological and ecclesiological questions to be answered, and a fruitfulness project. Annual evaluations from a variety of sources is included. In the spring, residents meet with the BOM for interviews.

2017 Residency Retreat

  • Sunday, July 16 (4:00pm) to Wednesday, July 19 (11:00am)
  • Mount Eagle Retreat Center near Clinton, AR.
  • Bishop Mueller will join us on Sunday Afternoon.
  • Rev. Jacqui King, Discipleship Ministries (GBOD) will be our keynote presenter.

Please click this link to register.

Directions to Mount Eagle:  Some GPS programs may take you down roads we don’t recommend!  Go to the Mount Eagle website, www.mounteagle.org for best options. If you get lost, call Sarge’s cell phone, 501-757-1875 (Sarge Leonard is the Director).  Please consider carpooling.

What to Bring:  comfortable, casual clothing, personal items and toiletries, a flashlight, good walking shoes, a reusable water bottle or cup, musical instruments, a flashlight, camera, and probably a flashlight. Residents will be housed two to a room in Kaetzell which has community bathrooms in each wing.  All bedding and towels will be provided.  A small fan might make you more comfortable at night.  Although rooms are air conditioned, to conserve energy we set thermostats no lower than 73 degrees. Please do not have food or drink in the bedroom areas.

 

RIM Forms and Documents

RIM Handbook [PDF] – updated July 2016

Fruitfulness Project Proposal Form

Form 105 – Application for Clergy Relationship to the Arkansas Conference

RIM Mentor-Facilitator 2017 Travel Reimbursement Form

Additional Documents:

Bishops Mission Plan (PDF, April 2016)

Strengthening the Soul of Leadership, Chapter 1 (PDF, 2016-2017 Study Book)

Bearing Fruit Study Guide (PDF, 2017-2018 Study Book)

Bishop’s Mission Plan Brochure (Single Page Image)

 


Residency In Ministry SPRC Training Videos

Residents, Supervisors, and Staff-Parish Relations Committees are encouraged to watch these two downloadable training videos.  The first video should be watched when the resident arrives (and new SPRC members sent a link every year). The second video should be watched both early in the resident’s tenure, and SPRC members are encouraged to watch it again before the committee completed and submits its evaluation before January 31.

 

Introduction to the Residency Process for SPRCs and Church Leadership


Staff Parish Relations – Part One – with Rev. Dr. Blake Bradford from Arkansas Conference of the UMC on Vimeo.

 

The Residency Evaluation Process for SPRCs

Staff Parish Relations – Part Two – with Rev. Dr. Blake Bradford from Arkansas Conference of the UMC on Vimeo.

 


Do you have a Resident at your Church?

What will our Resident need to accomplish while at our church?

  • The Resident will need to be active and fruitful in ministry with the congregation/ministry setting. The BOM requires a minimum of two years of effective and fruitful ministry at a single appointment.
  • The Resident will need to utilize experiences at the local church in creating assignments, such as Sermon & Worship Leadership Videos, SMART Goals, and a Fruitfulness Project which serves as a capstone project.
  • Attend meetings, retreats, and BOM interviews as she journeys toward Full Connection and Ordination

What will the SPRC/PPRC/Board need to do?

  • Pray for your resident, her ministry, and her continual pastoral formation.
  • Meet with the Resident Periodically and give appropriate and constructive feedback.
  • Go to arumc.org/residency-in-ministry/ for more information and to view Informational Videos.
  • Help the Resident craft SMART Goals that connect to the congregation’s vision and mission.
  • Encourage attendance at RIM Peer Group meetings and the Summer Retreat. These meetings are mandatory requirements for provisional members of the conference and should not be considered vacation or even continuing education time away.
  • Complete an annual Local Church BOM evaluation by January 31. This form is located online at the RIM page of the conference website. The entire SPRC should study the form early in the year, watch the training video and then all have input on the Resident’s annual evaluation. The BOM ministry assessment process is rooted in Wesleyan theology that is grace-filled and built upon covenantal relationships and disciplines. The ministry assessment process assists the Resident in reflecting on the consistency (or inconsistency) between her beliefs and her practice, provides feedback in a manner that encourages and supports learning from experience, extends care to Residents as they gain new insights from failures, and celebrates growth. The process holds Residents accountable for demonstrating fruitfulness and keeping commitments made in covenant with the community of faith.

What does a Senior Pastor/Supervisor need to do?

  • Pray for your resident, her ministry, and her continual pastoral formation.
  • View the introduction video at the RIM webpage.
  • Use the years you share in ministry as an opportunity to mentor and encourage the Resident as a new pastor and colleague.
  • Invite and include the resident in committee meetings, especially Disciplinary committees like SPRC, Finance, Trustees, and Nominations. During this time of learning, experience in those settings are crucial for future success.
  • Encourage attendance at RIM Peer Group meetings and the Summer Retreat. These meetings are mandatory requirements for provisional members of the conference and should not be considered vacation or even continuing education time away.
  • Complete an annual Supervisor’s BOM evaluation by January 31. This form is identical to the SPRC evaluation and is located online at the RIM page of the conference website.

What are SMART Goals?

The particular process that we advocate is much more than a “to do” list. It is more than a checklist of things to accomplish. Rather it is a process designed to provide clarity of calling and focus for ministry. Two to three performance goals are plenty. Performance goals help to sharpen focus and energy, and align with the contextual mission of the congregation. A reasonable person reading the goal should understand why the goal has inherent worth and how it will advance the mission of the congregation. Each goal should be SMART:

  • SPECIFIC
  • MEASURABLE
  • ATTAINABLE
  • RELEVANT
  • TIME BOUND

 

Contact Us:

Dr. Blake Bradford, RIM Program Director

BOMresidency@arumc.org

blake.bradford@arumc.org

 

Rev. Adam Kirby, RIM Mentoring Supervisor

adamakirby@gmail.com

 

Nancy Meredith, BOM Administrator and Board Secretary

nmeredith@arumc.org

BOM@arumc.org

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