We understand how important it is to have intentional and hands-on training as you explore your calling in urban-centered ministry. As a group of pastors ourselves, we’ve been there too. We believe that everyone should have clarity on their gifting as they seek to enter into full time ministry work. For this reason we have established the Park Residency, a three-year ministry resident program that equips people to go out and get to work in the city to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a three-year program that combines real world learning opportunities coupled with theological and cultural reflection. All residents can expect to play a key role in growing gospel influence in our city while being mentored by ministry leaders at Park.
Since its inception ten years ago, by God’s grace, previous Park Residents have gone on to serve as urban location pastors, church planters, and 501(c)(3) leaders.
To take a next step in confirming your vocational calling fill out an online application*. In the meantime, check out this *FAQ for more information about what you could expect as a Park Resident. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Park Community Church has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.
*Applications for 2019-2020 will open in Spring 2019
Our ministry residents are involved in ministries varying from pastoral operations to care ministry. Most are continuing on with their formal theological education while some have already graduated.
Lee Grander is a resident with Pastoral Ministries at Park Community Church – South Rogers Park, where he contributes his skills of speaking, mentoring, team building, and project management. Lee is originally from Salisberry, North Carolina, and now lives in Chicago with his wife, Kelsey, while studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Lee felt led to apply for this residency after sensing God’s call to pursue pastoral ministry.
What is something you have learned recently in the Word of God?
“I’ve been reading through Galatians recently and have been meditating on Galatians 2:1-14, where Barnabas was lead astray by Peter’s hypocrisy. This showed me the power of leadership and the effects it can have on people negatively when there is variance from the original gospel. Through meditation and prayer I’ve come to understand that the Lord is using Paul to confront man’s tendency to stray away from the original gospel. I’ve learned that even the apostles were found leading people astray because of sin. Since reading I’ve been spending time in prayer, asking God to reveal the hidden strands of hypocrisy that are occurring in my life. I am seeking God to address any inconsistencies while entering into leadership positions so I can be consistent in my actions and aligned with the Gospel message!”
Describe your overall experience as a Park Resident: “I love it! The residency has been an incredible opportunity to get the collective wisdom from the many pastors at Park while still getting the intimacy with the congregation in Rogers Park! I’ve really appreciated Residency Director, Scott Clifton, as he leads us through different leadership lessons. It has been one of the biggest blessings in my life to be a part of the residency program because it is helping me to confirm God’s calling and prepare me for where He has me next!”
Eric Lintala is a pastoral resident in Bridgeport. He and his wife, Melanie, moved to Chicago from Rochester, NY and have been partners at Park for a year and a half. At Bridgeport, they serve together as Small Group Leaders and on the worship team. Eric is entering the final year of his Master's of Divinity at the University of Chicago Divinity School in Hyde Park, IL. His mission in life is "to love and serve God and God's people," and he believes that he is being called to live out this mission as a church pastor or a college chaplain. Through the residency program, Eric hopes to gain clarity about his calling and to grow in his ability to coach other leaders, to teach God's Word, and to creatively build and grow authentic, Christian communities.