The City of Philadelphia wants You!!!
The Pastoral Immersion Program at Broad Street Ministry:
A unique opportunity for service, discernment, and learning the art of ministry
For all of you, the Broad Street Ministry Pastoral Immersion Program offers an uncommon opportunity for vocational discernment and formation for ministries, a challenge to step outside of yourself and into a faith community in Philadelphia, and a taste of the possibilities for the future of God’s people
Pastoral Associates in Residence 2010-2011
Thank you for your interest in the Pastoral Immersion Program at Broad Street Ministry! This is going to be a special opportunity, and we are accepting applications for our third ‘class’ of Pastoral Associates for 2011-12.
For more information, email us at email@example.com
At BSM, we believe that the challenges the changing church faces require new kinds of pastors and theological leaders. The Pastoral Immersion Program at BSM helps to meet that need by inviting talented students and graduates with diverse gifts to spend a year learning the art of ministry in an urban context in and through the ministry of Jesus Christ, and in connection with Broad Street Ministry
The formation that will occur during this process will be unique for each participant, but will also bear the distinctive marks of the contexts which fuel it: an inclination toward collaboration, a taste for risk-taking, openness toward the other, and a holy impatience for the realization of the Kingdom of God. Pastoral Immersion Alumni/ae will be unleashed with a sense for what is possible within local churches, and with skills and networks that will help them translate dreams into first steps.
History of Broad Street Ministry
Until the spring of 2005, the century-old Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian church loomed quietly and uninvitingly to all who passed by its imposing, "handle-less" red doors. The church that closed in 2001 served for years as an uninviting contrast to the bustling and vibrant Avenue of the Arts in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. It stood solemnly—and unappealingly—alongside its institutional neighbors who have contributed mightily to the Philadelphia renaissance. Standing on the church steps and looking across the street one can see The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts—home to the city's first-rate orchestra and host to world-renowned performers on the one side, and The University of the Arts—packed to overflowing with the next generation of visual and performing artists on the other side.
The area surrounding the church building is transforming into a special Philadelphia neighborhood. Where once this section of Broad Street was free from much in the way of 'neighborhood traffic,' an exciting mix of every kind of diversity has grown up around the facility. While this section of Broad Street continues to welcome patrons most nights of the week from the city and suburbs, people of every age, class and hue now live and work in the blocks surrounding the church building.
Since 2005 The Chambers-Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church sanctuary and facilities has come alive and now serves as home to the Broad Street Ministry (BSM). The vision was 'to do' church differently—with creativity, courage, imagination, and boldness.
Since its inception, Broad Street Ministry has grown in every facet of its organizational and community life. BSM has also had a significant impact on the Avenue of the Arts and the city of Philadelphia.
BSM has become:
Past intern testimonials
“I didn't know what to expect when I came to BSM; I had never been to Philly before, never worked with young people, never experienced a church quite like it. But, in a way that still surprises me, I feel as though I found my home. BSM--its community, its values, its vision and drive to seek the Kingdom of God and to build up all peoples in the direction of that vision and of that kind of community, transformed the way I understand the message of Christ to this world. It was an experience that I will never forget, and one that I will always treasure.”
-Sarah Glass, Harvard Divinity School (M.Div, ’09)
“Working at Broad Street was crucial in discerning my call to urban
ministry. It was a great opportunity to really struggle with the theology
I was learning in Seminary. As an intern for the Youth Initiative program,
I was challenged everyday by the people I engaged with and the situations
I saw. Yet, it was so great to be able to pass on a message of hope to
the youth and to help them to recognize how Christ is working in the city
-Brenna Nickel, Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div/M.A., ’10)
"Being someone who never would have called himself 'artistic' I
never thought that I would work at let alone fit in this place called
Broad Street Ministry. I was wrong - big time! The community is so diverse
that all personalities are welcome and encouraged. BSM doesn't want people
to fit into a certain type of mold or style - they want people to be themselves,
to have the freedom to express themselves in however they see fit. This
to me was one of the most inspiring and spiritually filled parts of being
-Shawn Hyska, Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div, ’09)
“Broad Street Ministry brought urban ministry to life for me. BSM
is the most viable intersection of all the city has to offer – from
the rumble of the subway to the roaring of fire engines down Broad Street;
from the century-old architecture to the post-modern installation of windmills
hanging from the sanctuary ceiling; from the tunes of John Francis or
the Critical Mass Choir to the multi-part harmonizing of every denominational
rendering of Amazing Grace sung at one time by the congregation; from
the hipster seminarian to the suburban lawyer to the woman living with
mental illness and without a home. There is no encounter at BSM that does
not call attention to God's amazing work in the world, and there is no
moment wasted in thinking about, praying about, laughing about, talking
– SHOUTING – about the chance to give and receive the ministry
of God's people here. An internship at BSM is life changing because it
is so full of life. Expect to sleep well because you'll be so worn out.
But don't expect to sleep well because you'll be living with constant
questions, constant discernment, and constant drive to respond to a call
to live the gospel in the city. Come with the knowledge that people of
all kinds will support you and love you. Come with a desire to work hard.
Come to have fun. Come with hope for God's reign realized!”
-Emily Wilmarth, Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div, ’08)
When is the application deadline?
Applications are received on a rolling basis with a deadline of April 1, 2011
Download a copy of the application by clicking here.