Pastoral Immersion Program

Explore your pastoral identity and grow in Philadelphia, a dynamic city with plenty of need and various ways to address that need, at Broad Street Ministry.  The Pastoral Immersion Program is a residency for recent seminary graduates who show promise for the entrepreneurial church of the 21st century.  Through a unique partnership with the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative, Pastoral Associates are placed for a program year at Broad Street Ministry. Pastoral Associates can expect to participate in diverse weekly worship leadership, with a few opportunities to preach, to lead Christian education offerings, to both lead and assist with various community-specific programs, to participate in theological reflection with all residents, and to grow in their vocation.

clergyshirtWe’re looking for seminary graduates who:

  • Maintain a pastoral presence in all that they do
  • Desire to explore new ways of building and maintaining community
  • Are eager to learn the things that cannot be taught in the classroom
  • Are looking for an innovative and creative setting to explore new ways of being church
  • Are willing to take risks and possess a strong work ethic
  • Have good understanding of their own growing edges and are open to learning new strengths

Interested? Want to Apply?

Download a copy of the application by clicking here, or contact Rev. Sammie Evans at

What You Can Expect to Learn

  • Your unique pastoral presence in the world
  • Adaptive and entrepreneurial church and civic leadership
  • How to engage with congregants in a holistic way
  • To shape your pastoral identity outside the confines of a traditional church community
  • How to walk alongside people in their joys and suffering
  • To discern areas in which a congregation can grow and take initiative in implementing new ideas
  • How to bring the gospel, the Good News, to a changing neighborhood
  • How to work out of a mode of construction rather than deconstruction
  • To build connections with professionals from the private, public, and civic sectors to better inform ecclesiastical identity
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