The Residency Program in the Diocese of Southern Ohio is an opportunity for all newly ordained persons or recently received clergy from Churches not in communion with The Episcopal Church to be supported and mentored in the first two years of ordained ministry or reception of their orders into this communion.
Resident deacons and priests are placed in a congregation or other ministry setting. They establish a Learning Covenant with supervisory expectations and enjoy the non-evaluative relationship with an assigned ordained mentor. Residents meet five times a year with other residents as a community of mutual support and reflection on the practical and theological aspects of ordained ministry.
Clergy in their first two years of ordained ministry are expected to participate in the diocesan residency program. The resident serves in a placement congregation determined in consultation with the Bishop’s Office and may or may not receive a stipend during the residency. No resident may serve as priest-in-charge of a congregation.
Clergy newly received from Churches not in communion with The Episcopal Church (see Canon III.10.1, 3 & 4) will be placed at the discretion of the bishop in the Residency Program or in the Holy Purpose, Healthy Priest (HP2) Program for clergy with new cures.
All active clergy are expected to attend clergy days in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Two clergy days are generally scheduled per year, in the spring and fall. If you are unable to attend, direct communication with the bishop is required.
Find scheduled clergy days here.
Continuing Education/Professional Development
It is expected that clergy serving full-time in congregations or other communities of faith be granted two weeks leave (separate from vacation leave) for professional development. The cost of continuing education courses and programs usually are divided between the clergyperson, the congregation or other community of faith he or she serves, and the diocese.
- Complete the one-time event application Clergy Professional Development – One-Time Event or the Clergy Professional Development – Multi-Year Application. You may submit it electronically.
- Have your senior warden or supervisor complete the endorsement form Professional Development – Senior Warden Supervisor Endorsement and submit it electronically.
- At the conclusion of the program, complete the evaluation form Professional Development – Evaluation.
- Submit these forms electronically to the Rev. Canon Michael Spencer, Canon for Transitions and Congregational Ministry, at email@example.com. All clergy are expected to participate in professional development activities every year and to maintain a record of those activities.
Clergy sabbaticals are to be encouraged; one-third of the expense up to the designated limits according to funding guidelines noted below may be available for sabbaticals. The current diocesan policy regarding sabbatical leave is as follows:
Two weeks per year of service in the congregation for Sabbatical Leave are to be available after the third year, and cumulative through the sixth year. The clergyperson will be paid full salary and benefits while on sabbatical. Sabbatical arrangements shall be made in full consultation with the Vestry or Mission Council to insure benefits for the parish as well as for the clergyperson. Congregations and/or communities of faith are encouraged to contribute an amount equal to two weeks’ compensation to a designated sabbatical fund each year. The purpose of this fund is to allow the community of faith to obtain adequate clergy coverage during the sabbatical. Another fund to assist the clergy person’s sabbatical expenses may be established or combined with a budgeted professional development item in the annual budget.