THE VISION | WHY A PASTORAL RESIDENCY
The pressures facing young pastors are many-sided, and there is little wonder that so many burn out and leave the ministry. Many leave seminary filled with theory, but lack the wisdom necessary to apply theology to local church life. Many struggle even to find a position. Those who do are often ill-equipped, and risk the double pain of wounding themselves, and a church in the process. Henderson Hills created the Pastoral Residency to help bridge the gap between seminary studies and local church pastoring. We want to help young pastors have the best possible chance of enduring in the ministry. We hope, over time, to raise up and release an army of faithful pastors.
THE JOB | WHAT THEY DO
HHBC Residents function as normal pastors in the life of our church. They preach, teach, write, counsel, lead Community Groups, and aim to simulate everything a Senior Pastor would regularly do - all the while receiving regular mentoring and feedback from seasoned pastors. In addition to normal pastoral duties, the Residency involves a strong learning component - learning practically by watching and participating in the various ministry departments of HHBC, and continued theological learning through our Table Talk program.
THE PLAN | WHERE THEY GO
The plan is to train up Residents and then release them to pastor. We hope to send many to serve other local churches across the country (or, when there is a need, right here at HHBC). Over time, we hope to send Residents to plant and revitalize churches right here in the OKC area.
THE RESIDENTS | WHO THEY ARE
Past: Brett was born in Wichita, KS and moved to Edmond, OK at the age of 15. He became a member of Henderson Hills in 2005 and served in the Doulos program and as an intern with the Student Ministries. Brett moved to Louisville, KY in 2012 to pursue an MDiv at Southern Seminary. During his time in Kentucky Brett served Immanuel Baptist Church in the Immanuel Kids ministry.
Present: Brett is currently serving in a dual role at HHBC: Pastoral Resident and Membership Director. He and his wife Sarah have two children. He enjoys playing volleyball and cheering for the OKC Thunder.
Future: Brett desires to spend his life preaching and pastoring in the local church in whatever opportunity the Lord provides.