Pathways to Ministry

Wilshire encourages followers of Christ to listen for the call to vocational ministry. We want children, youth and young adults to view a calling to ministry as equally significant as a calling to medicine, law or business. Pathways to Ministry is Wilshire’s initiative to nurture the work of the Holy Spirit within the lives of motivated, interested and gifted young believers as they test their gifts and consider a calling to vocational ministry. It has three key elements:

PASTORAL RESIDENCY. The flagship program of Wilshire’s Pathways to Ministry provides two years of practical ministry and learning inside the church, much like a medical residency operates in a hospital. Previously funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the George A. Mason Pathways Endowment has been established and is accepting contributions to fund the residency now and for years to come. The residency gives recent seminary or divinity school graduates an opportunity to apply and develop their training in a real world setting while working as full-time ministers under the supervision of the senior pastor.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS. As part of the discernment process for vocational ministry, Wilshire offers college and seminary students opportunities for 10 weeks of hands-on work in the church, with emphases on preschoolers, children, youth, music or missions.

YOURCALL is a unique vocational discernment program for high school students created at Wilshire as a first step in the Pathways to Ministry program. The idea is that high school students ought to be confronted with the challenge to consider God’s work in their vocational calling. Whether a young woman or man is to become a doctor, attorney, teacher, minister or accountant, how might the work of the church shape their future? 

Questions? Contact Geri McKenzie, associate director for pathways to ministry, at (214) 452-3159.