First Baptist Cleveland has a passion for developing leaders for the greater Church.

The Lockerman Leadership Institute, announced on Sunday, August 4, 2019, is a program designed to develop and equip leaders to do the work of ministry. The Institute provides practical training, discipleship, direction, wisdom, and opportunities to people called to ministry.

Most notably, the Lockerman Leadership Institute emphasizes placing bivocational pastors in the surrounding region,  who may lack seminary training and experience, alongside leaders like Dr. Allan Lockerman, Pastor Jordan Easley, and Dr. Ernest Easley in order to effectively equip them to shepherd their churches for the betterment of the kingdom of God.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV

Dr. Allan Lockerman

Pastor Jordan Easley

Dr. Ernest Easley

Michael Head

Learn about available resident tracks.

May 17 - August 8, 2021

Track 1: Summer Resident

For the student who wants to be a summer resident May-August. Post summer we will re-evaluate and see if it is a fit for both parties.  At that time a decision will be made to see if the student would like to continue to serve full time.

Track 2: Full-time Resident

For the student who has gone through track one and is now able to get the whole LLI resident experience in a full-time capacity.

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The First Baptist Cleveland Lockerman Leadership Institute Residency Program includes three components:

Theological Framework

For the student who has gone through track one and is now able to get the whole LLI resident experience in a full-time capacity. Stipend and potential housing available.

Ministry Experience

Each resident will be placed and work directly in a ministry department at the church, as well as working together on multiple church-wide events, to get a full exposure of pastoral ministry.

Biblical Community

In addition to classroom and ministry experience, the residency will also feature both formal mentoring and groups, as well as informal events to explore the city of Cleveland.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you expect out of this residency program?

This residency will provide you with a chance to learn and apply ministry in the context of the local church. Each resident will work within a specific department, attend residency classes and experience Christian community. The advantage of this approach is that it requires students to apply what they learn in real time.

Which departments are hiring this summer (2021)?

  • Children's Ministry
  • Communications/Media
  • Worship
  • First Students
  • First College

Are these paid positions?

Yes! Residents will receive a stipend for the summer.

I’m not from Cleveland, TN; where will I stay?

If you’re not from Cleveland, your department will place you at a host home for the summer.

What’s the summer schedule?

The Residency Program is nine weeks beginning Wednesday, May 17, 2021 and lasting through Sunday, August 8, 2021.

All residents will arrive on May 17th. Orientation will be May 17-18. Residency classes and departmental responsibilities will begin May 19 and continue throughout the summer. All residents will work VBS & Summer Camps.

What if I still have questions?

Contact Michael Head with any further questions about the program.

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