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.
The First Baptist Cleveland Lockerman Leadership Institute Residency Program includes three components:
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Due to the nature of the residency program, we ask that applicants not work an additional job while in the program. The program requires many late hours and sometimes last minute requests that may conflict with your ability to work a second job.