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 monthly with other residents and clergy new to the diocese as a community of mutual support and reflection on the practical and theological aspects of ordained ministry.
Deacons and transitional deacons/priests in their first two years of ordained ministry are expected to participate in the diocesan residency program. The resident will serve 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 in the Residency Program or Fresh Start Program at the discretion of the bishop.