The pastor-in-residence program offers a short-term sabbatical to Mennonite and Brethren in Christ pastors interested in exploring public policy advocacy. Pastors will have opportunity to:
- Interact with MCC Washington Office staff on issues important to her/his congregation.
- Observe the governmental process firsthand.
- Interact with the "powerless" in Washington, D.C.
- Advocate the perspectives of the prophetic tradition to seek justice and love mercy.
- Learn from creative congregations in the metropolitan area.
The program's schedule is flexible and can be tailored to fit each individual's interests. However, activities frequently include:
- Participating in weekly Washington Office staff meetings.
- Observing congressional hearings.
- Meeting with members of Congress or their staff.
- Attending ecumenical working group meetings.
- Visiting a variety of congregations and urban ministries.
- Volunteering at a social service agency.
- Reading articles and/or books on faith-based political advocacy.
- Focused study of one or two policy issues of particular interest to the participant.
Length of time
Previous participants in the pastor-in-residence program have spent an average of three weeks in Washington, D.C. This is flexible and could be extended if the participant wishes to stay longer.
At the conclusion of the sabbatical, the participant will write a brief report, summarizing the experience and suggesting ways to strengthen ties between the MCC Washington Office and her/his congregation.
The participant may arrange her/his own lodging, or the Washington Office staff can help arrange lodging at a Mennonite guesthouse in the city.
Once in the city, public transportation is highly recommended, as parking can be difficult to find.
Costs will vary, depending on distance traveled to Washington, D.C. and lodging accommodations while in the city. Once determined, these costs will be shared between the MCC Washington Office and the pastor's home congregation.