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Equipping and developing the next generation of pastors for a lifetime of significant pastoral leadership.

For over fifty years, CPC has invested in hundreds of men and women who are now impacting the Kingdom of God locally and globally. By virtue of its many resources, strategic location and distinctive approach to ministry, CPC is wellpositioned to serve as a teaching and sending church.

Under the supervision of an experienced pastoral staff, residents receive a foundation for a lifetime of ministry in a safe and supportive learning environment.


On the Job Experience


Multi-campus Setting


2 Year Program

Our program is divided into eight crucial learning modules that prepare you to lead:

  • Biblical exegesis
  • Biblical preaching
  • Biblical theology
  • The Church (eldership, etc)
  • Soul Care
  • Leadership
  • Personal ministry assessment
  • Pastoral Toolbox: counseling, weddings, etc

Our Ministry Programs

There are several area's of ministry to choose from.

  • Students
  • Children
  • Worship
  • Communications
  • Small Groups
  • Men’s/Women’s Ministries

What makes a good candidate?

  • Residents will sense a call to pastoral ministry in the local church.
  • Residents must be college graduates.
  • Residents will abide by CPC’s Core Values, Doctrinal Statement and White Papers.
  • Residents will provide references, complete an application and a personal interview.
  • Residents must be accepted by both the Residency Director and Ministry Mentor

Meet Our Residency Director

Mark Mitchell joined the staff at Central Peninsula Church in 1986 and now serves as Lead Pastor. Mark was born and raised in the Bay Area After graduating from Cal Poly; he attended Scribe School at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, CA. He also holds an MA in Church History from Denver Seminary and a Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Mark has published four books: Portrait of Integrity: The Life of Ray C. Stedman, The Power of His Presence, TEN: How the Commandments Set Us Free, and Immeasurably More. Mark also serves as the chaplain for the San Francisco Giants. Mark married his wife Lynn in 1978, and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.


About The Program

Pastoral Residency FAQ’S

What is the vision of the Pastoral Residency Program?

The vision of our Residency is to equip and develop the next generation of pastors for a lifetime of effective pastoral leadership. We borrowed the language from the medical community, where Residents are often already on a trajectory toward becoming health care providers, but spend their residency shadowing doctors and practicing medicine in an environment of continual feedback, mentoring, and learning.

Who leads the Pastoral Residency Program?

Dr. Mark Mitchell is the Residency Director. He provides overall leadership to the Residency Program, giving direction to ministry mentors and the recruitment and coaching of residents. The Residency Director is responsible for content of classes.

What is a Ministry Mentor?

Ministry Mentors will be on the staff of CPC or partner churches. They will provide hands on ministry mentoring for the Resident in the ministry they oversee (worship, student ministry, children’s ministry, etc.). They will meet with the Residents one on one at least every other week for ministry coaching, evaluation and development.

What is the structure of the Residency Program?

Residents will spend 23 hours working in mentored ministry in one area of ministry. Two hours per week in class and three hours a week completing homework.

As a Resident, who am I accountable to?

Residents will be accountable to the Residency Director and their Ministry Mentor. The Residency Director and Ministry Mentor will meet with Residents one on one every other week for personal development. Ministry Mentors will provide hands on ministry mentoring for the Resident in the ministry they oversee (worship, student ministry, children’s ministry, communications, men’s/women’s ministry, etc.).

How is the Residency Program compare with attending seminary?

We are not trying to duplicate a seminary in our residency program, although some of the classroom work will be similar to classes typically taken at a seminary. Residents may also attend seminary in addition to being a part of the Residency Program as long as it doesn’t conflict with the Residency requirements.

Who can apply to be a Pastoral Resident and how do I go about this?

Any college graduate can apply for our residency program. Fill out the application on our website. If your application is initially accepted, CPC will contact you and schedule an interview with both your proposed Ministry Mentor and the Pastoral Residency Director.

How long and how many hours a week will the Residency require?

The Residency is a two year program that will require 29 hours per week.

When will the Residency Program begin?

Residents can begin in September, January, March or June.

How many Residency openings are there?

We do not have a set number of Residents in mind at any one time, but much of this will depend on the availability of Ministry Mentors.

Where will I live during my Residency?

We will make every effort to house our unmarried residents with a family in our church, but we cannot guarantee this. Married residents will have to find a place on their own.

Will I be compensated for my work as a Resident?

Residents will be paid $16 per hour.

Will I be provided with health insurance during my Residency Program?

We cannot provide Residents with health insurance.

May I work a second job during my Residency?

Residents may also have additional part time work outside of the church as long as it doesn’t conflict with the Residency Program requirements.

Will CPC help you find a job when your Residency program is completed?

The Residency Director will help Residents with the placement process after the Residency is completed, but obtaining a position is not guaranteed.

CPC provides you with a foundation for a lifetime of ministry in a safe and supportive learning environment.
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