The Simeon Model is what we call our residential pastoral training strategy. And the primary application of this strategy has been in partnership with Holy Trinity Church (HTC) in Chicago, Illinois. The internship program at HTC is known locally as the Chicago Plan. The CST has provided the funding and some staff direction. HTC has provided the mentoring pastors and the laboratory setting for experimenting in how to best train pastors in partnership with seminaries.
The goal of the Simeon Model/Chicago Plan is to train emerging pastors, church planters, and full-time Christian workers by capturing the best of formal seminary education and applying directly in a real, functioning church context. We believe this synthesis of formal and informal training will best prepare young ministers.
With this goal in mind, the Simeon Model is designed as a six-year training program in three phases. There are two years of candidacy (pre-seminary, part-time involvement, unpaid), two years of internship (with seminary, half-time involvement, some small stipends available), and 2 years of residency (post-seminary, full-time pastoral involvement, some stipends available). The program also has three core areas of exposure: classroom instruction (a weekly training meeting in the church, focusing on teaching the Bible, and formal training through local seminaries), mentorship (close guidance by local working pastors), and ministry experience (live ministry involvement in the local church). For the formal seminary component, we presently work with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton College (Biblical Exegesis program), and the Moody Graduate School.
If you are interested in setting up a similar internship program at your church, see our Internship Starter Kit. If you are interested in applying for a spot in the Chicago Plan, please visit the HTC website. The application process begins in the autumn. Finished applications are usually due at the end of January for the following autumn. See the HTC website for more details.