Applying to the First Season Project

We are delighted you are exploring joining this community of learning and practice. Below you will find information to help your discernment and to make application.

The First Season Project (FSP) is open to pastors (1) of any age (2) who have completed their seminary studies in 2017 or later, and (3) who were ordained in the past three years. Preference will be given to people who are currently serving in the Midwest and Upper South regions of the United States.

Commitments of applicants include:
  1. A desire to engage your transition into ministry in ways that will establish sustainable, life-giving patterns for all the seasons that follow
  2. An eagerness to join with new pastors and seasoned FSP leaders to create an environment of learning, reflection, support, and care
  3. Participation in 6 retreats over a three-year period
  4. Willingness to approach your congregation, along with the FSP Director, to receive your congregation’s support to participate in the 6 retreats
  5. Willingness to travel to and from the retreats at your own expense. FSP will cover the costs of lodging, meals, materials, and any other retreat-related expenses.
If you are interested in receiving application materials, please send a letter of interest and a resume to the FSP Director, Dr. Bill Kincaid, at The deadline for applications is December 15, 2019. The first retreat will take place on April 27-30, 2020.