On behalf of the Session, I am pleased to announce that Southminster is partnering with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in their Supervised Practice of Ministry program this summer. Joining our ministry staff for approximately nine weeks is Austin Seminary student Andrew Frazier. Andrew will be introduced in worship on Sunday, May 28th and begin his office hours and work among us on Tuesday, May 30th.
Andrew is a candidate for ordained ministry under Heartland Presbytery and is a member of Village Presbyterian Church. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Austin. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia with a concentration in vocal performance. Mark, Karen, and I are excited to have Andrew joining us, sharing not only his ministry gifts but also his musical gifts for the summer.
Andrew already has a close relationship with Mark Ball, who invited him back into church participation after a time away by involving him in Village Church’s music ministry. He soon began also to work with the Youth Ministry program at Village and began to feel a call to ministry and seminary training. Conversation with Mark and various pastors on the Village staff led him to enroll at Austin.
Our desire is to provide Andrew with an opportunity to experience the broad range of ministry that occurs in a local congregation—preaching, teaching, pastoral care, exposure to the governance structure of the church, participation in staff and worship planning, leadership at Vacation Church School and Music Camp, and leadership as an adult sponsor on our Youth Mission Trip to Chicago.
One of the requirements of the seminary’s supervised practice of ministry program is a weekly supervisory session. I will serve as Andrew’s principal supervisor with participation by Karen and Mark as appropriate. The funding that allows Southminster to have this important experience of being a teaching congregation is made possible by a grant from our General Endowment.
Andrew has developed five learning objectives in the areas of preaching and worship, teaching, pastoral care, and ministry identity and boundaries. He will preach twice for us during his internship, teach a three-week class in the Seeker’s forum, and engage in pastoral care as appropriate. We will be thinking about ways that Andrew can obtain helpful feedback from our congregation during his tenure this summer.
Please join me in welcoming Andrew Frazier to our ministry staff this summer! I am confident that this experience will be fruitful for both Andrew in his training and discernment and Southminster in our ministry efforts.
Grace and Peace,