Congregations billed as "teaching congregations" are plentiful these
days. Many evangelical churches advertise their teaching role and
support seminaries of their own. A number of mainline congregations host
"transition into ministry" programs for seminary graduates. But a
self-conscious "teaching church" with only 100 members?
Presbyterian is a teaching church for sure," affirms Lewis Galloway,
senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Galloway,
who directs a pastoral residency program of his own, served in Calypso,
North Carolina, 30 years ago. He found Calypso Presbyterian to be a
place where members feel free to guide rookie pastors "gently, always
gently, in better directions," and where the members are also eager to
grow and learn.