This post was written by Samantha Mogabgab. Samantha is one of our events residents, currently serving with our Downtown church.
If you’re reading this then you’re probably interested in Residency, or already preparing to begin Residency, and either way that is super exciting!
Residency has been so many things to me already. It has been full of challenges, joys, disappointments, and celebrations, and I’m excited to get to share my experience so far.
True story, I interviewed twice for Residency and after being accepted the first time, I said no. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you this back then, but it’s very clear now that I was unwilling to trust God in support raising. My thought was that I could do college ministry by working a normal job and leading a college Lifegroup - which is true - but that wasn’t what God was asking me to do. Fast forward to God helping me see I didn’t have to look at myself and my resources and be hopeless in regards to support raising, but that the point was to depend on Him, thus leading me to finally commit to Residency. It was one of the hardest and best experiences - support raising that is. It was sometimes painful to be obedient in putting in time and energy to call people and go on appointments, but being able to plan events at Midtown now and have an income to support me while I do it because of the generosity of church family, is beautiful and worth it.
I’m a millennial, and this is probably the only time you’ll hear me admit that. I came into the Residency thinking “I just can’t wait for everyone to figure out how gifted and wonderful I am. I’m a special unicorn and surely they’ll ask me to stay forever after I execute my first event; first woman pastor anyone!?” I’m only joking of course, but nevertheless the Lord is gracious and patient. After the first week of Residency I realized that I was here to work and to learn primarily. I realized that I didn’t have all of the answers, and it was truly a humbling and freeing realization. It’s a rare opportunity to get to take a year, two years, or maybe more and learn under some really great people who are willing to give you opportunities to be challenged and grown.
As with every job there have been things I was really excited to do in Residency, and things I didn’t really want to be a part of. The opportunities you’ll have to do things you’re super passionate about or really gifted in are really exciting and rewarding, so celebrate those times and be thankful for them, but don’t let them be your satisfaction. On the opposite end of that, when I’m working on a task I’m not super excited about I have to remind myself daily of the truth that God is sovereign, and He is good. When I grumble saying “I shouldn’t have to do this”, or “I don’t want to do this”, I am proclaiming that I know better than God, and that’s so clearly untrue. In ministry there will be seasons of joy and motivation, and seasons of discouragement and apathy. So I’m learning to savor the more enjoyable ones, and to be greatly aware of myself and my sin in the seasons that are a little less shiny.
All of this to say I have thoroughly enjoyed the first seven months of Residency, and I hope that this has been helpful in giving you a picture into what it can be like. I challenge you to prayerfully consider doing residency and to be ever cautious of any fears or insecurities that may tempt you to run away from even putting it on the board.