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.

Commitments of FSP participants
Participants of the First Season Project commit to the following:
• A desire to engage your transition into ministry in ways that will establish sustainable, life-giving patterns for all the seasons of ministry that follow

• An eagerness to join with new pastors and seasoned FSP leaders to create an environment of learning, reflection, support and care

• Participation in the 6 retreats over a three-year period

• Willingness to approach your congregation, along with the FSP Director, to receive your congregation’s support to participate in the 6 retreats.  

• FSP participants will travel to and from the retreats at their own expense. FSP will cover the cost for lodging, meals, materials and any other retreat related expense.

Selection process
First Season Project is open to pastors of any age who completed their seminary studies in 2016 or later at an ATS accredited seminary or divinity school.

The initial FSP group will include 12-15 pastors.

Those interested in becoming part of the initial First Season Project should send a letter of interest and a resume to the FSP Director, Dr. Bill Kincaid, at

Retreat dates
2020 - May 26-28, 2020; September 22-24, 2020
2021 - April 20-22, 2021; September 21-23, 2021
2022 - May 3-5, 2022; September 20-22, 2022

First Season Project leadership
Dr. Bill Kincaid, Director of the First Season Project, is an ordained minister who served three congregations before joining the faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in 2008. He is the author of Like Stepping Into A Canoe: Nimbleness and the Transition into Ministry; Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity; and, forthcoming in July 2020, Letters to the Church: Encouragement and Engagement for the 2020 Election

About Christian Theological Seminary
Christian Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and located in Indianapolis. First Season Project complements other initiatives at CTS so that we can faithfully accompany women and men as they first are considering seminary and a call to ministry, then throughout their seminary career at CTS, and then into the first 3-5 years of pastoral ministry.

For more information
Please contact Dr. Bill Kincaid either by phone (317.931.2338) or email (