A vicar is sort of like a pastor-in-training. They are still officially enrolled at seminary, but devote an entire year to serving in a church. At GLC, vicars shadow Pastor Trudy for the first month or so, then set their own learning goals (in conversation with their “vicar squad” and PT) and focus on what is best for their pastoral formation.
The word “vicar” is close to the word “vicarious” – the original Latin root meaning “substitute,” or “stand-in.” A vicar might “stand in” as almost a pastor, but not quite. As Vicar, I will preach and teach bible studies and do other pastor-like duties, but I’m not officially a pastor…yet! – Vicar Aaron Musser