Residency Program Outline


The Ministry Residency at Grace Church exists to make Jesus known by raising up men and women who are trained and equipped to strengthen local churches, make disciples, and fulfill the great commission.

Our ministry residency is a one to two-year full-time ministry training meant to develop future church leaders, pastors, counselors, and missionaries. Our residents participate in ministry rhythms that fill their week throughout the year. These rhythms include reading, writing, preaching, ministering, learning, and discipleship. The goal of year one is to help residents determine calling and gifting, as well as provide general theological, personal, and practical training in broad categories. The goal of year two, should the resident continue, is to provide more intentional ministry experience and coaching in ways tailored to the desires and gifting of the ministry resident.

Besides gaining preaching/teaching experience, residents will walk through different theological and practical books each month, with a lens as to how particular doctrine affects leadership in the local church. Residents will also take part in five different theological seminars throughout the year, which will cover topics like Bibliology, Ecclesiology, Apologetics, Hermeneutics, and Christology.

Job Description

A 40 hour a week break down of time might look like this:

  • 5 hours | Reading various theological and practical books
  • 6 hours | Writing assignments and Preaching prep
  • 24 hours | Ministering through assigned roles in the church
  • 2.5 hours | Learning through book talks and theological seminars
  • 2.5 hours | Discipleship through accountability and coaching

Grace Church partners with Reliant, a leading non-profit fundraising organization for support raising training, coaching, accountability, donations, and payroll. The Reliant team works with residents to determine support goals and preparation for employment.