Program Outline

Residency Program Philosophy

VISION: The goal of the residency is to fully equip every individual to be an effective minister of the Gospel, either in a traditional ministry setting or church-planting context.


Ministry Exposure

Preparation for Gospel work will flourish if those in training can be placed in a local church where they have opportunities to test and grow their gifts. Only by putting into practice what they are learning in the classroom will they grow. Residents need a safe environment to make mistakes and learn from them. They also need the opportunity to develop the right instincts for ministry by participating in a substantial, meaningful way.

Personal Development

Formal education offers great content and a logical structure for teaching. However, when it comes to personal and character development, nothing compares with having a mentor. This dynamic is particularly true in Gospel ministry where life and doctrine are so intimately connected.

Professional Development

Although pastors are not strictly professionals, there are professional skills that are applied every day. Therefore, residents will be developed in some strategic ways: church administration, public speaking, productivity, leading staff teams, etc.

Theological and Spiritual Development

If you are going to teach the Bible well, you will need tools that will help you read, understand, and prepare to teach God's Word. Our goal is to prepare you to share and apply God's Word thoughtfully and faithfully.

Job Description

The Redeemer Residency Program is a total of two years. This gives the resident time to not only observe but also do meaningful ministry.

Requirements for the Redeemer Church Resident:

  • A desire to pursue full-time ministry
  • Evidence of love for Christ
  • Evidence of love for His Word
  • Evidence of love for His people and an ability to work well with others
  • Evidence of personal holiness
  • General agreement with Redeemer’s doctrinal statement and Elder Statement
  • A bachelor’s degree or above
  • Attend Redeemer’s doctrine class or taken an equivalent course.
  • General base of Systematic Theology — If not, must take Redeemer’s Doctrine Class

Weekly Time Commitments:

The average time spent per week for Redeemer residents will be 40 hours. We want to ensure that residents are taking two days off to rest each week.

  • Character and Personal Development: 2-5 hours per week
  • Theological Development: 5-7 hours per week
  • Staff Meetings and Staff Trainings: 2-3 hours per week
  • Professional Development: 1-2 hours per week
  • Specialized Track: 15-20 hours per week
  • Administration & Support Raising: 1-2 hours per week
  • Sunday Services: 7 hours per week (available to serve different ministries)