Purpose Of Residency
The purpose of the Residency program is to equip, develop, and send out pastors who are able to lead themselves and others to build disciple-making churches.
Philosophy Of The Program
We believe it takes pastoral leaders to identify, develop, and train emerging pastoral leaders. We, therefore, believe the church is the best place to develop church leaders through on-the-job training and leadership experiences, real-time coaching and mentoring, and immersion into a relational disciple-making environment.
We believe everyone has the potential to lead and the ability to grow as a leader. We also believe this potential and ability must be accompanied by a strong desire to learn and apply new skills along with the willingness to make the personal sacrifices required to grow spiritually and serve others as a pastor and leader.
We believe spiritual leadership requires both spiritual intensity and leadership capacity. We, therefore, believe a program to develop emerging pastors must focus both on the spiritual realities and the leadership skills necessary to lead effectively in the church today.
There are 6 developmental elements to the program.
Core Ministry Experiences
Pastoral Leadership Curriculum
Self Leadership, Relational Leadership, and Organizational Leadership
Prevailing Church Culture
Immersion in a relational disciple-making church culture.
Who Are We Looking For?
- Has a compelling testimony of how Jesus has changed their life and called them into pastoral ministry.
- Has a coachable spirit and is willing to submit to authority and place the needs of the ministry and team above self.
- Has a passion to learn and grow spiritually in community with other believers, and allows others to speak truth into their life.
- Is willing to be known. Is transparent and vulnerable in ways that point others to Jesus.
- Is passionate about making disciples in meaningful relationship.
- Has appropriate maturity and a strong work ethic. Is not driven by financial compensation.
A potential resident must:
- Be able to express a clear testimony and calling into full-time church ministry.
- Be a college graduate or have equivalent work experience.
- Be aligned with the church philosophy, culture, and staﬀ.
- Have clear and compelling leadership potential.
- Have relevant ministry work/volunteer experience.
- Have an appropriate maturity and work ethic.
- Complete the online application process.
The Residency is a 12-month program with residents typically entering in September or January and completing the program in August or December of the following year. After the 9-month mark, it is encouraged for residents to begin looking for a pastoral position. Any requests to leave the program and begin employment as a Pastor at another church prior to the completion of 9 months will be evaluated based on readiness as determined by the respective Resident Coach and Residency Director.
The Residency Program will not exceed 29 hours per week. The bulk of the time (about 24-27 hours per week) will be spent partnering with their Resident Coach and respective ministry team. The remaining 2 hours per week will be spent in formal Resident training on Thursdays from 9-11 am per the published Residency curriculum calendar. Attendance of all training sessions is mandatory and required for completion of the program
Given that the resident is the primary beneficiary of the program, residents are treated as “interns” for compensation purposes, and as such will be paid a stipend of $500/mo (taxable income subject to applicable withholdings). Since residency hours will not exceed 29 hours per week, the resident is not eligible for benefits. Finally, the resident understands that he is not entitled to a paid position upon completion of the program.
A resident that is single (not married) will have the option to live in a fully furnished apartment provided by the church (utilities are included and pets are NOT allowed). Married residents are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing needs. TheMET cannot accommodate resident housing for a spouse and/or child(ren).
Each resident will be issued a laptop computer by TheMET during their first week of Residency training. Any issued equipment will be returned to TheMET upon completion of the Residency Program.
Residents may hold an additional part-time job to supplement income as long as they continue to meet the performance standards of the Residency Program. Residents seeking outside employment should discuss it with their Resident Coach and the Residency Director in advance to ensure there are no conflicts of interest or any other concerns that would impact their ability to participate in the Residency program. The resident’s outside job must not impede their regular residency responsibilities, High attendance and special events (i.e. Christmas and Easter services, Student Weekend, summer camps, etc.) or training opportunities (i.e. Global Leadership Summit) should be coordinated in advance with their leader so that the resident can ensure availability for participation. If the Coach and/or Director determine that the resident’s outside work interferes with the participation in the Residency Program, the resident will be given the opportunity to terminate the outside employment and remain in the Residency Program, or involvement in the residency may be terminated. The resident is responsible to find his or her own outside employment that fits into their weekly ministry rhythm.