The Church Planter Residency is a one year immersion program designed to be an intensive approach to prepare a church planter to effectively lead a gospel-centered church. Residents will be given hands on ministry opportunities along with training and coaching by established leaders and pastors.
WHO IS A RESIDENCY FOR?
This program is designed for men who are within a year of planting a church and have a proven track record of leadership. All residents are required to raise funds for full-time investment in the residency program. Why? We’ve discovered this is the best way that we can equip you for planting. Jesus called men to drop their nets for three years of training—join us for one.
A ministry stipend, conference expenses, and other resources will be provided.
WHY DO A RESIDENCY?
We believe that church planting is the primary means of spreading the name of Jesus to all nations. A quick observation of Acts reveals that the apostolic pattern for fulfilling the Great Commission is the planting of churches.
With this conviction, we want to train men to plant churches for the fame of Jesus. Residents in teaching hospitals are immersed into the medical practice, get hands on experience, and are trained by practicing doctors—that is exactly what we want for the residents at Redeemer Church.
If you want to be trained for spreading the glory of Jesus, for preaching the gospel, for leading a gospel-driven church—if you want to be a worker that is sent out into the harvest, join us.
Before you apply, read this great article by Tim Keller, "Why Plant Churches?"
WHAT WOULD I DO IN THE RESIDENCY?
You will be totally immersed into the life and ministry of Redeemer Church. You will be trained in practical and pastoral leadership, and in serious gospel-centered theology. You will become a functional staff member of Redeemer Church, and your task will be to get trained for the harvest.
HOW WILL I BE TRAINED?
You will assessed and tested for ministry clarity. Be prepared to read and think—a ton. Know that you won’t be farmed out. Our pastors will pour all they have into you. You will receive weekly times with the pastors of Redeemer, you will sit in elder meetings, and be involved in various ministry projects. One of the highlights of our pastoral residency is walking through various real-life pastoral scenarios.
- Training Workshops
- Ministry Assignments
- Participate in Houston Church Planting Network
- Participate in Acts 29 Local and Regional Gatherings
Conferences and Events
- Verge Conference
- Exponential Conference
- Acts 29 Boot Camps and Regional Events
- Coaching Retreat
Residents will participate in hands on ministry assignments, workshops, and coaching that will develop them to lead a Gospel-Centered church. Topics include:
- Self Awareness
- Self Management
- Spiritual Disciplines
- Spiritual Formation
- Marriage and Family
- Financial Stewardship
- Physical Fitness
- Community and Cultural Engagement
- Networking with other church leaders
- Emotional Intelligence
- Conflict Resolution
- Core Group Development
- Leadership Development
- Team Building
- Mission, Vision, Values, Strategy and Systems Development
- Budgeting and Business Operations (incorporation, insurance, etc.)
- Strategic Planning
- Elder Development
- Church Planting Timeline
- Strategies (prayer, evangelism, discipleship, small groups, planting, etc.)
- Promotion and Communication (logos, branding, website development, etc.)
- Pastoral Scenarios
- Gospel Fluency
- Gospel Counseling
- Doctrine: Biblical, Historical, Systematic, Practical Theology