Residency Program

providing emerging leaders with real-life experience in a local church

Real-Life Experience in a Local Church

The Mountainview Residency Program is a two-year ministry training program (with a one-year evaluation) designed to provide emerging leaders with real-life experience in a local church. This is accomplished through personal mentoring and meaningful ministry responsibilities. The Residency Program is a part of Mountainview’s 3G mission to Glorify God, Grow in Jesus, and to Go into the World.

Residents gain valuable ministry experience by serving as part of a staff team in one of Mountainview’s ministry areas. Over the course of two years, the resident will be encouraged to lead as well as learn. The ministry area in which a resident serves will be based on personal experience, team chemistry, and what the resident hopes to do in the future.

Valuable Ministry Experience

The modern American church is facing a ministry challenge on two fronts. First, there is a shortage of young people choosing to go into vocational ministry. Second, the attrition rate among those who do enter ministry is unfortunately (and unnecessarily) high. Many young pastors are leaving full-time ministry after just a few years. In many cases, it is because of a bad first experience with the local church.

The purpose is to train and equip the next generation of ministry leaders. This involves helping the resident develop the ability and skills to be effective in their chosen field of ministry. We believe that this is best accomplished through mentoring and hands-on experience. The ministry resident will be expected to be an active part of their ministry area and the church environment as a whole.

Personal development is focused on developing the spiritual maturity and character of the resident. We believe this is an essential part of both ministry training and ongoing vocational ministry. The Mountainview Residency program will feature semi-annual spiritual formation retreats designed to promote the spiritual wellbeing of our residents.

Professional development is focused on helping the resident develop the necessary competencies to be effective in ministry. In one-on-one sessions, as well in real ministry environments, the resident will learn and develop their ministry skills. There will also be monthly gatherings of all residents for the purpose of leadership development.

Church-Based Training

We believe it is important for emerging ministry leaders to experience a healthy church culture. All residents will participate fully in regular staff meetings and planning sessions, both at the ministry level and church-wide. Residents will be expected to lead as well as support our ministry initiatives..

Potential Ministry Opportunities

A church administration resident would learn the ins and outs of operations, planning, and team management. It is suited for a person who wants to be a church administrator or executive pastor.

Tracy Van Vleet – Executive Pastor. Tracy has served on staff at Mountainview in various capacities for nearly 20 years. For the last several years, she has served as the Executive Pastor – overseeing the effective operation of all ministry areas. In 2016-2017, she served as Mountainview’s owner representative during our $1.5 million remodel.

The church planting resident would focus on learning the practical skills needed for starting a new church. The resident would gain a broad exposure to church life while also connecting with other church planters.

Ken Hensley – Senior Pastor. Ken has been with Mountainview since 2009. Prior to that, he planted a church in San Diego through Stadia (a national church planting organization). He currently serves as President of Church Planters of the Rockies, a ministry focused on starting new churches across Colorado and the Front Range.

The preaching resident will learn how to develop sermon plans, work with creative teams, and improve their communication skills.

Ken Hensley – Senior Pastor. Ken has been with Mountainview since 2009. Prior to that, he planted a church in San Diego through Stadia (a national church planting organization). He currently serves as President of Church Planters of the Rockies, a ministry focused on starting new churches across Colorado and the Front Range.

Phil Christian – Family and Teaching Pastor. Phil has been on staff since 2012 and oversees Mountainview’s family ministry approach. Prior to Mountainview, Phil served at Rocky Mountain Christian Church – a multisite church located north of Denver. Phil joined Mountainview’s teaching team in 2017.

The compassion resident will work closely with Mountainview’s care ministries — including pastoral counseling, Stephen Ministry, and prayer.

Dan Hettinger – Congregational Care Pastor. Dan brings over 30 years of ministry experience to our care ministries. His experience includes being a church planter, chaplain, and writer. He is active chaplain with Denver Hospice and SkyRidge Hospital.

The community resident will work alongside ministries such as small groups, connections, and community engagement. The focus will be on how to foster a strong sense of community within a local church.

Jon Shaw – Connections and Missions Pastor. Jon has been on staff with Mountainview for over 5 years, leading our small group, connections, and community engagement ministries. Jon is a graduate of both Johnson University and Hope International University.

The worship resident will gain experience in the different aspects of worship ministry – tech, music, lighting, creative planning, as well as worship leading.

Jay Whitman -Worship and Creative Arts Pastor. Jay joined our staff in 2017, coming to us from Menlo Church in Menlo Park, CA, where we worked with John Ortberg. Jay attended both Berklee School of Music and Eastern Michigan University.

The formation resident will explore the various ways that spiritual formation occurs. They will be an active participant in helping plan and execute formation opportunities.

Matt Cass – Spiritual Formation Pastor. Matt brings over 10 years of ministry experience to his role as Director of Spiritual Formation. His experience includes serving as a youth pastor, college pastor, and college professor. He has two master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University.

Our Residency Coaches

Tracy Van Vleet


Ken Hensley

Senior Pastor

Phil Christian

Family and Teaching

Dan Hettinger


Jon Shaw


Jay Whitman


Matt Cass


Residency Candidates

Typical residency candidates will be ministry-minded undergraduate students or recent graduates looking for practical experience before seminary or full-time employment.


Clear calling into vocational ministry
Committed to Mountainview's mission, vision, and staff culture
Agreement with Mountainview's statement of faith
Some ministry experience
Clear ministry competence and leadership potential
Successful completion of application process
A desire to change the world!


Mountainview will pay each resident $500 and arrange for free housing with a member of the church. Residents will be allowed to raise additional support to pay for expenses; some residents may choose to work a part-time job that does not conflict with ministry responsibilities.

Our first two residents started August 1, 2018. Next residents will begin in August of 2019.

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About Mountainview

We are an non-denominational church that has been serving South Denver for over 25 years. We began in a grade school, built our current building in 2002, and have been helping start and revitalize churches across South Denver since the very beginning.

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The Process


Questions that help us know you better.


All the stuff we need to get started.


In-person or via a Google Hangout.

Background Check

All the legal stuff we need to know.


A chance to have coffee with us every day!

Residency Directors

Ken Hensley

Senior Pastor

Tracy Van Vleet

Executive Pastor