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.
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.
Mountainview partners with Leadership Pathway, a leadership development group formed by Dave Miller that focuses on helping churches develop effective residency programs. Leadership Pathway provides the framework for the personal and professional development of the resident. It includes coaching materials for the ministry supervisor to use with the resident, as well as monthly coaching of the ministry supervisor.
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..
Typical residency candidates will be ministry-minded undergraduate students or recent graduates looking for practical experience before seminary or full-time employment.
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.
We would anticipate the first residents starting on August 1, 2018.