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.

Leadership Pathway

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.

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

The family ministry resident would gain experience across both children’s and student ministries – learning how both of these fit into a family ministry approach. Depending on interest, there would be the opportunity to go more in-depth in one of the two areas.

Phil Christian – Children and Family Director. 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.

Shana Mickey – Student Ministry Director. Shana has been on staff since 2013 and oversees both middle and high school ministries. She is a graduate of Eastern University in Philadelphia. Along with her husband, Truett, Shana owns Bean Fosters coffee shop in Golden.

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 – Director of Ministries. Tracy has served on staff at Mountainview in various capacities for nearly 20 years. For the last several years, she has served as the Director of Ministries – 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 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 – Director of Connections. 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 compassion resident will work closely with Mountainview’s care ministries — including pastoral counseling, Stephen Ministry, and prayer.

Dan Hettinger – Director of Congregational Care. 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 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 – Children and Family Director. 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 worship resident will gain experience in the different aspects of worship ministry – tech, music, lighting, creative planning, as well as worship leading.

Jay Whitman – Director of Worship and Creative Arts. 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 active participant in helping plan and execute formation opportunities.

Matt Cass – Director of Spiritual Formation. 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

Phil Christian

Children and Family

Shana Mickey

Students

Tracy Van Vleet

Administration

Jon Shaw

Community

Dan Hettinger

Compassion

Matt Cass

Formation

Jay Whitman

Worship/Creative

Ken Hensley

Senior Pastor

Residency Candidates

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

Qualifications

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!

Compensation

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.

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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

Questionnaire

Questions that help us know you better.

Application

All the stuff we need to get started.

Interview

In-person or via a Google Hangout.

Background Check

All the legal stuff we need to know.

Invitation

A chance to have coffee with us every day!

Residency Directors

Ken Hensley

Senior Pastor

Tracy Van Vleet

Director of Ministries