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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Residency At Mountainview?

  • A two-year leadership development program for emerging leaders who feel called to vocational ministry.
  • Hands-on ministry experience within a department of the church (administration, children’s, church planting, community, care, preaching, spiritual formation, students).
  • You will be paired with a mentor for personal development.
  • Learn leadership skills through weekly leadership training, with a different topic each month.
  • Additional opportunities will also be provided, including: a Resident Retreat, registration costs for conferences, reading a variety of books, etc.

What Does Compensation Look Like?

  • Residents will receive a stipend of $500 per month.
  • We will help find a host home for you, or you are free to find your own housing.
  • We will provide books for the training.
  • We will provide the registration costs to any conferences over the 2 years.
  • We offer discretionary and sick time off.

What Are The Qualifications For A Resident?

  • 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!

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

What Are My Next Steps?

  • Read through our Residency Program page to identify whether we’re a good fit for you!
  • Apply by clicking the APPLY NOW button and fill out our questionnaire and application.
  • Interview either in-person if you’re local or via a Google Hangout.

Important Dates

  • Now accepting applications for 2021 Residency start.
  • August 1st, 2021. Residency begins!

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 Care 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 Children’s Resident will have the opportunity to work in and help lead our Mountainview Kids ministry!

Amy Harder – Children’s Pastor Amy has been involved in children’s ministry for over twenty-five years. Prior to joining our staff, Amy served in the children’s ministry at Valley View Christian Church in Littleton.

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

Rebecca Goodenow – Discipleship Pastor. Rebecca has been on staff for over seven years and holds degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma University.

The Online Campus Resident will learn how digital tools and resources can lead to discipleship experiences.

Mike Roncaglia – Online Campus Pastor. Mike has a background in both technology and discipleship. He has a degree from Colorado School of Mines and also served as Executive Director of Exchanged Life Ministries.

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 has served as President of Church Planters of the Rockies, a ministry focused on starting new churches across Colorado and the Front Range.

The Student Resident will have the opportunity to work in both our Middle School Ministry and High School Ministry.

Caleb Combs – Student Pastor Caleb has been on staff since March 2019 and moved from Florida. He is a graduate of Johnson University Florida.

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

Ian Black -Worship Pastor. Ian joined our staff in 2021 after serving churches in Illinois and Indiana. He has degrees from Moody Bible and Liberty University.

Our Residency Coaches

Tracy Van Vleet

Executive Pastor

Ken Hensley

Senior Pastor

Amy Harder

Children's Pastor

Dan Hettinger

Congregational Care Pastor

Rebecca Goodenow

Discipleship Pastor

Ian Black

Worship Pastor

Mike Roncaglia

Online Campus Pastor

Caleb Combs

Student Pastor

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.


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In-person or via a Google Hangout.

Background Check

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A chance to have coffee with us every day!

Residency Directors

Ken Hensley

Senior Pastor

Tracy Van Vleet

Executive Pastor