Fearless Leadership Residency

Wondering What’s Next?

Why Residency?

Most degree programs that prepare students to lead in vocational ministry don’t provide potential pastors and leaders with the connections and hands-on experience they need in order to thrive in career level ministry jobs. The Fearless Leadership Residency is designed to bridge Ministry Leaders from their education (or previous job) into full-time ministry careers and to prepare pastors to lead new church plants. During your time in the residency, you’ll learn more about yourself, church ministry, and what it means to work on a team for the advancement of Jesus’ Kingdom. Partner with our Fearless Family of Churches to discover God’s DREAM for your future in full-time ministry.

Our DREAM process will help you….

Discover how God has equipped you to lead

Rooted in God’s Word, His community, and His mission

Explore and be exposed to various aspects of ministry

Apprentice and gain valuable hands-on experience

Ministry training, mentoring, and coaching

Residencies available in…

  • Church Planting
  • Worship and Technical Arts Ministry
  • Young Adults Ministry
  • Student Ministry 
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Life Groups Ministry
  • Missions Ministry
  • Care and Pastoral Ministry
  • Operations and Executive Leadership

Our goal at the end of your residency is to…

1. Help you find a fulltime position within our churches.
2. Invite you back for a 2nd year of residency.
3. Help you find your next step in ministry through our connections and recommendations.

“The Fearless Residency changed my life in so many ways!  The program helped me discover more of what God was calling me to from the start, and I was encouraged to chase after that calling with everything I had.  I love the job I get to do now and I owe so much of that to the Fearless Residency Program!”

Matt Randle

Youth Director, Cultivate Community Church

The Fearless residency has been a super influential program for me. It’s helped me determine that ministry is the setting God called me to be in. The residency program has helped me grow as a person and in my faith. The program can help you grow your leadership, speaking, and problem-solving skills and give you people who mentor you and can help you become a great leader for the future of the Church.

Nate Byrne

Student Worship Resident, Ridge Point Community Church

The Fearless Leadership Residency includes two different phases of development that determine a resident’s focus and responsibilities for that season. Each phase traditionally lasts one ministry season (August-June). Residents are recommended into a phase of development based on the outcome of their interviews and assessments.

PHASE ONE

Ministry Apprentice

  • Choose a focus area of ministry within one of our churches. 
  • Learn to lead teams and events within a church ministry context.
  • Phase 1 concludes with commissioning out into ministry or an invitation to a Phase 2 of residency.

PHASE TWO

Ministry Leader

  • Learn to lead other leaders and whole programs.
  • Seek full-time employment within the Fearless Family of Churches or other organizations.
  • Phase 2 concludes with commissioning out into ministry or an invitation onto our staff.

PREREQUISITES

To be considered for this residency you must be 18 years or older, have an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience, complete an online application by the deadline, be accepted through the interview process, and fundraise your minimum support amount by the beginning of the fall ministry season.

TIME: This is a full-time residency (40 hours a week). If you are in the process of completing a degree, or in a bi-vocational ministry situation, a possibility that a 30-hour residency may be available depending on the circumstances.

COMPENSATION

DOING THE MATH

Phase 1 resident could make up to $2000 per month. You raise $500 minimum and we match you dollar for dollar up to $1000, for a combined total of $2000.

Phase 2 resident could make up to $3000 per month. You raise $750 minimum and we match you dollar for dollar up to $1500, for a combined total of $3000.

FUNDRAISING:  

Fundraising is an important part of leadership in any non-profit organization. Your ability to fund your mission and vision is directly connected to the long-term success of your organization. 100% of the money you raise will go directly to your compensation. Anything raised over your combined yearly cap will cover training expenses through the residency program. We provide coaching and resources for your fundraising journey.

INSURANCE:

Matching support from the Fearless Family of Churches is meant to help you in purchasing health insurance as needed.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
WHY CHURCH PLANTING?

Studies show that church planting is THE most effective and efficient means of reaching those who are far from God with the love of Jesus. Rather than continuing to grow our existing churches, we have a vision to plant churches all over Western Michigan, in strategic cities around the country and in different countries throughout the world. To help us do this, we need leaders just like you. The Fearless Leadership Residency is our way cultivating, assessing, training, and sending leaders to serve at our current and future Fearless churches and at partner church plants. Our hope is that our residents will become staff members and pastors who help us catalyze a movement of church-planting churches.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application Deadline

May 1st

Group Assesment Party

June 14th

Orientation Weekend

August 19-20

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