Fearless Leadership Residency
God’s DREAM > My Ambition
Are you pursuing a career in ministry leadership?
Are you feeling called to plant a church?
A full-time residency could be your next step towards God’s DREAM for your future!
The Fearless Leadership Residency is designed to bridge Ministry Leaders from their education into a fulltime ministry careers, and to prepare current and potential Pastors to lead new church plants. Our Pastors and Ministry Directors are excited to help you gain the skills, experience and connections you need to bring the hope and restoration of Jesus into our world through your career in church or non-profit leadership.
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…
- 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
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.
Our goal at the end of your residency is to…
1. Help you find a fulltime position within our churches
2. Support your dream to plant a new church, or
3. Help you find your next step in ministry through our connections and recommendations
I was set on my own course, but God had something bigger for me. He opened a door to the Fearless Leadership Residency, a year of growth, and now a full-time job working in a position that uses my passions and strengths!
Through the Fearless Leadership Residency, I was pushed and grown into a style of leadership that best suited me. It gave me the confidence and experience to authentically lead people in Worship, which I now do at one of our church plants!
The Fearless Leadership Residency gave me a hands-on opportunity to develop in ministry leadership. And after two years I was able to couple what I learned in the residency, with a skillset I already had, to step into a full-time ministry position.
The Fearless Leadership Residency includes three 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.
Leading Others and Events
- 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.
Leading Leaders and Programs
- Learn to lead other leaders and whole programs.
- Seek fulltime employment within the Fearless Family of Churches or other organizations.
- Phase 2 concludes with commissioning out into ministry or an invitation onto our staff.
Planting and Leading Churches
- Master’s level education or equivalent experience (i.e. Phases 1 & 2).
- Complete church planting assessment and training.
- Build an action plan and core team with Fearless Churches, and launch a new church!
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.
DOING THE MATH
A 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.
A Phase 2 and phase 3 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 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.
Matching support from the Fearless Family of Churches is meant to help you in purchasing health insurance as needed.
View the full position description here.
May 17, 2019
May 23, 2019
September 3-5, 2019
MEET CURRENT OUR RESIDENTS
I am a second year resident based at Cultivate Community Church helping to lead high school, middle school, and children’s ministries. My husband Alex and I have been married for almost a year now (in December!) and live in Grandville. God has used this residency to discover my love for church plants and further grow my passion for student ministry. Last year I shadowed various ministries and learned the big picture of how the different parts of Christ’s Body work together in the church. This year I am able to take a step up in my leadership and experience what it takes to lead a ministry with volunteers and students with God at the center!
“I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM”…He has made this real for me the past few weeks. My soul is being filled with the rewards of ministry. I am learning that we may be wiping tears of sorrow off one shoulder and collecting joy off the other shoulder.
My husband John and I live in Holland with our three boys, Liam, Duke and Zeke. I was attracted to the residency because God had been calling me to a more active roll in leadership, but I fell in love with the idea of connecting technical training with ministry training, and being able to help support my family in that training period. Worshiping God fills my soul with fire, and I thank Him every day for allowing me to be taken in by the staff of the Fearless network of churches to make that a career.