Fearless Leadership Residency

Are you pursuing a career in Nonprofit Leadership?

Are you feeling called to Church Ministry?

A fulltime Leadership Residency could be your best next step!

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 was an invaluable experience, and served as the stepping stone I needed to land my dream job in ministry. God used my residency year to teach me more about the unique individual he created me to be, and how the gifts he’s given me can be used to lead and reach others with his love.

Jen Veltema

Care Ministry Coordinator, Ridge Point Community Church

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.


Food Service Coordinator, 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.


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.


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.


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.



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 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.


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.


Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Welcome Party



August 23-26


My wife Melinda and I are stepping into Phase 3 of the Residency program. We have completed our church planting assessment. Please pray with us as we seek Gods wisdom and provision on our next steps. Feeling God has called us to raise up a church in Pullman. Believing greater things are still to be done in this city.

Mike Jones

Phase 3

My name is Garrett Senters. I am 34 years old, married to my beautiful wife Alicia for 7 years and have 3 boys and 1 girl. I have felt God calling me into full time ministry for a long time since I was a teenager. I’ve been blessed to have so many people encourage me to go into ministry fulltime….Some have encouraged me to be a music leader , some a youth pastor and some even a church head pastor. I am super excited to see where God leads me this next year in the residency and I am ready to be used for His glory with my hands wide open.

Garret Senters

Phase 2

The Fearless Leadership Residency has been the perfect bridge between where I was serving in ministry and where I believed God was calling me. Through mentorship from other great leaders, I am discovering more about dreaming big with God and discovering the type of leader He created me to be.  As I move into Phase 2, I’m excited to further grow the awareness and passion for missions within the Fearless Family and equip the saints to do the work of the church locally and globally!

Abby Strange

Phase 2

God has blessed the Fearless Follower Network with such a heart to rise up leaders and invest in ordinary people. Ordinary people who God is calling to do extraordinary things. The residency has been an amazing opportunity for me to grow in the confidence and skills necessary to serve the body of Christ effectively!  In my second year, I am moving to Third Coast Community Church, where I will be leading groups and helping lead ministry. I am excited to learn and grow in my leadership abilities and also to take steps towards one day teaching from stage!

Adam Strange

Phase 1

This will be my first year joining the residency program. I am excited to see God use me, and nervous at the same time. I feel God has called me to spread hope to the world, and to tell humanity about redemption through the blood of Christ. I’m excited to join the Ridge Point family and grow together. I joined the program, so that I could have the opportunity to make disciples, have biblical teachings, preach the word and spread the gospel through music. Also to have other Godly men and women help me affirm God’s calling!

Joshua Cruce

Phase 1

God’s leading has taken me many places, and over the last few years I have seen how I am being called to work in church planting. The fearless residency offers me the spaces and opportunities to explore where and how God is asking me to use my gifts to serve.

Having recently graduated from seminary I am excited to use my training in ministry, and through this residency expand my capacity to join in God’s Mission here in west Michigan.

Aaron Westhouse

Phase 3