Fearless Leadership Residency

Are you pursuing a career in non-profit ministry?

Are you feeling called to Church Leadership?

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.

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!


Care Coordinator, Ridge Point Community Church

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!


Worship Leader, Cultivate 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, 2020

Assessment Party

June 18, 2020


August 17, 2020


I’m a 2nd year resident at the Fearless Network of Churches. Looking forward to exploring what God has for me this year. As I work with the Cultivate staff in the mission area and working along side Cory Potter (lead pastor at Cultivate Community Church) my family is feeling the call to Church planting. Join us in prayer for what’s next.

Mike Jones

Phase 2

My husband Cody and I live in Fennville MI with our 6 kids and multiple animals, from peacocks to dogs. The opportunity for the Residency came up in a time in my life that anything like this wasn’t on my radar. Even though God told me years ago I was supposed to be in full-time ministry. God made it abundantly clear that this is what he wanted me to do. God spoke it so I made sure I got moving. I am in the care and support ministry at Ridge Point for half the year and I will be at Third Coast the other half. I am eager to see what God does with this season of learning and growing.

Amber Hughston

Phase 1

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.

Abby Strange

Phase 1

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!

Adam Strange

Phase 1

My wife, puppy, and I recently moved to Holland from South West Florida. I was working in corporate and found myself in a very draining situation, and that is when I felt God calling me to ministry. The Fearless Residency was presented to me and thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to grow personally and in ministry. This is something I would have never seen myself doing, but God always has a unique plans for his people! I am excited to be stretched and challenge this year and to see how God is going to work this year!

Quinn Santa Ana

Phase 1

Last year was a time of spiritual transformation for me. Even though I was raised in the church, I have always struggled with my relationship with God. My breakthrough came after realizing that I had internalized beliefs about God’s character that misrepresented who He is. Getting to know God as a loving father and being immersed in a thriving Christian community changed everything for me. God gave me a passion to help others find the same hope and opened the door for me to pursue full-time ministry through the Fearless Leadership Residency. I’m so excited to spend this year working with our middle school students and walking alongside them as their own spiritual journeys unfold.

Jen Veltema

Phase 1