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.

“God used the Fearless Residency to reveal my passions and calling. Along the way I learned so much about my relationships with God, others and myself. After finishing my second year there was a clear next step and now I get to be in a ministry role that I love!”

Abby Strange

Local Missions

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

April 21, 2021

Welcome Party



August 22-25


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 third year of the residency, I have been blessed with the opportunity to lead the worship ministry at Third Coast Community Church. God has called me back into worship and leading people towards Jesus through the weekly gathering. It is a great responsibility that requires me to totally lean on God’s strength and grace! I have so much to learn and so many areas to grow in, but I am confident that God is at work every day in me and through me.

Adam Strange

Phase 3

I am so excited to be a part of the Fearless Network as a Phase Two resident. God has led me all over the place the past couple years and I firmly believe this is where He has called me to be at this time. I graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Cross Cultural Studies and have been working in missions/outreach and student ministry in various capacities for the last eights years. I have an overwhelming passion to show up in peoples’ lives, meeting them where they are at and helping them to experience the Church. My hope for the residency is to bridge the gap between my experience and education to become ready to serve the Fearless Network in a full-time ministry role.

Amanda Bos

Phase 2

This year during my residency I have been able to create a worship team for middle school and high school students at Cultivate Community Church in Hamilton. I love seeing each of their smiling faces during worship, and I am beyond honored to be able to have the opportunity to help our students be engaged in loving God! 

Matt Randle

Phase 2

I came to know Jesus throughout that last 9 years. Before that I was just a know-it-all kid who wouldn’t listen to what anyone had to tell me. In growing through Christ, I have learned to humble myself before the Lord and I have realized that what the Lord has in store for me, I could not begin to imagine. I am in this Residency because I have given up on my own way. I have tried and tried to find purpose in a job or a career. I have tried many things, but I have always came up short, longing for more, craving more of what God has in store for me. I am working in communications with the Fearless Family of churches, telling stories, and working to spread the word of how God is moving in our churches.

Bryson Bondie

Phase 1

Hello! My name is Nate Byrne and I’m the Weekend Gathering and Worship resident at Ridge Point! So far, I’m loving the Residency program and the chance to gain skill and knowledge in the Weekend Gathering side of ministry. Some hobbies of mine are golf, anything music, and traveling! I’m looking forward to understanding more and getting to know more people in the Church!

Nate Byrd

Phase 1