We are so glad you are considering the Menlo Residency! Menlo Church is a vibrant, thoughtful faith community that sits at the intersection of tradition and innovation. With campuses across the San Francisco Bay Area, our call is to love the most vulnerable and show compassion to everyone God brings across our path, and you can be a part of that!
At Menlo Church, we believe that community and Life Groups are essential for spiritual formation. We ask hard questions, invite skeptics, and celebrate diverse viewpoints. We value having women in all levels of leadership. Our teachings are relevant to modern-day life, with all of its complications and challenges. Sound good? Join us!
Why Menlo Residency?
The Menlo Residency gives you a unique opportunity to do hands-on ministry work with robust support and education, all in one of the most vibrant, yet unchurched areas of the country.
During the 18-to-24-month program, you can expect that:
1. You will learn how to do effective ministry. Hands-on, real-life ministry experience prepares you to lead effectively.
2. You will grow personally and professionally. Working closely with a resident coach and through regular check-ins, you will grow in your ministry skills and you will mature in your faith.
3. You will develop in your leadership capacity. Weekly trainings will give you valuable insights into how to be an effective leader—of a team, of volunteers, and in your own life.
You will leave the program equipped with real-life experience and one-on-one mentoring, so you will be prepared to go into the world and transform hearts.
Interested? We invite you to explore one of four tracks—Kids Ministry, Students Ministry, Worship, or Adult Ministry. Which one are you called to?
For program requirements & application process click here.
Residents gain experience by serving as part of a staff team in one of the ministry departments of the church. The Ministry Track is chosen with the resident based on experience, team chemistry and desired ministry future. The Residency’s four tracks are:
The Menlo Kids Track is aimed at developing leaders who long to focus their heart and training on reaching children and enabling them to establish long-lasting, sticky relationships with Jesus Christ. As part of the Kids Ministry Track, you will be trained in how to recruit and train volunteer leaders, evaluate and edit curriculum, optimize operational functions to connect with kids and keep families engaged, including through database, communications, and ministry platforms.
The Menlo Students Track is aimed at developing leaders who long to focus their heart and training on helping middle and high school students build thriving relationships with Jesus. As a part of the Students Ministry Track, you will learn about the many complexities of ministering to students at this formative stage in their lives, focusing on three areas: programming to engage students and their families, building and sustaining vibrant life groups and volunteers, and equipping to lead students worship and programs effectively.
The Worship Track is aimed at developing leaders who long to focus their heart and training on leading people in worship of Jesus Christ through music and prayer, primarily during worship services. As a part of the Worship Track, you will learn about the theological tie-ins to worship, band direction, how to build a worship team, recruit, train and engage volunteers, build music tracks using platforms like Ableton, and effectively lead the weekend worship experience.
The Adult Ministry Track is aimed at developing leaders who long to focus their heart and training on leading adults toward a deeper relationship with Jesus. As a part of the Adult Ministry Track, you will learn how to effectively build and train volunteer teams, welcome and connect people together in community, facilitate programming designed to help adults integrate into the church and pursue their next steps of faith.