Menlo Residency

Program Details

  • The Residency is an 18-24 month program. 
  • The Residency start dates are January 15th and August 1st of each year. 
  • The Residency is a part-time commitment (29 hours per week).
  • Residents who are single will be offered shared housing through Menlo Church.

For program requirements & application process click here.

Six Developmental Components

Ministry Experience

Ministry Coaching

Personal Development

Leadership Training Curriculum

Church Culture

Quarterly Evaluations

Program Tracks

Kids Ministry

Students Ministry


Adult Ministry

Common Questions

Who is the residency for?

The Menlo Residency Program is geared toward young adults who want to pursue a career in Christian ministry and develop their leadership skills.

What are the minimum requirements to be considered for the program?

--Desire to pursue ministry as a career --College degree and at least 21 years of age (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis) --Must have been working or volunteering in a local church for the last 6 months --Some applicable ministry experience --Completion of application process --Must have a car, car insurance, health insurance, a laptop, and a cell phone --Must provide three references: one professional/academic, one personal (non-family), and one pastoral --US Citizenship, permanent residency, or a visa and applicable work authorization

How do I apply for the program?

Program qualifications and the application can be found here:
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When can I start?

The program starts on January 15th and August 1st.

How long is the program?

This is an 18-24 month program. Eighteen months into the program, residents may begin applying for jobs at other churches.

How many hours do residents work?

Approximately 29 hours per week.

Will I get paid?

You will receive $15/hour (approximately $1750/month). Single residents will also be provided with shared rental housing in the Bay Area (worth approximately $1800/month).

Where will I live?

Menlo Church will provide housing for single residents. Each Resident will be offered one bedroom with access to a shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

Do I need a car?

Yes. Menlo Church is one church in many locations. Residents will be assigned to various campuses throughout the Bay Area and work different schedules based on each ministry's unique needs. Each participant is responsible for providing for his or her own transportation.

What if I don’t live in the U.S.?

We do not offer visas to foreign applicants.

Can I have an outside job?

Due to the nature of church ministry, your schedule will not be the same week to week, so we discourage a regular outside job where flexibility can be difficult. Additionally, the training schedule may be intense; we believe in caring for your whole self and want to be sure that outside jobs do not lead to Resident burnout.

Are there any job guarantees after this program?

While we are hoping to equip you to be hireable at the end of this program, we do not guarantee a job within or outside of Menlo Church.

Can I participate in this program if I’m married?

Yes. We welcome married students, but we do not provide housing for married couples.

How can I find out more information?

If you have questions or want more information, email

1111 University Drive Menlo Park, CA 94025

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