- The Residency is a 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 is what the residency is all about. The purpose of the residency is to ensure that the residents have the leadership capacity and know-how to effectively and competently lead in a ministry role. In order to do this, residents need significant and real-life ministry experience.
Ministry Coaching works in conjunction with Ministry Experience (Developmental Component #1) and overlaps with Personal Development (Developmental Component #3). Two times per month, the resident coach will meet one-on-one for at least 45 minutes to discuss ministry with the resident. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing in ministry competence during the residency.
Personal Development is similar to Ministry Coaching but is also quite different. Personal Development is more about who the resident is than what the resident does. Two times per month, the resident coach will meet one-on-one for at least 45 minutes for personal development with each resident. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing as a person and maturing in their faith during the residency.
Leadership Training Curriculum
The Leadership Training Curriculum is unpacked during a weekly training meeting and gives valuable insight into different types of leadership. The Leadership Training Curriculum covers self leadership, relational leadership and organizational leadership. The Leadership Training Curriculum also has an “elective” quarter where the resident can learn about Pastoral Ministry, Preaching Ministry or Worship Ministry.
Being part of a winning team is contagious. Residents benefit greatly from being invited into a staff and church culture that is thriving and healthy. Within this context they pick up nuances and attitudes that separate winning teams from other teams.
Each quarter the resident and their resident coach go through a formal evaluation process which gives valuable feedback about the residency overall and the resident’s readiness for ministry. While the evaluation process is an important tool in its own right, it also serves as a “catch” for any development issues that have been inadvertently overlooked in the other components.
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.