Menlo Residency

Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting applications at this time. We plan to open up our application process again in the fall and will update our site as we have more clarity in the months to come.

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.

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, 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 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 at this time.

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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