About The 12Stone Church Residency Program

The 12Stone Church Residency Program is a two year, full time leadership training program designed to give hands on experience working with one of the staff teams of the church, personal mentoring and leadership training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.

  • The residency start dates are March 1, June 1 , September 1 and December 1 each year.
  • Residents work a total of approximately 30 hours per week.
  • Residents are paid $500 per month (with optional housing for single residents)

Residents gain experience by serving as part of a staff team in one of the ministry departments of the church. The department in which a resident serves is chosen with the resident based on experience, team chemistry and desired ministry future. Below lists the departments at 12Stone in which a resident might serve. As a multisite church, 12Stone offers several unique serving opportunities in each department.

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Middle School Ministry
  • High School Ministry
  • College Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Extension Ministries
  • Worship Ministries
  • Creative Arts

The Six Developmental Components

The Six Developmental Components form the developmental strategy of the residency program.

Ministry Experience

Ministry Experience is what the residency is all about. The purposes of the residency is to ensure that the residents have the leadership capacity and know-how to effectively and competently lead as a pastor. In order to do this, residents need significant and real-life ministry experience.

Leadership Coaching

Ministry Coaching works in conjunction with Ministry Experience (Developmental Component #1). Ministry Coaching also 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 the Ministry Coaching Meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing in ministry competence during the residency.

Personal Development

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 Christian 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.

Church Culture

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.

Quarterly Evaluations

Each quarter a formal evaluation process gives feedback to the resident as well as to the resident coach about the residency and the resident’s readiness for pastoral ministry. While the evaluation process is an important tool in its own right, it also serves a “catch” for any development  issues that have been inadvertently overlooked in the other components.