Intro to the Program:
The apostle Paul recognized that planting churches involves growing people to lead those churches. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul urges Timothy, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” This is how the mission of God is carried along - through people entrusting the trustworthy Word of God to others who will rise up to do the same. The residency program is a one - year internship for faithful young men and women who are seeking to grow in their devotion to the Lord, the soundness of their doctrine, and their competence and calling in ministry. At the end of one year the resident may be presented with the option of proceeding for a second year. New residency cycles begin every January.
Benefits of the Program:
We have partnered with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary so that Residents may receive up to 19 hours of course credit at either the Masters or Undergraduate program over the course of the residency.
NAMB Leadership Pipeline Completion
We have also partnered with the North American Mission Board. After one year, residents will have completed Level 1 of the North American Mission Board Church Planting Leadership Pipeline. If they should choose to continue laboring at St. Rose Community Church they may have the option of completing two more years of the Church Planting Pipeline at the end of which they will officially be considered assessed by NAMB for becoming a church planter.
Discipleship and Opportunities:
Residents will have regular meetings with their cohort and mentor for the purpose of discipleship and accountability. They will also receive opportunities to be stretched in areas of ministry according to their interests including local and global missions, preaching, teaching, leadership, evangelism, pastoral ministry, etc.
Four applicants will be offered free housing for 1-year at the beginning of their residency. These applicants will have more responsibility and ministry expectations then non-residential participants. They will live together on the church property in a communal learning environment where they will be expected to hold one another accountable, stir one another to godliness, and open their home in hospitality for ministry and discipleship purposes.
Non-Housing Option: A certain number of interns may be invited to join the residency without the option of free housing. This route requires less responsibility, but still requires the necessary assignments and meeting times for discipleship, school credit, and NAMB leadership pipeline completion without the free housing.
Theological Foundations: (answer in 3-5 sentences)
Ministry Calling and Competencies: