About The NMC Church Residency Program
The NMC Residency Program is a two year, full-time leadership training program designed to give hands on experience working directly with one of the ministry team staffs of the church. Our residents will receive personal mentoring, spiritual discipleship and leadership training to equip them as emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.
- The NMC Residency Program is in partnership with the 12Stones Residency Program.
- The NMC Residency start dates will be in the months of May, August and January each year.
- Residents work 20+ hours per week and are encouraged to find other part-time employment while in the Residency Program.
- Residents are not employees of NMC, although for their best development, they function like they are on staff.
- Residents are paid a monthly stipend (with housing available for single residents).
- Residents are eligible to receive a “school loan payment” grant for every three months a Resident has completed in the program (maximum of eight grants). This payment is to go directly toward the principle on outstanding Student Loans, in addition to the resident’s regular monthly loan payment
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 NMC in which a resident might serve.
- Nursery / Preschool Ministry (ages 0 through Pre/School)
- Elementary School Ministry (Kindergarten – 5th grades)
- Middle School Ministry (6th – 8th grades)
- High School Ministry (9th-12th grades)
- College Age Ministry (18-23 year olds)
- Young Professionals (23+ Singles)
- Adult Ministry
- Worship Ministries
- Life Trac Ministries (A/V, Radio, etc.)
- Communication Ministries (Graphics, Web, Social Media, etc.)
- Click here to view the NMC Residency Brochure
- If you have any questions about the NMC Residency, please contact Terry Bley at TerryBley@nmc.church or or (574)773-7773.
What do previous residents say about their experience?
“The Residency program allowed me to grow in experience and wisdom by actively engaging ministry in a safe, pastoral role. It was one of the most encouraging and growing times of my life. I feel my success in ministry is, in many ways, due to the investment in me from the pastors and staff from NMC during the program.” -Ryan Graham
“During the Residency program, I gained confidence in my ability to manage multiple responsibilities as well as learned how to cast vision for the long term and not just the immediate. The training and mentoring helped care for my heart for ministry while building up my passion for serving others.” -Amanda Veenstra
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. Ministry Coaching also overlaps with Personal Development. 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.
Winning Staff and 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.
If you have any questions about the NMC Residency Program, please contact Terry Bley at TerryBley@nmc.church or or (574)773-7773.