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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.

About the Program

The NMC Residency start dates will be in the months of May, August and January each year.
Residents are not employees of NMC, although for their best development, they function like they are on staff.
Residents work 20+ hours per week and are encouraged to find other part-time employment while in the Residency Program.
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.

Ministry Opportunties

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.
  • Kid Ministries
    • Nursery - PreK
    • K - 3rd
    • 4th - 5th
  • Student Ministries
    • High School
    • Middle School
  • College Age & Young Adults
  • Worship Ministry
  • Adult Ministry
    • Men’s
    • Women’s
    • Marriage & Family
    • Missions
    • Care
    • Hospitality
    • Connect Groups
  • Media Ministries (A/V, Radio, etc.)
  • Communication Ministries (Graphics, Web, Social Media, etc.)

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.

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 Miller

Current Resident Team

Lexi Taylor

Student Ministries Resident
Lexi is from Middlebury, IN and has been attending NMC her whole life. She graduated from Grace College in 2019, and it was there that the Lord starting teaching her what it looks like to serve others by creating a space where people feel welcomed. It was in college when she started to realize her passion and gifting in hospitality. The idea of hosting brings her unfathomable joy!

Matt Prochno

Adult Ministries Resident
Matthew is from Nappanee and has called NMC his home since middle school. He is passionate about discipleship and helping people grow in their relationship with Christ. Matthew enjoys spending time with his family and friends in his free time. 

Bailey Horn

Adult Ministries Resident
Bailey was born in Middlebury and graduated from Northridge High School in 2016. He is passionate about making all people feel at home in the church and sharing the Gospel with the Small Churches he teaches. In his free time, he enjoys listening to Carey Nieuwhof and reading about church history.

Mikayla Moore

KidMin Resident
Mikayla was born in Elkhart Indiana but grew up in  central California. She is passionate about building relationships, and helping kids clearly and personally understand the gospel. Mikayla loves people, travel, and hot sauce. Preferably all together.

Sean Linhart

Adult Ministries Resident
Sean grew up in Wakarusa and has attended NMC for the past 18 years. He started Residency in May after graduating from Bethel College with a degree in Intercultural studies. He is passionate about marriage and family ministry and relational ministry. Sean also loves to tell stories and make people laugh.

Troy Phillips

Student Ministries and Media Resident
Troy grew up in Rensselaer, Indiana. His passions include creating spaces to meet God through worship, connecting with others over a meal or coffee, and using visual creativity to share the Gospel. Troy has a large birthmark on his stomach.
If you have any questions about NMC’s Residency Program, please contact Terry Bley at TerryBley@nmc.church or (574) 773-7773.