Residency Accelerator

At the heart of our commitment to empower pastors is the conviction that we must be training the next generation of pastors.
WHAT & WHO
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PREPARING FUTURE PASTORS

The Made to Flourish Residency Accelerator fuels the investment of local churches that want to establish a pastoral residency in their church. Residents are given responsibility, mentored by senior leaders, and prepared for life-long faithfulness in ministry.

Six Characteristics of a Pastoral Residency

  • Prepares pastors for a lifetime of pastoral service
  • Teaches a theology of faith, work, and economic wisdom
  • Involves pastoral employment for the resident
  • Lasts a minimum of two-years
  • Occurs after graduation or during degree completion
  • Based in a local church

By the numbers.

29
programs supported across the country
71
pastors trained IN
local churches
05
NEW RESIDENCIES
LAUNCHED IN 2022
Purpose

Just as teaching hospitals provide real-life experience for young, talented doctors, a pastoral residency provides an irreplaceable learning laboratory for seminary graduates to grow in leadership, preaching, administration, and godly character.

Most pastors lack practical training in economics. They may have a commitment to justice or charity, but don’t know how to equip their congregations to expand opportunity, create capacity, or connect virtue formation to everyday work in the economy. As a result, most congregation members don’t know how economic participation is connected with their faith. As pastors become equipped to integrate faith, work, and economic wisdom, congregants can embrace a new perspective on work and the economy that will transform the way they engage their communities.

"I watched my father, a gunsmith, slowly disconnect & eventually leave the church altogether because he consistently felt like a low-grade believer. Pastor after pastor demanded that he had to serve in the ordained ministries of the church if he was really honoring God. So I’m pretty stoked to be a part of a network that says to men like my father, "Your workplace is your mission; it is your Christian life.”

Pastor Tom southerland
Portland Network
START A RESIDENCY
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How do I start a pastoral residency?

We believe the church as God designed it is the hope of the world.

Residency Workshop

Made to Flourish offers resources, peer relationships, coaching, and start-up funding to churches interested in beginning and sustaining a pastoral residency program. Our two-day workshop is the best way to assess your church’s readiness to begin and sustain a residency.

This workshop will guide church teams through the following: [01] Assessing readiness to begin a pastoral residency [02] The six traits of a Made to Flourish residency [03] Crafting a five-year and beyond funding model [04] Implementing an action plan. Registration to the workshop is by invitation only.

To learn more about pastoral residencies contact Bethany Van Eps at bethanyv@madetoflourish.org.

JOIN A RESIDENCY
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How do I join a pastoral Residency?

We are encouraged by your desire to enter into a season of formational training as a pastoral resident. Our network of residency churches supports 24 programs across the country. More information about these programs and their residency coordinator contact information can be found below:

1. Submit an Application to selected church

Create a document—five single-spaced pages in length or less—with the information outlined in the application details section, and send it to the contact at the church you are applying.

2. Get a Professor recommendation

Coordinate with a professor at your college or seminary and have them complete the pastoral residency recommendation.

3. GET A PASTORAL recommendation

Coordinate with your pastor, locally or your home church, and have them complete the pastoral residency recommendation.

4. Interview on Your campus

When selected, attend a one-hour interview [copy missing].

Current residencies

Ambassador Church

Orange County, CA
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Briarcliff Church

Kansas City, MO
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Christ Church Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre, CA
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Christ Community Church

Kansas City Metro Area
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Christ United Fellowship

Orlando, FL
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Church of the Advent

Washington, DC
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Church of the Incarnation

Harrisonburg, VA
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Church of the Messiah

Winter Garden, FL
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Church of the Redeemer

Greensboro, NC
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Church of the Resurrection

Washington, DC
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CityChurch Project

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Creekside Community Church

Gainesville, FL
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Crossroads Bible Church

Grand Rapids, MI
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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Naples, FL
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Five Oaks Church

Woodbury, MN
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Five Stones Community Church

Ashland, OH
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Grace Chapel

Lexington, MA
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Grace Episcopal Church

Ocala, FL
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Holy Trinity Church

Chicago, IL
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Lake Church

Arlington, TX
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Lakeside Christian Church

Akron, OH
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Macedonia Baptist Church

Kansas City, MO
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New City West End

St. Louis, MO
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NewCity Orlando

Orlando, FL
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Orlando Grace Church

Orlando, FL
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Real Life Church

Richmond, VA
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St. Matthew's Cathedral

Dallas, TX
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Tabernacle Community Church

Grand Rapids, MI
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The Grove Church

Clermont, FL
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