Personal mentoring and leadership training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.


The Journey Church Residency Program is a two-year year 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.

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 Journey in which a resident might serve. As a rapidly growing church, Journey offers several unique serving opportunities in each department.

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


  • Clear calling into vocational ministry
  • Graduation from College
  • Chemistry with Journey philosophy and staff culture
  • Some ministry experience
  • Clear ministry competence and leadership potential
  • Successful completion of application process

Ministry Areas

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Student Ministry
  • College Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Worship Ministries
  • Creative Arts


*select Journey: Castle Rock, CO*

Six Developmental Components

Ministry Experience

Ministry experience is what the residency is all about. The purposes of the residency ist o 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). Two times per month, the resident coach will meet one-on-one for 45-60 minutes to discuss their level of excellence and work ethic inside their ministry work. The goal in Ministry Coaching is to give practical feedback within their current tasks and assignments to grow their ministry competence.

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.


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 it’s own right, it also serves a “catch” for any development issues that have been inadvertently overlooked in the other components.

Application Process

1. Prepare Residency Questionnaire

A Residency Questionnaire takes a while to complete and is required with the online application. Please download it here first and complete it before starting the online application below.

2. Submit Application Online

Form is in the above section.

3. Interview Process

Meet with your residency program director in person or by phone.

4. References

Provide three (3) References.

5. Background Check

A background check is performed on the applicant.

6. Invitation

Church officially invites applicant to residency program.