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The Residency Program at Henderson Hills is designed to holistically equip, evaluate, and send out qualified men who are called and preparing to serve as the lead pastor of a new church plant.


Henderson Hills' Residency is an approximately 24 month long, post-graduate, mentored ministry training program. It is designed for proven leaders who are seminary trained (or equivalent), who are also within 24-30 months of planting and are interested in a church-based pathway to assessment and partnership with the SEND Network and/or other like-minded sending agencies or partner churches.

Successful applicants will be gifted and motivated men who also meet the qualifications for eldership as outlined in the New Testament (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). They will have completed a graduate degree in biblical or theological studies (MA, MDiv, or equivalent) and will already possess substantial and relevant leadership experience.

While the first year will be more developmental in nature, a second year (“finishing school” or “fellowship”) will be added for endorsed residents to plan, build, and launch a new church. This would include developing a church-planting plan and “playbook” (an overall strategy for planting, shepherding, evangelism, discipleship, fund raising, core team development, and church planting team, etc.; as well as, beliefs and convictions, policies and procedures, timelines, and more) and would involve “on the ground” engagement in the target community.

The core of this program will build around a rigorous 10-month schedule (generally August-May) of holistic “head, heart, and hands” training, with possible additional time and development depending upon assessments and recommended next-steps (“growth plan”).

Residents will receive ongoing feedback and assessment, as well as an end-of-the-year evaluation designed to help steer the second half of the residency and/or to provide direction post-residency.

Throughout the program, theological reflection, skill development, character transformation, and spiritual maturity will be emphasized. The end goal is that humble, gospel-centered, multiplication-minded pastors will be launched into a lifetime of fruitful ministry and church planting. Like flying a plane or practicing medicine, “hands on experience” under supervision and guidance is essential to this type of formation.

If you are interested in becoming a resident, click here for a full job description.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Mark Callarman.