Residency Experience

The Heartland Church Residency Program is a two year, leadership residency designed to give real hands on ministry experience, personal mentoring and developing, and leadership training to develop emerging church leaders for a lifetime of Kingdom impact.

We're currently seeking recent college graduates looking for experience to enter into full time vocational ministry in the local church. Our program is built specifically for those called to senior level ministry such as senior pastor, campus pastor, teaching pastor, or ministry director (students/kids/worship/production etc).

Each residency term will last two years, with each resident expected to work 30 hours a week. There will be a $750 monthly stipend and housing will be provided if needed.

This could be the best season of your life as you experience incredible growth as a follower of Jesus and make tremendous impact in the Kingdom serving with a great team! Residents gain experience by serving with other Christian leaders and sharing in meaningful ministry service while receiving regular mentoring and development by experienced and caring Christian leaders of the church. Each resident will serve in a primary area of ministry focus based on experience, passion and desired ministry future.

As you look to the future in your own leadership development…
• Do you have leadership experience and potential you’d like to see developed more?
• Do you desire leadership opportunities?
• Are you ready to join with other leaders in taking the risks necessary to lead in ministry?


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Testimonials from Past Residents

"The Residency program is an eye-opening, must have experience. It’s more than just leadership development, it’s a wide-open door of opportunity to grow and serve like never before."

Nicole Elam, Past Resident

“Heartland’s Residency program has been the perfect learning ground for me in ministry. I graduated with a ministry degree from a great school but still lacked the practical application of leadership in the local church. The learning curve has been steep, which is why I can’t imagine starting out in ministry anywhere else!" 

Evan Hoekzema, Past Resident

"The Heartland Residency has allowed me to have hands on experience  leading in the context of a growing, life-giving church. The time spent being  mentored by visionary pastors and leaders has been invaluable to my personal and professional growth." 

Colby Hill, Past Resident

"My Residency has been an amazing opportunity to understand and develop leadership skills in the context of the local church. Far beyond that, I have seen the principles I’ve learned here - about character, vision, personal responsibility overflow and impact every other part of my life as I pursue God's calling on me to leadership."

Mark Bowen, Past Resident