Residency FAQ’s

(1) Explain your selection process for the Residency Program?

(2) Is there a baseline that is used in the selection process? If so, how was that developed?

(3) Describe your “best fit” Candidate Profile?

(4) What specific leadership characteristics are you looking for in assessing potential candidates for the Residency Program?

(5) How many Residents are selected for your program each year?

(6) Do you pay the Residents a salary during the 9-month program?  What about start-up funds?

(7) What can selected Residents expect to take away from their experience?

(8) What expectations are placed on the Residents during the 9-month program?

(9) What benchmarks are used to measure a Fellowship Associates church once they are planted?

(10) Can Fellowship Associates’ Church Planters join other networks and denominations?

(11) Are Residents expected to plant a “Fellowship Bible Church”?

(12) What coaching and equipping opportunities are offered after the Leadership Residency?

(1) Explain your selection process for the Residency Program?

Candidates are encouraged to and can apply at anytime and applications are considered year round.  Ideally, applications are received before Jan 15th,  interviews of candidates for the upcoming year take place in February and the class is established by March/April  for the upcoming August.

(2) Is there a baseline that is used in the selection process? If so, how was that developed?

Our baseline candidate assessment primarily involves applications received, recommendations from former Residents and visits to a few select seminaries to meet students recommended by professors.  In addition, the following play a significant role in our candidate assessment process:

  • A candidate’s resume and references
  • An on-line link highlighting the candidate’s communication skills
  • Assessment tools such as Servants by Design™, Strengthfinders, and Golden Personality Assessment
  • Response to our “20 Questions” candidate questions
  • Our dedication to praying for God’s leadership in the process
  • Telephone and On-site interviews to further determine their fit for the Residency Program

(3) Describe your “best fit” Candidate Profile?

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are more naturally gifted organizationally, while others excel more at building relationships. Still others are better at seeing the big picture and playing the role of team captain.  Each is equally important in value.  The most effective teams are made up of leaders that complement each other in these areas.

Our Leadership Residency is geared toward training the leader who is gifted in overall leadership to serve in the role of team captain – whether you call that person the directional leader, team leader, lead pastor or some other title.  He is the person on the team that naturally stays focused on the big picture, brings entrepreneurial energy, and keeps the team moving forward in unity.

We are big believers in team.  The New Testament church was founded on team.  We believe it’s one of the true keys to building healthy churches.  Team allows leaders to operate in their main strengths, allows for stronger teaching and inspires others to live for something bigger than just them.  We wouldn’t dream of sending a church planter out to plant a new church all by himself.

Because our training is primarily focused on the practical aspects of church leadership, we do require that our Residents have a solid Biblical theology that they can articulate.

(4) What specific leadership characteristics are you looking for in assessing potential candidates for the Residency Program?

  • Leadership ability that is evidenced by past performance
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • The ability and desire to “think outside the box”
  • Commitment to a team approach to ministry
  • A track record of responsibility
  • A spirit of courage and confidence with a great sense of humility
  • A proven communicator and teacher
  • A passionate commitment to Jesus Christ and His vision, not a focus
    on personal accolades
  • Teachability and a desire to learn
  • A strong gospel-centered orientation, theology and life.

Acts 29 also listed some helpful characteristics of a church planter in his list of Entrepreneurial Aptitude Micro-Skills:

  1. Has demonstrated past successes in starting new ventures.
  2. Is an innovative and strategic visionary.
  3. Is highly energetic and enthused about starting a new work.
  4. Shows ability to enlist others in new ventures.
  5. Evidences being a self-starter.
  6. Has a willingness to work intensely for an extended period of time.

(5) How many Residents are selected for your program each year?

Typically, we will invite up to eight participants to join the program each year but will only accept the number of men we feel best fit our profile.

(6) Do you pay the Residents a stipend during the 9-month program?  What about start-up funds?

Each year Fellowship Associates and our partners cover the cost of:

  • all books and materials required for training
  • travel expenses to and from Residency locations
  • hotel and lodging costs during cohort times together
  • most years we have also been able to provide a monthly stipend to invest in each Resident during our 9-month Leadership Residency Program

The details of these agreements are discussed with Residents invited to participate each year.

(7) What can selected Residents expect to take away from their experience?

A number of our former Residents claim that the time spent in the Residency Program have sent them “ten years down the road’ in terms of their leadership and pastoral learning curves.  While it is impossible to include all of the opportunities and experiences offered in Fellowship Associates Church Planting Residency Program, we have listed some of them below:

  • Explore and understand your core strengths (who you are) and weaknesses (who you are not) as a leader
  • Study the advantages of team leadership and what makes it work
  • Develop a roadmap and timeline for planting your church
  • Receive training in fund raising and in managing a budget
  • Discover the types of leaders you need on your leadership team
  • Master leadership disciplines that will increase your effectiveness
  • Master proven best practices that are being effectively used to build church plants around the country
  • Gain insights from other church planters at various stages in their journey who are already a part of the Fellowship Network
  • Gain leadership wisdom and insight from seasoned lay leaders
  • Learn a strategic planning process that will help give your church clarity of direction and greater effectiveness
  • Understand the dynamics of being an elder-led church
  • Be exposed to an Alumni Network of over 60 church planters and leaders in all phases of the church planting process.

(8) What expectations are placed on the Residents during the 9-month program?

Along with the normal day-to-day and week-to-week experience of the Residency Program itself, Residents are expected to read several books and journal articles for discussion and ultimately develop and present a Strategic Ministry Plan of their Church Plant to the Fellowship Associates Board for approval.  During the off weeks when Resident’s do not gather together, they are expected to develop their plans under the guidance of their host church.

(9) What benchmarks are used to measure a Fellowship Associates church once they are planted?

We would expect to see the following take place over a 2-3 year period:

  • Pre-launch Team Gathered and Developed
  • Successful Launch of the Church
  • Continued Gathering and Assimilation of New Members
  • Financial Independence
  • Recruitment of Team Partners
  • Continued Leadership Development of the Church Planter

(10) Can Fellowship Associates’ Church Planters join other networks and denominations?

Not only do we allow this, we strongly encourage our alumni to partner with strategic networks or denominations as they lay the groundwork for their new church.  We are strong believers in the need for a church planter to gather the support he needs to thrive as a church planter and leader.

(11) Are Residents expected to plant a “Fellowship Bible Church”?

No, not at all.  Some church plants have chosen to use the “Fellowship” name in some form, but that decision is up to the church planter.

(12) What coaching and equipping opportunities are offered after the Leadership Residency?

Beyond the 9-month training period, we offer a variety of equipping opportunities.  These include Regional Roundtables to interact with other church planters, on-site visits from our Alumni base sharing their church planting experience, Consulting Clinics for a church planting team, and on-line resources to support our church planters.


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