Sensing a call into ministry?

All believers are called to participate in the ministry of the church. For some, God has placed a passion, gifting, and opportunity to lead the local church. But sensing that calling is only the beginning. What is it like to work on a church staff? How does our theology inform the way we lead?

The Residency at Providence is a nine-month program designed to help men and women who are interested in vocational ministry strengthen their gifts and better understand their call. The Residency combines practical, hands-on experience with biblical training and one-on-one coaching.

What to Expect

The Residency at Providence runs annually from September to May. Residents serve on the Providence staff 20 hours weekly. The program involves three main components.

Hands-On Job Experience

As a resident, you will spend the majority of your time working in a particular staff department, learning what it takes to run an effective ministry within the local church.

Weekly Cohort Meetings

Each week, you’ll meet with other residents to learn more about the various ministries in the church and dig deeper into specific theological concepts that impact church leaders.

1:1 Coaching

On a monthly basis, you will meet for  personalized coaching sessions to help you hone specific skills, reflect on your experience, and discern what you’re discovering about your own calling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the residency a paid opportunity?

Yes! Residents work part-time (20 hours/week) as part of the Providence staff team. Benefits are not offered.

I'm still figuring out if I am called to ministry. Should I apply?

Absolutely. Many residents come into the program to better discern their calling. Some even realize that God is calling them to something else as part of the experience. One way or another, the journey is designed to give you greater clarity about what is next for you.

I just really want to grow in my spiritual walk. Is the residency right for me?

Unless you are exploring a call into vocational ministry, the Residency is probably not for you. That said, we have many other amazing discipleship opportunities at the church to help you grow in your relationship with Christ!

Is this an in-person, hybrid, or remote experience?

Residents are expected to work on-campus at Providence. While you may occasionally get to do some work at home, you should expect to spend most of your time at the church.

Will I be expected to work on Sundays?

Your weekly schedule depends on which department you work in. Some roles do not require Sunday morning responsibilities, but others do. You will be able to learn more about the expectations of your role during the interview process.

Do I have to be a member of Providence to become a resident?

If you are not already a member of the church, you will be expected to join Providence, adhere to the membership covenant, and play a role in the life of the congregation.

Do I need a seminary degree to apply?

You are not required to have any theological education in order to become a resident. Some residents join while working toward seminary while others are still considering their next educational steps. Theological training is also a key component of the Residency experience.

If I do really well, will the church hire me?

Serving as a resident at Providence does not guarantee an ongoing role on the church staff. While we have hired some residents in the past for new roles, the vast majority move on to other things. You should expect this to be a nine-month employment that terminates at the conclusion of the program.

Will there be homework?

Yes, expect to do a lot of reading as a resident! However, you will be able to do most of this while in the office.

Applications for the 2024-2025 residency are closed.

If you’d like to be a part of the 2025-2026 class of residents, applications will open in the Winter of 2025! After reviewing your application, if we feel you will be a good fit, you will be invited to interview with a few members of our team.

Please note that all church employees are required to complete a background check and abuse prevention training.

Available Residency Tracks

There are so many opportunities to serve in vocational ministry. As part of the Residency, you will choose a department where you’d like to serve and learn more about what it’s like to work in that field. Available tracks include:

Adult Ministries and Groups
Local and Global Missions

Ministry to Men
Ministry to Women
Young Adults

Got a question?

For more information about The Residency at Providence, contact Matt Morrison at