Residency

Vision Arizona Church Planting/Multi-Site Residency Program

The Vision Arizona Residency Program is an 18-month leadership training program designed to give hands-on experience working with Vision Arizona churches, with personal coaching and competency-based training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.

What type of church leaders will be trained?
We offer three experiential learning tracks: Lead Pastors, Executive Pastors, Campus Pastors

What is the timeline for the 18 months?
The first 12 months is in General Ministry, specialized to the residents’ future leadership role, followed by 6 months in the context of the new church plant or multi-site.

How many hours a week will be required from the resident?
A minimum of 20 hours per week will be required.

Is there pay associated with the residency?
There is a $1,000.00 per month stipend available from Vision Arizona.  If the resident is concurrently working on their upper graduate degree at one of the seminaries/universities that the residency program partners with, there may also be additional scholarship and financial aid available.

How are residents recruited?
Residents will be recruited from within our Vision Arizona Churches, as well as from outside of our church planting network.

How do I know if it is for me?
We are looking for potential future “A” Church Planters/Multi-siters.  Please click here for our description of an “A” Planter/Multi-siter.  Qualifications of an Elder as mandated in Scripture required.  Minimum education is Bachelors Degree or Equivalent Experiential Learning.  Ministry experience in a large church is a plus.  Ministry and non-ministry references required.

What are the core competencies for the leadership training in the program?

Self
The most difficult component of leadership is self-leadership.   Your residency will begin with a hard look in the mirror at your leadership tendencies, gifts, personality and strengths and weaknesses, as well as making a commitment to some essential personal spiritual disciplines, along with exposure to several Vision Arizona churches

Strategy
God has placed a vision in the heart and mind of every leader.  But it is when the vision is laid out in the context of beliefs, values, goals, strategies and tactics, that this dream becomes a reality.  In this season, we will help you develop and articulate a philosophy of ministry, design a maturity pathway, identify natural rhythms of the local community as well as improve your unique communication skills to cast such vision.

Staffing
We are in the people business.  The ability to recruit, motivate, train and lead others, paid and volunteer, is crucial to ministry success.   During this season, we would teach you foundational leadership principles as well as look at the impact of culture and chemistry of ministry success.

Systems
Every church has a defining set of attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors. Systems allow you to reinforce the positive behaviors that move culture forward.  In ministry systemss, results must continually improve.  Every innovation has a expiration date.  We will train you in our most effective systems, those being evaluation, communication, follow up and more, and show you how to adjust systems as ministry grows.

Synergy
The best way through a growth barrier is… quickly!  During this rotation, we will talk about how to prepare for big days, like Easter, Christmas and other holidays, as well as baptisms, special guests, etc. and use the momentum of those event to propel you forward.  We don’t want to ride attendance waves, we want to raise the tide and learn how to leverage the components that compel movement forward, not just have good moments.

Structures
Structures exist to support ministry, not inhibit or slow down ministry.  Yet many churches are continually held back by their structures, procedures, boards, committees, meeting schedules, staff organization, and organizational charts.  Leaders must become masters of midcourse correction and learn the art of developing structures to propel the ministry forward, rather than hold the ministry back.

Spaces
You only have one chance to make a first impression.  Our ministry space matters.  Our non-churched/de-churched guests do not have the eyes of a regular attendee.  They are comparing our facilities, our look and feel, and our ease of use, with the other environments in their lives.  The new generation must know how to balance authenticity and excellence that engages the guest and makes them want to come back for more.

$$$
Money and ministry are irrevocably connected.  Ministry has always been built on the generosity of God’s people with their time, talent and treasure.  As a result, the leader must become effective in fund-raising as well as budgeting, while inspiring people to be generous toward the work of God.  The goal is not just to raise money, but to raise up generous disciples who will fund the expansion of God’s work in the church, community and world.

With each component we will also introduce you to various leadership scenarios, where you can put your training into practice in real ministry under the supervision of a preceptor.

Once these components have been mastered, the right candidate will be prepared for their next season of ministry leadership, a Church Plant Lead Pastor or Executive Pastor, or a Multi-site Campus Pastor.

What is the rotational structure of the residency program?
Although each resident’s experience is personalized and no two experiences will be identical, the purpose of the structure below is to provide guidance for the preceptor, not to control the training  of the resident.

Month 1 2 3 4 5 6
Competency Self Strategy Strategy Strategy Staffing Staffing
Topics Onboarding

Exposure:Churches & Preceptors

Meetings: Staff, Programming, Strategic Site Selection

Orientation

Purpose/Mission/
Vision/Values

Distinctives

SelfAwareness/
Leadership

Prophet/Priest/King

Marriage & Family

Health & Fitness

Personal Spiritual Disciplines

Ministry/Self Rhythm

Three Roles of Leadership

Vision Frame

Evangelism

Maturity Pathway

Discipleship

Ministry FlyWheel

Bridge Events

Goal Setting

Corporate Culture Creation

Preach/Celebrate

Train/Model

Staff Culture Creation

Devising a Plan

Air War/Ground War

Worship Arts

Communication Arts

The Creative Team

The Communicating Leader

How to Give a Talk

Sermon Prep

Series Design

Annual Rhythm

Authenticity

Visioneering from Stage

Large Group Discipleship

Service Design/Flow

Volunteer Central

4 C’s

5 P’s

Recruiting

Training

Leadership Pipeline

Retain

Reproduce

Gain, Train & Retain

Centralize, Motivate, Mobilize

Attract, Build, Connect, Develop, Evaluate

Leading Tasks

Leading People

Leading Teams

Leading Leaders

Healthy Staff Culture

Becoming a Coaching Leader

G.R.O.W.

Mission Unity

Staff Discipleship

Conflict Resolution

Human Resources

Month 7 8 9 10 11 12
Competency Systems Systems Synergy Structures Spaces $$$
Topics Evaluation

Culture Creation

Meetings: 4 Q’s

Dashboards

The Five Church Health Indicators

Staff Performance Evaluation Tools

Hiring

Training

Firing

Leadership Lids

Bus/Hedgehog Principle

Church Administration CMS

How to Create a System

Communications

Guest Services

FollowUp/Connection
/Assimilation

Stickiness

Community

Serving

Family Ministries

Momentum

Momentum

Creation

BIG DAYS

Waves & Tides

Crisis Leadership

Effective Meetings

OrgCharts/Roundtables

Structuring for Growth

Multisiting/Church Planting

Church Governance/Boards

Bylaws

Constitution

Legal

501C3

Target Area Demographics

Location

Facilities

Information Technology

Usability

Feasability

Leasing

CUP Networking

Traffic Flow

People Flow

Wayfinding

Environments

Branding

Marketing

Signage

Social Media

Safety

Security

Child Check-In

Execellence

Authenticity

Equipment

Generosity

Culture Creation

Motivate

Celebrate

Train

Model

Finance

Budgeting

Fundraising

Givers: First Time

Givers,Percentage

Givers, High Capacity Givers

Stewardship

FPU

3 Ways To Give

Online Giving

Year End Giving

The Art of the Ask

Is there college credit available for this experiential learning?
Yes.  Vision Arizona is partnering with universities and seminaries for this residency program to be an accredited program whereby students can receive college credit towards an upper graduate degree, for example, Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry.

What if I have other questions, who do I ask?
Please do not hesitate to contact our Residency Director at residency@visionarizona.com.