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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Exposure:Churches & Preceptors
Meetings: Staff, Programming, Strategic Site Selection
Marriage & Family
Health & Fitness
Personal Spiritual Disciplines
Three Roles of Leadership
Corporate Culture Creation
Staff Culture Creation
Devising a Plan
Air War/Ground War
The Creative Team
The Communicating Leader
How to Give a Talk
Visioneering from Stage
Large Group Discipleship
Gain, Train & Retain
Centralize, Motivate, Mobilize
Attract, Build, Connect, Develop, Evaluate
Healthy Staff Culture
Becoming a Coaching Leader
Meetings: 4 Q’s
The Five Church Health Indicators
Staff Performance Evaluation Tools
Church Administration CMS
How to Create a System
Waves & Tides
Structuring for Growth
Target Area Demographics
Givers: First Time
Givers, High Capacity Givers
3 Ways To Give
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.