Hope Residency is a two-year process that equips leaders to respond to their ministry calling. Residents will develop a strong foundation for future ministry through spiritual formation, mentoring, leadership experience, and theological education.

Earn your Master's Degree

Residents will spend two years gaining hands-on experience alongside Hope’s ministry teams, all while earning a graduate degree from Grace Theological Seminary. If you’re called to full-time, vocational ministry and are energized at the thought of being a Hope resident, fill out the application by clicking the button below. Someone from the Residency team will connect with you to hear more of your story and to help decide if this is the right next step for you.

Areas of Ministry

Our residency program features but is not limited to the following five ministry areas.

Adult Ministry

Adult Ministry residents will serve alongside a team dedicated to helping adults take their next steps of growth in relationship with Jesus.  They will have opportunities to lead, develop and contribute to small groups, classes, pastoral counseling, and leadership development.

Children's Ministry

Children’s Ministry residents will gain experience by leading volunteer teams, partnering with children’s ministry staff, helping children understand the love of Jesus, and planting seeds that God will use to transform families.

Student Ministry

Student Ministry residents will have opportunities to recruit leaders, to lead teams, to plan services and events, and to develop relationships with parents and local schools.

Worship and Production

Experience in-depth mentorship in what it means to be a worship leader. Residents in the area of Worship and Production will focus on personal growth and development of spiritual maturity. As a resident, you’ll learn how to lead well and how to grow and excel in your craft.

First Impressions

First Impressions is the term we use for Guest Services at Hope. First Impressions residents will have opportunities to learn and lead as the primary point of contact for Hope’s guests, from the parking lot to their seats. They will be a part of a team that creates and maintains hospitable environments for everyone who attends our church. 

A Hope Residency Graduate will be sent into ministry:

Spiritually Healthy

  • Residents will develop spiritual disciplines to live out Hope’s 5 marks of growing in Christ and making disciples.
  • Residents will develop habits to care for their own soul and to help others do the same.

Theologically Sound

  • Residents will be rooted in the core beliefs of the faith and authority of God’s Word.
  • Residents will be equipped to teach and to preach God’s Word in a relevant and effective way.

Practically Prepared

  • Residents will develop skills in collaboration, teamwork, and servant leadership to be effective for the Kingdom in any environment.
  • Residents will be able to develop, implement, and lead teams to advance God’s Kingdom with spiritual, strategic, and relational intelligence.