Spend 10 months immersed in a vibrant blend of diverse culture and catalytic ministry environments. It is our vision to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and real world application on the journey of vocational ministry.
The Crossing Residency is dual in focus and one in purpose. We want to immerse residents in a fast-paced, ever-growing ministry context. We will come alongside to invest in them by providing an understanding of how to engage culture and the core competencies needed in ministry. Our purpose is to equip the next generation of church leaders with the skill set and clarity to advance the Gospel through the local church.
Culture and Competency Conversations
Each week we will gather our Residents together for a focused time of learning. These conversations will range from soul care to leadership competencies. Our Residents aren’t here to simply do tasks. Instead, our goal is to give them hands on experience and a mental framework to shape the ministries they will one day lead. We want to expose Residents to a variety of topics, church leaders, business leaders, missionaries, and non-profits.
These will include, but are not limited to:
Staff investment • Staff Development • Multi-site • Diversity • Church processes: assimilation, DEPs • Church culture • Leadership Development • Project Management • Pastoral Care/Benevolence • Networking • Leading up, down, and across • Resume Writing • Interview Strategies • Understanding Your Community and Culture • Longevity in Ministry • Budgeting • Legal Liabilities
Over the course of the 10 months we will regularly gather Residents together for times of processing, discussion, celebration, prayer, and conversation in a roundtable style experience. We want to create space where thoughts can be shared, questions can be asked, and feedback can be given.
While Residents are here at The Crossing they will be paired up with a Mentor from our staff. In most cases the Mentor will be their direct staff oversight. Mentors will spend focused time instructing and investing in Residents.
Ministry Focus Tracks
Residents will have their choice of Ministry Focus Tracks during their residency. When working within their area of focus they will be taking the lead on projects, handling day-to-day details, building and leading teams, and navigating a variety of situations. Residents are considered to be part of the team, in both expectation and ownership. Residents will be immersed in ministry and learn firsthand what it takes to invest in the lives of others and impact a community.
Areas of Focus
Student Ministry • Children’s Ministry • Young Adults • Missions • Creative Arts • Operations (Guest Services, Assimilation, Finances, Facilities) • Spiritual Development
As a part of the Residency Program, Residents will be exposed to all areas of ministry here at The Crossing. It is our desire that our Residents would gain a full perspective of how each area of ministry works and is essential to the overall vision of the church.
The Residency at The Crossing lasts 10 months. Starting August 1st and wrapping up the first week of June. We believe this will give Residents an understanding of the ministry rhythms here at The Crossing.
What are we looking for?
The Crossing is looking for college students that have completed no less than 2 years of full-time study toward a four-year degree.
The Crossing Residency is geared for those…
- pursuing full-time vocational ministry
- with a passion for leading people in to a life changing relationship with Jesus
- who thrive in a fast paced, ever changing culture
- with a thirst to learn and absorb
- who play well with others
- who don’t take themselves too seriously
- who adapt in a variety of settings with a variety of people
What you get
- Residents will work in a full time capacity alongside The Crossing staff
- Residents will receive a weekly stipend
- Residents will be housed with families from The Crossing
- Residents will experience a home-build trip with our partners in Mexico
- Residents will have the opportunity to attend some of the best leadership conferences in the country with our team
What you will need
- Residents will need to provide their own laptop computer, cellular phone, and transportation.