Get support and develop best practices for your ministry in community
If you are currently leading an NWC and would like more support, or are exploring a call to be a part of this movement, we encourage you to apply to one of our apprenticeship and residency programs. Applications will soon be available for the 2020-2021 program.
In being an apprentice or resident you will be inaugurated into a contextual and transformative new ministry from scratch. You will participating in a cohort of peers and mentors for reflection, training and discernment. Each participant will also receive professional coaching session every three weeks fro their own development.
“We invest heavily in the apprenticeship model because we believe this work cannot be fruitfully done in isolation,” Hayden said. “Our peer cohort component encourages humility and mutual support. Concrete training gives participants access to insights many of us have learned the hard way and, over time, spiritual direction. Coaching ensures the work is contextual and sustainable, gospel-formed, motivated and inspired.”
Current program participants took part this summer in antiracism training led by the Open Table, a 1001 New Worshiping Community in Kansas City. The group also spent time team-building, experimenting with diverse models of worship, receiving asset-based leadership training, missional theological training, and developing skills in entrepreneurial leadership and faith-based formation.
Regardless of the program type, all accepted applicants and residents will gain experience discerning and starting new ministries from scratch. They will also attend a 3.5-day national training with all residents and apprentices in June 2020. Applicants will join a cohort of peers and mentors throughout the duration of the program. Throughout their time apprentices/ residents will be provided an experienced NWC coach. Throughout their time serving they will also receive a stipend.
This program is open to people at any stage of the life. We have had college students, seminarians, seminary grads, pastors, and other professionals successfully complete an apprenticeship or residency.