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The graduate residency is comprised of four components designed to help you achieve academic success while gaining valuable ministry experience:
Residents are a part of a group of 12 peers. Together, you will learn about youth ministry and theology. You will experience community and create relationships that encourage you and become those where “iron sharpens iron.” A new cohort forms each year and joins two other cohorts already in years two and three of their residency to create a community of 36 residents.
The coursework is designed to help you understand more than just what to do in youth ministry. You’ll learn to think theologically about the ministry you lead and have the knowledge to design ministry programs that help students develop a deep, life-changing Christian faith. Courses are taught in a retreat format every 6 weeks, and there are weekly discussion groups and assignments.
Residents gain in-the-trenches youth ministry experience by serving 25 hours per week in a local church. Working part-time as a youth minister during your education allows you to put all the pieces together – everything you learn from the peers in your cohort, the professors in the classroom, and from your coach.
Residents receive regular one-on-one coaching from a youth ministry veteran to help you master critical ministry skills and apply what you’ve learned. Coaches also work directly with the local church to help the staff and congregation develop a healthy understanding of youth ministry and how to best integrate it into the life of the congregation.