Residency Programs

... equipping and training leaders for vocational ministry


At Valleybrook, our passion is to start, strengthen, and send. We want healthy churches and healthy church leaders to know and share the life-changing love of God. Our Residency programs provide a pathway for those who believe they are called to vocational ministry to clarify that call, engage in healthy leadership practices, and receive the training necessary to be sent with humility and confidence. Below are two options for a Valleybrook Residency.

One Year Residency

while gaining experience

The one-year residency will help people clarify their call to vocational ministry by identifying strengths, giftings, and passions during a year of part-time or full-time experience. This Residency Program is in partnership with Converge Worldwide.

Valleybrook will provide leadership experience, weekly coaching, and space for the Resident to create, initiate, and multiply a sustainable ministry initiative.

Converge will provide training through online videos, articles, books, and network interactions. The online videos are teachings from Converge leaders and professors at Moody Bible Institute. Completion of the vocational training will result in an Advanced Certificate of Church Leadership from Converge.

The Resident will work with Reliant to raise their own part-time or full-time support. This support amount will be in agreement with Valleybrook's decisions on time, salary, and a Resident’s personal needs. Reliant will provide training in the area of support-raising for the Resident.

This Residency is for ...

  • A soon-to-be graduate who desires to gain experience and take the next step in their development.
  • A second-career individual who feels called to vocational ministry and desires help in bridging the
    gap from their current profession.
  • An individual who feels the call to church planting and desires to see ministry up close and personal.

Interested in the one-year Residency?
If you are interested in the one-year Residency, click here to get in touch with Nate.

Two Year Residency

while earning a Masters Degree

The two-year residency will provide people with two years of ministry experience at Valleybrook while earning a masters degree from Bethel Seminary. This enables Residents to merge their theological education with personal experience.

Valleybrook will provide opportunities for leadership experience in multiple areas of ministry. The amount of experience will depend on the Resident's availability— taking into consideration their work and study load. Valleybrook will provide bimonthly coaching and will make a modest financial contribution towards the Resident's tuition.

Bethel Seminary will match Valleybrook's contribution up to $1200 per year. This matching fund will enable Residents to earn a Masters of Christian Thought in two years for about $16,000. (These credits will also transfer to a Masters of Divinity if the Resident later wishes to earn that degree.)

The Resident will need to apply and be accepted into the seminary program at Bethel College. The Resident will then talk with the Valleybrook leadership to determine the number of hours they will spend at Valleybrook each week.

This Residency is for ...

  • Those who feel called into ministry and wish to earn a seminary degree.
  • A second-career individual who feels called to vocational ministry as a pastor or missionary.

Interested in the two-year Residency?
If you are interested in the two-year Residency, click here to get in touch with Nate.


Questions?
If you have questions about these Residency programs, email Nate Abuan.