Embrace Residency Overview

An overview of the Embrace Residency

Embrace Residency Overview

Program expectations

The following are essential competency areas and practical outcomes associated with the Embrace Residency. All are to be completed under the advisement of a coach and supervisor.

Learn Phase

Ministry Understanding

  • Spend time with leaders of the following areas and complete questionnaire:
  • Campus pastor
  • Worship pastor/leader
  • Children's pastor/director
  • Youth pastor/director
  • Small group director/discipleship developer

Spiritual Growth

  • Practice weekly reflective journaling through the residency program
  • Identify at least two spiritual disciplines for daily practice

Biblical Literacy

  • Read through the entire New Testament
  • Watch YouTube overviews of the background of the Bible


  • Complete assigned tools to learn about yourself
  • Strength Finders
  • Enneagram
  • Spiritual Gift Inventory
  • Get feedback about your relational style from the five people who know you best, with suggestions of how to modify/improve
  • Write up a report on what you learned about yourself. What are three areas of strength you want to build on and one developmental area you want to minimize the impact of?
  • Develop a personal growth plan based on a 360-degree assessment of your gifts and that involves regular accountability to a coach
  • Read and discuss four books assigned during the program:
  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
  • Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World
  • Dangerous Prayers
  • Hero Maker

Task phase


  • Develop and complete a reading list of three key books on leadership
  • Evaluate your sense of calling. Write out why you feel God is leading you to a life of ministry and how He has led you to where you are today

Evangelistic Energy

  • Develop a list of at least 50 people who are not churched. Get their contact information and meaningfully connect with at least 10 of them
  • Give evidence of having at least five friends who are not church attenders with whom you are in some level of evangelistic engagement

Effective Communications

  • Deliver a presentation in an area you are about in front of five people, 25 people and 100 people. Get feedback from a coach after each presentation
  • Write out your personal faith story and share it with the ministry team

Own phase

Pastoral Care

  • Learn how to pray for people
  • Participate in a hospital/care visit
  • Develop and lead prayer team for weekend services

Fund Developer

  • Raise at least $2,500 toward your Run Project
  • Engage a stewardship training exercise in online or printed format

Group Leadership

  • Start a small group experience last at least three months with at least eight people. Try to have half of the participants be people who are not Jesus followers. The goal is to build relationships and share Jesus with these people

Ministry Leadership

  • Based on your strengths and passions, take responsibility for running a ministry area for Sunday services

Lead phase

Leader Developer

  • Identify, train and coach three new leaders to take a part of your work, releasing them into their potential
  • Lead a team of five or more to accomplish a goal that is greater than any could do alone

Entrepreneurial Capacity

  • Design an innovative or needed Run Project with measurable results that engages at least 100 people over a two or three month time frame, in which you develop and share the vision, enlist the team(s) and lead the effort