WHAT IS EASTVIEW'S RESIDENCY PROGRAM ALL ABOUT?
The Residency Program is:
- equipping future Kingdom workers for the local church and parachurch organizations
- expanding the influence of Eastview and her leaders / strategic partners
- leveraging existing partnerships for the purpose of “equipping the saints” (Eph. 4:11-16)
- expanding on a “leadership pipeline” that resources Kingdom ministries
The Residency Program is not:
- An internship
- Interns are academically required, monitored by an academic institution, and short term. Internships often lack meaningful experience and bi-lateral commitment.
- A Ministry Partnership
- “Ministry Partners” at Eastview are long term volunteers with no current expectation or aspiration of vocational ministry
- A way to get “cheap labor”
- Residents will be requiring a great deal of investment of Eastview’s time, talent, training and empowerment. Residents also provide meaningful assistance in significant ministries. Finally, Eastview pays a $400/mo stipend to those who are accepted into the program.
- A competitor to the Bible college (teaching vs. training)
- The Bible colleges emphasize accredited teaching, while Eastview’s Residency Program emphasizes practical training. Our partnership with Moody Bible Institute assures that we will have accredited credits that apply to a MA in Ministry Studies. However, many of the credits come from “hands on” ministry experience in a healthy mega-church setting. Moody and Eastview work together for the holistic preparation of future ministry professionals.
WHO CAN TAKE PART IN THIS RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
The Residency Program is primarily targeting people beyond the walls of Eastview, with the intent of launching equipped Kingdom workers beyond the walls of Eastview. While traditional graduates of a Bible college are encouraged to apply, the unique target is the “second career” person who longs to move from a career to a calling to vocational ministry. Eastview members are welcome to apply, but we anticipate the reach to be far broader than Eastview.
WILL EVERYONE BE ACCEPTED INTO THIS PROGRAM?
We will encourage everyone to grow in Christ and find their fit in ministry. However, not all people are called into vocational ministry. Furthermore, not all who express interest in our residency program will be accepted. There are at least two categories that need to be addressed.
- First, there needs to be acceptance based on the applicant’s academic fit
- Second, there needs to be acceptance based on the applicant’s fit regarding the “4 C’s” of calling, chemistry, character and competence. While this is more subjective than the academic criteria, it is critical for the success of the individual and the program.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Complete both the Eastview application and the Moody application.
WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
Eastview provides a monthly stipend of $400/mo. to those who are accepted into the program.
Accredited coursework from Moody Bible Institute will be payed directly to Moody by the resident. The anticipated cost is as follows:
Tuition is $430/credit hour plus miscellaneous fees and book costs. Students are eligible for financial aid as long as they take nine hours of courses within a semester.
A total of 36 credits must be completed to receive the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies. This program is offered through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning and is effective for students admitted in fall 2019 through summer 2020.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNIFICANT DATES AND DEADLINES FOR THIS PROGRAM?
- Deadline for Application: July 15th, 2019
- Start Date: August 13th, 2019
- Completion Date: June 30th, 2020
- Weekly Schedule: The Residency Program is geared toward the adult learner who may be concurrently employed elsewhere. Therefore, we have the bulk of our training and serving responsibilities on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Creating additional time for online classes will be the responsibility of the resident.
WHAT ARE THE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION FOR THE RESIDENTS?
We currently offer extensive residency training to target “generalist” ministry exposure and equipping. In addition to “generalist” training, we ask that each resident designate an area of specialty. For the 2019/2020 residency, areas of specialty include:
- Assimilation/Involvement – 2
- Communications/Video – 2
- Global Outreach – 3
- Graphics – 1
- Guest Services – 1
- Kids (birth through 6th grade) – 5
- Local Outreach - 1
- Member Care – 1
- Online Campus – 1
- Preaching – 2
- Small Groups – 2
- Sports Outreach – 2
- Stage Design – 1
- Students (Jr High/Sr High) – 2
- Tech – 1
- Young Adults – 1
WHAT KIND OF WORKLOAD OR SCHEDULE CAN I EXPECT?
- Overall, you can expect to invest about 20 hrs / wk in study, structured training, and service.
- Sundays will be the primary days of serving, structured training will be on Tuesday nights, and study time will be at your discretion.
- This will be a rigorous agenda for those in full time work!
WHAT KIND OF APPRECIATION, COACHING AND EVALUATION WILL I RECEIVE?
- Structurally speaking, everything about the residency program is designed to encourage and appreciate the unique contributions and gifts of individual residents and the collective cohort. From times of prayer and celebration, to times of one to one encouragement, we strive to help everyone know their general and specific value.
- We’ve designed the program to include 1-1 coaching with our pastoral staff (or their delegates). There will also be peer to peer coaching through strong cohort chemistry and real-life initiatives are designed, developed and deployed. Finally, the staff at Moody are eager to speak into various academic endeavors.
- In the academic pursuits, evaluation occurs through the familiar grading systems. In the “hands on” environments, evaluations will take place upon conclusion of the resident’s first 90 days and 180 days. Additionally, peer to peer evaluation will occur routinely during Tuesday night training. Finally, the mentoring pastor will connect with you monthly for additional evaluation, coaching and appreciation.
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES OF THIS PROGRAM?
We desire for each resident to be equipped for a lifetime of ministry, introspective about the unique gifts and opportunities given by God, intimately abiding in Christ, and engaged in the local church and the universal church through various networks, resources and relationships. More specifically:
- We will help you find your fit in vocational ministry upon completion of this residency (if not sooner).
- You will complete 2/3 or more of your MA in Ministry Studies through Moody Bible Institute.
- You will develop broad and specific ministry competencies for ongoing ministry.
- Eastview Christian Church will commission you and certify your “fit” for ministry.
- There will be a long-term connection between you and the residency program for future networking and encouragement.
WHAT ARE THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS PROGRAM?
Course Requirements and Program Plan:
BI-5500 Hermeneutics 3 credits
BI-5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology 3 credits
BI-5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology 3 credits
GM-5500 Communication of Biblical Truth 3 credits
Or PS-6605 Teaching with Skill and Influence
ST-5534 Systematic Christian Theology I 3 credits
ST-5535 Systematic Christian Theology II 3 credits
Additional Courses 18 credits
Total: 36 credits