WHAT IS EASTVIEW'S RESIDENCY PROGRAM ALL ABOUT?
Eastview’s residency program is ruthlessly committed to equipping and developing kingdom workers for healthy and sustainable vocational ministry within the local church. We are convicted by the massive need for mature and developed leaders within the local church, and have gone all in on providing a healthy church environment where leaders can be trained, educated and mentored before launching into their first ministry (Eph. 4:11-16).
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
- At Eastview, a Ministry Partner is a long-term volunteer with no current expectation or aspiration of vocational ministry.
- A way to get “cheap labor”
- The truth of it is that this program requires a large investment of Eastview’s money, time, talent, training, and empowerment. And we wouldn’t have it any other way! Our centralized focus for this residency is that we are intentionally investing into you, not the other way around. The work that you will do in your department is a meaningful, and powerful contribution, and we will be cheering you on the entire way.
- A competitor to the Bible College
- We love and applaud the work that Bible Colleges and Seminaries are doing across the US and the world, and we want them to continue. This program is not a competitor to the Bible College, but rather it is a complement to it. The best analogy may be to look at any coin and recognize that there are two sides to the same object. Where a Bible college will emphasize accredited teaching, our residency program emphasizes practical training. The wonderful partnership we enjoy with Moody Bible Institute allows us to bring both of these elements under one roof and provide a powerful and holistic training experience.
WILL EVERYONE BE ACCEPTED INTO THIS PROGRAM?
We will encourage everyone to grow in Christ and find their fit in ministry, and that can come in a variety of ways. Not all people are called into vocational ministry. Along those lines, not all who express interest in our residency program will be accepted. We will be looking at several different and important factors as we move you through the interview process.
1. We are incredibly interested in learning more about what’s going on with you, and how Eastview may (or may not) be a part of that direction. There are four important criteria which we refer to as the “4 C’s”:
- Calling: What is God doing in your life, and where is He directing you?
- Character: Who are you (Both on and off camera?)
- Chemistry: is there promise of a natural fit between you and the culture of Eastview?
- Competence: What kind of experience do you have in the ministry areas you’re pursuing?
While this is more subjective than the academic criteria, it is critical for the success of the individual and the program.
2. The academic requirement is a more stringent one: you must be able to be accepted into Moody’s MA program. If you are not accepted into Moody, you won’t be taken on in the Residency.
HOW DO I APPLY?
When you complete the Eastview Residency Application, you’ll receive a confirmation email from us that also contains a link which will take you to Moody’s registration page for their online graduate degrees. We encourage you to apply for both as close together as possible, so that both Eastview and Moody can respond to you promptly.
WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
There is no cost paid to Eastview Christian Church for this program! In fact, if you are accepted into the program, we provide to you a monthly allowance of $400/month that can be used either to offset tuition costs or for living expenses.
You are responsible for the tuition of your MA degree through Moody. Accredited coursework from Moody Bible Institute will be payed directly to Moody by the resident. The anticipated cost is as follows:
Tuition is $445/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.
Moody Bible Institute has graciously incentivized this program by offering two classes (your first and your last class in the program) free of charge!
WHAT ARE THE SIGNIFICANT DATES AND DEADLINES FOR THIS PROGRAM?
· Deadline for Application: June 15th of each year ahead of our August start date.
· Start Date: Residency Orientation begins on the second Monday each August!
· Completion Date: End of June the following year.
· Weekly Schedule: The Residency Program is designed to be complementary toward the adult learner who may be concurrently employed elsewhere. Therefore, we have the bulk of our training and serving responsibilities on a Sunday/Monday/Tuesday schedule. 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. Areas of specialty include:
Assimilation/Involvement Global Outreach
Guest Services Eastview Kids
Local Outreach Member Care
Online Campus Preaching
Small Groups Sports Outreach
Stage Design Student Ministry (Jr./Sr. High)
Tech Young Adults
WHAT KIND OF WORKLOAD OR SCHEDULE CAN I EXPECT?
- You can expect to invest about 20-25 hours per week in study, structured training, and service.
- Your weekly schedule can vary depending on the department you are placed in. Many departments are heavily involved in Sunday morning worship, while others find their busiest times during other portions of the week.
- Your weekly Tuesday night class experience is a part of this hourly total.
- 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 partner with you as you find your fit in vocational ministry upon completion of this residency (if not sooner).
- You will complete up to 2/3rds 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, ministry placements, select training, community, 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