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Vision Arizona

Church Planter Resident Program

Vision Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Date Posted: 11/12/2015
Categories: Church Planter
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 7501 to 10000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Vision Arizona Church Planting/Multi-Site Residency Program

The Vision Arizona Residency Program is an 18-month leadership training program designed to give hands-on experience working with Vision Arizona churches, with personal coaching and competency-based training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.


We offer three experiential learning tracks: Lead Pastors, Executive Pastors, Campus Pastors. The first 12 months is in General Ministry, specialized to the residents’ future leadership role, followed by 6 months in the context of the new church plant or multi-site. A minimum of 20 hours per week will be required.

There is a $1,000.00 per month stipend available from Vision Arizona.  If the resident is concurrently working on their upper graduate degree at one of the seminaries/universities that the residency program partners with, there may also be additional scholarship and financial aid available.


How do I know if it is for me?
We are looking for potential future “A” Church Planters/Multi-siters.  Please click here for our description of an “A” Planter/Multi-siter.  Qualifications of an Elder as mandated in Scripture required.  Minimum education is Bachelors Degree or Equivalent Experiential Learning.  Ministry experience in a large church is a plus.  Ministry and non-ministry references required.

Core Competencies

The most difficult component of leadership is self-leadership.   Your residency will begin with a hard look in the mirror at your leadership tendencies, gifts, personality and strengths and weaknesses, as well as making a commitment to some essential personal spiritual disciplines, along with exposure to several Vision Arizona churches

God has placed a vision in the heart and mind of every leader.  But it is when the vision is laid out in the context of beliefs, values, goals, strategies and tactics, that this dream becomes a reality.  In this season, we will help you develop and articulate a philosophy of ministry, design a maturity pathway, identify natural rhythms of the local community as well as improve your unique communication skills to cast such vision.

We are in the people business.  The ability to recruit, motivate, train and lead others, paid and volunteer, is crucial to ministry success.   During this season, we would teach you foundational leadership principles as well as look at the impact of culture and chemistry of ministry success.

Every church has a defining set of attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors. Systems allow you to reinforce the positive behaviors that move culture forward.  In ministry systemss, results must continually improve.  Every innovation has a expiration date.  We will train you in our most effective systems, those being evaluation, communication, follow up and more, and show you how to adjust systems as ministry grows.

The best way through a growth barrier is… quickly!  During this rotation, we will talk about how to prepare for big days, like Easter, Christmas and other holidays, as well as baptisms, special guests, etc. and use the momentum of those event to propel you forward.  We don’t want to ride attendance waves, we want to raise the tide and learn how to leverage the components that compel movement forward, not just have good moments.

Structures exist to support ministry, not inhibit or slow down ministry.  Yet many churches are continually held back by their structures, procedures, boards, committees, meeting schedules, staff organization, and organizational charts.  Leaders must become masters of midcourse correction and learn the art of developing structures to propel the ministry forward, rather than hold the ministry back.

You only have one chance to make a first impression.  Our ministry space matters.  Our non-churched/de-churched guests do not have the eyes of a regular attendee.  They are comparing our facilities, our look and feel, and our ease of use, with the other environments in their lives.  The new generation must know how to balance authenticity and excellence that engages the guest and makes them want to come back for more.

Money and ministry are irrevocably connected.  Ministry has always been built on the generosity of God’s people with their time, talent and treasure.  As a result, the leader must become effective in fund-raising as well as budgeting, while inspiring people to be generous toward the work of God.  The goal is not just to raise money, but to raise up generous disciples who will fund the expansion of God’s work in the church, community and world.


With each component we will also introduce you to various leadership scenarios, where you can put your training into practice in real ministry under the supervision of a preceptor.

Once these components have been mastered, the right candidate will be prepared for their next season of ministry leadership, a Church Plant Lead Pastor or Executive Pastor, or a Multi-site Campus Pastor.