We exist to develop high-capacity and high-character leaders

Birthed from the local church

Development has always been at the core of Waymaker.Church. Through the Internship Program, Residency Program, and other development environments, Waymaker.Church gives away wisdom, skill, and opportunity so generations will be impacted for the Kingdom of God. In 2017, our leadership felt God stir the idea to launch an institution that would expand our ability and capacity to develop current and future church leaders.

WMI’s Vision

Waymaker Institute exists to develop high-capacity and high-character leaders for the community, church, and nations.

We accomplish this through three development pillars.

    • Education — challenging the mind
    • Ministry Training — equipping the hands
    • Spiritual Formation — transforming the heart.

WMI’s Beliefs

Waymaker Institute is a non-denominational Protestant development program. Waymaker Institute is a partner of Waymaker.Church, whose beliefs can be found here. Our institutional statement of faith and our statement of secondary institutional positions can be found here and here.

Waymaker Institute’s Origin Story

What is Waymaker Institute?

What Waymaker Institute graduates are saying

Waymaker Institute has changed my view of ministry. It has prepared and equipped me to go after more within ministry than I would've ever thought possible.

Allyson Mountcasel

Academic Student 2020-2021

The Waymaker Institute Internship has given me so many opportunities for growth and development unlike anywhere else. Being able to work with the Students Team has been life changing and has had such a huge impact on what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Paul Hunter

Summer Intern 2022

From the functions of a church staff to practicing spiritual disciplines, WMI has trained me in both knowledge and practice to deal with the harder parts of ministry that I had never learned in a classroom before. What started as my next step academically, has now become a milestone in my spiritual maturity.

Peter Johnson

Students Resident 2018-2020

Designed to develop the next generation of leaders

Academic Certificate

Awaken your calling while earning college credits through our state-recognized certificate program.


Short-term leadership development in a ministry context. Experience working in the local church while being developed by our gifted leaders.

Residency Work

Get invaluable ministry experience while continuing your development through our two-year ministry work program with Waymaker.Church.

Backed by the local church. Trusted by Academia.

Waymaker Institute, Inc. partners with the following institutions to provide students in the Academic Program the opportunity to pursue an accredited undergraduate degree after completing the Academic Program.

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