Choose one of our residency tracks
Church Ministry Residency
Are you called to lead and work in the local church?
The Church Residency develops and equips leaders to carry out the weight of full-time ministry. This is a two-year ministry staff position within Waymaker.Church.
Church Planting Residency
Are you called to plant a church?
The Church Planting Residency trains and develops leaders with the necessary tools to launch a local church. This is a two-year ministry staff position within Waymaker.Church.
Has God placed a stirring in your heart for the nations?
The Nations Residency equips and commissions men, women, and families who are called to go overseas to spread the Gospel. This is a nine-month immersive program.
The church ministry or church planting Residency Program is for you if you…
Are called to full-time vocational ministry or to plant a church
Crave mentorship and feedback
Have experience serving and leading in the local church
Aspire to grow as a spiritual leader
The Nations Residency Program
is for you if you…
Want to discern your call to the nations
Aspire to spread the gospel in a different culture
Desire to grow in being with Jesus, being like Jesus, and doing what Jesus did
Want to live on mission through disciple-making
Get support and structure to help you launch and finish well
Spiritual & Personal Development
Rooted In A Healthy Culture
Birthed by the local church to serve the local church
In 2017, the leaders of Waymaker.Church felt God stir the idea to launch an institution that would develop future church leaders to impact generations for the Kingdom of God.
Waymaker Institute exists to develop high-capacity and high-character leaders for the community, church, and nations through our Academic, Internship, and Residency Programs.
Don’t miss out on God’s Calling
You’ve been called to ministry – that part is clear. But without the right people investing in you during that journey, you’re left to figure it out on your own.
No one to encourage you
No one to equip you for higher capacity in ministry
No one to come alongside you to help you realize spiritual and emotional growth
The two-year Residency Program focuses on three key areas:
Education, Ministry Training, and Spiritual Formation
to give you the foundational tools to help you in life and in ministry.
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Get the training you need to become a high-capacity, high-character leader
Impact your community, lead in your church, and change the world
What Our Graduates are saying
The residency is the best thing that could have happened to me when I graduated from college. I have been fiercely prayer over, protected, and loved on, and I now know the voice of the Holy Spirit in ways I could have never imagined.
I am nowhere where I thought I would be, but I’ve never been more certain about where God has me going. I have new passions and have seen new gifts emerge that align with those passions. I have no doubt that God is using this time to train and prepare me for leadership in His church.
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.
The Waymaker Institute Residency has been radically transforming not only for my ministry experience, but also for my spiritual formation and relationship with God. It has provided a new perspective and understanding of God’s calling in my life for His Kingdom.
The Residency was one of the hardest and most fruitful experiences of my life. Yes, I do believe deeply that there was so much preparation for the task of ministry; however, even greater than that, residency forced me to be open-handed with Jesus, ingrained in me the practice of doing hard things, and helped produce endurance in my faith. And exponentially grew my love for the local church! All of this has played a huge role in what I get to do now, loving and leading our middle and high school students!
What to Expect in the Residency
It is recommended that Residents have completed an undergraduate degree or graduate degree at an accredited institution.
Waymaker Institute does provide opportunities for continued education. A plan for continuing education will be created for an Resident on a case-by-case basis.
The Residency is a two-year program that develops and equips individuals to step into vocational ministry. Residents get to experience the weight of full-time ministry through high-level opportunities. They are considered employees at Waymaker.Church and participate in all staff functions.
Potential ministry areas include:
- Student Ministry: Middle School
- Student Ministry: High School
- Kids Ministry: Birth-4th Grade
- Creative Team (Graphic Design/Videography)
Residents participate in weekly environments that provide opportunities for spiritual development and personal growth.
Residents craft their spiritual lives through the Waymaker Institute Rule of Life. The WMI Rule of Life calls our residents to the regular practices of prayer, sabbath, fasting, and scripture reading.
Through these environments and practices, residents form their lives towards loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Residency Program Requirements
- Undergraduate or Graduate degree preferred
- Leadership experience
- Ministry experience
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admissions requirements?
- Bachelors Degree preferred
- Ministry experience
- Leadership experience
What is the application process?
Submit an application, fill out a Questionnaire, and complete an interview.
Apply for the Residency Program HERE.
Is there an age limit for students to attend WMI?
The Residency Program does not have an age limit but other qualifications that are discerned through the interview process are considered.