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December 16, 2020

The Benefits of Church Planting Residencies

By New Churches Team

Residency vs. Internship

Historically, the two words residency and internship have been interchangeable. And really, they hey can still be interchanged based on your context and what will work best. But one thing that has shifted is that more people are using internships in churches to help people determine if they’ve been called for church planting, while residencies are for people who are confident that God has called them but don’t know if it is to church planting or another ministry role. The point of the residency is to clarify the call. Also, an internship is often at most a year-long process, while a residency is intentional developing someone over 2 years with more effort and intentionality in building relationships.

Importance of Practical Experience

Part of the thinking behind church planter assessments is that there are certain characteristics that are present in a person that can be discovered through the assessment process. But now it is often believed that you can make a church planter, and one of the best ways to do that is through apprenticeships, internships, and residencies. There is a high failure rate in church planting — 2/3 don’t make it to full self-sufficiency within 4 years. Church planting is one of the hardest things you will ever do. Taking the time for residency gives you hands on skills.

Considerations in Residencies

  1. If a church planter is fundraising for both a residency and a future church plant, doing an assessment first allows their messaging on the front end to be clear about the fact that it will be residency that moves into a church plant. There is a hard moment if someone support raises for residency and then has to make a second ask.

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