We get really excited when people tell us they want to go into ministry. We’ve created a specific training program for the next generation of leaders in the church — Ascend Ministry Residency. It’s an 11-month program where Ascend Ministry Residents walk alongside seasoned pastors who coach them in specific ministry areas. As you engage in Ascend you will become a leader who is prepared to lead yourself, lead others and lead ministries to move in step with the movement of Christ. Graduates of Ascend are spread out in ministry areas throughout the United States and the world.
Opportunities to Learn
Ascend goes past the books and into real life. We help our residents grow through a variety of learning pathways, including personal mentoring, ministry skill improvement through practical opportunities, mission trips, intellectual development, and spiritual growth.
Ascend participants will be paired with seasoned ministry professionals who will infuse their years of experience into the relationship. This type of one-on-one, up-close and personal relationship will prove invaluable as participants gain a real-world picture of what ministry is like as well as how to balance ministry with other responsibilities such as family, friends and more.
Sharpen Your Skills
An important part of Ascend is time focused on personal ministry. Ascend isn't the kind of residency in which participants are tasked only with the most unappealing work left over from ministry leaders. Individuals selected will improve their skills as they work in daily ministry.
Gaining a unique perspective on how God is at work throughout the world is essential. Therefore, all Ascend participants will have the opportunity to experience exponential transformation through serving in global and local missions ministries.
A special component of Ascend is a time for formal education exploring topics that aren't typically covered in college or seminary ministry programs. This invaluable portion of the program includes topics such as: discipleship and small group ministry, church communication, theology, worship experiences, conflict management, strategic planning, technology and much more. Classes are taught by a variety of ministry professionals from the Pinelake Staff, not only educated in their areas of expertise, but also involved in the practical application of their subject areas on a daily basis.
We believe ministry is what you leave behind while you are following Christ. You will experience life-on-life discipleship as you walk closely with a ministry coach, digging deep into the Word of God and through prayer.
Areas of Focus
There are five areas of ministry for Ascend participants to choose from, including:
How to Apply
The following criteria are required to apply:
Application deadline for the 2021 Ascend Ministry Residency has ended. Applications for 2022 will be available in the fall.
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