Planting Residency

Residency Program

New City Network’s Church Planting Residency is an intensive, supervised ministry experience focused on developing the core competencies of planting a church. The residency operates primarily out of McLean Bible Church, located just outside of Washington, D.C.

Qualified candidates participate in a twelve-month church planting residency cohort, where they will serve with MBC, or another local church plant, while receiving weekly training specifically focused on the work of church planting. During the residency, the planter will refine a strategic and contextualized vision of planting a local church, work to develop communication strategies for casting the vision, engage in active fundraising and partner development, and develop a strong core team that will endeavor to maintain the long term health and vitality of the church.  

During the training we will focus on 12 primary characteristics that are essential to a successful church planter: 

  1. Calling
  2. Charachter
  3. Missional Engagement
  4. Vision
  5. Bold Faith
  6. Values
  7. Fundraising
  8. Disciple-making
  9. Systems and Structures
  10. Team Building
  11. Communication and Preaching
  12. Multiplication

The ideal candidate will have (1) a vibrant personal walk with the Lord, (2) be a man of demonstrated godly character, (3) have a strong calling to the work of church planting, (4) a passion for reaching the unchurched and de-churched, (5) a strong marriage and family life, (6) demonstrated success in leading and building ministries, (7) a gifted communicator, (8) an entrepreneurial aptitude and a track record of starting ministries and/or businesses from scratch, (9) theological clarity and alignment with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, (10) a kingdom mindset that will seek the welfare of the greater movement of church planting in the city, (11) a desire for multiplication and to plant a church-planting church. 

New City Network has partnered with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in their church planting efforts in Washington DC and Baltimore, and utilizes NAMB’s assessment process for the determination of the cohort participants. Potential residents will go through NAMB’s church planter application process and assessment as part of the application process for this residency.

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