Be part of the next generation of ministers and missionaries fulfilling your mission in life with Christ-centered vision, experience and perspective.
Resident ministers spend 11 months in a large, healthy church environment while receiving instruction in seven foundational aspects for long term success.
For complete details, download our Overview, or contact SOMM@jfbc.org.
Spend one day a week discussing foundational aspects of ministry in an interactive group with a seasoned minister. Areas of instruction include:
Reading and writing assignments provide residents with a more mature and developed understanding of the personal and practical aspects of ministry.
Receive 12 – 18 transfer credits to use at the following seminaries to help start your seminary education:
Who would be considered an ideal resident for the School of Ministry and Missions? Men and women who have a clear calling to ministry, the mission field, or to serve as a church planter. The School of Ministry and Missions serves as a bridge between your undergraduate degree (or secular career) and your seminary education.
What is required to become a resident? Apply online before May 1 each year to submit basic information, references, and a general description about your calling and interest in the School of Ministry and Missions. Interviews begin in April and final decisions for the next residency are confirmed by the end of May.
How many residency openings are there? We offer 4-6 residency openings.
What does a typical week look like in the program? Every resident has a supervisor who provides weekly responsibilities and ministry projects. Residents are not viewed as interns, but ministers who can lead and execute weekly responsibilities within their ministry or missions area. Residents spend 24 hours each week working in their resident minister role. Each Thursday, residents meet as a group to cover a foundational aspect of ministry. There are six modules that include class discussion, instruction, modeling, guest speakers, book assignments, and writing assignments. Modules provide areas of development that you can discuss with your supervisor as you work alongside him on a weekly basis.
Is there tuition or intern pay? There is no tuition associated with the School of Ministry and Missions, however, when you transfer the credit hours to a seminary at the end of the program, there may be credit fees charged by the seminary. The SOMM team helps you assess potential transfer fees during the application process. There is a stipend of $1,500 for each resident per month to help with living expenses. Johnson Ferry also actively searches for free housing as well to help with living expenses.
How will this program help me later in my ministry or mission work? The experience and perspective gained from the program will be a huge jump start to your understanding of ministry. In addition, the relationships you establish during the program can help serve as references and a support network as you move forward in ministry or a missions application process.