Residents come from all over the country with all different backgrounds, and though exciting, it can be difficult to step into a new position, new team and new city. With this in mind, we’ve built into our program regular opportunities for residents to build community with one another, both in and outside our church.
As believers we experience lasting growth when we increase in knowledge, character and skills. We call these three components – head, heart and hands. Our supervisors play a key role in our program, as they intentionally develop each resident for a missional life that glorifies God through all three dimensions of growth.
We believe the strongest and best leadership training should come out of the local church. Jesus gave to the church leaders to equip the saints for the work of ministry, so we whole-heartedly believe it is in the local church where future leaders can be best nurtured, challenged, trained, and released for ministry.
RESIDENCIES are available to college graduates, or those from the marketplace 22 years old and up. All residencies are support raised positions allowing the resident the ability to work full time (40 hours per week) for on the job training and development. Residency commitments are for 1-2 year terms.
INTERNSHIPS are available to college students and those in the marketplace (18 years old and up). All internships are unpaid positions allowing a student to give 5-25 hours per week to serve alongside Austin Stone staff and leaders to gain experience and personal growth. Internship commitments are for semester terms. Internships can provide credit for certain college degree requirements upon approval with ASI.
ASI CHURCH-BASED residents explore the depths of a particular church ministry and even prepare to be part of a church planting team. All residents play a significant role in leading ministry at The Austin Stone while under the close mentorship of Austin Stone leadership and an ASI supervisor.
FOR THE CITY NETWORK residency is an experience designed to provide aspiring business, non-profit and urban ministry leaders with the tools and training they need for impact wherever they go. But, we don’t want to just develop and train residents in specific knowledge and send them on their way. During a resident’s time with us, they’ll practice hands-on training in the city with real leaders who are making a difference.
Residencies can vary in time commitment. Some areas of ministry require a 2-year residency. Many other opportunities last 1 year.
ASI partners with Reliant for the application process. This process for residencies can take 3-4 weeks after the application deadline, depending on each ministry’s needs, availability, and number of applications. After you complete the application you will be contacted by the ASI team to schedule an interview. ASI and Reliant review each applicant together and then inform the applicant of a decision.
All new residents and interns start in August each year. Residents must apply between October and February in order to be accepted and invited to our training for support raising in April. All residents raise support from May through July, and upon completion of support raising they are invited to start the program in August.
All interns apply by deadlines indicated online and when accepted, are invited to start in August.
Austin Stone partners with Reliant to provide residents with compensation and benefits. Full-time residents are offered through Reliant the option of enrollment in health insurance plan. Further information on compensation and benefits are available here.
Support raising can seem intimidating to consider. However ASI consistently sees God provide the needed financial and prayer partners year after year! ASI in partnership with Reliant provides full support raising training and requires every resident to attend this training in person in order to provide the best face to face preparation possible. Our training includes theology, biblical perspective, support goals and practical skills. Developing a “ministry team” takes about three months. Personal coaching and regular communication are provided during your support raising season.
The work is dependent on what area of the Church or For the City Network that you end up serving. When you are accepted, you will be placed with a supervisor who will give you all of your work and be in charge of developing you as a leader. A description of residency opportunities can be found [HERE].
Community is key to you experiencing a great residency. ASI strongly recommends you find other residents to live with during your time in Austin. ASI residents must coordinate and secure adequate housing for the duration of their time in Austin. ASI encourages all residents planning to move into Austin to use the resources provided and follow these suggested steps.
All of the training provided by ASI centers on helping people develop their knowledge, character and ministry skills. We place a high priority on equipping our Residents for a lifetime of ministry in whatever context God leads them.
As a part of this training, we require our Residents to take a nine-month cohort based class that includes theology, doctrine and personal character development. This class is taught by our pastors and seminary professors and graduates (M.Div. and Ph.D.). Opportunities are available for Residents to receive credits toward a Master’s degree.
When your child reports to Austin to start the Residency, he or she will be supervised and mentored in a personal development plan for ministry.
Other conferences, mission trips and training opportunities are available depending on the particular area they will be working. Most Residents will be given significant leadership responsibilities which will require development in public speaking, leadership skills, event planning and group management.
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