Much of what I am able to do in ministry is a direct result of God’s grace in and through a local church. Having never attended seminary, I owe much of what I do to faithful men who sought to train me in ministry through the church. It is little surprise then to have training at the core of what we do as a church. We say it over and over again: Emmaus exist to make and train disciples who make and train disciples. This is why we were planted and this is what we are pursuing as a church.
Now that we are nearing 3 years into the life of Emmaus, we have seen a number of people emerge who would like further training in ministry. We have also had people from outside the church express interest in being trained for ministry. Some want to work in church planting and revitalization, others international missions, still others to be better served toward the office of elder, etc. As a result we have established the Emmaus Residency. We believe this ministry will help equip men, women, and Emmaus Bible Church for the ministry that God has called us to.
The Residency is Emmaus’ training scheme devoted to training pastors, church planters and full-time Christian workers. The curriculum consists of three parts: theological training, ministry experience, and mentorship.
Theological Training- Our goal is to equip each student with the skills they need to responsibly and rightly handle the Bible so that they may teach it to others.
Ministry Experience- The residents engage in nearly every aspect of Emmaus’ ministry. On any given Sunday, you may see a resident preaching, leading an adult Sunday school class, or working with the children’s ministry. During the week, the residents lead gospel communities, work in the office and lead several other aspects of church ministry.
Mentorship- Perhaps you have heard it said that some things are better caught than taught. This is a powerful truth that the Bible affirms. Having a more seasoned mentor to disciple those that are younger in the ministry is modeled throughout the New Testament. The mentoring pastors not only teach the residents in the classroom, they also interact with them on their ministry responsibilities, training them and giving them feedback.
At present we are accepting applications for the upcoming year. If you are interested, head over to the Emmaus website and take a look at the page and application. Space is limited and the deadline for application is July 1st. You can also contact us with further questions.
(Note: we are thankful for ministries like Simeon Trust and Capital Hill Baptist Church for their help in putting together the Residency)