WoodsEdge Institute exists to equip leaders to advance the kingdom of God through the local church
WoodsEdge community church believes that we are called to equip the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and church planters by investing our time, talents, and treasure just as a doctor receives hands on, meaningful training in a clinical residency, we want to deploy pastors, missionaries, and church planters with both biblical and practical ministry training.
residents are full-fledged, full time staff members during their one-year residency, with an "attending" pastor in a ministry focus.
class time and one-on-one mentorship are in a vital part of the development process and are coordinated by the residency director.
Residents learn as a cohort, attend retreats, conferences, and mission trips together.
Philosophy of Ministry Lunch
Bible Study Methods
Old Testament/New Testament
Frequently asked questions
What is the time commitment of the residency?
The WoodsEdge Institute Residency is a full time program, requiring 30 hours a week under the supervision of an attending pastor and 10 hours with the residency director.
Can I work another job during my residency?
We strongly discourage any resident from any kind of work outside of the residency itself, primarily because the principal purpose of the residency is to provide focused training and experience into future full-time vocation ministry.
Is the residency a paid position?
The WoodsEdge Institute Residency is a paid staff position. Year to year, the method and the amount may change depending on the number of residents and the ministry budget. Unlike most residencies, WE is committed to providing at least part (often full) salary and benefits. Incoming residents will be notified prior to their acceptance if they will need to raise a portion of their salary.
Will I receive mentorship?
Every resident spends significant time in one-on-one mentorship with pastors, lay leaders, and ministry directors. The priority of the residency is discipleship, even above professional development.
Does the residency provide housing?
Currently, the WoodsEdge Institute Residency does not provide housing for residents. We do encourage, however that residents find ways to live in community together.
Can I earn seminary credits for my class time:
Currently, residents do not earn advanced standing credits for their class time. We are big believers in seminary, however, and we work in partnership with seminaries to prepare students for course-by-course advanced credit exams prior to entering seminary. If you are a seminary student, you are eligible to earn hours towards your ministry experience program requirements.
Where can I apply?
Candidates will need to complete a two-step application: First the program application for the residency itself, and then the formal employment application. There will also be a two-part interview process: one interview with the Residency Director and one with the Attending Pastor.
Applications for we|residency are now open for 2020-2021. Applications are processed as they are received. the application will remain open until march 1 or until all residency positions are filled.
WE|residency is considered a full-time, non-exempt paid staff position. under some ministry circumstances, a resident may be asked to raise a portion of his/her income.
If you have any questions contact our residency director