Character: Candidate is active in a growing relationship with Jesus.
Competence: At least two years of theological education – MA or MDiv preferred. Minimum of three to five years practical ministry experience, preferably in a local church. Preference will be given to candidates who currently live in or are originally from Denver, and there is no relocation allowance for non-residents. Confidence communicating regularly to large and small groups – teaching, preaching, casting vision – is a must. Experience doing fundraising and development is a plus, as is experience building and leading teams.
Commitment: We are looking for candidates who are already committed and moving toward planting in Denver but need support and resources. This is not a program to explore an interest in church planting or to learn about planting. If this is your interest then our Leadership Development Program would be a better fit for you.
Cultural Fit: The church planter should be a cultural fit to Denver and commit to start a church that embodies the core distinctives of the Church Cooperative of Denver.
Phase One (3-6 months):
- Acquire a hands-on understanding of NDC and CCD values by working directly with local pastors and staff. Serve within NDC, contributing however is needed and fits with giftings.
- Cultivate a vision for a new community of faith, guided by NDC and CCD pastors and other city leaders to discern the intersection between personal calling and needs in the city.
- Begin developing a core group to pray and help cultivate the vision for a new community.
- Begin the development of identity and values unique to the leader(s) for this new community.
- Phase one is a provisional period and NDC will make a determination at the end of this phase whether to continue with the residency and start “Year Zero” of the new church.
Phase Two (3-6 months):
- Settle on a geographical area in which to focus, and become a student of that area. Learn about the area and begin cultivating relationships there. Ideally the resident would live there.
- Continue developing a core group. Start developing rhythms of connection (e.g. gathering together for connection, prayer, sharing vision).
- Establish the church as an organization guided by NDC and CCD (e.g. incorporation, bylaws, board of advisors, 501c3, online infrastructure, branding identity, etc.).
- Continue developing identity and values.
- Begin fundraising with church planting resident’s personal network and core group.
- Begin planning for the location, timing, and frequency of public programming (e.g. worship service, kids’ ministry, groups).
Phase Three (3-6 months):
- Recruit and develop volunteers and staff necessary to support initial offerings.
- Establish community rhythms by executing planned programs and continue communicating identity and values.
- Solidify an ongoing strategy for cultivating local financial stewardship and determine what external support is needed as the incubation period ends.
Phase Four (Ongoing):
- Serve as lead pastor for the new church, leading the elder board and staff team.
- Oversee pastoral rites and rituals exercised by the church.
- Continue as a participating member of the CCD community of churches providing support, encouragement, and resources as able and as needed.
- Contribute to ongoing multiplication by hosting church planting residents when ready.
Salary is dependent on education and experience, and it is predicated on an expectation of 50% time (20 hours per week). The candidate is expected to raise funds or secure secondary employment to supplement income.
Follow-up Questions and Application
For any additional questions or to speak to someone about the Church Planting Residency, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for a residency with NDC, fill out the application below.
**Note: Please allow at least 30 minutes for the application.