The benefits of a 10-month postgraduate ministry leadership and training program
You've heard God's call. You've said yes to the call. What next?
There is a temptation to turn on auto-pilot once we've made the decision to enter full-time pastoral or non-profit ministry. Some dull their spiritual eyes and ears, and start making vocational plans based on accepted cultural norms or the expectations of others.
Keep listening! Let God speak into your next steps. If the LORD is guiding you to enter seminary or graduate school, He'll make that clear. If He's drawing you into a ministry job opportunity right out of school, follow His lead. Remain open to His leading.
As you pray and listen, we want to introduce you to an option you may not have considered before... the 10-month Thrive Ministry Leadership Residency program.
Our goal is not to sell you on the idea of Thrive Residency.
We are in the business of ministry and soul development, not sales.
Preparing for a life in Christian ministry is a spiritual matter.
Our goal is simply to make you aware of this unique, integrative 10-month postgraduate program, and to encourage you to pray about it and follow God's leading. It's that simple.
Of course, we believe Thrive Residency is an incredible experience for any aspiring pastor or ministry leader. So permit us to brag just a bit...
10 Reasons to Enroll in Thrive Residency
Ten months to listen deeply, experiment vocationally, and process your next steps in life and ministry.
You just graduated - or perhaps you're about to graduate. A full-time ministry job, seminary, or graduate school might be the next best move. But a focused 10-month residency may give you the extra time and space you need to refine the call of God within you.
Dedicated communal life and learning with 12 other aspiring pastors and non-profit ministry leaders.
We don't just talk about community. We practice it. Thrive Residents live together, eat together, study and serve together! We share deeply, ask the hard questions about life and ministry, and push one another to greater intimacy and devotion to Christ.
Knoxville, TN... Southern hospitality, Smoky Mountains, and so much more!
It's hard to find a better location for a Residency experience! Knoxville is the best kept secret in the South - a diverse and friendly college town (Go Vols!), with top-notch restaurants, retail, museums, coffee shops, and endless sports and outdoor entertainment.
Work in a local church or non-profit (4-days/week) + Graduate-level theological & ministry training (1-day/week).
Thrive Residency partners with churches and non-profits to give each Resident a 10-mo job related to their calling. Once a week, Residents convene for a day of classical, roundtable academic training with university professors, pastors, and teachers.
Devoted time and interaction with hundreds of local Kingdom entrepreneurs.
We put Residents in front of the best and brightest ministry practitioners in Knoxville and beyond. We seek answers to the hard questions of life and ministry from pastors and non-profit leaders of all shapes and sizes.
1-on-1 mentoring with an older, wise believer + honest and confidential peer-group experiences.
We pair each Resident with a mature Christian leader for ongoing support and mentoring. Male and female Residents also meet regularly to share and process openly about life and ministry in an environment of grace and trust.
A healthy, worshipful, and sustainable pace of work and rest, service and study, action and reflection.
Jesus had a rhythm of life that is foreign to many of us. He was neither a workaholic nor a recluse. So too, we aim for balance. Thrive Residents will work hard, but rest well - engage deeply, but then step away for regular times of sabbath, spiritual disciplines, and retreat.
Residency in the safe, but at-risk neighborhood of Lonsdale, alongside a ministry dedicated to community transformation.
Residents live rent-free in a 6-br, 2-story home across from Thrive Lonsdale (our sponsor), an at-risk kids and family ministry located 2-mi NW of downtown Knoxville. We believe in the value of exposing Residents to real life, needs, and ministry in the city.
In-depth pastoral and ministry training at a reasonable cost, plus sustainable monthly income.
Thrive Residents pay only $995 for our 10-mo program (half of which is refundable at program completion!). Rent and utilities are free! And, you'll earn $1,000/mo for your 4-day/week Residency job to help you pay for food, gas, and other personal expenses.
A short-term Residency with long-term results, networking opportunities, + a boost to your resume!
The experiences and relationships you cultivate at Thrive Residency will deeply enhance your personal, spiritual, leadership, and vocational development. In short, these 10 months will change your life and uniquely prepare you to make a difference for the Kingdom!
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