church  planting  Residency 

Our vision as a church is “creating churches for future generations,” and we live this out both locally, by continually seeking ways to love and serve our community, and beyond, by investing in church plants globally, and by developing and sending out church planters through our Church Planting Residency. Here at Portico, we have over 15 years of experience in assessing, training, sending and supporting church planters.

Program Details

Our residency is a two-year program incorporating both educational as well as life on life training in a local church context. Some highlights of the program:  

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The Church Planting Resident will a be a fully integrated staff member for a period running approximately 24 months, will work on average, 25 hours per week on the staff team, and receive housing and benefits for him and his family (if applicable) in Charlottesville, VA, for the duration of the Residency.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Pastors are called and trained, not born. We believe the best training for ministry is holistic, including the hands as well as the head and heart, that happens under the care and supervision of qualified pastors in the local church. Academic training, while necessary, is not sufficient alone to supply the practical skills required to shepherd lives well.

Qualifying candidates will receive educational training from seasoned practitioners at Grimké Seminary* paid for by Portico Church. Residents may graduate with either a Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv) or a Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

*Admission at Grimké is a pre-requisite for our residents. To learn more about Grimké Seminary, please click here to be directed to their website. .

MENTORSHIP

Paul not only expects Timothy to mature into the character qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 but also to gain necessary competencies for pastoral ministry. The Portico residency adapts the Acts 29 Network’s core church planter competencies into a measurable set of ministry skills.

The Residency will include Senior Leadership mentoring in the areas of pastoral leadership & administration, preaching, community-building, mission, etc.

Key Dates

Winter Residency Admission 2020

October 15: Applications for Residency due
December 2-5: Acceptance letters go out
February 3: Residency program begins at Portico Church in Charlottesville
February 24: Grimké Winter Intensive begins
April 20: Grimké Spring Intensive begins

Next Steps

We are currently accepting applications through October 15th for two Church Planting Residents.  If you are interested in applying for one of two open positions, please fill out the interest form, and we will be in touch with you about the best next steps.

Please direct any questions you may have to Pastor Bliss Spillar.