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 that launched in 2020  incorporating both educational as well as life on life training in a local church context. Some highlights of the program:  


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.


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. .


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.


This role is designed for men who have a strong conviction and call to church planting in the next 2-3 years. Men who desire to serve as church planters should have a known track record of serving, leading and giving within their local church, with demonstrated teaching skills and observable fruit in ministry, marriage and family life.

Next Steps

If you are interested in more information, please fill out the interest form, and we will be in touch with you about the best next steps.