The mission of the Step Out (formerly Leadership Residency Program) is to develop leaders to plant and revitalize churches. This includes equipping leaders to reproduce disciples, leaders, and groups. Our goal is to develop and deploy a new generation of leaders who can lead gospel transformation in our churches and communities. Our vision is to ignite a movement of leadership development that trains 60 qualified pastors and church planters and incorporates them into a healthy church network over the next 20 years.


  • Ministry Experience - Ministry Experience is what the residency is all about. The purpose of the residency is to ensure that the residents have the leadership capacity and know-how to effectively and competently lead as a pastor. In order to do this, residents need significant and real-life ministry experience.

  • Leadership & Personal Developent Coaching - Leadership Coaching works in conjunction with Ministry Experience. Ministry Coaching also overlaps with Personal Development. Four times per month the resident coach will meet one on one for at least 45 minutes to discuss ministry with the resident. The purpose of the Coaching Meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing in ministry competence, a person, and in their walk with God during the residency.

  • Leadership Training Curriculum - The Leadership Training Curriculum is unpacked for the resident monthly and gives valuable insight into different types of leadership. The Leadership Training Curriculum covers self-leadership, relational leadership, and organizational leadership. The training curriculum is custom-designed based on the resident's anticipated ministry pathway (church planting, pastoring an established church, leading a volunteer ministry, etc.).

  • Winning Staff and Church Culture - Being part of a winning team is contagious. Residents benefit greatly from being invited into a staff and church culture that is thriving and healthy. Within this context, they pick up nuances and attitudes that separate winning teams from other teams.

  • Quarterly Evalutions - Each quarter a formal evaluation process gives feedback to the resident as well as to the resident coach about the residency and the resident’s readiness for pastoral ministry. While the evaluation process is an important tool in its own right, it also serves a “catch” for any development issues that have been inadvertently overlooked in the other components.

Interested in Step Out?

  • Start dates - March 1, June 1 , September 1 and December 1 each year.

  • Workload - Residents work a total of approximately 30-40 hours per week.

  • Pay - Residents receive financial assistance on an as-needed basis (plus optional housing).

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Have questions? Contact Pastor Ryan Frank at