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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

This is a full-time program. It is 29 hours per week and includes required meetings, training times and ministry obligations.

HOW LONG DOES THE RESIDENCY LAST?

The residency is an 11-month program, running June 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. Students must be available for the entire time period to be accepted.

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS?

Each resident will receive a $12,000 ministry stipend (pre-tax) paid out bi-monthly throughout the length of the program. All conference expenses and other resources will be provided. Additional part-time employment is acceptable if it does not conflict with the specific ministry requirements. We strongly advise you not to apply to this program if you have a considerable amount of consumer debt. Candidates are not permitted to work full-time because of the demands of the program.

As a part-time, temporary employee of Preston Trail medical benefits and holiday pay will not be provided.

WHAT IS THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE?

Schedules will differ depending on each resident’s ministry specialty and responsibilities. Residents should expect to work 25 hours per week within their ministry specialty (weekly class time and preparation does not count toward the 25 hours).

Resident team meeting and equipping courses (Tuesdays, 3-4 hours): This is where we’ll focus on the curriculum.

Preston Trail staff meeting (Tuesdays, once per month): This is a time when we gather to share stories of ministry, what we are learning from God’s Word, gather leadership insights and pray with one another.

Ministry team meeting (varies): You will meet weekly with the ministry coach and staff team within your ministry specialty.

Ministry events and responsibilities in your area of specialty (varies): You will be required to prepare for and help lead the weekly ministry events within your ministry specialty (e.g., Groups, re:generation, ReEngage, etc.).

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM?

Applicants will hear back no later than March 31, 2018 regarding acceptance.

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND A PLACE TO LIVE?

Preston Trail does not provide housing but can help the resident make local connections for housing.

CAN I GET SEMINARY CREDIT FOR THE PROGRAM?

Yes, both undergraduate and seminary credit is available through Rockbridge Seminary and B.H. Carroll Theological institute upon completion of the educational component of the residency. Both have agreed to award nine elective credits towards the completion of your undergraduate or master’s degree, and you will be responsible for tuition costs separately.

HOW MANY RESIDENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED?

We hope to place eight to twelve residents this year.

ARE THERE ANY AGE REQUIREMENTS?

While each candidate will be evaluated individually, preference will be given to those applicants twenty-one years of age or older.

WILL I BE EXPECTED TO BECOME A PART OF PRESTON TRAIL COMMUNITY CHURCH?

Yes. During your time with us, you will be expected to participate fully in the ministry of Preston Trail.

WHAT IS THE PROFILE OF A CANDIDATE WHO WILL THRIVE IN THIS RESIDENCY?

Strong residents are natural leaders who demonstrate principles of self-leadership and discipline, who take initiative to ask questions, and to maintain a posture of humility while eagerly soliciting feedback and input from others.