But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Our Church Planting Residency is a training and preparation program for potential church planters.
As of February 1, 2015, Bethlehem will be working with Word of Grace Baptist Church on a Jumpstart revitalization project. Applications are now open in our search for a qualified Jumpstart pastor. See below for more information.
Program Description: The Bethlehem Jumpstart Residency is a church planter training program designed for called and qualified church planters to complete prior to full-time church planting work. The Residency aims to equip the resident by instilling in him our mission, doctrine, and values for church life by providing opportunities to observe how these convictions are lived out in the life of the local church.
Our mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. Our doctrine is Bethlehem’s Elder Affirmation of Faith. Our values for biblical church life are expressed in the 10 Dimensions of Church Life.
Components of the Residency: The Residency includes supervised ministry, weekend seminars, seminary classes, a mentoring relationship, church planting conferences and assessments, and a year-end assessment and evaluation.
Support: Residents will receive a stipend of $25,000, disbursed monthly throughout the residency. The Resident will be responsible to raise at least $25,000, and up to $35,000, for additional salary support. Though we may be able to provide guidance, residents are responsible for their own health insurance.
Timeline: The Jumpstart Residency is a full-time, one-year program based at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. The program begins on September 1, 2015 and ends on August 31, 2016.
Qualifications: Applicants are required to submit a completed application with personal and pastoral references. Preference will be given to applicants with pastoral ministry experience and to those having completed their formal theological education.
Process: Applicants will be screened, assessed, and interviewed by a committee comprised of Bethlehem and Word of Grace representatives.
Due Date: The Jumpstart Residency application is open as of February 1, 2015. Applications and Reference Forms are due by March 1, 2015.
We hope to review applications and conduct interviews from March–April 2015 with the goal of announcing the Jumpstart resident by April 30, 2015.
Contact: Questions should be directed to Bethlehem's Church Planting department or 612-338-7653 x437.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
720—13th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Field Education Credit: The Residency is structured such that it meets the requirements for Field Education typically required to receive a Master of Divinity degree.
Note: Completion of the Residency does not guarantee being sent out as a Bethlehem or TCTN Church Planter; final evaluation and approval is made by the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church upon completion of the residency.