ALIVE Residency Program


What is the Residency? 

The ALIVE Wesleyan Church Residency is a two year, full time leadership training program designed by 12Stone Church. This program is created to give hands on experience working with one of the staff teams of the church, personal mentoring and leadership training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.

The Six Developmental Components

The Six Developmental Components form the developmental strategy of the residency program.

Ministry Experience

Ministry Experience is what the residency is all about. The purposes 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 Coaching

Ministry Coaching works in conjunction with Ministry Experience (Developmental Component #1).  Two times per month, the resident coach will meet one-on-one for 45-60 minutes to discuss their level of excellence and work ethic inside their ministry work. The goal in Ministry Coaching is to give practical feedback within their current tasks and assignments to grow their ministry competence.


Personal Develpment

Personal Development is similar to Ministry Coaching but is also quite different. Personal Development is more about who the resident is than what the resident does. Two times per month the resident coach will meet one on one for at least 45 minutes for personal development with each resident. The Purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing as a person and Christian during the residency.

Leadership Training Curriculum

The Leadership Training Curriculum is unpacked during a weekly training meeting and gives valuable insight into different types of leadership. The Leadership Training Curriculum covers self leadership, relational leadership and organizational leadership. The Leadership Training Curriculum also has an “elective” quarter where the resident can learn about Pastoral Ministry, Preaching Ministry or Worship Ministry.


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.




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.