The RLC Residency program exists to Equip, Educate and Empower emerging Christian leaders to pursue and thrive in vocational ministry.

Real Life Church’s Residency Program is a 12-24 month leadership development program for emerging leaders looking to pursue vocational ministry. The program is designed to give hands-on experience along with personal mentoring and leadership training to Equip, Educate and Empower emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance. The goal is to make all resident graduates highly hireable in their pursuit of a career in successful ministry.

Our Program

Development Components
During your residency with the RLC you will experience deep growth in your Leadership Intelligence (LQ), Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Spiritual Intelligence (SQ). This will be accomplished through ministry experience and leadership empowerment.

Leadership Curriculum

Our leadership curriculum is derived from the School of Advanced Leadership Training (S.A.L.T) from Hope International University. Residents will complete a minimum of 4 courses from HIU but also have the opportunity to pursue a MA degree in Christian Leadership if desired. The RLC Residency program is focused on these four key areas:
  1. Spiritual Formation
  2. Organizational Structure
  3. Relational Shepherding
  4. Focused Leadership


Who is Eligible to Apply
Our residency program is best suited for mature young adults exploring the call to vocational ministry. Our Part-time residency affords the opportunity for college students who are currently enrolled at a local college or university the ability to do both school and the residency. Our Full-time residency is ideal for college graduates who feel called to vocational ministry and desire to have a robust leadership development experience.


What is the application process?
Our application is done through Reliant Mission ($49 application fee) followed by an interview. Overall the process is not very lengthy but ensures proper vetting of all applicants. You can fill out our interest form HERE and you will be contacted shortly with further details. For more information on Reliant Mission click HERE


How does the compensation work?
Part-time Residents will work approximately 20 hours of salaried work hours per week in addition to about 8-10 hours of unpaid development hours through the academic portion as previously described. The compensation is $1000/month.


Full-time Residents will work 40+ hours of salaried work hours per week in addition to the academic portion. The compensation is TBD based and will be required to fundraise a portion of the salary. Significant fundraising coaching and training is provided.


All host homes will be compensated by RLC not by the Resident.


All HIU SALT classes will be covered by RLC not by the Resident. *If Full-time Resident is pursuing an MA then that is the Resident’s responsibility.


Are Residents required to take the HIU SALT classes?
Yes, but the classes can be taken for credit or audited which will reduce the amount of academic workload is required. If classes are audited then no Certificate in Ministry is awarded by HIU.

Is personal transportation required?
Ideally, all Residents will want to have their own vehicle but it is not a requirement as there are other options of transportation such as public transport and rideshare available. We will work hard to provide a host home close to the campus the Resident is assigned.

How does the Host Home work? Am I required to stay there?
We do our best to find a loving and healthy host family that is part of RLC to provide each Resident with their own room. There will be a agreed-upon understanding between RLC, Host family, and Resident to ensure clarification of expectations. Residents are not required to live in the provided Host home if the Resident chooses to arrange their own living arrangements.

How long is the Residency?
The Residency is 12 months in duration for Part-time Residents and 18-24 months for Full-time Residents. Part-time Residents will have the option of continuing on for an additional 12 months if possible.

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