Columbia Church Residency


Columbia’s Residency Program is a two-year, part time volunteer, post college leadership development program for emerging leaders who feel called to vocational church ministry. The program aims to prepare residents for ministry in the local church context through  practical and hands-on service in the church. 

The Residency program is comprised of three main components in a cohort model. Cohorts start every fall. 

Hands on Volunteer Ministry Experience 

Each resident will be placed in a ministry area and will serve on a volunteer basis approximately 25 hours per week with their ministry supervisor in order to be equipped to serve and lead in that area. Ministry placements are determined by experience, team chemistry and desired ministry future. Residents will receive a modest stipend.

Leadership Development Training

Residents will be assigned a ministry mentor to give guidance and coaching throughout the residency. Residents will receive regular ministry, leadership and personal development training seminars with Columbia staff and leaders.

Spiritual Formation

Residents will participate in small groups for fellowship, discipleship and faith formation activities.

The Residency is a 2-year commitment, with a flexible end date during the second year based upon transitioning to a paid ministry position.

Year 1 - Focus on the ministry placement, skill development, and leadership training.

Year 2 - Focus on ministry leadership, skill development, leadership training and job seeking.

Ministry Areas

  • Children's Ministry (birth - 6th grade and parents)
  • Student Ministry (7th - 12th and parents)
  • Adult Ministry
  • Missions
  • Worship, Music & Arts


A complete application is composed of:

  1. Residency Application Form
  2. Residency Application Questionnaire
  3. Resume
  4. Two letters of reference - one work, one spiritual (pastor or small group leader)

To begin your application, please click here for the application form. To complete the application, email one pdf document containing the following documents to

Questions? Contact Bronwyn Spaeth at or call 703-534-5740 ext 255.

The Residency Program is made possible through generous funding from the Columbia Foundation.