The Highland Residency exists to equip young church leaders as they grow in ministry, and to support the on-going ministries of Highland throughout one calendar school year. This program seeks to provide an environment that prioritizes the resident’s spiritual development, while also giving many hands-on opportunities for them to engage and lead in Highland’s ministries.
The ideal applicant is someone committed to a life of ministry who desires to grow in godliness, all while being big believers of the local church! Residents should be recent college graduates and committed members of their local church (Highland or otherwise). Our expectation is that every Highland Resident would have previously completed one summer of Highland Leader College, whether the 10 weeks preceding the Residency or in previous years. However, applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Highland is not a perfect church and by no means has it all figured out. We are all still learning and growing, yet also seeing the Lord move in miraculous ways in our midst. We want to fulfill our God-given responsibility to multiply disciples (Matthew 28) for His Glory and equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4). We pray Highland’s name is forgotten, but that this program would leave you with tangible ministry experience and spiritual markers, pointing you towards a lifetime of further sanctification as a healthy member of whatever church you are called to.
While in the Residency, you will be considered a part of our staff ministry team by our whole church. Residents serve in a part-time capacity (20-25 hours/week), which includes Sunday ministry responsibilities, staff meetings, Residency classes, churchwide events and more! You will be partnered with the same ministry partner (i.e. Youth, Groups, Women, Communications, College, etc) for the entire program, and you would be a pivotal member of their team, in addition to having many opportunities that are unique to our Residents.
Great question! In many ways, if you do this, you’re joining us on this wild ride of partially figuring it out as we go. If you do this, you trust Highland as your church family that will equip you, invest in you and not waste your time. We want this to be something that you will look back on for the rest of your life as a formative and impactful experience that grows you as a disciple of Jesus. Another reason to consider this Residency is that we expect God to use you in our church to better Highland for this year.
The Highland Residency 2024-2025 begins August 12, 2024 and concludes May 18, 2025. The summer beforehand would be leveraged for fundraising efforts or to participate in Highland Leader College (HLC) if you have not yet.
We do not ask that you pay to participate in the Residency. We do encourage you to fundraise any income you would like to earn for the duration of the program, as we do not pay our residents. However, we have staff and systems set in place for fundraising because we know that process can be intimidating. Also, we support residents getting part-time jobs that are flexible to work with the residents hours.
We are looking forward to providing host homes on a case-by-case basis with a Highland family to reduce expenses while in Waco. Residents do not have to live in host homes if they already have housing arrangements.
Good news: there are none! Your picture is on the website, you come to the Staff Christmas party, and no meeting is off-limits to you! You are not the future of the church, but as a Resident, you are already relied upon as a key member of the team for this year of ministry.
That is the plan! Our hope is to partner with seminaries, so that this can kickstart your formal theological training if you desire more. Also, if you are interested, we are open to you beginning seminary classes while you are a resident.
We don’t have a set number in mind, especially for the first year of the program. We trust the Lord to lead us to the right “who” and the right “how many,” but we wouldn’t want the number of participants to affect the depth of their experience.