Leadership Programs

Summer and year-long leadership programs for young adults

Developing the next generation of leaders

If you are a college student or graduate looking for leadership opportunities or work experience, or if you're considering a career in ministry, The Bible Chapel offers leadership programs that might be a fit for you. 

Two types of leadership programs

Depending on your availability, academic year, or career stage, you may be interested in either of the following programs:

Summer Leadership Program

A 12-week program for college students seeking to develop skills and experience across a variety of disciplines in a ministry environment. This program is a short-term version of our Residency Program.

The Summer Leadership Program runs from
May 21 to August 15, 2018.

Application Deadline is March 16, 2018.
Acceptance Granted by April 6, 2018.

Residency Program

A 9-month program for candidates seeking to prepare for vocational ministry. This program provides participants with a breadth and depth of experience in all the workings of ministry over the course of a school year, from August to May.

The Residency Program runs from
August 27, 2018 to May 1, 2019. 

Application Deadline is May 4, 2018.
Acceptance Granted by May 18, 2018.


Purpose of the Leadership Programs

Both the Summer Leadership Program and the Residency Program share a fourfold purpose:



To develop leaders who are sharp in their decision-making, scripturally sound in their judgment, and clear in communicating.


To develop participants' self-awareness and their ability to manage relationships with others by helping them cultivate their God-given identity.


To guide participants in seeing Jesus as the true treasure upon which their goals, paths, and priorities are based.


To foster environments and opportunities that allow participants to grasp their unique wiring and fully use their gifts to serve God.


Features of the Leadership Programs

The Summer Leadership Program and the Residency Program have the following components:



Participants spend about five hours per week learning to be a leader worth following. This includes: 
  • Bible exposition, Bible study methods, and theology
  • Spiritual life and calling
  • Leadership principles
  • Local and national church culture
  • Multisite ministry
  • Personal assessments
  • Forums with staff members, who share ministry insights 


Participants spend about five hours per week observing the workings of ministry. This includes: 
  • Attending all staff meetings
  • Receiving and shadowing a ministry mentor
  • Gaining understanding about the community through local events and speakers
  • Developing a ministry vision
  • Developing spiritually 


Participants are tasked with 10-15 hours per week of meaningful ministry responsibilities.

Students are paired with ministry mentors, who guide their work, answer questions, and provide feedback. Responsibilities may include:

  • Leading a small group, or leading small group leaders
  • Teaching a large group
  • Leading worship
  • Discipling
  • Ministry event planning and implementation
  • Developing social media strategy and content
  • Creating media, such as videos and graphics, for ministry use


Each participant has the opportunity to specialize in a particular ministry.

Students are encouraged to choose a specialty that aligns with their ministry or vocational goals:

  • Preschool
  • Children
  • Students
  • Special Needs
  • Young Adults
  • Men
  • Women
  • Care Giving
  • Outreach
  • Sports
  • Technical Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Worship

Expectations of the Leadership Programs

The Bible Chapel maintains expectations for all students in the Summer Leadership or Residency Program. Students can also expect The Bible Chapel to invest in them intentionally and specifically.


What We Expect From You

Each student should demonstrate the following values:


Follow through with your word.


Be you. Let your fingerprints and gifts show in your efforts.


Set an example for others through your spiritual and personal growth. Steward those in your area of ministry.


Demonstrate that you are invested 100%. Fulfill weekly requirements, be present and passionate, and complete your program in full.


Be real in your leadership and relationships, and be honest about sin.


What You Can Expect From Us

The Bible Chapel will do the following for each student:


to your spiritual and professional development


a strategic plan for you that fits your specific gifts, passions, and perceived calling

Support and Encourage

your plans, efforts, and growth


loving and honest feedback regarding areas where you need to grow


monthly compensation as well as a week of vacation for summer residents, and two weeks of vacation for year-long residents

Apply to the Summer Leadership or Residency Program


grow your faith and your career in a Christ-centered environment.

Learn real-world skills and gain valuable experience among a professional, diverse staff who are leaders in their fields, and who want to invest in you as part of the next generation of leaders.

Candidacy Process

The candidacy process includes these steps; please note that not all applicants will proceed through all steps and are not guaranteed an interview.

  • Step 1: Application 
  • Step 2: Phone Interview
  • Step 3: In-Person Interview
  • Step 4: Approval


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Ready to apply? 

Apply to the Summer Leadership or Residency Program