Thrive Residency (Knoxville, TN) is an accredited, integrative, 10-mo Christian ministry training program for college graduates who sense that God is calling them into pastoral or non-profit leadership. Christian community, paid employment placement in a church or non-profit ministry, plus 18 graduate-level credits! Learn more at ThriveResidency.com. Follow the story of the 2020-21 class @ThriveResidency.
To provide aspiring pastors and non-profit leaders with graduate-level education, mentoring, and ministry employment in an intensive, short-term, urban residency environment that deepens their personal, spiritual, vocational, and leadership development, and equips them to discern and respond to God’s will for their life and ministry.
Thrive Residency cohorts are comprised of 12 student residents (6 men, 6 women) engaged in a 10-month experience of communal living and learning, ministry training and employment, biblical and theological education, mentoring, community, service, and missions.
Residents live rent-free in a 6-BR, 2-story home across from Thrive Lonsdale (our sponsor), an at-risk kids, youth, and family ministry located 2-mi NW of downtown Knoxville, which contributes to the Residents’ exposure to real life, needs, and ministry in the city. The Resident home is uniquely designed for our program. Female and male residents have their own floor with separate entry. Each floor has its own kitchen, bathroom, dining, and living areas. Residents abide by house rules and covenants to ensure a living experience that is filled with integrity.
Through our network of local churches and non-profit ministry partners, we match each Thrive Resident with a 30 hr/wk ministry job that significantly aligns with their vocational heartbeat (ex. pastoring, teaching, leading, music, missions, kids/youth, urban/at-risk, etc). Residents are compensated $1,000 monthly for their ministry employment.
Residents earn 18 graduate-level units in 10-months by devoting themselves to 3 courses per semester of theological and practical ministry training. Residents are taught by some of the most experienced and relevant professors, pastors, and leaders in Knoxville. Courses and topics include: Bible and theology, worldviews, identity and spiritual formation, soul care, pastoral care and counseling, organizational leadership, ministry best practices, social justice/racial issues, fundraising/development, and more!
Salary & Benefits
* $1,000/mo plus free rent, utilities, & internet
* Earn 18 grad units in 10-mo at an affordable rate
* Ministry job placement that matches your heartbeat
* 1-on-1 and group mentoring and development
* Interaction with the best ministry leaders in Knoxville
* A short-term residency with long-term results!
Now accepting applications for the 2021-22 cohort
Program dates: July 31, 2021 – May 15, 2022