Applications for the 2016-17 1001 New Worshiping Communities apprenticeship and residency program are now being accepted through March 25. 

In addition to the 10-week summer apprenticeship cohort program in Los Angeles, in partnership with Northland Village Church, there is also a nine-month apprenticeship cohort that will allow apprentices to start or develop a new ministry in the geographic context where a potential leader feels called to live and work.

The program also offers two yearlong residencies in collaboration with Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia and The Journey, a new worshiping community campus ministry in Charleston, S.C.

Alongside Colin Kerr, founder of The Journey at the College of Charleston and Citadel, chosen residents will have the opportunity to develop a new ministry initiative at one of those campuses, or at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“Ultimately, our hope long-term,” says Kerr, “is to equip and send missionaries to campuses across the country.”

Sara Hayden directs the apprenticeship and residency programs for the movement and is thrilled that even more potential worshiping community leaders will have the opportunity to start something new.

“Our apprentices will benefit from training, discernment and one-one-one coaching from mentors experienced in starting new ministries,” she says. “We’re not trying to take people out of their context to do something new, but to equip them to do what God is calling them to do—even better.”

Residents can test and strengthen their capacity for starting new ministry initiatives in two distinct settings—in either a major metropolitan urban area or on a college campus.

Hayden encourages inquirers to meet this year’s class of apprentices and residences (2015-16). “We have been blessed by a diverse, gifted, and collaborative group of emerging leaders in the movement,” she says.

  • - Resident Taylor Telford at Broad Street talks about how God is “making all things new,” six months into her experience in Philadelphia.
  • - Apprentice Katy Steinberg has started Missing Piece, a new worshiping community in Ormond Beach, Fla.


For more information on the 2016-17 New Worshiping Communities apprenticeship and residency program click on the apprenticeships tab at

All 2016-17 apprenticeships and residents will take part in national training in Atlanta June 24-27.