The Fairhaven Church Residency Program is a two year, full time leadership training program designed to give hands on experience working with one of the staff teams of the church, personal mentoring and leadership training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.

  • The residency start dates are September, January and May each year.
  • Residents work a total of approximately 30 hours per week.
  • Residents are paid a stipend each month (with optional housing for single residents)


The Six Developmental Components

The Six Developmental Components form the developmental strategy of the residency program.

Ministry Experience

Ministry Experience is what the residency is all about. The purposes of the residency are to ensure that the residents have the leadership capacity and know-how to effectively and competently lead as a pastor. In order to do this, residents need significant and real-life ministry experience.

Residents gain experience by serving as part of a staff team in one of the ministry departments of the church. The department in which an resident serves is chosen with the resident based on experience, team chemistry and desired ministry future. Below lists the departments at Fairhaven in which a resident might serve. As a multisite church, Fairhaven offers several unique serving opportunities in each department.

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Student Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Worship Ministries
  • Pastoral Care
  • Mission/Outreach
  • Technology/Communication Arts

Leadership Coaching

Two times per month the resident coach will meet one on one for at least 45 minutes to discuss ministry with the resident. The purpose of the Ministry Coaching Meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing in ministry competence during the residency.

Personal Development

Personal Development is similar to Ministry Coaching but is also quite different. Personal Development is more about who the resident is than what the resident does. Two times per month the resident coach will meet one on one for at least 45 minutes for personal development with each resident. The Purpose of this meeting is to ensure that the resident is growing as a person and Christian during the residency.

Leadership Training Curriculum

The Leadership Training Curriculum is unpacked during a weekly training meeting and gives valuable insight into different types of leadership. The Leadership Training Curriculum covers self leadership, relational leadership and organizational leadership drawn from both a Fairhaven-developed curricula and a Residency curriculum provided by 12Stone Church.

Winning Staff and Church Culture

Being part of a winning team is contagious. Residents benefit greatly from being invited into a staff and church culture that is thriving and healthy. Within this context they pick up nuances and attitudes that separate winning teams from other teams.

Quarterly Evaluations

Each quarter a formal evaluation process gives feedback to the resident as well as to the resident coach about the residency and the resident’s readiness for pastoral ministry. While the evaluation process is an important tool in its own right, it also serves as a “catch” for any development issues that have been inadvertently overlooked in the other components.

Christian workplaces should set the standard as the best, most effective workplaces in the world. It takes intentional effort to create a healthy, flourishing workplace culture. Integrity, transparency, compassion and trust are characteristics people long for in their relationships with their leaders and coworkers. In 2017, Fairhaven Church was certified as this kind of workplace, a Best Christian Workplace.

Residency Application


  • Clear calling into vocational ministry
  • Graduation from College
  • Chemistry with Fairhaven philosophy and staff culture
  • Some ministry experience
  • Clear ministry competence and leadership potential
  • Successful completion of application process

Application Process

  • Complete and submit a Residency Application
  • Interview Process
  • 3 References
  • Background Check
  • Fairhaven invites resident into Program (Official Invitation)

Download the Application

Fairhaven Residency Application (PDF)

Please mail your application to:
Fairhaven Church Attn: Paul Clark
637 East Whipp Road
Dayton, OH 45459


Fairhaven is recruiting qualified employees who have a passion to serve our Lord and want to join a team dedicated to expanding the Kingdom of God and helping people experience transformation through worship, community and serving.

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