Apprenticeship

Preparing Tomorrow's Church Leaders

Apprenticeship is a one-year leadership development program designed to equip and train individuals in a specific ministry area to further discern their ministry calling. Applications are accepted year round. Apprenticeships start in August.

Developmental Components

 

Apprenticeship at The Station offers several unique opportunities in which apprentices serve alongside staff in specific ministry areas. Ministry area assignments are made in partnership the needs of the ministry area and the resident’s experience, educational background, and his or her desired ministry future.

 

The leadership development program focuses on apprentice development via six integral components:

 

 

Ministry Experience
Ministry experience is the primary component in this program. To ensure that each apprentice has the ability and knowledge to effectively and competently lead as a full-time minister, apprentices participate in, lead and are responsible for significant and real-life ministry experience.

 

Ministry Mentoring
Apprentices meet every two weeks with their ministry area Direct Report to discuss their ministry area progress, ensure professional growth and provide the apprentice every opportunity to gain the competencies needed for full-time ministry.

 

Leadership Training Curriculum
We aim to train apprentices in an engaging environment designed to give valuable insight into four different types of leadership: self, relational, spiritual and organizational. 

 

Personal Development
Although personal development is similar to ministry mentoring, it is more about who the apprentice is than what the apprentice does. Every month our Apprentice Coach meets one-on-one with the apprentice to support their personal development and individual discipleship.

 

Synergy and Church Culture
We believe that the synergy experienced in a healthy staff culture is more “caught” than “taught,” and that apprentices benefit greatly from participating in a thriving and healthy staff and church culture. The Station's staff culture includes weekly staff meetings, staff lunches and other various staff events. Within this context, apprentices pick up the unique nuances and attitudes that make the culture of The Station so distinct; therefore, those apprentices that are able to attend are encouraged to do so.

 

Bi-Annual Evaluation
Formal evaluations that happen once a season that allow for the apprentice, Apprentice Coach and the apprentice’s Direct Report to evaluate the apprentice’s overall experience, as well as his or her readiness for ministry. Additionally, these evaluations identify areas for growth that may have been overlooked in the five developmental components.