Redeemer Lutheran Church (a multisite church in Park Ridge and Chicago, IL) has established a three-year pilot church planter residency program. The 11-month residency provides a well-rounded experience with the resident working primarily with Redeemer’s newest site (in the Portage Park/Jefferson Park area of Chicago) but also experiencing multisite ministry at Redeemer’s other locations (on the NW side of Chicago and in the suburb of Park Ridge). Redeemer’s staff and congregation will support and invest in the resident to help them prepare to plant churches in the wider church.
Potential Candidates must be passionate about and committed to church-planting and have an appropriate gift mix to help plant a new campus of a multisite congregation. Qualifications include: high energy, highly relational, evangelistic, ability to be a self-starter, and ability to work in a team environment. Potential residents may be ordained clergy, seminarians, youth ministers, or non-ordained evangelists. Preference will be given to candidates who are actively seeking to go on to plant new churches. Like many church planter residency programs (and missionary positions), we’re looking to see if a prospective church planter has the drive and willingness to work to raise funds from friends, family members, colleagues, crowd-funding, etc. The resident is expected to secure $5000 in ministry support for their program. The money does not have to be in hand up front, but the resident is expected to work on securing pledges for support that will be given during the course of the year. This money will help fund the resident’s stipend and for ministry expenses related to planting the new site.
Compensation. This is a full-time (45-50 hours per week), stipended position, and will run for 11 months. The resident will receive a stipend of $1,400/month plus a housing allowance of $1,000/month. The church will pay the employer’s portion of FICA based on the total value of the stipend plus housing allowance. Two weeks of paid vacation will be given. Unfortunately, moving costs and health insurance are not provided.
Timing. The residency program will normally begin in mid-July to early September. Ideally, the resident would participate in the summer church planter training intensive and then begin work soon afterward.