why residency?

We believe that two years of residency is critical for a ministry student to be prepared upon graduation. The more experience you have when you graduate, the more prepared you’ll be to lead. The junior year residency typically happens at a church in Omaha, and the senior year at a church somewhere around the country.  During both years, students finish their degree using a blend of traditional classes, online classes, and intensive classes on campus.

what will I be doing during my residency?

Residency experiences vary greatly depending on several factors such as: mission of the church, department you serve in, who you ministry coach is, and the number of hours you need to work. Having said that, you’ll be embedded on a church staff where you will share the responsibility of the work load in that department, attend staff meetings, and lead people. You’ll be receive credit (and therefore a grade) for your time in residency, so there is a weekly form to fill out. And don’t forget, you’re still a full time student, so there’s coursework to keep up with and classes to attend, both online and in the classroom.

how do residency churches get chosen?

We have developed partnerships with dozens of churches both in Omaha and around the country. These churches know how to develop a ministry leader, and have agreed to meet several criteria. They must then apply and be accepted before taking a resident. If you know of a church who would like to apply, they may do so using the steps below.

how do I choose a residency church?

Partner churches often visit campus to meet students and recruit for their program.  After that they may ask you to fill out an application, do a phone interview, or visit their church. It functions much like it would if you were applying for a job. And you’ll always have the advisement of our staff and faculty to help you make the right choice.

can I do residency overseas?

Intercultural Ministry majors have the option of completing their residency credits overseas the summer and fall semester of their senior years. Other majors may also be eligible for a residency outside the United States chosen in consultation with their academic advisors. NCC provides training to assist students in raising support for these life-changing experiences.

"The reality is there are way more great positions available in church leadership than there are equipped leaders to fill them. Where will they come from? We need different paths for preparation and I believe this is one of those paths."

- Tim Foot, Slingshot Group / Lifebridge Christian Church

Become a 

Residency Church


if you’d like to become a residency church…

  1. Start by reading through the six criteria, and decide if you want continue.

  2. Download this Residency Contract to understand the expectations for everyone involved.

  3. Please review these Core Competencies and Sample Coaching Questions. Then talk with your leadership team about what it might look like for your church to host residency students.

  4. Click the button below to officially apply.

Once we receive your application, we’ll get in touch with you to talk further about your residency plans. We look forward to talking with you.