The Church of Eleven22’s School of Ministry offers several unique opportunities in which apprentice’s 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 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.
Apprentices meet biweekly 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
Leadership Training Curriculum trains apprentices in an interactive, engaging classroom environment designed to give valuable insight into four different types of leadership: self, relational, spiritual and organizational. In addition, the School of Ministry provides auxiliary training events in the areas of preaching/teaching, pastoral care/counseling, spiritual formation/discipleship and missions.
Although personal development is similar to ministry mentoring, it is more about who the apprentice is than what the apprentice does. Every month the 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 Church of Eleven22 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 Church of Eleven22 so distinct; therefore, those apprentices that are able to attend are encouraged to do so.
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 School of Ministry 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.