Austin Stone Residency Program

Do you sense a calling to become a better Christian leader in the church, city, and nations? The Residency Program at The Austin Stone is built to train you in doctrine, character, and skills while providing ministry experiences to help you discern where God is leading you.

Residency Opportunities

Residency positions fill up quickly—reach out today!

Connections Resident
Equipping Resident
Film Resident
For the City Resident
For the Nations Resident
Groups Resident
Kids Resident
Service Teams Resident
Social Media Resident
Spiritual Formation Resident
Students Resident
Teacher Development Resident
Women's Resident
Writer Development Resident

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Important Dates

September 5, 2022 - Application Opens
November 25, 2022 - First Round Application Deadline
February 3, 2023 - Final Round Application Deadline
March 3-5, 2023 - Support Training and Workshop in Austin, Texas (Mandatory)
March - July 2023 - Support Raising Window
July 31, 2023 - Residency Begins

Support Raising

The Austin Stone Institute has partnered with Reliant, a leading non-profit fundraising organization for support raising, coaching, accountability, donations, and payroll. This means that you'll be a resident of The Austin Stone Community Church and an employee of Reliant.

As a resident, you'll attend a Reliant fundraising intensive workshop to equip you with the knowledge and skills to raise financial support. The Reliant Team works with you to build support goals and to get you ready for employment.

You'll be responsible for getting to the Reliant fundraising intensive workshop in Austin, TX. The Austin Stone Institute will cover the workshop expense, housing, and one meal each day of the workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a residency consist of?

A great residency has three components—theological training, community formation, and skill development.

Regarding theological training and development, all first-year residents are required to participate in The Austin Stone Development Program (ASDP). Additionally, The Austin Stone leadership desires for every resident to read through the Bible cover-to-cover during their time at The Austin Stone.

Another objective of the Residency Program is for every resident to have a robust experience in a structured disciple-making community. Each resident will be plugged into a Missional Community and will pursue accountability through a Peer Discipleship Group that meets weekly.

Finally, every resident will have a clear supervisor in their chosen area of ministry who helps train them in practical skill development. While character formation and theological training will happen along the way, one of the primary functions of the supervisor is to intentionally cultivate specific skills that will prove valuable in the resident’s future ministry.

What will we learn in the ASDP classes?

The Austin Stone Development Program works through several areas of core Christian doctrine:

  • Doctrine of the Word
  • Doctrine of God
  • Doctrine of man
  • Doctrine of Christ and the Holy Spirit
  • Doctrine of the application of redemption
  • Doctrine of the church
  • Doctrine of the future

Additionally, the program addresses several core ministry philosophies at The Austin Stone and many other topics.

How do we support raise?

ASI, in partnership with Reliant, provides a full support raising training. Every resident attends this training in-person so that we can provide the best face-to-face preparation possible. This training includes developing a theology of support raising, demonstrating a biblical perspective on ministry partnership, practically setting support goals, and training vision-casting skills to equip residents for success in developing a ministry team. Additionally, each resident is given personal coaching and regular communication during the support-raising season.

Following training, our residents are deputized by Reliant to raise funds for their ministry leading up to the residency start date in August. Each resident can expect to spend three to five months developing a ministry team and raising support depending on the number of weekly hours they are able to invest.

All residents are expected to be fully funded before commencing their Residency.

What does a typical day look like for a resident?

The day-to-day experience of a resident is dependent on what area of the ministry they're serving in. If accepted, a resident will be placed with a supervisor gives them all of their work and will be in charge of developing them as a leader.

Overall, the Residency Program is meant to prepare participants for their next step in ministry. As this is an intensive season of learning and growth, the expectation for residents is similar to the expectations of a graduate school student. Residents will be working vocationally in ministry and maintaining a coursework load through their enrollment in The Austin Stone Development Program.

Realistically, a resident can expect to work at minimum 40 hours per week and can expect to study an additional 10 hours per week for their development.

Residents can also expect to spend time weekly with their supervisor in a development meeting, in staff-wide worship and learning environments, and in Sunday worship.

Who is Reliant and how are they affiliated with The Austin Stone?

Reliant is an evangelical Christian mission agency and a trusted partner of hundreds of missional churches and gospel-centered nonprofits. Reliant partners with missional churches like The Austin Stone to mobilize support-based missionaries for the Great Commission.

Reliant actually employs all residents and “assigns” them to The Austin Stone Community Church. We partner with Reliant because they specialize in equipping and sending church-based missionaries like our residents. This partnership allows The Austin Stone to focus on ministry and Reliant to serve the resident in aspects of employment and support team development.

How much do residents support raise and what does it cover?

Residents raise funds for the total cost of their employment (salary, insurance, some taxes, and program costs). It's Reliant’s practice to work with predetermined salaries for living in Austin and help each resident establish a customized budget and a support goal that takes into consideration their individual circumstances. It's each resident’s responsibility to raise 100% of their determined goal.

Due to the intensity of the program, working a second job during the residency is strongly discouraged and often not permitted for most residents.

How are residents discipled?

Residents will be mentored one-on-one with a supervisor of the same genders who'll shepherd them and ensure they're growing in their affections for the Lord during their residency.

There are many opportunities outside of mentorship and we recommend that each resident work with their supervisor to identify additional opportunities for discipleship!

Why do we raise support?

We have residents raise support for their ministry training for several reasons.

First, we believe raising financial support is grounded in Scripture. There are countless illustrations in the New Testament of churches and individuals financially supporting the work of those called to the task of ministry. While some individuals may receive their support from a congregation, others receive their support through the generous partnership of believers and churches. Residents aren't just raising funds, they're developing a ministry support team for the future!

This leads to the second reason—relationships. Raising support allows the opportunity for relationships to grow and for people to engage in ministry through the resident in various ways like providing prayer, finances, and encouragement. Developing a support team is about much more than finances—it’s about helping individuals in our church and other churches participate in the joy of ministry in relationships with ministers and missionaries.

Finally, support raising allows for a resident to grow in their faith by seeing and experiencing God’s provision in a unique way. While this may seem like a daunting task, we've seen over the course of the last decade that God uses support team development to grow residents in their trust in Christ!

Does ASI provide housing for Residents?

No. However, we strongly recommend that unmarried residents find other residents to live with during their time in Austin. The spring support training is a great time to meet other residents and discuss housing possibilities! ASI residents must coordinate and secure adequate housing for the duration of their time in Austin and are welcome to ask their supervisors for help.

Why is there a fee to apply?

Yes! The application fee covers the cost of a background check administered by Reliant, which is part of the evaluation process for becoming a resident.