Our Ministry Development Program is a unique opportunity to explore and develop your God-given calling and be equipped for ministry to become like Jesus and join Him on mission. The program is an 8-month, part-time (20 hour per week), paid residency that will give you practical experience in church ministry and help equip you in the areas of HEART, HEAD, and HANDS as you explore and pursue your calling to vocational ministry.

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There will be a retreat weekend at the start of the program in September 2023. We will meet together weekly on Wednesday mornings as a group of residents to connect as a community and participate in Development and Discussion sessions. These sessions will include teaching on spiritual HEART matters as the foundation for effective Christian ministry, plus a wide variety of helpful practical HEAD topics to equip you for ministry. You will spend the rest of your time serving in and learning the HANDS aspects of your ministry department in a large church environment. There are a number of ministry department placements to choose from, which are listed in the FAQs below. You will participate in the regular programs and learn the normal skills and rhythms of your ministry area. You will also have the chance to experience another ministry area for two weeks during your program. You will join the monthly staff gatherings (huddles) at Mission Hills and get to attend the staff day retreat as part of your training experience.

Applications for the 2023-24 program are now closed.


To express an interest in joining the Ministry Development Program for 2024-2025, please fill out the Interest Form below and we will be in touch.



Who is the Ministry Development Program for?
For all those who feel that God may be calling them to vocational ministry in either a local church or parachurch setting, and who want to explore that further and be developed and equipped for their calling. It is open to those who have graduated High School and older.
What are the program + retreat dates?
Program Dates:
August 31, 2023 – April 30, 2024

Retreat dates:
September 22 – 24, 2023

The application deadline is Sunday, August 6, 2023 – but ideally submit your application as soon as you can so that you don’t lose out! There are limited spots available.

If you are asked to interview, this will happen on Thursday, August 10, 2023.

If you are offered a position, you will be onboarding all day on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

What are the weekly time commitments?
20 hours per week. You will need to be available to participate in the weekly central cohort time (Development + Discussion sessions) on Wednesdays between 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM, plus the time in your ministry department. The specific days and times for your ministry area hours will vary from department to department, dependent on their weekly rhythm.
What will I learn in the Development + Discussion sessions?
These are some of the topics that will be facilitated by our MHC staff team and some guest speakers: missional culture, Biblical leadership, lifelong transformation, goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, evangelism, and a huge variety of other helpful topics.
What other commitments are there?
You will also attend and serve at a number of events regardless of the ministry area that you are placed in. These are the Big Halloween Party, Christmas and Easter services, and one Women’s or Men’s event. Ideally you will also attend the staff day retreat if you are able.

You will be expected to read a number of books as part of the program, which will be provided for you.

What are the ministry departments that I could serve in?
For the 2023-24 program, the following ministry areas are available:

  • Campus Resident
  • Communications (Includes graphic design, marketing, photography, social media, video, web)
  • Facilities
  • Groups
  • Guest Services
  • High School
  • Kids
  • Life Center
  • Middle School
  • Next Steps
  • Outreach
  • Sports + Rec
  • Women’s
  • Worship + Tech
  • Young Adults
Will I get a job with Mission Hills Church at the end of the program?
No. Our goal is to help develop and equip you for vocational ministry as you join Jesus on mission wherever he leads you.


Email the Ministry Development Program if there is something else you’d like to ask us before applying.