THE WELL RESIDENCY FAQS
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
The Well Austin Residency Program humbly combines character development, Theological training, and meaningful ministry experience in Austin, Texas. We believe that Residents will be a major part of advancing the gospel in this city and around the world.
HOW LONG IS THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
The Well Austin Residency Program is a two-year program that starts in August and ends two years later in July. *Some exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis*
WHO IS THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR?
The Residency Program is best suited for recent college graduates who are committed to attending seminary and pursuing vocational ministry with their degrees.
If you are determining if The Well Austin Residency Program is a good fit for you, please take our quiz.
WHY DO WE SUPPORT RAISE?
We have Residents raise support for their ministry training for several reasons. First, we believe raising financial support is grounded in the Bible. There are countless illustrations in the New Testament of churches and individuals financially supporting the work of those called to the task of ministry. As a Resident, you are not only raising funds, you’re developing your ministry support team for the future! This leads to the second reason: relationships. Raising support allows the opportunity for relationships to grow and for specifically gifted people to engage in ministry to 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 his or her faith, seeing and experiencing God’s provision in unique ways many have never had. While this may seem like a daunting task, we have seen over the course of the last decade that God uses support team development to grow Residents in their trust in Christ!
HOW DO WE SUPPORT RAISE?
The Well Austin Residency Program, in partnership with Reliant, provides full support raising training. Every Resident attends this training in-person so that we can provide the best face-to-face preparation possible. Our 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 he or she is able to invest. All Residents are expected to be fully funded before commencing their Residency.
HOW MUCH DO WE SUPPORT-RAISE AND WHAT DOES IT COVER?
Residents raise funds for the total cost of their employment (salary, insurance, taxes, and program costs). It is Reliant’s practice to work with predetermined salaries for living in Austin and help each Resident to establish a customized budget and a support goal that takes into consideration their individual circumstances. It is each Resident’s responsibility to raise 100% of his or her determined goal.
Due to the intensity of the program, working a second job during the program is strongly discouraged, and often not permitted for most Residents.
WHO IS RELIANT AND HOW ARE THEY AFFILIATED WITH THE WELL?
Reliant is an evangelical Christian mission agency that is a trusted partner with hundreds of missional churches and Gospel-centered non-profits. Reliant partners with missional churches, like The Well Austin, to mobilize support-based missionaries for the great commission.
Reliant actually employs all Residents and “assigns” them to The Well Austin. We partner with Reliant because they specialize in equipping and sending church-based missionaries like our Residents. This partnership allows The Well to focus on ministry and Reliant to serve the Residents in aspects of employment and support team development.
WHAT ARE THE DESIRED OUTCOMES OF THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
When you finish this program, you will have two years of ministry experience, your degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and will have been given opportunities to develop a plethora of skill sets ranging from speaking, to leading one-on-one discussions, to handling difficult conversations. To learn more about the desired outcomes of The Well Austin Residency Program, please click here.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM IF I'M IN SEMINARY AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION?
CAN I APPLY IF I DON'T LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international applicants at this time.
IS THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM LIMITED TO POST-GRADUATES?
Yes. The Residency Program requires a 4-year undergraduate degree.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM?
We want the cohort sizes to be small and intimate—10-15 people are expected.
WHEN DOES THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM START?
The program begins each August and follows the DTS calendar. Applications open October 1st each year in preparation for the next fall class.
WHERE WOULD I LIVE?
Residents are responsible for finding their own housing
WHAT ARE THE RELIANT DATES?
Application deadline (to attend Austin training): January 20, 2021
Application deadline (to attend College Station training): February 23, 2021
Local interviews end (to attend Austin training): February 1, 2021
Local interviews end (to attend College Station training): March 8, 2021
Decisions sent out (to attend Austin training): February 11, 2021
Decisions sent out (to attend College Station training): March 18, 2021
Acceptance deadline (to attend Austin training): February 18, 2021
Acceptance deadline (to attend College Station training): March 25th, 2021
Austin Training: March 4-7, 2021
College Station Training: April 8-11, 2021
Support Goal (30%): May 1, 2021
Support Goal (60%): June 15, 2021
Support Goal (90%): July 15, 2021
Residency Program begins: August 1, 2021
Residency Program ends: July 31, 2023
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