Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist Church?

The Ministry Residency is a two-year ministry experience that equips and encourages leaders for vocational ministry and kingdom advancement. This experience prepares the next generation of Christian leaders (i.e. church planters, pastors, worship leaders, missionaries, and disciple makers) to lead the church effectively through cohort learning environments, mentored supervision, and experiential ministry.

Who can apply to be a ministry resident?

Successful applicants will have the character, skill, ministry experience, and education to effectively lead a ministry on a campus of Brentwood Baptist Church. They will sense a clear call to vocational ministry in the local church and demonstrate the character and lifestyle expected for elders as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9. Preferably, they will have completed a graduate or post-graduate degree and have had some meaningful ministry experience.

Can women apply for a residency?

Yes! God is calling a generation of women into a variety of vocational ministries in the church. If you are a woman called by God to serve in the local church, we encourage you to consider this unique opportunity.

How long are the residencies?

Our residencies are two years in length and begin roughly on July 1 and conclude 24 months later.

How do I apply for a residency?

To apply to be a resident, fill out a short form application here (

A Brentwood Baptist representative will contact you acknowledging receipt of your application and to schedule an initial phone interview and assessment.


How long does the application process take?

Our goal is to notify applicants within a 60-90 day period of acceptance from the time their short form application is received. Variables include scheduling of interviews and reference checks and completion of assessments and documentation.

How many residency openings are there?

Each cohort has up to 5 residents.

What types of ministry residencies do you offer?

Ministry tracks may include church planting, pastoral ministry, leading worship, missions, disciple making, and others.

Will I be compensated for serving as a resident?

Brentwood Baptist provides a $2,500 monthly stipend ($3,000 for those who have completed their seminary degree).

For those families requiring additional support, Brentwood may provide the means to raise funds.

May I work a second job during the residency to supplement my support?

Due to the intensity of the program, working a second job during the residency is generally not permitted.

Do you offer housing?

Brentwood Baptist does not provide housing but can make recommendations.

Additional questions?

If you have further questions about the Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist Church, please submit them via email to