Developing Next-Generation Church Leaders

The First Wesleyan Church Residency Program is a two year leadership training program designed to give hands on experience, personal mentoring, and leadership training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance. Spots are limited each year, apply online today.

Application Process

1. Submit an Online Application

2. Submit a Personal Beliefs Survey

3. Submit a Ministry Proficiency Video

4. Pass a Background Check

Start the process now by clicking the APPLY NOW button below. 

Once you have submitted your online application, our team will be in touch with you. We will help you complete the final steps in the process. We have limited spots each year. As your anticipated start date approaches, we will evaluate the applications that have been completed, and let you know if you have been chosen well in advance.

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Residency is a valuable investment in your future, preparing you for the ministry calling and career God has for you. Our residency program is well respected by churches and search firms because it provides you with the personal coaching, leadership development, and practical experience employers are looking for. Don’t spend years making costly mistakes and searching for the right place in ministry. Spots are limited, so apply today and let us help you prepare to start your career with confidence.

How Does It Work?

First Wesleyan Church Residency Program Details

  • 2 Year Program
  • For college graduates with a clear calling to vocational ministry
  • Residents work a total of approximately 30 hours per week
  • Residents are paid $500 per month (with optional housing for single residents)
  • Start dates are January 1, June 1 , and September 1 of each year
  • Limited spots are available each year, so you will want to apply online now.

Ministry Departments

Residents gain experience by serving as part of a staff team in one of the ministry departments of the church. The department in which a resident serves is chosen with the resident based on experience, team chemistry and desired ministry future. Below lists the departments at First Wesleyan Church in which a resident might serve. There are several unique serving opportunities in each department.

  • Worship Ministry
  • Student Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Creative Arts

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Why first wesleyan?

  • Large enough to offer a healthy church culture and high capacity leaders as mentors
  • Small enough to offer a personal experience in coaching and training in all aspects of ministry
  • Residency areas: Worship, Students, Children, Spiritual Formation, and Creative Arts
  • We are a 12Stone Church Residency Partner offering a proven developmental strategy, along with online resident employment listings frequented by churches and search firms looking to hire qualified ministry leaders


Tuscaloosa, Alabama is an exciting college town with the University of Alabama located at its center. It has a great live music scene as popular artists from around the country regularly visit Tuscaloosa's outdoor amphitheater.  The vibrant and entertaining downtown area provides plenty of fun restaurants, shops, culture, and events. You can also experience the great outdoors in minutes with the Riverwalk, Lake Tuscaloosa, along with other parks, lakes, and trails.  Here just a few photos of life in Tuscaloosa!

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