How To Start a Residency
Pastors are given a clear job description in Ephesians 4:12: to equip the saints for the work of ministry. But how do you equip them? How to Start a Residency explores 9 questions around the why, what, and how of residencies to help you turn church members into missional leaders.
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“I had reached rock bottom. I was the heaviest in my life at 339 pounds and knew I had to make a change. I couldn’t even give my kids a bath because it hurt so bad to get on my knees. I was a mess and needed help.
I worked with an online personal trainer who became one of my dearest friends. He encouraged, challenged, and even gave me tough talks. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am in a much healthier place now.”
Bryan Ayer, Lead Pastor of Holmes Avenue Baptist Church
“In 2018, I was the unhealthiest I had ever been. I had experienced a difficult season of ministry. I was stressed out, emotionally exhausted, discouraged, and overweight. I wanted to change, but I couldn’t seem to muster up the strength to get started.
I found help, encouragement, coaching, and accountability through a Christian fitness coaching ministry… I lost 25 pounds, and, when things began changing physically for me, I discovered that they also began changing emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well.”
Rayden Hollis, Lead Pastor of Red Hill Church
“I weighed over 300 pounds and was diagnosed with diabetes. I had low energy and felt unhappy with my appearance and frustrated that I could not enjoy activities with my kids because I was out of shape. I knew my weight was impacting my witness.
I prayed and cried out to God for help…. Becoming fit made everything in my life better.”
Rusty Gunn, Pastor of Church That Matters
“I have a group of guys who keep me accountable. We text each other almost every day about what we did at the gym and how it’s going. I’m finding that is a sustainable plan I will be able to carry out as long as God has me here on this earth.”
Charles Campbell, Co-Director of Regional Equipper Team, North American Mission Board