Church Planter In Residence

Date Posted: February 2, 2022
Hours Per Week: 40
Grace Fellowship Church
Kinston, NC, USA
Job Type: Residency
Other Details

Grace Fellowship Church is a congregation of 350 located in the heart of Eastern North Carolina in a small town called Kinston. Here at Grace, we believe one of the most exciting and encouraging ways God is working is through church planting. Finding its roots and practice in scripture, and with an eye towards God’s mission, it’s also one of the most effective ways to draw others into life in Christ.

Our Church Planter in Residence program is Grace’s means of joining God in His mission to reconcile all things to
Himself and make disciples of all nations.

Our residency program is designed to be a post-graduate school. It’s a place to cultivate your previous theological education, and/or life experience, by growing in three main areas: Personal, Pastoral, and Planting. At Grace, we believe ministry is both caught and taught – you will be doing the work of ministry while also being trained/taught.

Over the course of 15-18 months, each resident will gain intensive training, encouragement, and experience in each of these areas while being a part of the vibrant and growing body at Grace, serving on staff, and ultimately be sent out to plant a church.

At Grace, you will receive multi-faceted, practical training with an emphasis on planting churches that reflect Grace’s DNA (essentials):

  • Theologically-thoughtful
  • Word-focused
  • Missional
  • Kingdom-minded
  • Relational
  • Grace-oriented


North Carolina is our home. Eastern North Carolina is our
heartbeat. Our desire is to plant healthy, Christ-exalting,
reproducing churches throughout NC, to God’s glory.

The entire residency integrates three main areas of your life: Personal, Pastoral, and Planting. We will touch on all of the following areas, tailoring the focus to the needs of each planter:


  • Rule of Life
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Prayer
  • Finances
  • Self-Awareness


  • Preaching
  • Doctrine/Theology
  • Philosophy of Ministry
  • Worship/Liturgy
  • Administration
  • Leadership/Vision
  • Counseling/Care
  • Culture & Structures


  • Call/Discernment
  • Contextualization
  • Location
  • Launch Practicalities
  • Vision Development/Casting
  • Strategy/Plant Plan
  • Finding/Leading Leaders


15-18 months (progressive integration).

6-9 months (Partnership Team Building/Grace DNA).

6-9 months (Church Planting).


Grace will support the planter for the first 3-6 months, as he develops a partnership team. The elders at Grace will set a support goal for the planter that will enable strong family thriving, and long-term ministry participation.

How To Apply

You can apply by emailing a Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 References to our CPIR Program Developer, Austin Gannett: [email protected].

NOTE: We encourage you to fully review Grace’s Doctrinal Statement (Doctrine, Governance, & Position Papers) before applying.

You can access the Doctrinal Statement by clicking here and scrolling toward the bottom of the page and clicking on the “Doctrinal Statement” link after “Here is our fully expanded PDF…”