Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute's Residency Program trains high-capacity church leaders for longevity in ministry.


The Leadership Institute's Residency Program focuses heavily on leadership training while also providing residents individualized training in a specific ministry area of their choosing. CCV’s Residency Program is hands-on and practical. It offers undergraduate and master’s degree tracks, as well as a professional option.

Residents come from various backgrounds, experiences, as well as a wide array of educational institutions. They all have one thing in common – these men and women are leaders called into vocational ministry.

The Residency Program has a competitive screening and interview process. Please be aware that we are seeking leaders called into ministry who desire high-level training, where EQ (emotional intelligence) is valued far more than IQ.


Choose from multiple different areas of ministry to experience over two semesters. From our Worship & Production track to our Stars Ministry track, there's something for everyone. Find your fit.



92% of your time will be spent working hands-on in your selected area of ministry where the practical applications will take place. You will be doing real projects in real ministries that impact the lives of real people.

Learn from our multi-site model and range of campus sizes (18,000 – 1,200). Residents experience two CCV sites, split between two semesters.

Customize your residency training to maximize your learning and vocational goals.

Enjoy weekly access to top leaders in the church. Upon successful completion and placement in ministry, CCV will be a constant resource you can tap into.

Travel to the Holy Lands to study the Life of Christ.

Receive assistance in ministry placement upon successful completion of the Residency. (Alumni hire rates average 85% or higher in previous classes.)

CCV’s partnerships with Christian universities allow qualified Residents to complete their undergraduate degree, or earn a master’s degree, in conjunction with their residency training (Some Residents will be required to complete a few online classes prior to their August start date.)

Each resident is professionally supported by 8 CCV staff. These layers of coaching and mentorship ensure success in all aspects of ministry and spiritual development.

Train at the 2nd largest independent Christian church (8th largest church) in America.

Make lifelong connections with current and past CCV Residents. Be part of a tightknit peer community.


"I absolutely loved my time at CCV. The experiences I had in the residency are ones I will remember and carry throughout my carrier. By being given opportunities to lead in big ways and in new environments, it undeniably pushed me out of my comfort zone. Each season of the residency allowed me to realize and reach a new potential in my leadership journey. If you hunger for more training on how you can be a more powerful force for the local church, then this program is for you!"

- Mel Ferguson, 2016 Residency

"The Leadership Institute has made such a big impact on my life and changed the course of my ministry journey. This experience helped me find my love for the Special Needs community as well as the necessary training to be an effective leader. I am so thankful for the Leadership Institute’s spiritual and practical training and how they help send out leaders to impact the world."

- Erin Wickenkamp, 2016 Residency

"Getting the opportunity to learn and develop as a leader in CCV’s leadership institute has helped prepare me for ministry in ways I would have anticipated needing. It gave me real hands on experience under the guidance of some incredible leaders to help me apply the theological training I received at bible college. Through the residency I was also able to refine the calling God has in my life by broadening my perspective on what God has gifted and equipped me to do. I will always be thankful for way so many people invested in my development as a resident."

- Joel Wickenkamp, 2016 Residency

"Before I came to CCV for the Leadership Institute, I had no idea a program designed to prepare someone for full time ministry existed. I grew up in church world as a pastor’s daughter, but didn’t realize there was still so much I didn’t know. The program equipped me with hands on experience at the deepest level possible. I was given the freedom to try and sometimes fail, but grow and learn through the process. I had classes where I learned from some of the greatest leaders in ministry and then got to go and apply that knowledge. The residency program helped me step into my first ministry job with confidence and discover how God designed me to help further His Kingdom."

- Sloane Lindsey, 2017 Residency


The Residency Program will provide hands-on training in ten competency areas that cannot be taught effectively in a classroom. In addition to high-caliber practical training, we provide three layers of mentorship. Real-world projects with immediate assessment will provide the feedback you need to take into the next level in ministry.


Residency begins the last week of July, and runs through mid-May.


Residency has approximately 50 participants at a time in various ministries.


  • Option 1 - Undergraduate Residency: This option is ideal for those entering their fourth year of college. Students continue their education as a CCV resident during their senior year.
  • Option 2 - Graduate Residency: Graduate residents work toward a master’s degree from one of our partnering universities. A completed bachelor’s degree and acceptance into one of the graduate programs is required.
  • Option 3 - Professional Residency: Adult professionals who are not interested in pursuing graduate credit have the option of participating within a non-academic level.


Tuition for undergraduate and graduate residencies is paid directly to the participating university issuing credit.

Residents who are not enrolled with a university partner are required to pay a residency fee to the Leadership Institute.


College tuition and residency fees cover these expenses:

  • Travel for Life of Christ course in Israel
  • Out-of-state church visit trip
  • Offsite development days
  • Competency trainings
  • Housing expenses
  • Administrative costs

Residents are allowed to raise support for fees and living expenses. Please see the Leadership Institute for guidelines. Housing will be provided upon request.


Assistance with resume preparation, interviewing skills, etiquette training, online portfolio development, references, and ministry contacts are provided. It is our intention for every resident to finish the program with a clear direction and ministry preparation.

CCV supplies an affirmation certificate upon successful completion of the program. A residency with the Leadership Institute is not designed to be a path to employment at CCV.

2013-14 residents experienced 100% placement in ministry (25 residents total in the program)

If you have additional questions or would like more information please contact leadership@ccv.church.