What Do We Mean By Church Planting Residency?

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What Do We Mean By Church Planting Residency?

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Church planting residencies, at their best, serve as immersive learning incubators where church planters can experience the kind of transformational community of love they hope to multiply in another context. While modern innovative residency programs all look different based on their particular vision, needs, limitations, and resources, the essence and pattern of a learning community for church planters stretches back to the ancient practices of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts. Paul’s methods reveal some basic building blocks that can be applied to an effective church planting residency. 

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About Brandon Shields

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 Brandon Shields is the Directional Leader of Soma Church in Indianapolis, where his primary responsibilities are preaching, vision, and directional leadership for the church. He is married to Emily and a happy dad of four children - James, Cooper, Lilly Claire, and Hadley. He has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Kentucky, an M.Div. in Mission & Church and a Ph.D in Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys biking, golf, and reading. Some of his favorite books are Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, Facing Leviathan by Mark Sayers, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero, and Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. He tweets @brandonshields.