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1001 Apprenticeships and Residencies


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All positions for apprenticeships and residencies are filled for 2017–18.

Meet the 1001 apprentices and residents

Contact Sara Hayden to recommend future residents and apprentices or to support this growing initiative.

Applications for 2018–19 will be accepted in late fall 2017.

Leaders of new worshiping communities face the daunting challenge of creating something new that is both contextual and transformative. We want to help.

This year, 1001 New Worshiping Communities will offer several training and support opportunities to enhance your experience and help you and your team start strong—with the support you need to thrive.

If you are currently leading a New Worshiping Community and would like more support, or are exploring a call to be a part of this movement, we encourage you to apply to one of our apprenticeship or residency programs for 2017–2018.

Part-time apprenticeships

  • Nine-month, part-time apprenticeship based in apprentice’s unique context
  • Ten-week summer apprenticeship based in Los Angeles, California

Full-time 12-month residencies

Regardless of the program, all residents and apprentices will take part in:

  • Discerning and starting new ministries from scratch
  • A weeklong national training—June 12-15—in Los Angeles, California
  • A cohort of peers and mentors throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or residency
  • One: one coaching with an experienced NWC coach
  • Apprentices will receive a stipend of $3,500 (nine-month) or $2,500 (summer) to support them in this program.
  • Residents will receive a $15,000 stipend in addition to housing and a $1,500 health insurance stipend.

Applications are due March 15, 2017, and applicants are interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Refer to the links provided to download specific applications and find additional details. Email 1001 Associate and Director of Apprenticeships and Residencies for 1001, to discuss options.


We have two apprenticeship opportunities: One for 10 weeks over the summer in Los Angeles and another that takes place in your local context, part-time, September through May. All leaders receive:

  • The opportunity to start something new, and coaching to help you do it
  • Training and discernment in new worshiping community work as a part of a diverse cohort of colleagues
  • One-on-one coaching from a mentor experienced in the inauguration of new ministries
  • Access to national leaders to help you navigate the dynamics and opportunities involved in starting ministries that are both contextual and transformational

If you are interested in being part of a future apprenticeship group, we’d love to talk with you. If you have questions, email

How it works

The 1001 NWC apprenticeship is designed to identify, recruit and equip leaders to begin new worshiping communities. Individuals selected for this program through an application and interview process will be connected with partner sites as they attempt to develop a new work of ministry. Apprentices will benefit from the action-reflection model of ministry as well as reflection on missional theology and contextual ministry. Apprentices also will benefit from cohort gatherings with peers and experienced mentors to reflect on ministry and call.

Important dates

  • National Training in Los Angeles (June 12–15, 2017)
  • Summer dates (June 15–August 15, 2017)
  • Nine-month dates (September 5, 2017–May 13, 2018)

All apprentices and residents will participate in a weeklong national training in Los Angeles in June. We pay the costs associated with this training. Apprentices will team-build, experiment in diverse models of worship, receive Core Clarity consultation in StrengthsFinder, receive missional theological training, and develop skills in entrepreneurial leadership and faith-based formation.

What are the major components of the apprenticeship?

  • Inaugurating a contextual and transformative new ministry from scratch
  • Participating in a cohort of peers and mentors for reflection, training and discernment
  • One: one coaching every two weeks with an experienced NWC coach

Apprentices may also work with their partner site to gain additional experience, for example preaching—as agreed upon. The summer apprenticeship is focused more on discernment than on starting ministries from scratch.

How are apprentices matched with a partner site?

Summer: All summer apprentices are hosted and supervised by Northland Village Church. Summer apprentices live in Los Angeles or the surrounding area.

Nine-month (part-time): Nine-month apprenticeships take place in the context in which the leader feels called to live and work, usually near the apprentice’s current residence, but this is not a requirement. For example, an apprentice could relocate for the apprenticeship, if desired. Once an apprentice receives a recommendation for a spot in the cohort, we will work with her/him to find a coach and a local site, either a NWC, another organization or an established missional church. The nine-month national cohort members meet via Zoom about every two weeks for conversation, training and discernment.

Who can apply?

This program is open to people at any stage of the life. We have had college students, seminarians, seminary graduates, pastors and other professionals apply and successfully go through the program.

What’s next?

All applicants will be notified by late March, assuming they applied by the deadline. Then, we will begin matching apprentices with coaches and partners. Once matched, the coach and apprentice will work together to complete a covenant outlining additional learning opportunities the apprentice will receive.


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