Church Planting Residency

The Church Planting Residency prepares experienced ministry leaders to transition to either a church planting rectorship or a senior leadership role within the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest.

These Residencies are highly selective due to their intensity and the long-term commitment to serving within the diocese.

Each year, the residency builds toward being sent out from the host church into the ministry field, with increasing responsibility outside of the host church.

Christ Church Madison Launch Photo

The most recent church plant to be launched by a Residency graduate: Christ Church Madison.

Church Planting Residencies involve 
the following components:

church staff role

Residents assume an essential role on their host church staff, and experience the day-to-day reality of church leadership

Senior Mentorship

A senior pastoral mentor will be matched to the Resident for training, prayer, and discernment

regular seminars

All Gregory House residents receive essential theology, Bible, and leadership training from senior leaders in a classroom setting


Participants raise increasing levels of funds each year of their ministry to prepare them for the reality of fundraising for a church plant

commitment to UMW diocese

Graduates of the Church Planting Residency commit to serving long-term either as a rector or senior leader in the Upper Midwest Diocese


Residents attend national trainings and study multiple models of church planting alongside diocesan leadership


  • B.A. required, M.A. or M.Div preferred (For those seeking church-plant rectorship and/or ordination, more theological study may be required)
  • 3-5 years previous ministry involvement
  • Confirmed as an Anglican, or willing to be
  • Fundraising required


The timeline listed below is a typical example for a Planting Resident, but timelines may vary.



The first year of the Planting Resident is a fully immersive training year with exposure to multiple areas of ministry within the host church. Each role will require responsibility of a ministry area, team building, leadership, and pastoral care.  



As training continues, Residents will collaborate closely with host church leadership and diocesan clergy to discern next steps for the Resident. If a church plant is next, location may be discerned during this year.



Residents move from a host church staff role to a field staff role, either in a leadership capacity at a diocesan church or as a church planter preparing to launch.


One of the unique strengths of the Residency has been its blending of different learning paradigms in our formation as church planters. We’ve been enriched by the traditional ‘classroom’ component where we’ve learned key lessons about theology and leadership. We’ve also benefited from experiential learning–the education that comes by doing ministry here at Resurrection under the mentorship of experienced pastors. Perhaps most importantly, we’ve enjoyed the imitative learning that comes from being immersed in the relational culture of Resurrection and imitating trusted spiritual fathers and mothers as they imitate Christ (1 Cor. 4:15-16; 11:1). 

Chad Magnuson


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