Two Cities Church


A season of development for a lifetime of ministry.



Looking for meaningful ministry experience in an environment where you can be discipled and developed? Our program provides an open door into serving in the church, a clear roadmap for development, and an offramp into lifelong ministry.





Each residency at Two Cities Church will provide you with: 

  • Practical and meaningful ministry experience
  • Theological development and sharpening
  • Focused leadership training and development
  • Opportunities to lead special projects and initiatives
  • Key presence within our Two Cities staff
  • Personal Development and a dedicated ministry mentor
  • Opportunity to earn a seminary Masters Degree for free as a part of your theological development


Wondering if this opportunity is right for you? Don’t just take our word for it. Watch this video to see how two current residents have been impacted by the residency.




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Disciple the next generation.

This residency focuses on leveraging recent college graduates to be disciple-makers on one of the college campuses here in Winston-Salem, because we believe if you reach the campus you can reach the world. This track is excellent preparation for anyone looking to go into full-time ministry in a variety of capacities.


Build up the Church.
This residency focuses on creating space to explore a ministry calling and gain valuable experience alongside our church staff.

Sub-tracks include:

  • Discipleship & Groups
  • Missions
  • Kids
  • Students
  • Connections

Minister through worship.

This residency provides opportunities to learn and develop musically, in administration, and in leadership.

You’ll have the opportunity to work in conjunction with other ministries such as our production team, student ministry, college ministry, and worship volunteers.


Tell the story.

This residency allows people with creative gifting and heart for ministry the chance to explore and experience how they can use these gifts in the context of the local church. We have the best story to tell (the gospel); we have the responsibility to tell it well.

 Sub-tracks include:

  • Communication (social media, marketing, communications, graphic design, and video)
  • Production (A/V, production, tech, and video)

Learn how to lead.

This residency is designed to help equip future pastors and church planters to lead at a high level within the local church.

This residency is for those with previous ministry experience who desire to plant a church, lead a campus, or work in a high-level leadership position within a church.

Sub-tracks include:

  • Lead Pastor
  • Executive Pastor

This track has a potential third-year option in partnership with the Summit Collaborative.

frequently asked



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How are residencies funded?

The residencies at Two Cities are fully support raised. Each resident will be responsible for raising their own salaries for the two-year residency. But we want to take the fear out of the support raising process! Two Cities has partnered with an incredible organization called Reliant that trains, coaches, and manages everything you need. With the best tools and resources at your disposal, support raising raising will be an excellent training ground for future opportunities in ministry.

What will I be doing?
Your job description and responsibilities will largely depend upon which residency you participate in. The College Residency focus on reaching the college campuses and making disciples among college students. The Ministry Residency varies per ministry area and is tailored accordingly. The Pastoral Residency involves working closely beside our lead pastors and getting a front-row seat in learning how to lead a church.
What kind of degree will be offered?
In order to maximize the residency experience, we offer a single track Master of Arts in Ministry.
Does anything else come with the program?
Two Cities Church will provide you with a MacBook during your residency that is free for you to keep after the residency has ended.
Will housing be provided?
You will be responsible for your own housing, and Two Cities does not cover any moving costs. If, however, you need helping finding a place, we may be able to make some suggestions.
What does the application process look like?

The application process consists of four stages.

  • Connect: After you submit your interest form the Pastor of Leadership Development will connect with you over an initial phone call.
  • Apply: If the residency is a good fit for you, then you’ll complete a formal application and have your first interview.
  • Assess: Those selected to continue the process, will undergo a more in-depth professional and personality assessment. The application process will also officially begin with Reliant, our support raising partner. There will be a final on-sight interview, if possible.
  • Decision: If an offer is made and accepted, you will go through support-raising training and enroll in our degree program.

For a more specific timeline, check out the “When would I start?” FAQ.

When would I start?

There are two on-ramps for Residency at Two Cities Church – fall and spring.

– Applications due February 1
– Final decisions by February 25
– Support Raising Training March 18-21
– Residency Start Date August 1

– Applications due June 30
– Final decisions by July 29
– Support Raising Training August
– Residency Start Date January 1

How long are the residencies?
Each residency position is a two-year commitment. Both years of residency are crucial in providing sufficient time for developing ministry skill competencies, as well as for the completion of the corresponding master’s degree.
Will I have a job with Two Cities Church once my residency is over?
Residents are not guaranteed a job at Two Cities upon completing their residency.