Journey Residency

The Journey Residency is a two-year leadership development program for emerging leaders who feel called to vocational church ministry.

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THE PROGRAM

The Journey Residency is a two-year, full-time leadership training program designed to give hands-on experience working with one of the staff teams of the church, personal mentoring and leadership training to equip emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.

Areas of Ministry

Children’s Ministry

Student Ministry

Worship

Spiritual Formation

The Residency at Journey is designed to equip and develop the next generation of leaders for a lifetime of significant ministry leadership.

We are committed to investing in emerging leaders. The purpose of the residency is for the development of the resident rather than for the benefit of the church.  “I used to want to help people get into the race, now I want to help them finish the race.” ~Pastor Dustin Aagaard

  • A potential resident must be able to express a clear calling into full time ministry.
  • A potential resident must be a college graduate. *
  • A potential resident must be in alignment with the church philosophy, culture and staff.
  • A potential resident must have some ministry experience.
  • A potential resident must have an appropriate maturity and work ethic.
  • A potential resident must complete the application process.
  • A potential resident must have clear and compelling leadership potential.
  • A potential resident must be able to express a clear calling into full time ministry.
  • A potential resident must express a clear sense of hunger and humility and the pursuit of holiness.

*Some exceptions may apply.

Each resident is expected to work full time workload. The bulk of their time will be spent working with their Resident Coach as a part of their ministry team. The remaining time (4 hours per week) will be spent in Resident Training.

There are four different ministry programs available for residents: worship, children’s ministry, student ministry, and spiritual formation

All residents will receive a monthly stipend of $600, a MacBook laptop, all expenses paid for an annual residents’ retreat, and all expenses paid for ministry specific camps or conference trips including Passion Conference.

Each resident will have the option to live in housing provided by the church. Residents are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at their host home. The resident should consider themselves part of the household. As a member of the household, the resident should be courteous with regard to cleanliness, noise, whereabouts and common considerations.

The Residency is a two-year program. After the 18th month mark, it is encouraged for residents to start looking for a ministry position.

The Journey Residency has three on-boarding times throughout the year; January, May and August.

Yes, some residents will have an additional part time job to supplement their income. The job, however, should not impede their regular residency duties. The resident is responsible to find his or her own outside employment that fits into their weekly ministry rhythm.

Graduating Residents

These residents are approaching the end of their program and are available for hire.

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Katie Karp

Student Ministry

I graduated from Liberty University in the Fall of 2019 with a degree in Christian Leadership and Church Ministry. After graduation, I learned of the Residency program here at Journey and ultimately fell in love with the mission of raising up the next generation of ministry leaders. Throughout my time here, I have grown in my passion for revealing Jesus to people, building discipleship relationships, and walking with others as they take next steps in their faith journey. I love shepherding people through the mountaintops and valleys of life, while constantly pointing them back to the truth of God. After my Residency is complete, I am open to many different areas of ministry including groups, young adults, students, and even worship!

If you are interested in learning more about my story or my heart for ministry, please reach out below!

THE RESIDENTS

Joshua Tiaga
Student Ministry Resident
I graduated from Liberty University in 2019 with a degree in Youth Ministry. Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from Liberty University with anticipation to graduate the fall of 2021. In 2015 God placed a calling on my life to serve the local church and proclaim the goodness of God to the next generation whether it be students, or young adults. Being obedient to His call has led me to experience the greatest joy and fulfillment in life. I am passionate about connecting people to one another, and ultimately, to God. After the completing the residency, I hope to continue to lead the next generation to experience God through a pastoral position in the local church. My goal is to continue to love, shepherd, and disciple students, young adults, and families to live the abundant life Jesus offers in John 10:10.
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Katie Karp
Student Ministry Resident
I graduated from Liberty University in the Fall of 2019 with a degree in Christian Leadership and Church Ministry. After graduation, I learned of the Residency program here at Journey and ultimately fell in love with the mission of raising up the next generation of ministry leaders. Throughout my time here, I have grown in my passion for revealing Jesus to people, building discipleship relationships, and walking with others as they take next steps in their faith journey. I love shepherding people through the mountaintops and valleys of life, while constantly pointing them back to the truth of God. After my Residency is complete, I am open to many different areas of ministry including groups, young adults, students, and even worship! If you are interested in learning more about my story or my heart for ministry, please reach out below!
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Brooke Renfroe
Family Ministry Resident
Brooke is one of our Student Ministry residents! “I basically get paid to have fun and love on awkward middle school kids.” From Dacula, Georgia, Brooke started working at Journey mid-September of 2020. “I knew Dustin from GA where he was my student pastor while I was in high school!”“I love everything about Journey! The people are some of the most genuine Jesus-loving people I’ve ever met. I love that the mission and focus here is simply to follow Jesus’s example in loving people and making them better disciples of Him. I also just love getting to work with students and help raise up the next generation of leaders and Christ followers!! They’re the future. :)” “My favorite food is Iced Coffee. It’s not often that you’ll see me without one in my hand.”
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Trey Clifton
Student Ministry Resident
graduated from Shorter University in May 2020 with my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, minoring in Christian Studies. I began my relationship with Jesus my junior year of college and realized very quickly that this would forever alter and impact my life. I felt called into ministry shortly after that and discovered through college that I was extremely passionate about reaching the next generation of believers. I am confident that God has called me to live differently than the world around me and has called me to use all that I have in my life to glorify God and build His Kingdom. After completing the Residency program, I would love to work within the Next Gen realm of ministry working to equip, empower and influence students, kids and volunteers to fulfill the Great Commission and become greater disciples of Jesus.
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Melissa Papirio
Children's Ministry Resident
I graduated from Liberty University in 2021 with a degree in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries- Global Studies and a minor in Youth Ministry. One of my biggest passions is giving children, students, and families the tools and resources to study the Bible and teaching them what it means to live for Jesus. At Journey I have had the amazing opportunity to disciple students on our Journey Kids Worship team in how to disciple children and have been extremely blessed seeing them all grow in their passion for God and their confidence in Him. After graduating from the residency I would love to continue in children’s and family ministry leading children’s worship and creating curriculum for kids, teens, and adults that teach them how to study scripture together as a family. My hands are open and I am willing to go wherever the Lord leads me in life. I’m excited about where He will take me next! If you have any questions please contact me!
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Leah Esakson
Student Ministry Resident
After participating heavily in my youth ministry when I was in high school, God gave me my calling into ministry. After discovering that calling, I began to study Youth Ministry while at Liberty University and have been chasing after it ever since. I love walking along side students and helping them really dive headfirst into their faith with God. I also really love the more administrative side of ministry. During one of my classes I heard about Journey and instantly felt the Lord calling me to come here for the residency. I feel like God has opened many doors for me when it comes to ministry and I’m beyond excited to see where He takes me in life.
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