Why NAOBC Apprenticeships & Residencies
At Ninth and O, one of our core values is “missions.” In order to accomplish this task, NAOBC recognizes that we must make it our priority to raise up disciples competent for Kingdom ministry. Therefore, in accord with our desire to reach the world and to be a missional community at NAOBC, we have launched our Pastoral Apprenticeship (PA) and Residency Program (RP). We believe that these apprenticeships and residencies will empower our ministerial staff to equip participants to develop Kingdom-minded, holistic Christian men.
What To Expect
An apprentice’s/resident’s area of service will enable them to play a strategic role in the ongoing ministry of Ninth & O Baptist Church. Apprentices and residents will be entrusted with day-to-day ministerial responsibilities for the operation of their specific ministry. This will provide a direct platform for learning to lead in the context of the local church. Above all, NAOBC desires for apprentices and residents to be faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and to be firmly grounded in their devotion to the Word of Christ. Therefore, NAOBC apprentices and residents will be challenged to grow in their personal knowledge of God’s Word as well as their knowledge of theological truth.
The apprenticeship phase will consist primarily of the content covered in the PA.
The residency phase will consist primarily of the content determined by their ministerial supervisor whom they serve under at NAOBC. Additionally, the residency phase will consist of live preaching, teaching, counseling, and/or leadership opportunities at NAOBC.
NAOBC is aware that growth in theological knowledge does not necessitate growth in Christ-like character. It is our belief that without the latter one is unfit for leadership in the home as well as the context of the local church. Therefore, character assessment will be a vital part of NAOBC apprenticeships and residencies. In order to accomplish this, NAOBC’s pastoral and ministerial team will seek to capitalize on teachable moments in the context of local church ministry.
Both NAOBC apprentices and residents must note that the ministerial staff reserves the right to dismiss anyone from either program due to inappropriate misconduct unworthy of a follower of Jesus Christ.
NAOBC residents must note that their ministerial supervisor at NAOBC reserves the right to dismiss a resident from their residency program due to persistence in ministerial unfaithfulness, repeated failure to follow through with ministerial tasks, or a prolonged period of inability to grow in the execution and organization of ministerial tasks. This dismissal is at the discretion of the ministerial supervisor and Pastor Jeff Elieff.
Throughout the course of NAOBC apprenticeships and residencies, opportunities will be provided for apprentices and residents to develop Christ-like camaraderie while serving alongside one another and through various fellowship opportunities outside of the office.