Equip Residency

There is no greater city to learn and do ministry than New Orleans.

Equip means to prepare, provide, or supply. We desire to see College and Seminary students equipped for the ministry God has called them to. The Equip Ministry Residency is designed for individuals to serve in the church, gain first-hand ministry experience, develop a missional mindset and participate in leadership coaching. 

Southern Baptists have strategically set out to see a church planting movement take place across highly populated urban cities across North America. New Orleans was designated as a Send City in 2013 resulting in a passionate focus to mobilize churches to plant churches in the city that care forgot.

Lakeshore Church is in partnership with the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), the Cecil B. Day Center for Church Planting and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to provide accredited academic training in conjunction with Church Planting Pipeline and Send Network Training. Qualified students may earn up to nineteen hours towards their graduate degree and up to eighteen hours towards a bachelor’s degree. Students must be admitted as Leavell College or NOBTS students through the normal admissions process and register for the appropriate classes.

Graduate students completing the Send Network training through NAMB can receive credit for Mentoring in Gospel Ministry (3 or 6 hours per semester; 12 hours total), as well as Supervised Ministry 1 (2 hours), Supervised Ministry 2 (2 hours), and Church Leadership and Administration (3 hours). This can give the students up to 19 hours total credit.

Graduate students completing the Church Planting Pipeline through NAMB can receive credit for Mentoring in Gospel Ministry (3 or 6 hours per semester; 12 hours total), as well as Supervised Ministry 1 (2 hours), Supervised Ministry 2 (2 hours), and Discipleship Strategies (2 hours). This can give the students up to 18 hours total credit.

Undergraduate students can receive credit for Church Ministry Practicum (3 or 6 hours per semester) through their Church Planter Pipeline or Send Network Training for the course. Students taking eighteen hours of Church Ministry Practicum will complete a minor in Mentoring towards the Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministry.

For more information concerning undergraduate credit, contact Dr. Thomas Strong at tstrong@nobts.edu. For graduate credit, contact Dr. Bo Rice at brice@nobts.edu. For church planting residencies contact George Ross gross@namb.net.

If you are student interested in urban, international, evangelistic church planting, there is no better place than the city of New Orleans and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, to learn and do missions, come join us.

Equip Two-Year Residency (L1 & L2 Pipeline)

Lakeshore Church will receive 8, two-year residents each year (four male & four female). Approved applicants will complete two years (Fall and Spring Semesters) of the Equip Residency. Year One (L1) Residents and Year Two (L2) Residents will complete ten toundational competencies each year. Lakeshore Church will provide residents with a Kindle, training, and other resources for the Equip Residency. 

Equip Residency Year One Foundational Competencies (L1)

Personal Development

This foundation, and the competencies that support it, will run throughout all intern development and be evaluated in all assessments. Personal Development is not about helping you become a better person but to help you rely on the transforming power of Jesus. To do so, we will focus on the following competencies:

  1. Spiritual Formation: Individuals need to understand the necessity of allowing God toform them for His purpose and mission.

  2. Calling: Individuals need to have a firm understanding of their calling as it relates tochurch planting.

  3. Evangelism: Individuals need to integrate personal evangelism as a natural outflow oftheir walk with Christ.

  4. Gifts/Passion Discovery: It is crucial that individuals develop a better understanding ofhow God has uniquely created and gifted them.

  5. Self-Awareness: Individuals need to comprehend the importance of acquiring a highlevel of self-awareness.

  6. Communication: Individuals need to understand the various aspects of interpersonalcommunication and how it plays into their effectiveness as leaders.

  7. Leadership: Individuals need to understand how the principle of leading self beforeothers impacts their leadership potential and effectiveness.

Theological Formation: This foundation, and the competencies that support it, is in place to help you begin forming a theology from Scripture. We believe that the local church and seminaries that support the local church are the primary resources to help you to begin developing a personal theology. To help you begin, we will focus on the following competencies:

  1. Bible Fluency: Individuals need to comprehend basic Bible interpretation principles as well as the overarching biblical narrative.

  2. Understanding Church: Individuals need to have a firm understanding of God’s designand purpose of the church.

  3. Biblical Community: Individuals need to understand the necessity of intentionally livingin a biblical community.

Equip Residency Year Two Foundational Competencies (L2)

Missiology

This foundation, and the competencies that support it, is in place to help you as you begin to think through the implications of context and as you prepare for the mission. To help you begin, we will focus on the following competencies:

  1. Church Planting: Individuals need to understand the foundational principles of church planting and how those shape the churches they desire to plant.

  2. Understanding Context: Individuals need to comprehend how to exegete their culture in order to contextualize the gospel.

  3. Relationships: Individuals need to comprehend the importance of acquiring a high level of awareness of others and how best to minister to them.

  4. Biblical Communication: Individuals need to understand the foundational skills of effective communication of the gospel to various audiences.

  5. Teamwork: Individuals need to understand how assembling a trusted team of colaborers around them serves the mission.

  6. Multiplying Leaders: Individuals need to learn how to multiply their own leadership capacity as they create a pipeline of leaders for the mission of God.

  7. Spiritual Readiness: Individuals need to understand the necessity of being spiritually ready as they engage in disciple making.

Disciple-Making

This foundation and the competencies that support it are in place to help you make disciples and disciple makers as you lead. To help you begin, we will focus on the following competencies:

  1. Making a Difference: Individuals need to understand how a healthy view of the gospel will help them apply it to the needs of their community, city and world.

  2. Making Disciples: Individuals need to understand and apply personal disciple making plans.

  3. Missionary Practice: Individuals need to understand how to view their immediate context as missionaries and what it looks like for them to practically live out their lives on mission.

Upon completion of the two- year residency, residents will have an exhaustive ministry notebook of assessments, coaching, and residency assignments for prospective search teams and use in future ministry assignments.

Interested applicants should email the completed Equip Residency Application to gross@lakeshorechurchnola.com.

Applicants must pay and complete a Leading From Your Strengths Profile accessed from this link: http://www.ministryinsights.com/leaders/leading-from-your-strengths-profile/. Submit Assesment results with your Equip Residency Application.