In Grace Communion International we believe in High Support, High Challenge – Grace always! Our ministry pathway provides a safe and strategic environment for individuals to explore their call to ministry. The programs in the pathway are not necessarily followed in a linear process system but each provides an onramp into leadership in GCI. Explore the links below to discover which program would be the best fit for you!

What is The Orchard?

The Orchard is a project-based mentoring program that participates in the work of the Holy Spirit by helping emerging Christian leaders discern God’s voice in their ongoing growth. The Orchard is led by a partnership between New Humanity Institute (NHI) and Grace Christian Church, a member of Grace Communion International (GCI).
In The Orchard, we see a new generation of leaders who live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and make disciples like Jesus. With a strong theological foundation, the ability to discern God’s iterative calling, and well-developed leadership skills, graduates of The Orchard enrich and expand the Body of Christ for the glory of God.
Participants in The Orchard develop a ministry project of their own design over the course of six months. Monthly learning sessions help participants understand their calling and how to best participate in ministry work. The Orchard also offers monthly, individual coaching sessions to provide one-on-one support.
LEARNING SESSION TOPICS:

  • A Theological Foundation of Ministry
  • Your Iterative Calling
  • Jesus’ Concept of Neighbor
  • Leadership and Team Dynamics
  • Organization, Time Management, and Project Management
  • Conflict Styles and Criticism
  • Project Presentation

FORMAT:

  • 7 Orchard learning sessions conducted via video conference
  • 2 hours/learning session
  • 6, 1-hour individual coaching sessions via video conference
  • Each participant will develop a Ministry Action Plan on a project of her/his choosing

Who participates in The Orchard?

The Orchard is for those who:

  • Are interested in engaging in ministry and would like to be equipped
  • Have a ministry idea but are not sure how to start
  • Want to see if ministry is a good fit before making a major commitment of time or resources

TARGET AUDIENCE:

  • Young adults aged 18-25 who are interested in ministry work
  • Older leaders, especially women, who may be a good fit for the GCI Resident Program

How do I apply?

To apply for The Orchard, download the application and email the completed form to the program’s coordinator, Dishon Mills, dishon.mills@gci.org . Completed applications and references are due October 12, 2019.

We invite you to support our leadership development programs by donating to the GCnext fund.

What is the GCI Intern Program?

GCI’s Intern Program is a 2.5 year paid church ministry work experience for men and women who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree. During the internship, participants will invest 20 hours per week as ministry practitioners in a local church setting under the guidance of a Pastor Supervisor. Concurrently, the Intern will be working toward successful completion of a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies or Theology through the online venue at Grace Communion Seminary. Tuition at Grace Communion Seminary and the associated textbook expenses are paid for by the local host church. Upon completion of the internship, participants can then apply for GCI’s Pastoral Resident Program if they sense a calling to be a lead pastor or explore other ministry options in Grace Communion International and beyond.

Who is a GCI Intern candidate?

Interns are young adults, usually in their 20’s, who desire to explore ministry expressions in a local church setting of Grace Communion International. The program is designed to prepare Interns to be ministry leaders in GCI through theological training, youth and children’s ministry, worship arts, pastoral care, ministry leadership, and spiritual formation. Though we hold loosely to whether the Lord is calling each Intern ministry leadership, the program is carefully crafted to prepare each Intern for that purpose. Interns are placed in a nurturing church community with a support team including a Supervising Pastor, Ministry Coach, Mentor and Program Coordinator and the brothers and sisters of that local church. Each Intern designs a personal Ministry Action Plan (MAP), in collaboration with the Supervising Pastor and Program Coordinator, for intentional development as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Current and Recent Graduates of the Intern Program

Gordon Herrmann – Cincinnati, Ohio

Ceeja & Lucas Malmkar
Surrey Hills, Oklahoma

Koa Shima
Modesto, California

Dwight Smith
Sacramento, California

Jillian Morrison
Glendora, California

Patrick Quinn
Salem, Oregon

How to apply?

To apply for the Intern program in Grace Communion International, download the application, call the program’s National Coordinator, Anthony Mullins, at 828.655.6081, or email him anthony.mullins@gci.org

We invite you to support our leadership development programs by donating to the GCnext fund.

What is the GCI Pastoral Resident Program?

GCI’s Pastoral Resident Program is a two-year paid (or in some cases volunteer) vocational ministry experience for men and women who have successfully completed a GCI internship or, through their involvement in local church ministry, have shown themselves as faithful followers of Jesus with an aptitude toward pastoral ministry.

Who is a Pastoral Resident?

Pastoral Residents are people who sense a call on their life for pastoral ministry in Grace Communion International. The program is designed to prepare Residents for lead pastoral ministry in GCI through theological training, preaching, administration, church organization, pastoral care, ministry leadership, and spiritual formation. Though we hold loosely to whether the Lord is calling each Resident to a lead pastoral role, the program is carefully crafted to prepare each Resident for that purpose. Pastoral Residents are placed in a nurturing church community with a support team including a Supervising Pastor, Ministry Coach, Mentor and Program Coordinator and the brothers and sisters of that local church. Each Resident designs a personal Ministry Action Plan (MAP), in collaboration with the Supervising Pastor and Program Coordinator, for intentional development as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Current & Recent Graduates of the Pastoral Resident Program

Anthony Walton – Los Angeles, CA

Cara Garrity – Waltham, MA

Patrick Quinn – Cincinnati, OH

Elizabeth Mullins – Hickory, NC

David Borum – Eugene, OR

Lucas & Ceeja Malmkar – Surrey Hills, OK

How to apply?

To apply for the Pastoral Resident program in Grace Communion International, click on the following link to download the application, or call the program’s National Coordinator, Anthony Mullins, at 828.655.6081, or email him anthony.mullins@gci.org

We invite you to support our leadership development programs by donating to the GCnext fund.