Connect Church Residency Program
New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures and beliefs which makes it one of the greatest cities on the planet to be equipped for a life of ministry. The Connect Residency aims to practically equip the next generation of urban church planters, missionaries, and leaders. From a foundation of biblical truth and theological accuracy, we equip residents within the areas of leadership, communication, apologetics, and church planting. All this is accomplished while residents gain real-life experience and coaching within the context of the local church.
Connect 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For graduate credit, contact Dr. Bo Rice at email@example.com. For church planting residencies contact George Ross firstname.lastname@example.org.