"I've been able to engage in unforgettable hands-on experiences with my team, as we produce online church services every week. In a year full of uncertainties and despair, the B4 Residency has been my light at the end of the tunnel, giving me the chance to grow further in my faith and engage deeper with my B4 community. "
The Residency at B4 prepares recent college graduates for ministry leadership. Residents develop skills related to pastoral care, team leadership, and operations. They’ll also focus on cultivating spiritual and emotional health, in tandem with professional development.Next Cohort: September 2024-August 2025
A Snapshot of the Residency
12-month Residency Program
- Next Cohort: September 2024 – August 2025
All positions are paid, full-time (40 hours/week)
Benefits include: medical and dental insurance
Housing: Optional housing in our on-campus residency house for a reduced rate rent
- Has a personal story of how Jesus has changed their life and called them into church ministry
- Has a Bachelor’s degree or Bible Certificate and is a continual learner
- Is passionate to learn and grow spiritually in community, and has been active in their church for at least six months
- Is enthusiastic about disciple-making in a relational church culture
- Has been a high capacity ministry volunteer or intern
- Ability to relocate to Beaverton area
- Passes the B4Church’s background check
- Weekly resident meetings on various topics such as emotional health, contextual ministry models, communicating the gospel, etc.
- Assigned reading and/or podcasts on meeting topics
- Ministry coaching from seasoned leaders
- Participate in cohort model learning + fellowship
- Corporate worship services
- Spiritual formation + practice, helping residents integrate all aspects of their lives
- Weekly staff chapel
- Annual staff retreat
Each resident is required to:
- Choose one Area of Ministry as their Residency Ministry Track
- Attend weekly services at B4
- Take part in residency cohort meetings
- Complete required readings
Applications are all online. Check back for when our applications for September 2024 open.
Areas of Ministry
Leading our congregation in worship through music for our main services, as well as youth and young adults services, and for other ministries. This role also includes participation in B4’s song-writing team, Shelter.
Serving in ministry for infants through 5th grade. This track provides opportunity to serve with children, parents, and volunteers in Sunday programs as well as kid-specific events and outreaches such as Tuesday Playtime and the Barnes After School Program.
Outreach + Missions
This track focuses on global missions and local outreach through involvement with B4’s community partners such as Road to Hope maternity home, Union Gospel Mission, Refugee Care Collective, etc.
Experience + Hospitality
This track focuses on hospitality and event operations. This role would allow opportunity to work with volunteer teams such as greeters, safety team, ushers, coffee ministry, and food service; as well as working with team members on design and logistics for events and interior design of spaces.
Youth + Young Adults
Serving our Middle School, High School, and Young Adults Ministry. This role would include outreach such as supporting students at athletic events, preaching at services, and assisting with programming for events such as winter retreats and Youth for the City.
This track works closely with the worship team as part of B4Creative. This role would have responsibilities in video, sound, and light production for main services and other events and ministries.
Designing digital and communication pieces, editing text documents for publication, photography for key events, and producing social media content under the supervision of the Communications Director.
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The bulk of time in the Residency Program (about 35 hours per week) will be spent within their team/ministry track. The remaining 5 hours a week will be spent in resident cohort meetings, completing reading for said meetings, or one-off projects and assignments as part of the residency cohort (such as developing a short sermon, or creating an event budget). Attendance at resident cohort meetings is mandatory and required for completion of the program.
Residents are paid $17.06 an hour, and as full-time employees, receive medical insurance (92% employer contribution), dental insurance (90% employer contribution). Finally, the resident understands that he is not entitled to a paid position upon completion of the program.
The Residency is a 12-month program, running from October through September, or June through May. Three-quarters of the way through, it is recommended that residents begin searching for a job to follow their Residency. The Residency Coordinator will at this point assist in finding suitable employment based on the readiness of the respective resident.
A resident will have the option to live in a furnished house owned by the church (utilities are included and pets are NOT allowed). Please note that B4Church cannot accommodate housing for children.
Each resident will be issued a laptop by B4Church on their first day of the Residency Program. Any B4Church-issued equipment will be returned to B4Church upon completion of the Residency Program.
Residents are given 80 hours of vacation per year, and sick leave is allocated at a maximum of 96 hours per calendar year. Paid holidays include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving Day. When a holiday falls on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, HR will notify staff regarding which day the holiday will be observed.
In addition to paid holidays, the church observes a paid Christmas break from December 25th through January 1st. Sundays that fall within this Christmas break will be considered work days for employees who are regularly scheduled to work on Sundays. Your supervisor may also assign work responsibilities during Christmas break in preparation for Sunday services and/or to meet necessary deadlines. It is generally expected that all staff participate in high attendance weekends and special events such as Easter and Christmas Eve services.
It is not recommended that residents hold a secondary job or are enrolled in school while in the program. Residents seeking outside employment or a formal educational course should discuss this with the Residency Coordinator ahead of time. The resident’s other work or schooling must not interfere with their regularly scheduled responsibilities or high attendance weekends and special events such as Easter and Christmas Eve services.
"The residency is a perfect transition out of college into serving in full-time ministry. Right away, I was given a great amount of responsibility, while being continuously supported and empowered by other staff members and my fellow residents. I am incredibly thankful for the hands-on and stretching experiences I have had thus far as a part of B4!"