Ever thought you might want to teach the Bible? Find yourself leading Bible studies or giving sermons and not sure that you are doing it well? Simply want to grow to handle God’s Word more effectively? Well, there’s good news. This Fall at Christ Fellowship we will spend Thursday mornings growing as preachers and teachers.


The Residency Process with the Christ Fellowship Family of Churches 


The residency process is intended to accomplish the following objectives through strategic content, mentorship, and ongoing service in the life of the church:

  • Cultivate a vibrant and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ

  • Discern spiritual gifts and best fit for ministry long-term

  • Clarify ministry calling

  • Grow in spiritual leadership

  • Foster ongoing life of missionary intentionality 

  • Develop gifts in preaching and teaching


Residency is for

  • Anyone in their junior year in college and later (or at least 21 years old)

  • Both men and women 

  • A member of a Christ Fellowship church or someone in the membership process

  • Those willing to commit to 5 semesters beginning in the Fall.

For more information, please fill out the contact form.

The Residency Process


The residency process is divided into five semester units: 


Boot Camp: Spiritual Formation and Personal Discipline

Semester 1: Evangelism and Discipleship 

Semester 2: Ecclesiology

Semester 3: Preaching and Teaching

Semester 4: Leadership



Boot Camp is one semester before a two-year rotation where residents are asked to join with the group in order to discern their fit and to prove commitment to the process. This will always be a Spring Semester before kicking off the two-year residency in the Fall. 


  • The Bible, Old and New Testament

  • Reeves, Michael. Delighting in the Trinity: an Introduction to the Christian Faith. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. 

  • Perman, Matt, and John Piper. What's Best next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. 

  • Confessions, Augustine 


*** Christ Fellowship churches will provide books for those involved in the Residency Program.


A personal mentor will be assigned to each participant, with a commitment to meet at least once every two weeks.


  • Thursday mornings from 6:30 - 8:30 AM, 12 Weeks

    • Starting February 4, 2021

    • Final Week - April 22

  • Celebration Lunch - April 29

Assignments & Requirements

  • Each participant must commit to meeting at least once every two weeks with an assigned personal mentor

  • Spiritual Journal with 3-4 key themes / topics from each biblical book with application to participants life

  • Two week chart of time management in 15-minute increments for 14 consecutive days, including:

    • 4 daily fasts

    • 1 day, 24 hour solitude and silence retreat 

  • Develop evangelism circle and begin prayer walking and sharing

  • Full personality work up using 5 Voices, Strength Finder, and other tools designed to develop holistic understanding of who the participant is for ministry 


Work in the Church

For boot camp semester, participants will not be assigned a ministry role but will be tasked with making themselves useful. Much of ongoing ministry is the ability to see a need and contribute to cultivating and caring for the world around you. To this end, participants will he asked to assess their gifts and the needs of their church and find a strategic way to make things better. 


Dates and Topic Outline TBD 


Participants must faithfully attend weekly labs, meet with a mentor, and contribute meaningfully to discussion in order to be consider for admission into two year program. 


SEBTS Course Credit

We are currently working with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to create a course option for this semester. Masters level course credit will be available for those interested. This is the only portion of the program that will require tuition costs. 


Additional Paper Requirements for Course Credit 

  1. Book review of each of two books

  2. Spiritual autobiography 10-12 pages 



Ever thought you might want to teach the Bible? Find yourself leading Bible studies or giving sermons and not sure that you are doing it well? Simply want to grow to handle God’s Word more effectively? Well, there’s good news. This Fall (2021) at Christ Fellowship we will spend Thursday mornings growing as preachers and teachers.

Here’s the simple things you need to know:


September 9, 2021 - November 18, 2021 on Thursday mornings from 6:30 - 8:00 AM.


Christ Fellowship Cherrydale (401 State Park Rd. Greenville, SC 29617)​​


Anyone. Open to both men and women and to those who are formally teaching and preaching or simply those who want to do so more often in the future


You can take the course for credit through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary or you can just show up. The for-credit option will have some homework and writing to go along with the reading. Those not taking it for credit will read the books along with the larger group and participate in the group work each Thursday but will not have any formal assignments.


Free for participants. SEBTS tuition dues will apply to those taking it for credit.

Sign Up

Contact Matt if you are wanting to take this class for credit to get a copy of the course syllabus.

September 9th
Keller, Introduction and Chapter 1
September 16th
Keller, Chapter 2
September 23th
Keller, Chapter 3
Teaching 1
September 30th
Keller, Chapter 4
Teaching 2
October 7th
Keller, Chapter 5
Teaching 3
October 14th
Keller, Chapter 6
Teaching 4
October 21th
Keller, Chapter 7
Teaching 5
October 28th
Gordon, Part 1
Teaching 6
November 4th
Gordon, Part 2
Teaching 7
November 11th
Gordon, Part 3
Teaching 8
November 18th
Gordon, Part 4
Teaching 9



  • Goheen, Michael W. A Light to the Nations: the Missional Church and the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011. 

  • Hammett, John S. Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: a Contemporary Ecclesiology. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2019. 

  • Kuyper, Abraham, Nelson D. Kloosterman, and John Halsey Wood. Rooted & Grounded: the Church as Organism and Institution. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian's Library Press, 2013. 

  • Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2012. 

  • The Baptist Faith and Message, 2000

  • Survey of the Pastoral Epistles 



Ongoing mentorship will continue, but during this semester assessment will be made as to whether the current mentor is the best fit and consideration will be given for forming new mentorship relationships. 


Assignments & Requirements 

  • Weekly Reports on subset of Keller’s book

  • Church Drop-In Reports. Systematic Review of various church models by assessing singular church expressing different forms of ecclesiological practice 

  • Baptist Faith and Message 2000 review and discussion. Presentation on any hang ups 

  • Summary review of SBC life and the work of the Cooperative Program. Presentation by key SBC leader

  • Sit in on 2 elder meetings and write summary report of lessons and takeaways  


Work in the Church

  • By this point they should be apprenticing or leading a small group and taking spiritual responsibility for a subset of the church under the care of a pastor 



  • Pillar Network Next Up Immersion. 3-4 day training event for next round of leaders


SEBTS Course Credit 

Both Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be matched with corresponding courses at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and credit will be given for those students desirous of doing the additional work required for credit. 



Details TBD 


*** It is not until this point in the process that we would allow an individual to raise support for a paid position with the church.



Details TBD 


May 2023