Emmaus exists to glorify God by making and training disciples who make and train disciples. We are committed to seeing God reach our neighbors and the nations with the gospel. However, we are convinced that no single church is big enough to do this alone. Therefore, we are committed to seeing many healthy churches in our city, nation, and the world.

This vision directly involves the training of pastors who will plant and revitalize churches. Our purpose in the Residency is to spend a season with aspiring pastors as they join us to study, reflect, observe, and serve. The content of the program focuses on a theology of the church, matters of church polity, and the role of God’s Word in pastoral ministry. There is also training in preaching, counseling, and pastoral care. The Emmaus Residency is a year-long immersion into pastoral ministry.

Those accepted into the program are expected to join Emmaus Bible Church, having signed our Statement of Faith and Membership Agreement. The program will last for one year (January – December). Residents may be eligible for a stipend and are responsible for coordinating any additional funding. Emmaus will provide all books and reading materials. Acceptance into and/or completion of the program in no way implies our affirmation of the resident’s sense of call and future employment at Emmaus is not to be expected.

Additional Information

If the residency is of interest as you pursue ministry training, find more information about the shape and scope of the residency below:

You will get some specifics and meet a couple of our current residents in the video below. 

Resident applications must be in by September 1 for the upcoming year. If you have additional questions, please contact the church office via the contact form or phone (402) 731-0201. Note: space is limited, so if you are interested, please do get your application in for immediate consideration.


What is the duration of the Residency?

The program begins on January 1 and ends on December 31st.

Does this cost or pay anything? 

Thanks to the generosity of the Emmaus church family, those accepted into the program will receive a stipend and have all of the costs associated with the Residency paid. While the program is free, Residents are encouraged to raise additional support if needed.

I’m not sure I want to be a pastor? Can I still do the Residency?

We encourage those who are seriously considering or currently in pastoral ministry to apply for the program.

Can I receive seminary credit for the program?

Participation may qualify for partial practicum credit at your school. Please consult your admissions counseling team to see if you might qualify.

How early should I apply?

The deadline for applications is September 1. Please remember that spaces are limited, so getting your application in early is wise.