Glorify God, Live Together, Make Disciples

The Emmaus Residency Program

Emmaus Bible Church exists to glorify God by living together as a church who makes and trains disciples. This program is an extension of this mission in that Emmaus is committed to seeing God reach both our neighborhood and the nations with the gospel. We are convinced that no single church is big enough to do this alone, so we are committed to training men with the goal of equipping them for lifetime vocational service to the local church.

The Emmaus Residency is a year-long immersion into pastoral ministry (September-August). The goal of the Emmaus Residency is to equip men for lifelong vocational ministry. While residents need to grow in systematics, language studies, and other disciplines, the content of the residency program focuses primarily on ecclesiology, mentoring, and practice within the context of a local church. Our prayer is that in accordance with the conviction of the Holy Spirit, residents would grow in their love for the local church, competency as leaders, and understanding of ecclesiology. 

(Residents may be eligible for a $1,000 stipend and are responsible for coordinating any additional funding before the program begins on September 1st. Emmaus will cover all book and conference expenses.)

Qualifications and Expectations

The Emmaus Residency Program exists to provide pastoral training and practical experience to men who desire to serve in the context of the local church. Residents will be equipped for a life-long ministry through the disciplines of reading, writing, discussion, and practice. In preparation for this residency program, be sure to read the qualification and expectation lists below.


In order to qualify for the Emmaus Residency, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a desire to serve in pastoral ministry.
  2. Be appropriately assessed in the areas of character, doctrinal convictions, and ministry philosophy. Areas of family and financial health should also be assessed.
  3. If serving through NAMB – complete the NAMB application and approval process. Once approved, the resident serves within the context of Emmaus Bible Church.
  4. Commit to a development plan as created by designated Pastor.
  5. Agree with the Residency expectations.
  6. Commit to completing the residency requirements.


Residents are expected to do the following during their time in the program:

  1. Invest a minimum of 20 hours per week in fulfilling ministry requirements.
  2. Secure further employment or funding for the residency prior to the beginning of the program.
  3. If applicable, submit a monthly report to NAMB and designated Pastor.
  4. Be on time for all meetings (note: 5 minutes early is on time).
  5. Attend a Bi-monthly meeting for accountability.
  6. Complete all reading and writing assignments on time.
  7. Attend all staff, elder, and member meetings.
  8. Attend all weekly service review and liturgy planning.
  9. Attend weekly Emmaus gatherings (Sunday morning and evening).
  10. Attend Adult Bible School (ABS).
  11. Meet with each elder and deacon over the course of the residency.
  12. Lead a 1:1 Bible reading or personal discipleship group with an Emmaus member.
  13. Meet with at least one member per week.
  14. Lead or attend a Gospel Community.
  15. Regularly practice personal evangelism.
  16. Be hospitable with church members and regular attendees.
  17. Be available and willing to help with assigned tasks.
  18. Maintain godly character in accordance with 1 Tim. 3.
  19. Continue to pursue personal sanctification through the spiritual disciplines.

Book List

Residents will spend between 10-15 hours per week reading the books and articles listed below.

  1. Waldron, In Defense of Parity
  2. Vos, The Bible Doctrine of the Separated Life
  3. Grudem, Systematic Theology
  4. Dever, Polity
  5. Leeman, Surprising Offense of God’s Love
  6. Bridges, Christian Ministry
  7. Ryle, Holiness
  8. Lundgaard, The Enemy Within
  9. Owen, The Glory of Christ
  10. Leeman, Church Membership
  11. Leeman, Church Discipline
  12. Leeman, Don’t Fire Your Church Members
  13. Dever, What is a Healthy Church?
  14. Rinne, Church Elders
  15. Dever, A Display of God’s Glory
  16. Keller, Center Church
  17. Moore, Onward
  18. DeYoung & Gilbert, What is the Mission of the Church
  19. Benne, Good and Bad Ways to think about Religion and Politics
  20. Carson, Worship by the Book
  21. Duncan, Give Praise to God
  22. Peterson, Engaging with God
  23. Green, The Message of the Church
  24. Lawrence & Dever, Perspectives
  25. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students
  26. Carson, Ordinary Pastor
  27. Tripp, Dangerous Calling
  28. Piper, Brothers We are not Professionals
  29. Pierre & Reju, The Pastor and Counseling
  30. Jewett, Infant Baptism and the Covenant of Grace
  31. Jamieson, Going Public
  32. Garret, Baptist Foundations
  33. Green, The Message of the Church
  34. Jamieson, Understanding the Lord’s Supper
  35. Van Dorn, Covenant Theology
  36. Dever & Gilbert, Preach
  37. Lloyd-Jones, Preaching, and Preachers
  38. Keller, Preaching
  39. Millar, Saving Eutychus
  40. Helm, Expositional Preaching
  41. Ryle, Simplicity in Preaching
  42. Hughes, Expository Preaching with Word Pictures
  43. Piper, Let the Nations be Glad
  44. Carey, William Carey
  45. Johnson, Missions
  46. Kostenberger & O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth
  47. Pratt, Intro to Global Missions
  48. Leeman, Word Centered Church
  49. Marshal & Payne, Trellis & the Vine
  50. Alexander & Dever, The Deliberate Church

Paper List

Residents will spend between 5-10 hours per week writing a number of short papers interacting with the reading material. The complete list of categories, books, and schedule will be included in the Reading Schedule spreadsheet.

  1. Initial Paper, What do you expect to get out of the residency? 2 pages
  2. Reflection Paper, 4 pages
  3. Personal Godliness Paper, 8 pages
  4. What is the Church? Paper, 8 pages
  5. What is the mission of the Church? Paper 8 pages
  6. Worship Paper, 8 pages
  7. Pastoral Ministry Paper, 8 pages
  8. Ordinances Paper, 8 pages
  9. Preaching Paper, 8 pages
  10. Global Missions Paper, 8 pages,
  11. Philosophy of Ministry Paper, 8 pages
  12. Final Paper, 4 pages

Other Practical Assignments

Along with reading, writing, and discussion, residents will be expected to work on special projects between 15-20 hours per week. Examples of projects include:

  1. Hospital visits
  2. Counseling sessions
  3. Teaching a class/research
  4. Event coordination
  5. Church administration work
  6. Meetings with members
  7. Writing emails and other communication
  8. Preparation of liturgy
  9. Other duties as assigned by staff.

Residency Schedule

General Work Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekly Meetings:

Sunday at 9:00 AM: Adult Bible School

Sunday at 10:00 AM: Prayer before the gathering

Sunday at 10:15 AM: Sunday morning gathering

Tuesday at 12:00 PM: Liturgy Review

Friday, 12:00 – 1:30 PM: Staff Meeting

Friday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM: Residency Meeting


Friday at 3:30 PM: Meeting with a Pastor


2nd Tuesday from 6:30 – 10:00 PM: Elder Meeting


Friday at 8:00 AM: TGC Omaha

3rd Sunday: Emmaus Members’ Meeting


September – For the Church Conference in Kansas City

October – Simeon Trust Workshop (Lincoln)

February – Mid-term feedback from Elders

August – Final evaluation with Pastor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the residency?

The program begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st.

Does the residency cost anything?

No, the residency is actually a paid position. Thanks to the generosity of the Emmaus church family, those accepted into the program will receive a $1,000 stipend and have all 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 pastoral ministry to apply for the program.

Can I receive seminary credit for the program?

Midwestern will offer up to 9 credit hours toward an MDiv Standard Program for completion of the residency program. 

How early should I apply?

The deadline for applications is June 1st. Please remember that space is limited, so getting your application in early is wise.

Does completion of the residency mean that the church is affirming me?

While one of the goals of the residency program is to help residents discern a call to ministry, acceptance into and/or completion of the program in no way implies Emmaus’ affirmation of a resident’s calling. Along these same lines, residents should not anticipate compensation or support beyond the 12-month program.

Will Emmaus help me find a job at the end of the residency?

We cannot guarantee job placement, but we will be involved in helping you find placement for after the residency program is finished.

How can I get more information about the residency?

For more information about the program, contact our church administrator by emailing

Resident applications must be in by June 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, if you are interested, please do get your application in for immediate consideration.