At Northview our mission is to make disciples through the multiplication of healthy local churches. Northview longs to see people mature and increase in their love of God, His Word, and His world. In order to prepare the next generation of church leaders, we are developing a Leadership Development pipeline that will give those interested in pursuing vocational ministry an opportunity to participate within the church to develop their skills and help them discern where the Lord is calling them.
Over the last decade, this mission began with our Intern Program. Since 2010, we have been providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to spend a year investing in the local church. In the last five years, we launched our Master of Divinity program – Immerse – through partnerships with Northwest Baptist Seminary and MB Seminary. We have recently graduated our first students and currently have 10 students working at within Northview to complete their education in a ministry-based context. This year we are looking forward to opening our Church Planting Residency to offer those with a heart for church planting the training and resources they need to enter the field.
Our programs exist to prepare Christians for a lifetime of discipleship in the local church, through hands-on ministry experience and specific training orientated towards their ministry goals.
We provide a place where developing leaders are exposed to a variety of ministries within the church, are mentored by our pastors, develop a solid theological base, and develop the gifts that God has given them.
Our Leadership Pipeline has three tiers, following the idea of the structure of many sports programs using the A, AA, AAA structure.
MINISTRY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
The Ministry Apprenticeship is an unpaid apprenticeship that focuses on developing your theological foundation and application within the local church context. This program is ideal for those in their third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree who have an interest in pursuing vocational ministry, are actively serving within the local church, and wanting to develop their leadership abilities.
Immerse is a Master of Divinity program through Northwest Baptist Seminary and in conjunction with Mennonite Brethren Seminary that focuses on context-based learning. The context of ministry (Northview Community Church) provides the environment for learning rather than the traditional classroom. This program has been developed in such a way that students will develop the convictional knowledge, skillful competence, and Christ-like character required to be life-long learners and servant-leaders for the Body of Christ. With three mentors and the goal of ‘observed mastery’, students will be equipped for ministry through ‘competency-based education’.
Ideal Candidate: A male or female university graduate who is looking to complete a Master of Divinity degree in order to pursue a pastoral role within the church – either locally or globally.
Each year, Northview accepts 4-6 leaders into the residency program. These cohorts meet on Tuesday-Thursdays, 16-18 times over the course of the 10-month program. The curriculum is designed to set up those who are called to plant churches for success by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to establish a healthy local church. We see the Church Planting Residency (CPR) as a 10-month “boot camp” or “incubator” that will equip you as you start the church planting journey.
We aim to:
Help you discover the tools and skills you will need to establish a healthy church;
Offer you the wisdom and knowledge of those who have gone before you;
Sharpen your self-awareness and give you tools that will empower you to build a healthy ministry team around you; and
Be a springboard into the next 5 years as you establish your church plant.
Ideal Candidate: A man who has completed the Church Planters Assessment and has been affirmed by his sending church as a potential planter. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical or Theological studies (MDiv preferred) and has 5-10 years of ministry experience. This leader will exhibit a teachable spirit, a clear calling to ministry, and a hunger to grow in the skills needed to successfully establish and lead a new ministry.