The Residency Program at The Crossing exists to bridge the gap between intensive classroom learning and dynamic 21st century ministry. Residents will gain transformational leadership experience, develop their spiritual and emotional health, and engage in practical, hands-on ministry inside and outside of the church walls.

The Crossing is a non-denominational church rooted in Scripture. We have been called to help people explore truth, experience grace, and express love. We blend teaching and worship with art and technology to create weekend experiences and regular classes that deliver the timeless message of Jesus in fresh and life-changing ways. The Crossing has four campuses across the St. Louis area plus a thriving online community. Each week thousands of people experience the services live at a physical campus in St. Louis or from around the globe via our online platforms.

St. Louis is a large metro-area that is home to diverse neighborhoods, over a dozen universities, and regularly ranks as one of the most affordable cities to live in. We are convinced that God has situated us here on purpose. Our city offers many opportunities for the Church to embody the love of Christ in tangible ways, meet the holistic needs of our city, and bring hope to the marginalized and hurting in our community.

Program Details

The Residency Program lasts one year with new cohorts forming each September.

The Residency Program is full-time, 40 hours/week. Residents will work Monday-Thursday, with weekend responsibilities.

Deadline to apply is May 7th, 2020 or until positions are filled.

For additional information on program prerequisites and the application process click here.

Program Components


Leadership Training

You will have opportunities to watch other leaders in action, lead under supervision, lead on your own, and develop other leaders. This is a model we often refer to as See One, Do One, Teach One.


Personal Development

You will be developed by a team of people with vast leadership experience. They will share their stories and research from their years of training. You’ll be encouraged in things like work/life balance, spiritual growth, and healthy boundaries in the workplace.


Hands on Experience

Depending on your specific track, you will have several opportunities to gain extensive ministry experience. This will happen in your specific area of focus as well as an elective of your choosing.


Spiritual Growth

One of the most important pieces of the residency is seeking to understand God’s call for your life. This cannot happen without a constant and thriving relationship with Him. It’s our goal to give you room to grow and develop spiritually.


Customized Development Plan

As we get to know each other, we’ll be able to customize a plan for you to grow in your skills and passion areas. Many opportunities will be unique to you.


Multisite Church Experience

We are one church with 4 locations in the St. Louis area as well as an online campus. Our model is unique in that we live stream the message from our central location, but have live music and announcements across all campuses. You’ll gain experience in learning how we communicate, organize and streamline our processes.

Ministry Tracks

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This track is designed for residents who want to mentor and lead college students and young professionals (post-college to 30) at The Crossing. Residents will lead small groups, develop content for the year, and take part in various teaching opportunities. They will lead serving team members and help young adults build community and experience the grace of Jesus.

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This track is designed for residents who desire to use their creative gifts to effectively inform, inspire, and encourage the people of The Crossing. We utilize social media, copy-writing, web, videography, photography, and whatever other means necessary to tell the story of what God is doing in our church. Residents will collaborate with the Creative and Communications teams to create impactful campaigns to serve the many ministries of The Crossing.

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This track is designed for residents who want to help children (birth through fifth grade) grow in their faith with Christ. Blending fun activities, technology, small group time, and large group worship, KidsCrossing creates experiences for kids to discover who God is and find out just how much He loves them.

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This track is designed for residents who feel called to make a bold impact in our broken world through service and partnerships. At The Crossing, this means not only will we serve and love those who are part of our church, but we will leverage our resources intentionally and strategically outside of our walls. Residents will work alongside our local and global partners and lead large groups of serving team members.

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This track is designed for residents who feel called to ministry. Residents will join a dynamic pastoral team, hone their leadership and communication skills, and grow in their ability to pastor a 21st century multisite congregation. As a pastoral resident, you will experience a variety of ministry responsibilities and help sheperd the people of The Crossing.

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This track is designed for residents who want to combine their creative and technical skills to design worship experiences through audio, visual, lighting, and video technology. Residents will work closely with the Worship Arts team, programming team, and serving team members to create robust weekend experiences at four campuses and online.

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This track is designed for residents who want to utilize their musical talents to help draw people to Christ. Residents will serve on the The Crossing’s music team and help lead weekend worship services. They will work closely with the programming team to create cohesive weekend experiences across four campuses and online. Worship Arts residents will also train and mentor individual serving team members.

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This track is designed for residents who want to disciple students in middle school and high school as they learn to explore God’s truth, experience His grace, and express His love.

YouthCrossing gathers together weekly for small groups and large group teaching, and has two camp experiences in the summer and winter.