Ministry Residency

ministry leadership training
The Greater Cleveland Residency and Internship programs (gCLE) will give future vocational ministry persons an opportunity to view the wide spectrum of ministries so they can experience where God will use them and the way God designed them with their specific gifts/talents. While doing this, they will also identify Godly leadership traits and strengthen these gifts and hard wirings in order to advance the Gospel most effectively. gCLE residents/interns will experience vocational ministry alongside experienced leaders in and around Cleveland.


9 months starting in September

I am ready to take the next step in my calling and desire to be more equipped for fruitful and effective full-time ministry…
Applications for 2019-20 session CLOSED. Continuing to accept applications for 2020-21 session


10 weeks starting in June, deadline May 1

I would like to explore my calling and gain ministry exposure…


Our goal for the gCLE residency is to create intentional environments 
that will catalyze the holistic development and strategic deployment of emerging leaders who are called to greater kingdom impact.

Each Resident is placed within a specific ministry focus, but will also receive a broad exposure to ministry in many ways.

Hands-on Experience

Residents will have the opportunity to gain hands-on ministry experience in areas such as:

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Young Adults
  • Marriage & Family
  • Missions
  • Urban Outreach
  • Worship/Technology
  • Communications/Graphics
  • Small Groups
  • Men’s Ministry
  • Women’s Ministry

“The Residency has so boldly launched the work God has done and continues to do in me, inspiring a heart for ministry and journeying to discover His plan.”

-Rachel (2018 Resident)

Ministry Exposure

Residents will be exposed to and grow in ministry tasks including Congregational Care, Discipleship, Evangelism, Event Coordination, Refugee Ministry, Teaching, Bible Study, etc.

The Resident Experience

A typical week a Grace ministry resident:
• Exposure and practical experience within your ministry focus
• Projects that help you engage with a variety of ministries
• Bible Study and Leadership Development
• Group and one-on-one meetings with coaches and residency directors

Ministry coaches walk alongside residents to help them process their experiences, guide them discerning their calling, and encourage them in their personal growth, and their journey with the Lord. Residents will also spend time together as a cohort, meeting regularly to discuss scripture readings, work through leadership curriculum, debrief ministry experiences, and pray together.

“The Residency has been the next step in my journey to be more like Jesus Christ, allowing me to succeed and fail in an encouraging environment.”

-Brian (2018 Resident)


Our summer internship is offered for those seeking to explore their call to ministry through learning and observation.

Our heart is to provide interns an opportunity for both practical, hands-on experience as well as personal and spiritual growth. The internship experience provides an encouraging environment for you to observe and experience a variety of ministries, be challenged and developed in using your God-given gifts, and be impacted personally and spiritually by God’s Word and the examples of experienced leaders.

Internships take place over the months of June-August.

For those who do not live locally, housing opportunities with host families/individuals may be available (single applicants only), but are not guaranteed. Housing matters can be discussed further with the gCLE Directors.

If you sense God calling you to take steps deeper into ministry, we encourage you to apply!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information, email

Abby Loos
440.243.4885 x161