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Training Leaders

Watermark Institute

The Residency provides biblical training, discipleship, and real-life ministry experience for recent college graduates (typically 22 – 24 years old) who are interested in discovering more about vocational ministry. The residency is a ten-month long deep dive into the Word of God, theology, church leadership, and hands-on experience.

Applications for the 2021-2022 class will open in November. Join our email list to be notified when the application opens.

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Residency FAQ

Check out answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is the schedule?

The Residency occurs from August to May each year.

Monday (optional): Director teaching
Tuesday: Community time, Staff Prayer, Ministry team meeting, class time
One Friday morning each month: Theology and Apologetics

What is the residency curriculum?

Old and New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Apologetics. Residents will learn how to read and teach the Bible while they are studying it cover to cover. In addition to Old and New Testament surveys, you will also learn a biblical worldview and become prepared to answer the most commonly asked questions about the Christian faith. It is an intense workload, but can you think of anything better to study?

What is the commitment?

Residents commit to one full day on-campus for Community time, Staff Prayer, Ministry team meetings, and class time. Residents are also required to serve at least 10 additional hours each week with their teams. They are also encouraged to jump in as various opportunities are opened to them either in a specific ministry or church-wide.

Where do residents serve?

Residents are placed on teams that are appropriate for their age and experience. Those ministry teams include: Children, Students, Worship Arts, and College.

Do residents receive financial compensation?

Watermark works to partner with members of their body and City North Apartments to find housing accommodations for each Resident. A Resident’s weekly commitment allows margin to maintain employment outside the church. There are also part-time opportunities at Watermark with our Training Ground ministry, Watermark Coffee, and our Facilities team. We strongly advise you not to apply if you have a considerable amount of student or consumer debt.

Are Residents able to earn seminary credit?

Yes! The Watermark Institute offers the option for Residents to gain seminary credit in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2021-2022 class will open in November. Join our email list to be notified when the application opens.

“There is no better way that I could have spent this last year. I gained a deeper love for God, a greater knowledge of His Word, and new passion to pass it on.”

Kirby Wagner

class of ’17

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