What is 215?

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (niv).

215 is a Residency program for people called and committed to full-time ministry and becoming a 215 leader.

Based on 2 Timothy 2:15, our Residency experience has three focus areas:


You will spend most of your time as part of a ministry team being developed in your gifts, learning side-by-side with a Ministry Mentor, gaining hands-on experience, and making an impact on the lives of people.


Ministry is best done out of the overflow of a heart that is spiritually healthy and thriving. In 215, we will help lay the groundwork for lasting spiritual depth and habits and pursue holiness of heart and mind.


Whether you have previous formal biblical training or not, we take seriously our calling to study, teach, and preach the Bible, and we give significant time and attention to it.

Program Details

215 is a 2-year (22-month) program, beginning in August and ending in May.

Residents are given a $500/month stipend while they experience ministry and leadership at Southeast. Single Residents (and married Residents who are both accepted into the program) also have the opportunity to stay in a host home offered by a Southeast member at no cost.

Strong preference is given to college graduates, but exceptions can be made for college seniors committed to graduation with the ability to complete their degree online. Bible College or Seminary training is not required, but may be helpful to you as a great foundation to build on in 215.

You can, but 215 will be a full-time commitment that will require time, energy, and attention. It’s possible to engage both 215 and graduate school, but if the schedules for 215 and your graduate program are incompatible, you will need to choose one or the other.

Residents can focus in Student Ministry, Adult Discipleship, Missions, Preaching, Production, and Worship. We talk with applicants at length about their ministry strengths and goals, and we try to make the best assignment and fit possible for both you and Southeast. It is important for Residents to be flexible based on what we think will be the best fit to provide you with the best experience. Regardless of your specific Concentration Area, each Resident gets a well-rounded experience from access to our entire church.

We can only accept a limited number of Residents, so we are looking for those with the highest calling, competency, and ministry ceiling we can find. If God is calling you to full-time ministry and you want to become a next-level leader for the next generations of the church, then 215 might be for you.

Applications due March 15, 2019

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Please send completed applications to: Residency@secc.org

*Note: With your completed application, be sure to include an updated resume.

Ben Cross
Pastor of Residency & Theology

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For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact Ben Cross at BCross@secc.org.