Each year Westside welcomes in an awesome group of young men and women to be Residents at the church. They are embedded in our staff family for the year, serve alongside us, and share an amazing journey of growth together. It’s a year of exploring identity in Christ, calling, leadership, and laying foundations for life as a Jesus follower. Alumni have encountered Jesus more deeply, and found it to be a time of transformation – an incubator for growing more like Jesus, learning to hear his voice, and answering the question, ‘What should I do with my life?

Deep learning and transformation involves engaging head, heart, and hands. We learn to hear what God says, tune our soul into His heartbeat, and learn how to live and practice a life that lines up with this.


We have six hours of classes each week, taught by academics and staff, along with amazing ministry leaders from around the world. We learn about the Bible, theology, kingdom living, and unpack some of life’s big questions.


The heartbeat of the year is deep authentic community, where we can process and pray together. It is supported by amazing mentors who work with residents to talk about growing in life as a Jesus-follower. We also spend lots of quality time together sharing meals and attending retreats.


Each resident becomes part of one of our teams, working alongside staff and finding out about ministry and Jesus’ kingdom work. They explore their gifts, and are mentored by staff, to develop as kingdom leaders.


WHEN: September–July

WHERE: Westside: A Jesus Church

Classes (6 hrs/wk)
Bible Groups (1 hr/wk)
Mentoring (1 hr/wk)
Reading/Homework (2 hr/wk)
Serving with Staff (10 hrs/wk)

COST: $2,750
Meals | $600
Retreats | $600
Books/Materials | $300
Classes | $1,250


Towards the end of the year residents go out on a two-month mission trip to experience ministry in exciting new cultures like Ireland, Thailand, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Myanmar. This is their opportunity to put it all into practice through a big step of faith into an all-in adventure.

If you’ve felt Jesus stirring your heart to go deeper with him, we’d like to invite you to give a year to Jesus and come serve as part of our team.

If you'd like more information about the program, check out the FAQ page, or email

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Westside also runs a Ministry Apprentice program, which several of our residents go on to work in. Ministry apprentices work as leaders in a department being mentored by staff, and serve around the church, and step deeper into their ministry education as part of a community. If you’d like to find out more about ministry apprenticeships, email