The 6:4 Residency

Sponsored by Strategic Renewal


“Prayer is one half of our ministry;
and it gives to the other half all its power and success.”

Charles Bridges (1794 -1869)


The priority of early Church leaders was clear and simple: “We will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4). No strategy has been devised in the intervening 2,000 years that adequately replaces that priority.

Yet today, prayerlessness, Scriptural infidelity, and leadership failure mar the character of the North American church. Church leaders are distracted, diluted, and discouraged for lack of spiritual health and focus. A return to the priority of Acts 6:4 is the essential and missing ingredient.

The 6:4 Residency, sponsored by Strategic Renewal, is designed to raise up a new generation of faithful, reliable, and Spirit-empowered leaders for Christ’s church. Forging new pastors to guide believers in the proven 6:4 pathway will lead to the powerful renewal we so desperately need.

The 6:4 Residency Process

Below are few highlights of our 12 month residency and candidates. For a full descriptive of the residency process and goals, click here.

Resident Candidates

  • Within 3 years of seminary graduation
  • Demonstrated understanding of Scripture and doctrine
  • Academic acumen, integrity, and authenticity
  • Displaying a deep love for and focus on the local church
  • Seeking personal growth in prayer, grace, and love

Residency Process

  • Place Residents into a one year staff position at an existing “Acts 6:4 model” church to embed a culture of prayer into his heart, soul, and mind.
  • Residents follow a common, yet flexible and individualized curriculum to assess their strengths and identify areas of needed development.
  • Residents receive specialized training in prayer leadership, in connection with The 6:4 Fellowship community and Strategic Renewal Coaching resources.
  • Residents’ ability and giftedness to 1) communicate the Word of God with clarity and authority, 2) lead others in Scripture-fed, Spirit-led, worship-based prayer are refined.
  • Following the one year program, Residents are placed into strategic, established churches (or promising church plants), fully equipped to implement the Acts 6:4 model – leading their communities into spiritual renewal while establishing long-term Gospel and cultural impact.

How to Partner With Us

If your passion is to see Christ’s church return to her priority of prayer and the ministry of the Word, enabling significant Gospel and cultural impact…. If your heart is to see the church led by more fully prepared pastors, dedicated to loving God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, please invest with us.

Double your gift! Between September 15 and November 1, 2019, every gift toward the 6:4 Residency will be matched up to $100,000.


For more information as a hosting church or potential resident candidate, please fill out our form by clicking here.