internships & training


Vertical Church Leadership Development Plan or LDP,  is a church-based training program built to develop those called to lead in the home, church, city, and world. It's a tangible opportunity to begin developing young leaders for our church, other churches, non-profits, and in the marketplace. We want you to become culture creators, not culture consumers; to be proactive, not reactive; to lead the leaders, influence the influencers, shape the shapers, and move the movers. Through our residency and internship programs, we invite you into a season of intentional training for a life that makes a difference.


  • TEam Building

    Here at Vertical, we're a team; a band of brothers who work for a cause greater than ourselves. We invite you to join our team of grateful, responsible, innovative, and tenacious men and women. Every team member will be inspired and challenged to be the best player and teammate possible for the purpose of winning in what matters most. 

  • intentional training

    Our Directors play a key role in intentionally training each resident and intern for a life that makes a difference. This program is designed to raise the bar in every area of your life, both personally and professionally. It's very challenging! 

  • vision driven

    We believe Jesus is the Savior of the world... and beyond that, we believe He’s the greatest leader in history. Therefore, the church should be known for producing the most influential leaders both inside and outside the church. If we were to look at Jesus' leadership model through today's language, it would be fair to say that He radically changed the world by developing a handful of young adults into the greatest visionaries, team builders, coaches, and change agents this world has ever known.

Apprentice internships

The apprenticeship program is a 1-year intensive development experience designed to equip men & women called into vocational ministry. The program combines intensive leadership development, meaningful ministry experience and intentional mentorship to prepare participants to step into full-time vocational ministry. If God has called you to vocational ministry we’d love to equip you.

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summer/semester internships

Internship is a 3 to 6 month process where calling is explored and is broken into a Summer/Semester Intern (3 - 6 month) LDP. As a Summer/Semester intern you’ll be mentored by Vertical staff members, gain meaningful ministry experience, and participate in intensive training. At the end of the LDP, you’ll possess valuable ministry experience, a meaningful relationship with a Vertical staff member, and a better understanding of church ministry. 

You can even earn seminary credit along the way.

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A Vertical Residency is a 9 to 12 month Church Planting Intensive at Vertical Church or an approved Vertical Network Church. A Vertical Resident is a church planter who has identified their mission field, has a tentative launch date, and is in the process of preparing to begin the work in that field. Our residency is designed to invest in those kind of leaders to help them succeed. Residents begin with the dream of planting. Over 9 to 12 months, we share with them everything we’ve learned about planting a healthy, thriving church. Together, they receive training and coaching from seasoned pastors and planters. At the completion of the program, a resident and his team are sent out to plant a new church.

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