Woodside Leadership Institute

Access. Community. Calling.

What is the Leadership Institute?

The Woodside Leadership Institute was started to help current and future leaders like you develop their God-given potential. It is here that you will grow personally and experience the deep satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the Kingdom!

The Institute was designed after the One who developed leaders best – Jesus. In just three short years He developed a team of 12 who would continue His work and start the church that would someday reach the entire world with the Gospel.

Here at Woodside, it is our desire to develop and multiply leaders. We want to move into this world, following God’s lead, with a sense of urgency and intentionality in sharing the Good News that transforms and redeems people and communities.


The Core

Jesus taught his disciples, personally mentoring them and giving them access to His life. He also immersed His disciples in real-life mission. They saw that ministry was not an organized event, but it was a way of life and something that they did together.

Here is the core of what you’ll experience at the Woodside Leadership Institute:

Ministry Content

We will read, process and reflect on some of the best writings and books available related to ministry/mission, the gospel, and leadership…most importantly the Bible.

Ministry Coaching/Mentoring

Our interns and residents will be assigned a ministry coach or mentor… an experienced practitioner committed to the personal and ministerial development of our residents and interns.

Ministry Immersion

Our interns and residents will be invited in to seeing mission as a way of life. They will be provided with opportunities to serve and exercise their gifts, both within the church and outside of the church, as we seek to carry out the mission of Jesus to multiply more and more disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).

Community and Fun!

We think one of the reasons Jesus chose to do ministry and mission with people is because it’s just more fun! There will be times to laugh together and also to encourage and support each other too. We’ll have barbeques, go fowling and have lots of time to just hang out together. We hope you will develop life-long relationships that will encourage you wherever God’s calling leads you.

The Opportunities

Summer Internships

This is a three-month opportunity that will give you valuable hands-on learning experience working alongside pastors and ministry leaders. You will also connect with other interns to share and collaborate – it will be a summer packed with invaluable experience and fun.

Ministry Residency

This a school calendar year experience (September – May) designed for a select group of highly qualified men and women. We have both part-time and full-time opportunities. If you are a college or seminary graduate, local college student, or present seminary student, please consider applying. In addition to the core:

Lead Campus Pastor in Residence

This is a one year residency program for a pastoral candidate who has previous ministry experience. This candidate would serve at the Woodside Troy Campus for one year or more. They would also be given many opportunities to visit and minister on other campuses. Our goal is that when a new campus is started, we have a leader who could potentially fill that position.

What is the length of each of the programs?

Summer Ministry Internship: May 23, 2019 – August 15, 2019
School Year Ministry Residency: September 12, 2019 – April 24, 2020

Woodside Leadership Institute sounds great! How do I apply?

Fill out and submit your online application. Click the button below to get started.
Leadership Institute Application

Application Deadlines

Summer Internship Program – April 15, 2019
Residency Program – August 28, 2019

Still have questions? No problem. Contact or call 248-879-8533 ext. 1261