Last year, Need Him Global launched the Resident Leadership Program (RLP), a one-year internship for seminary students committed to serving the global church in pastoral care, missions or evangelism. The program focuses primarily on evangelism along with a practical monthly leadership management component.
Residents gain evangelism experience through being online for 20 hours each week to engage people of different cultures and beliefs in biblical truth. In addition, they have the opportunity to study different Christian leadership topics and model those skills through leading a small team of volunteers. Along with increasing the capacity of the ministry, the program provides an opportunity for members of the RLP to appraise their personal ministry vision and validate strengths and weaknesses affecting their own spiritual walk and leadership abilities.
Need Him Global started with a goal to bring on a small team of residents each quarter. The first class was in January of last year and was made up of seven seminary students from Dallas Theological Seminary. The RLP has now grown to 19 residents and has also started a partnership with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The first annual class engaged in over 31,000 live conversations via online chat, text messaging and telephone calls. This has been a tremendous blessing to the ministry facilitating the ability to talk with more seekers — and doing so with young people that have world-class biblical training along with a heart for serving the Lord.
As we continue to grow the RLP, the strongest endorsements come from the residents themselves. As one recently wrote….“I have been able to hone in on my story and become even more effective in sharing it. I am memorizing more and more scripture and my prayer life is growing. I believe that EVERYONE who desires to go into ministry should experience volunteering with Need Him Global in order to get a glimpse of what we as future pastors and ministry leaders will be up against.”