The KLI Residency is a two-year program at Trinity Baptist Church designed to equip the next generation of church leaders. Residents will finish the program with a seminary degree, a wealth of practical church experience and knowledge, and ministry connections that will last a lifetime.
The Kinney Leadership Institute (KLI) is named after Scott Kinney, a long time pastor at Trinity Baptist Church. Through the years, he was able to help train and mentor many younger pastors. This program exists to train up the next generation of pastors and church leaders who will continue the Kingdom work of taking the Gospel to the world, and continue the legacy of its namesake.
As a resident in the KLI, you will have the opportunity to pursue your seminary degree while simultaneously gaining firsthand experience working in a local church. Through ministry concentrations, you can exercise the gifts God has given you to serve the church, all under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced pastor.
You will be shaped and developed, challenged, encouraged, and prepared for a lifetime of ministry ahead. You will grow in your leadership, and form lifelong ministry connections. It is our desire that this be the first step in a ministry that spans the rest of your life.
Is this a paid residency?Yes, in addition to covering 100% of seminary costs, residents are paid an annual salary.
How long does this program last?KLI is a two-year residency program. Upon completion of the program, some residents may be hired on at Trinity, and others will be assisted in finding ministry positions at a likeminded church.
What qualifications are there for KLI residents?KLI residents must be college graduates (bachelors degree) and have a clear call to full-time, vocational ministry.
What seminary do residents attend?KLI residents will earn their Masters of Theological Studies degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Other degrees from SWBTS may be requested during the interview process. The program will consist of online classes, as well as trips to Fort Worth for classes on campus.
Do you help with housing?Yes, for single KLI residents, a host home will be provided by a member of Trinity. We will assist married residents in finding suitable housing, but cannot guarantee additional help.
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KLI is not accepting more residents for 2023, but applications may still be submitted for 2024.
Trinity Baptist Church | 620 North Cemetery Road, Yukon, OK | (405) 354-4839