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Ambrose Program



Trinity wants to help people pursuing church-based ministry to be formed as leaders, to learn skills, and to grow in their experience of their union with Christ. This is especially true given our conviction that the church must embrace a missionary identity in our secular age.

The Ambrose Program at Trinity takes its name from the fourth-century bishop of Milan. It's for his commitment to the formation of leadership for the Church that we have chosen him—Augustine of Hippo being the most famous of the leaders he influenced. Ambrose sets a fine example of the skills we need today as we form missionary congregations in our secular age.

Seminaries find it difficult to give their students sufficient practical experience of the workings of a church. And, even more critically, many seminary experiences do not form their students in a rich spiritual life. The Ambrose Program is designed to meet these needs for spiritual formation, theological formation, and institutional formation for future leaders as they are sent out from us in leadership toward the missionary horizon of the church.


The two-year Ambrose Program is designed to give men and women, who have finished or are in process of theological training, comprehensive experience of the life of the church. Using a "teaching hospital" model, program participants are called Residents and, just like residents in a hospital under experienced physicians, Ambrose Residents spend the first several years of ministerial work under the watch of seasoned leaders.

Focus Area—Residents are placed in one ministry department of Trinity where they spend the majority of time and do the majority of their service, leadership, and study.
Department Rotations—In addition to working in a Focus Area, a Resident rotates for a six-week block through each of the other ministry departments.
Rule of Life—Residents commit to ordering their time around the core practices for Spiritual Formation.
Mentoring—The Resident will be exposed to various leaders, including their Focus Area Director, and will be matched with a mentor who invests in and cares for the Resident in all areas of life for the duration of the program.
Institutional Leadership—The Resident spends allotted time with executive staff to gain experience with overseeing the various operations in the church.
Educational Opportunities—Residents will have opportunities to deepen their theological and ministerial understanding and application as they engage with a variety of leaders on topics such as preaching, mission, and culture.

Residents are required to raise their own funding, and the funds are processed internally through Trinity. Program tuition is $3,000 for the two years.

Early Decision Application Deadline: September 15
Early Decision Visit and Interviews: Mid-October
Early Decisions: by November 10

General Application Deadline: December 1
General Visit and Interviews: Mid-January
General Decisions: by February 1

Program Start Date: August 1

Application Form