Rising Leaders Program

Our residency program exists to empower, equip, and send ministers of the Gospel into full-time ministry.  FUMC Durango is committed to investing in the next generation of Christian leaders.  We are excited to offer young adults an opportunity to partner with us in ministry while being able to learn under the great leadership of FUMC Durango.



  • Residents will work 30+ hours per week and are encouraged to find other part-time employment while in the Residency Program if needed.
  • Residents are paid a monthly stipend.
  • This is a 2 year residency program.  We believe it to be most advantageous for residents to serve for 2 years.  This is not a requirement but a recommendation for the impact of your ministry here and the impact of the program to help develop you.

Residency Qualifications

  • Calling into vocational ministry
  • Graduation from College
  • Central philosophy and staff culture
  • Some ministry experience
  • Clear ministry competence and leadership potential
  • Successful completion of application process

Timeline For Residency Application

  • Applications are due March 3rd of each year.  The is for acceptance into an August start date.


Residency Director

Alan Hensley

Alan is the College and Young Adult Director and Residency Director. He grew up in Alamosa, Colorado and graduated with a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Adams State University. He is passionate about developing leaders, teaching the Word to students, and talking theology. He also loves all things sports, spear fishing, and tacos