The pastoral residency afforded me time to watch and be a part of a church revitalization; I was also able to read, reflect, and write on the theology of the church, church polity, and the role of God's word in preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry. These two components (personal observation, and academic reflection) allowed time to think hard about how this applies to God's church. This ecclesiological boot camp included reading 43 books and articles totaling over 5,000 pages and writing over 250 pages in application papers. We discussed these papers every Wednesday in order to sharpen and strengthen our thinking. It required attending all church activities, elder and staff meetings, and service planning meetings. Every week we met with at least two people from the church for lunch or coffee, as well as meeting with a fellow resident and elder for personal accountability.