In 1982 Mike attended Shiloh Training Institute in Hamilton, Montana and received his licensing and ordination in 1984. In the same year, he married his wife Carola and continued his training as Youth pastor and teacher in the Bible school. In 1991, the Hendricks, with the addition of their 2 children, Tyler and Vanessa, moved to Wynne, Arkansas to work in youth ministry and as an associate pastor at a local non-denominational church. After two years the Lord called them to Hailey, Idaho to serve as youth and associate pastor for eight years at Valley Christian Fellowship. During his youth ministry, he started the Idaho Youth Network, a ministry designed to network youth and their pastors, to mutually encourage and strengthen one another. The IYN was a catalyst to many regional meetings across the state and built relationships that are still thriving today. In 2001 Mike became the senior pastor at The Life Church (formerly Valley Christian Fellowship) and is continuing to serve the congregation and community in the beautiful Wood River Valley.