Years at a Glance

The minimum amount of time for a Pastoral Internship is 3 years with a maximum of 5 years. Each year presents a specific focus, with a variety of training and tools geared toward improvement within that focus. 

YEARS 1 & 2

Individual development through self-awareness and establishing disciplines needed for integrity in your personal life.

  • You will engage in opportunities that allow you to discover and develop your leadership abilities through advancing “levels of leadership”.

  • If married, you will be instructed in essential tools for healthy marriage and parenting.

  • Throughout the process, you will learn to lead yourself, your household, and the church.

  • Through measurable assessments, we can help you learn how you are personally designed to serve in the church.

  • At the end of each year, you will be assessed on whether or not you should continue down this path. If not, you will be given direction on where you would best be suited based on your finished assessments.



Develop track based on ministry calling and assessments. 

  • The track will be tailored around needed education, ministry pathway, and hands-on ministry required.​

  • Appointed additional responsibilities associated with ministry pathway.​

  • Continued mentoring concentrated on your unique calling. ​

  • If your leadership calling leads you outside our community, we will help you to create a pathway there.​

  • At the end of this year, you will be assessed on whether or not you should continue down this path. If not, you will be given a clear reason and direction on where you would best be suited based on your completed internship.



Developing foundations for pastoral ministry.

  • Implementation of the ministry track developed during year 3. 

  • Developing the foundation for your pastoral ministry inside our community, in another community, or in planting a community. Here you exercise your leadership muscles in developing a community, wherever Jesus has called you to lead.

  • Hands-on mentoring to guide you and the development of support infrastructures for successful leadership in the direction Jesus is calling you.

  • If needed, financial planning for sustainable community development. 

  • At the end of this year, the clinical practice of ministry and the ability to lead pastorally will be evaluated by a pastor in your field of ministry. If there are any warning signs or roadblocks, a new course will be set based on outcomes of what you have completed.



Pastoring and/or Planting.

  • Pastoring Begins​

  • The training ends and shepherding begins. Here you will be owning all the outcomes, discovering any weaknesses that still need to be managed, and enjoying leadership.​

  • You will begin speaking into a new interns life, helping and giving direction.

  • Personal joys and challenges of pastoring will be discovered.​

  • Mentoring will continue but will be less frequent.​

  • Evaluation will become more reflexive, with oversight of mentor. ​

  • At the end of this year, any course correction will be worked through together before a decision is made.


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