FEB Central Guided Ministry Experience (internships)
1. Feb Central Ministries.
FEB CENTRAL ministries exist to enable churches to reach people, disciple believers, plant churches and pursue co-operative ministries.
To accomplish this mission, we must help our churches to intentionally discover and develop future pastoral and ministry leaders. Our desire is to provide a framework within which local churches in conjunction with Heritage College and Seminary and other schools, to equip and mentor a growing pool of potential church ministry leaders, with an emphasis on increasing the number of effective pastors and ministry leaders available to serve in churches across this region.
2. The Internship Program
The Internship Program purpose is “preparing people for full-time vocational ministry” by providing guided ministry experience balanced with accredited theological education.
3. Program Goal
The goal for the Intern Residency Program is: “to provide a Godly learning environment for men and women who feel led by Lord to train for vocational Ministry”.
4. Program Objectives
The objectives of the internship program are:
- To provide an environment where Interns can participate in on-hands ministry in one of five program areas namely, General pastoral, Youth ministry, Missions,Worship/creative arts and Children’s ministry.
- To provide opportunity to develop vocational ministry skills.
- To provide a learning environment that will engender spiritual growth and maturity.
- To provide an environment that will allow participants to engage in advanced theological studies.
5. Five Internship Programs (2 years each)
Five Internship Programs are envisioned. Possible roles and responsibilities for each program are outlined below. The key is to provide guided ministry experience for each intern.
The General Intern will: 1) assist the supervising Pastor in organizing and leading outreach, special events and retreats relative to church ministries; 2) preach twice per year; 3) disciple a small group of young adults each year; 4) participate in four Seminary classes per year; 5) be directly involved in hospital, seniors/shut-ins and newcomers visitation and other visitation as required; 6) spend two years in ministry with young adults/adults; 7) participate in a weekly teaching opportunity; 8) involvement in a short-term missions experience; 9) meet weekly with supervising Pastor for input, direction, encouragementand to evaluate progress.
The Youth Intern will: 1) assist the Youth Pastor in organizing and leading youth outreaches, special events and retreats; 2) help organize and participate in short term missions/outreach team each year; 3) disciple a group of young people each year; 4) participate in four Bible College or Seminary classes per year; 5) undertake a two year ministry rotation - discipleship/serving + evangelism/outreach or junior high + senior high; 6) participate in visitation related to youth ministry; 7) engage in weekly teaching activities; 8) pursue the required educational requirements to complete a degree; 9) meet weekly with supervising Pastor for input, direction, encouragement and to evaluate progress.
The Missions Intern will: 1) help organize and participate on short term missions teams organized by the church 2) research the various missions agencies and missionaries connected to the church 3) serve on the church mission committee and take one area of oversight; 4) help organize a missions conference; 5) disciple a small group of young adults each year; 6) participate in teaching as scheduled (i.e., Sunday School, prayer meetings etc.; 7) attend “Missions Fest” conference each year; 8) participate in four missions related Seminary courses per year; 9) participate in visitation as required; 9) meet weekly supervising Pastorfor input, direction, encouragement and to evaluate progress.
Children’s Ministry Internship
The Children’s Intern will: 1) assist in the communications and promotion of Children’s and family ministries and events to the congregation; 2) assist in the scheduling, organizing and administration of Children’s and family ministries (i.e. SS programming, Club programs, Vacation Bible School, outreach and family events, etc); 3) assist in the supervision and encouragement of volunteer children’s and family ministry workers; 4) assist in planning for ministries throughout the year, to gain insight into the scope of full time ministry to children and their families; 5) assist the supervising Pastor with other tasks as required; 6) pursue the required educational requirements to complete a degree; 7) involvement in a short-term missions experience; and 8) meet weekly with supervising Pastor for input, direction, encouragement and to evaluate progress.
Worship/Creative Arts Internship
The Worship/creative arts intern will: 1) be involved in helping lead worship in services and at other events; 2) assist in the planning of services; 3) research new music; 4) participate in church-wide outreach events where music and drama are used (Christmas. Easter etc.); 5) begin to learn the technical aspects of worship; 6) support and encourage volunteers who are involved in worship ministry; 7) disciple a small group of youth or young adults; 8) involvement in a short-term missions experience; 9) assist with other tasks as required; 10) pursue the necessary educational requirements to complete a degree; 11) meet weekly with supervising Pastor for input, direction, encouragement and to evaluate progress.
6. Program Requirements
Admission to the each of the Internship Programs requires a minimum of 75% completion of a Bible College degree or enrollment in Seminary (working towards a Masters degree). Mature men and women who sense God’s call upon their lives to enter ministry will be considered on a case by case basis.
7. Program Duration
The five Internship Programs are designed as two-year programs.
8. Program Delivery
The Internship Program will be supervised and managed by a designated Pastor. Interns participating in the program will be responsible directly to the supervising Pastor of the program in which they are involved. Overall responsibility for the program rests with the local church Board. A suggested list of books, resources etc. will be provided for supervising Pastors as they provide input, direction and encouragement to interns.
9. Local Church Commitment
The local church will provide pastoral leadership and administrative support to the Intern throughout the duration of his/her internship. The church will cover 50% of the basic salary requirements ($750 per month). The church will provide tuition for 4 educational classes, or a sum up to $4000.00/year. Evaluation of ministry involvement and personal growth will be provided every six months by the supervising Pastor.
10. Intern Commitment
Interns entering the program recognize their commitments to the Church and the Lord. Interns will be expected to: 1) strive to live “above reproach”; 2) support the individual ministries in which they are involved and the overall ministry of the church; 3) submit to the supervising pastor and the church Board; 4) work a minimum of 40hrs /week;5) provide a ministry and reporting (weekly time usage) schedule to their supervising pastor; and 6) if desired, raise 50% of their basic salary.
Interns and the local church may terminate the intern agreement giving 60 days notice for reason without penalty.
12. Internship Application and Other Related Documents
Documentation related to program application, evaluation, and reporting is attached separately.