CCF Ministry Internship
The Internship program at Centerville Christian Fellowship seeks to provide an environment whereby ministers might grow in their respective ministry areas whether that be preaching & leadership, student, kids, or discipleship. We attempt to meet this goal by utilizing each intern’s ministry gifts by plunging them headlong into practical and theological training. We want to unveil regular, day-to-day ministerial life and provide those aspiring to minister with an ecclesiological and pastoral grid for doing the work of ministry.
Since we believe effective ministers are much more than single-faceted specialists, experts only in a narrow field of ministry, this program is designed to provide a base of “common experience” in ministry generalities in addition to its more focused approach in a specific ministry area. In this way, interns in all areas of ministry, will learn and grow together as they experience broad ministry philosophies as well as particular specificities. In other words: In addition to direct involvement in “specialized ministry” areas, our internship focuses on answering: How should the church be organized? Who should lead the church? How does church policy affect the functionality of the local church?
In addition to observing church life today, CCF interns will spend much of their time engaging in conversation with great pastors and theologians from the past. Through these conversations and their interaction with our church’s life, interns will discover that we believe God’s church is the main transmitter of the gospel. Not only that, they will consider what it means to build a church, not according to the latest cultural waves or "whatever works," but according to all that the Bible says about our life together as the local church.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
We welcome applications from those interested in church ministry and who are able to affirm the CCF church covenant and statement of faith.
WHAT MAKES UP THE INTERNSHIP?
Reading – You will have weekly assignments from books, articles, and other resources due at a relatively fast pace. Ensure you are reviewing the schedule in advance to avoid getting obliterated during a heavier week. CCF will supply any books you don’t already own.
Writing – Papers are due each Monday at 3pm to Nick Rundlett. We strongly prefer that you write in Times New Roman 12 font with normal margins and either 1.5 or 2 line spacing. Nick Rundlett reviews your work in preparation for our Tuesday discussion. He does not plan to tell his wife and kid he can’t hang out with them in the evening because you turn your paper in late. If you think you are going to be late in handing in a paper, please text or email him in a reasonable time prior to the 5pm cut off. There is grace, but do not sin so grace may abound.
Pastoral Development – Erik facilitates discussions each Tuesday from 8:00am-10:00am based on the reading and assignments for the given week. You will also have impromptu meetings that allow you to process things you are learning. Other staff and elders make themselves available as they are able to assist you in thinking through what the Lord is teaching you.
Discipleship Seminars – In the summer you’ll attend the discipleship seminars taught by Associate Pastor, Nick Rundlett. Readings are assigned each week and discussed in a Tuesday evening class at the church.
Administrative Service – Each week, our Office Administrator will entrust you with 3 hours of administrative tasks to support the work of CCF. If you can’t be a servant, you can’t be a leader in Christ’s kingdom. Own this time of service as an important part of your training.
Elder Meetings – You will be expected to attend CCF’s elder meetings on Sunday mornings at 7:00am.. Your role in these meetings is to observe, and you should not chime in with wisdom unless you are invited to do so. As you observe, you are encouraged to consider how you would handle topics that come up if you were an elder. You’ll be able to discuss these meetings offline with Erik and other elders following the meetings.
Staff Meeting – You will be expected to attend staff meetings each Tuesday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. During this meeting, we have a short devotional, we pray for church members, coordinate calendars, review all services from the previous Sunday, and provide insights for the upcoming Sunday sermon.
Lunches – You will be expected to attend staff lunch each Tuesday immediately following staff meeting. You are welcome to pack your own lunch and just join for the company. We also encourage you to make the most of your time throughout the week by using your lunches to connect with elders, members, fellow interns, other pastors in the area, or non-Christians you are developing relationships with.
Travel – Throughout the internship, opportunities may arise for you to join the staff on trips or to go on missions trips. As these opportunities become available, we will let you know the logistics. You should anticipate going on at least one summer mission trip as a part of your internship.
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