This one-year program will prepare participants for life-long ministry in the context of the local church. Participants will serve in real, hands-on ministry alongside experienced pastors, become a paid member of a seasoned pastoral team, and be taught by experienced Bible teachers to solidify a biblical foundation for their ministry, while growing personally under the mentorship of a Willingdon Church Elder.
During this internship, you will:
Willingdon’s historic 11-12 month full time pastoral internship will continue with a few adjustments. If interns meet the admission requirements, they will have the opportunity to enroll in the Ministry Foundations certificate program at Mennonite Brethren Seminary (MBS). This will help interns move towards a Master’s Degree while serving at Willingdon. They will also be able to receive credit for the ministry they are participating in as interns.
For fall 2021, a new worship pastor intern track will be added. Those interested in learning to become worship pastors will complete the same work and assignments as pastoral interns, while benefiting from a specific focus on worship ministry.
A pastoral intern may choose to study in one specific area of ministry (e.g., Worship, Global Mission, Care, Discipleship, etc.). Compensation for the program and/or subsidy for MBS courses will be determined by Admin.
In the section below, you can view in more detail what you will learn as an intern.
Approximately one-third of an intern’s time will be spent in theological training. This will include extensive theological study as well as interactive discussions in theology and ministry philosophy.
Each month, a book will be assigned to read and discuss as an intern team. These books deal with some of the contemporary discussions within the church such as understanding how to do multicultural ministry in an urban setting.
Each week, interns will meet with a pastor to discuss the theological reading and how it applies to the daily teaching and life of a church.
All ministry needs a clear philosophy to guide it. Effective ministry leaders are not only aware of their ministry philosophy but are also actively seeking to communicate and shape it into their ministry areas. Throughout the year, various ministry leaders will come to discuss their philosophy of ministry with the intern team.
Areas discussed include church leadership (Elders / church boards), marriage counseling, missions, church planting, recruiting and caring for volunteers, and how to bring changes within a church, as well as many informal discussions of ministry life as it arises.
The other two thirds of an intern’s time will be spent serving in various ministry areas within Willingdon Church: Missions, International Language Missions, Church Planting, Youth, and Discipleship Ministries. Interns will spend time in multiple ministry areas, learning from a variety of pastors as they participate and lead various ministry responsibilities in each area.
Interns will be expected to demonstrate leadership and initiative while still working within a team under the direction of the overseeing pastor. They should also expect regular feedback both on those aspects of their assignment that they did well as well as those areas that they need to continue to improve on.
All interns will also participate in church-wide ministry events, as well as attending all Pastoral Team meetings, bi-weekly staff devotion and prayer time, and any Elder meeting to which they are invited.
The goal is to give interns real life ministry experience that allows them to learn and grow under the leadership and direction of pastors who have recognized ministry experience in their fields.
As an intern, you will be paired with one of the Willingdon Church Elders. You will meet with that Elder monthly to examine your own heart and character in the midst of ministry. The Elder will act as a sounding board and mentor as you serve.
You will also participate in group devotional practices and participate in an intentional disciple-making group.