Is an internship in church-planting for you?
Do you feel that maybe God is calling you to be involved in planting a church in the future? Then this internship is just for you! You’ll receive in-depth training and gain valuable experience by participating in the conception, launch and development of a new church plant. Over the course of a year, you’ll receive:
- A complete assessment of your personal calling, strengths, ministry profile and future potential as a church planter.
- Teaching and application on how to choose a location, understanding demographics, and the development of the mission, vision and core values of a new church plant.
- Training and experience in planning a launch, recruiting a launch team and formulating a launch timeline for a new ministry.
- Evangelism training, outreach and experience as you help plan and participate in the missional activities of a church plant.
- Personal hands-on church planting experience. Each intern will start, lead and pastor at least one missional small group from start-up through multiplication. (In order to insure the health of the new church, interns will be required to train and apprentice their replacement leaders before exiting the internship.)
- Specific training on the administrative details needed to plant a church. You’ll learn about incorporation, applying for 501(c)(3) non-profit status, developing strategy, and the systems planning of a new church.
- Weekly debriefing meetings to process what you are learning in the internship experience.
- Monthly one-on-one coaching to personalize your internship experience for your future ministry goals.
- A personalized action plan at the end of the year to help you take what you have learned and put it into action.
When: The one-year internship is January–December 2013. Can’t commit a whole year? There are also unique opportunities in 2013 for a shorter ministry experience or summer internship.
Where: The new church plant is called Impact Church and is located in Victor, NY.
Cost: Interns need to raise their own living expenses and be self-supporting or bi-vocational for the year.
Lead Pastors - Curtis and Eileen Stitt: Curtis graduated from Elim Bible Institute in 1987; Eileen has a degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. They began their journey into full-time ministry and church planting in 1998 as missionaries to Niger, West Africa. After returning to the US, they became the lead pastors of New Hope, a church plant in Dayton, PA. After 10 years of ministry there, their family felt called to plant a church in Victor, NY, where they moved in 2012. They are passionate about God and people and want to be part of a church that is like a family, working together to make an impact on the world. Curtis and Eileen have four children, three sons and a daughter.
Goal of the internship: It is our hope that after this year of training, each intern will be equipped and have the experience necessary to plant new, reproducing churches for the Kingdom of God.