Fall Semester: August—December
We offer a 5–month internship once a year during the fall semester for two to four people. The program consists of approximately 45-55 hours per week of study, observation, and regular involvement in the church.
Investment from the Pastoral Staff
Our goal is to help train men with an interest in being a lead pastor. Interns spend most of their time observing and learning from our Senior Pastor and his ministry. Most of the responsibilities listed below include his oversight and involvement. Other staff pastors that focus on administration, equipping, and missions also make a significant investment in interns.
Reading & Writing
There is approximately 6,000–7,000 pages of reading. A position paper is written on each book that engages the book and its value for pastoral ministry. Interns participate in a weekly discussion about their papers and reading with pastoral staff.
Interns lead two morning worship services and prepare and deliver one, 15–minute devotional on a Sunday evening.
Involvement with Leaders & Members
Interns meet regularly with different lay elders, deacons, and members to discuss pastoral ministry and church life at Mount Vernon. They also attend staff meetings, elder meetings, and other important leadership planning meetings throughout the semester.
The internship is a brief season in life when an individual or family makes sacrifices in preparation for ministry. The church provides a modest housing assistance and living stipend. However, the internship program does not provide substantive financial support. That means the intern and his family may have to use personal savings, raise support, or live off a spouse’s income. (More details will be provided during the application process.)
Mount Vernon partners with Reaching & Teaching International Ministries in their global internship program. “The Global Ecclesiology and Missiology Internship is a one-year internship designed to train the next generation to understand and apply convictions about the local church and the call to make disciples of all nations.”
The five months is spent as a member of Mount Vernon and involved full-time in our regular internship program, that includes all the elements listed above.
The second seven months year is spent as a member of an English-speaking international church around the world, learning and serving in a cross-cultural context. Participating church locations are in the Middle East, Central Asia, and East Asia.
More Information & Apply
Global interns are responsible for raising 100% of their support. To learn more and apply, contact Reaching & Teaching directly.