Spring Trimester: mid-January – mid-May
Fall Trimester: mid-August – mid-December
We offer the internship twice a year for two people per trimester. Other than church events, the scope of work is the same for each trimester. 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 objective is to help train men with an interest in being a lead pastor of a local church. Thus, interns spend a significant amount of time observing and learning from our Senior Pastor as he conducts his pastoral ministry. Most of the responsibilities listed below include his regular oversight and involvement. In addition to the investment of our Senior Pastor, other pastors with a focus on administration, education, and biblical counseling make a significant investment in the interns.
Reading & Writing
Approximately 2,500-3,500 pages of reading. A position paper is written on each book that actively engages the book and its value for pastoral ministry. Interns spend 1-1.5 hrs a week discussing their papers and reading with pastoral staff.
Interns lead two morning worship services, prepare and deliver one, 15-minute devotional on a Sunday evening, and present a ministry specific project to the pastoral staff.
Involvement with Leaders & Members
Interns meet regularly with different lay elders, deacons, and members to discuss pastoral ministry and the ministry of Mount Vernon.
The internship is a brief season in life when an individual or family has to make sacrifices in preparation for ministry. The church provides a modest housing assistance and living stipend. However, the internship program is not intended to 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.)
To learn more or to apply, contact Brad Thayer (Associate Pastor/Administration).