The final year of Seminary focuses on combining the three dimensions of theological education, (1) the Christian faith and message, (2) the sociocultural context of ministry, and (3) the practical functions of ministry. With the approval of the Ministerial Development Committee, one’s advisor, and Community of Faith leader, the student may pursue particular interests and needs as long as all three of these dimensions are integrated in a creative and balanced internship program.
An internship may be in any context of ministry: the local church, a college, a mission field, an institution, etc. Each student applies for the kind of internship he/she prefers and then meets with the Ministerial Development Committee which makes the final decision in light of the student’s needs. Students with no prior ministerial experience should give priority to a local church internship whenever possible.
A student is required to complete 400 hours of service for the 3 hour internship and 800 hours for the 6 hour internship. A student who feels there are reasons to be exempted from internship, with the approval of his/her faculty advisor and Community of Faith leader, may apply for exemption to the Ministerial Development Committee. Normally, an exemption requires that the student have at least ten years of full-time ministry experience.
Attach to the application:
- An up-to-date account of your story presented in the Pentecostal Foundation class.
- A written statement explaining your reasons for pursuing this internship experience. Give specific personal, family, and ministry goals for the internship (1-3 typewritten, double-spaced pages).
- If you have already selected an internship site, (a) describe the site, (b) identify and describe the qualifications of your supervisor and provide any other pertinent data, and (c) specifically address how this internship experience relates to the recommendation requirements for personal/ministry development assessed in the Pentecostal Foundations Course.
- A completed progress sheet for your degree program.
- An up-to-date copy of your resume (that we could reproduce and present to administrative bishops and other church officials, if needed).
- A recent photo of you and your family.
Things to Remember
- The Ministerial Development Committee must approve your internship or CPE before you begin.
- You must register (as a class) for your internship, CPE, or care practicum.
- Your advisor must sign the MDC application.
- Your Community of Faith leader must sign the MDC application.
- Interview appointments will not be granted until ALL required information is submitted to the Ministerial Development Office.
- You must submit your MDC application at least one week before the date of the projected interview.