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Student.Church

Student.Church provides congregational internships to students who are interested in a deeper experience of church life or pursuing a call to ministry. Interns are mentored by seasoned ministers as they explore the breadth of congregational ministry through a variety of learning experiences. On this web page you will find more information about the application process for students, the role of congregations in the support and nurture of interns, as well as CBF's resources for walking alongside both the student and church throughout the internship.

 
 

About Student.Church

Length of Internship: 10 weeks (this includes a required orientation and debriefing) starting mid/late May and ending early August

Orientation: This event builds community among all CBF Student.Church and Student.Go interns, while also training and preparing interns to enter into their internship equipped with new skills and resources. Orientation is required. Orientation is tentatively scheduled for May 24-26, 2022, and will be held in person in the Atlanta, GA, area.

Debriefing: Students end their internship at a formal debriefing typically held at a retreat called Selah Vie. This experience is a necessary part of the process of transitioning back into student or work life. Selah Vie is being planned as an in-person event for the first week of August 2022.

Summer Finances: Student.Church interns are paid a minimum of $1200 (1/2 from church internship site and 1/2 from CBF). In addition, CBF covers travel expenses to and from Orientation and Debriefing at Selah Vie and all costs associated with these events (if held in-person). The host church/site also covers housing (if needed) and expenses for all church-related activities while on the field.

Application Timeline: The application period for Summer 2022 opens November 29, 2021 and will remain open until all positions are filled.

Intern Application Information

Student.Church interns are characterized as:

  • Committed followers of Jesus.
  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed at least one year.
  • Graduate students (including seminary students) enrolled in a master's level or higher degree program.
  • Individuals who may not be enrolled in college but are at least 18 years of age and exploring other vocational opportunities through the military, etc.
  • Individuals considering ministry as a life calling who would like to try on a ministerial identity.
  • Individuals who love the local church and want to serve others and gain leadership experience.

    Note: Students do not have to belong to a CBF partner congregation in order to participate.

    How do I apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Church Internship Guide below for more details about the program.
    2. Complete the student application form. If you have any questions, please email our team. 

    3. If you have already approached a church about serving as their intern, you will be asked to include their information. If you have not identified a church in which to serve, you will be asked to specify in general your geographical, demographic and ministry preferences in terms of church placement. See list of current known opportunitites below and check back frequently for updates as new church applications are received.
    4. Ask three people to serve as references and have them complete the reference form. The references should be:
      • someone who has observed you in a ministry setting (ex. previous supervisor, campus pastor or youth group pastor)
      • a trusted adult (ex. previous boss, internship supervisor or deacon at church)
      • someone at your educational institution (ex. professor, advisor, staff or Resident Director)

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    Internship Guide

    Click the Student.Church Internship Guide to the right for more details about the program for students, parents, congregations and supervisors. Please read this document in advance of beginning the application process. On the application form, you will be asked to agree to certain aspects of the program that are only explained in this guide.

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    Church Application Information

    Student.Church congregations are characterized as:

  • Churches that affiliate with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through financial contributions, support of global mission personnel, participation in CBF events, programs, etc.
  • Churches that are seeking a relationship with CBF by actively engaging in conversation with CBF global staff, state and regional staff, or field personnel.
  • Churches that are looking for an opportunity to mentor young adults as they grow personally and professionally.
  • Churches that are already in conversation with a student to serve as their intern.
  • Churches that are open to having an intern placed in their setting.

    How do churches apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Church Internship Guide above for more details about the program.
    2. Whether you are a returning or new applicant you will need to apply via the church application form.
    3. If you have already approached a young adult about serving as your intern, please include their information. If you have not identified someone to serve as your intern, you will be asked to specify in general what you are looking for and the type of work the intern will be doing.
    4. Churches may apply to host only one intern through the Student.Church program. After the deadline has passed and contingent on fund availability, additional interns may be requested/funded.

    If you have questions about the internship, contact our team .

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    Church Opportunities

    Glen Allen Baptist Church
    Glen Allen, Virginia

    GABC is a 153-year-old congregation located in a growing suburb of Richmond. The average age of the congregation is approximately 55-60 and the worship style is traditional. Approximately 2/3 of the membership lives within a 2-mile radius of the church.

    Glen Allen Baptist Church is looking for an intern interested in assisting with children's and/or technology ministry. Both ministries are already active and appreciate the respite and guidance an intern can offer during the summer months.

    In-person only

    Greenpond Baptist Church
    Chatham, VA

    Greenpond Baptist Church is in a diversified rural community located in Chatham, Virginia. They are looking to have a student intern join them in ministering to their children and youth. The church is in a rebuilding phase with both children and youth ministries and looking for an intern who can both assist with summer activities and help build a solid foundation for both ministries. The church also offers a blended worship style.

    Combination of In-person and Virtual

    Wise Baptist Church
    Norlina, NC

    This church is situated in a rural context and the church’s worship style is traditional. They are located in northern Warren County, North Carolina and is seeking the assistance of a Pastoral Intern to help promote and expand the children and youth programs.

    Combination of Virtual and In-person

    Hillside Church
    Chapel Hill, NC

    Hillside Church is in search of a ministry intern who will assist in summer youth and children's ministry. This will include help with the Passport Youth Camp, VBS, and weekly youth meetings.

    In-person only

    Third Baptist Church
    St. Louis, MO

    Third Baptist is an eclectic congregation in mid-town St. Louis, blocks from downtown, St. Louis University, and in the middle of an arts district. Our congregation is represented by over 40 zip codes, and is socio-economically, racially, and educationally diverse.

    The student.church intern would contribute by helping lead children and youth programming in the summer, chaperone events, Art Day Camp, and inject their own gifts and talents into the position. The student would be involved in worship planning and leadership and have other opportunities to serve such as but not limited to, host a podcast episode, do outreach in nearby housing, and connect with nearby artistic venues to enhance those relationships.

    In-person only

    West End Baptist Church
    North Dinwiddie, VA

    West End Baptist Church is seeking a mature, motivated individual to help us coordinate and implement an outreach-focused ministry to youth, children, and their families. Worship style is blended with an active in-person attendance of about 60-70 per Sunday morning for worship and education. The position would include worship leadership, Sunday morning education responsibilities, Wednesday evening activities, and other youth and children's events already planned for the summer (VBS, Youth Mission Camp). The position will also include planning and implementing outreach mission ideas.

    In-person only

    First Baptist Church of Corbin
    Corbin, KY

    First Baptist Church of Corbin- Family, Youth & Children Ministries Internship

    First Baptist Church of Corbin is looking for an intern to both work alongside the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation in summer programming to children, youth, and families (think youth/children’s camp, VBS, etc.) as well as help pilot outreach to families and systems who serve families in our community. A heart for or background in community development, missions, family systems, and family/household worship will help you fit in well. Come join us as we all seek to contribute our unique gifts for the sake of our families, our community, and the kingdom!

    About us: At First Baptist Church Corbin we emphasize liturgical worship, spiritual development, fellowship, community outreach, social activism, the arts, and critical thinking. We are passionate about ecumenism and we partner with churches of all denominations to help spread the love of Christ in our community. We value multi-generational relationships, honor both male and female leadership, are firmly rooted in Christian tradition, and embrace the call of serving Christ in the 21st century.

    In-person only

    University Heights Baptist Church
    Springfield, MO

    University Heights Baptist Church is a CBF/ABC congregation in southwest Missouri that is located in the heart of the city of Springfield. The membership of the church comes from all over the greater Springfield area. The church has been the locale for enriching summer internship experiences for many years.

    UHBC is looking for a student intern to join them in ministering to students and/or children during the summer months, helping with summer activities, camps, and enriching ministries. This includes help with Passport youth camp, VBS, and more. The intern would also have plenty of opportunities to bring their own personality, planning, gifts, and talents in to the position.

    In-person only

    Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
    Birmingham, AL

    Vestavia Hills Baptist Church is an energetic, loving, and active congregation with thriving children's, youth, and music ministries. With a membership of 600+ (about half that in worship on weekly basis), we are a well resourced and well equipped congregation. We are located in the suburbs of Birmingham Alabama with a church that sits on the crest of a mountain. Each day is a beautiful day at VHBC. The intern will be serving in the student ministry, and supervised by the student minister. We average about 30 students a week. We have a deep history with Passport Camps, and affirm women in all aspects of leadership in our church. Our congregation has been described as "diverse in thought" meaning we desire deep fellowship over ideologies. Our staff values and expects collaboration, and the success of each ministry is a team effort (which includes interns!). We can't wait to have you on board as we celebrate all that God may have for you here!

    In-person only

    Knightdale Baptist Church
    Knightdale, NC

    Situated in the heart of downtown Knightdale, Knightdale Baptist Church is a multi-generational church, utilizing a traditional worship format. Along with various internal ministry programs, KBC partners with local organizations to better serve the needs of those within our community. From leading in worship, preaching, teaching, administration, and professional development, student interns will have a host of options to better strengthen their skills during their time of service. Our goal at KBC is to provide a comprehensive, all-around approach to ministry. Candidates interested in this position would primarily work with our family ministries, with special emphasis on youth.

    In-person only

    Second Baptist Church
    Little Rock, Ark.

    The Lake Nixon Outdoor Center, a ministry of Second Baptist Church (Little Rock, Arkansas) seeks a student intern to serve as Summer Staff Support Director as part of its 9-week Summer Day Camp program. We are located in a beautiful outdoor setting on 220 acres but just a short drive from the heart of the capital city.

    We are looking for an individual (or possibly a married couple) who can serve in two primary roles: 1) provide on-site supervision to a small group of summer staff (no more than 6 -- but likely fewer) who will stay in a guest house at Lake Nixon for the summer (as a day camp, most staff come from the local area and commute each day -- filling this position will enable us to recruit at least a few staff from further away); and 2) build relationships and support the 30-35 summer staff members. Depending on a candidate's gifts, skills, and interests, there are a variety of additional ways she or he can be involved in the daily camp program itself -- or, potentially, in the life of Second Baptist (possibly including some pastoral/worship leadership experience).

    In-person only

    First Baptist Church
    Saint Simons Island, Ga.

    First Baptist Church, St. Simons Island, GA is a moderate Baptist church with a traditional worship style. The congregation is made up of active retirees and a growing number of families with children and youth. FBC seeks a Children’s Ministry Intern to serve primarily with children and families, with the encouragement to explore youth ministry, music ministry, pastoral care, worship leadership, and other areas of the intern’s interests and skills.

    In-person only

    Remnant Fellowship
    Forrest Park, Ga.

    The mission and vision of Remnant Fellowship are to Engage, Nourish, Restore, and Equip Young Adults for Christian service. Remnant seeks and ministers to Young Adults between the ages of 19 to 40. Older adults serve as mentors to our Younger Adults. Remnant is not traditional in its approach to doing church because our demographic is non-traditional. The current need within the Remnant gathering is a spiritual leader for our children's church. The individual must be well versed in biblical stories and activities. They must be personable but professional and be a great communicator. It would be in their best interest for them to know social media platforms and how to utilize them to stay connected, give out information, and received messages online.

    In-person only

    First Baptist Church of Christ
    Macon, Ga.

    FBCX is a progressive, historic, downtown congregation with an average worship attendance of 250 (in-person and online). We aim for worship that is "warmly liturgical" and are an intergenerational church with active ministries to all the different ages and stages.

    We value our ministry interns and what they bring to the life of the church and its leadership. A Student.Church intern would mostly work with the Associate Pastors and assist in student ministries (youth and children), helping with regular gatherings, planning, camps, etc. They would also be a part of worship leadership, contribute to staff meetings, and can connect to other areas of the church that are of interest to them. An important (and rewarding) part of the role is relationship building, with our students and church members.

    In-person only

    First Baptist Dalton
    Dalton, Ga.

    First Baptist Dalton is looking for a summer intern to work with our ministry staff in various roles. The primary responsibility will be with our Mission Ministry assisting with mission projects, neighborhood VBS, and mission trip planning. There will be additional opportunities to work with Children, Youth and Senior Adult ministries. This congregation values interns and is committed to walking alongside them as they discern ministry callings.

    In-person only

    Brunswick Island Baptist Church
    Supply, NC.

    Brunswick Islands Baptist Church in Supply, NC (5 miles from Holden Beach) is looking for a summer intern to assist with children and youth ministry opportunities. Depending on gifts and interests of the intern, additional ministry opportunities would be available.

    The majority of our membership has moved to the beach from various places throughout NC and some from various states. We are socioeconomically diverse. We have many who have retired to the area and have a few youth families with the potential to have more. We have two services each Sunday... a contemporary service at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional service at 11:00 a.m. Our most significant ministry is our large food pantry which operates the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

    In-person only

    Smoke Rise Baptist Church
    Stone Mountain, Ga.

    We are seeking a summer youth intern minister to serve with our interim youth minister to help lead our students this summer.

    In-person only

    First Baptist Church
    Morganton, NC

    First Baptist Church of Morganton, NC is seeking an Intern Youth Ministry Coordinator for the agreed-upon 9 full weeks in the summer months schedule. This individual will work with the Church Youth Ministries Committee to design and enlist volunteers to carry out active programming for Youth in Grades 6-12 combining recreational fellowship, Bible study, worship, and service opportunities. There will be some working with the Christian Education Committee for limited children's (Grades 1-6) summer programming as well. Will serve as a worship leader in Sunday morning worship. This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a supportive, mission-minded congregation with a small, but growing group of young people. It is an excellent opportunity to experience different aspects of ministry within a loving church family.

    In-person only

    If you have questions about the internship, contact our team .