Internship – CHMN 699

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 05/10/2022

Course Description

The Internship is designed for those with less than two years of full-time, paid vocational ministry experience.  The ministry, mentor, and nature of involvement must be approved in advance by the Director of Experiential Education. 

Internship involves work in an applied ministry setting where students continue to apply, adapt, and improve their skills in a supervised ministry situation.

In order to complete this internship, students must be working and/or serving in a church or ministry under the supervision of a qualified ministry leader and complete a minimum of 150 hours of internship. 

Registration Restriction: 24 hours of completed coursework

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to equip the student with the skills required to serve in a church/ministry setting. The student will reflect on his/her ministry calling and consider the future application of that calling. The student will learn to integrate his/her classroom work into practical ministry with special emphasis on leading, caring, proclaiming, relating and growing. The student will also work under a supervisor to minister effectively in his/her specific setting.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge by including at least 3 in-text citations. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

  • Discerning Your Ministry Calling
  • Healthy Church Ministry
  • Spiritual Disciplines (CLOs: B, D, E)

The student is responsible for submitting a log of hours using a MS Excel Spreadsheet or table in MS Word provided that will list each day the student worked, a brief description of his/her work, and the number of hours worked.

  • At the bottom of the spreadsheet/table the student will need to total his/her hours worked each day.
  • The student will include the ministry site name and include anything the student does which is ministry-related (i.e. office hours, coffee house time, visits, preparation/planning, etc.).
  • When the internship is completed, the student will email the spreadsheet/document to his/her supervisor and have the supervisor sign off on it. Then the student will ask the supervisor to email it back so he/she can upload it into the course. (CLO: E)

The site supervisor will prepare four evaluations on the student's progress and ministry performance. The supervisor and student will meet to go thru them together. During this meeting, the student should be prepared to recite two of the Bible memory verses for the course. The student will then submit the supervisor's evaluation. Evaluation forms are provided in the course. (CLOs: A, B, C, F)

The student must complete one of the following two options:

  • Speaking--the student will need to schedule and speak once or twice in a church setting. Each speaking opportunity must be prepared by drafting a sermon manuscript. Each manuscript must be 10-12 pages, double-spaced (12 point font, Times New Roman). Following the speaking, the supervisor will critique it and submit the results. Evaluation forms are provided in the course (note: if the student serves as a senior/lead/preaching pastor, he/she will need to choose the following option below).
  • Ministry Project--the student will help develop one or two ministry projects for his/her specific ministry setting in conjunction with the supervisor (outreach project, evangelistic lock-in, family fun night, etc.). The student will write a 500-700 word paper, in current Turabian format, on how the idea for the project developed, what preparation was made, how the project was carried out, and what the initial results of it were (note: the ministry project must be developed and completed during the course--no past projects or projects planned for the future will be accepted). The supervisor will help evaluate the project. Evaluation forms are provided in the course. (CLOs: A, C, E)

The student must complete one of the following three options:

  • Speaking--the student will need to schedule and speak once or twice in a church setting. Each speaking opportunity must be prepared by drafting a sermon manuscript. Each manuscript must be 10-12 pages, double-spaced (12 point font, Times New Roman). Following the speaking, the supervisor will critique it and submit the results. Evaluation forms are provided in the course (note: if the student serves as a senior/lead/preaching pastor, he/she will need to choose the following option below).
  • Ministry Project--the student will help develop one or two ministry projects for his/her specific ministry setting in conjunction with the supervisor (outreach project, evangelistic lock-in, family fun night, etc.). The student will write a 500-700 word paper, in current Turabian format, on how the idea for the project developed, what preparation was made, how the project was carried out, and what the initial results of it were (note: the ministry project must be developed and completed during the course--no past projects or projects planned for the future will be accepted). The supervisor will help evaluate the project. Evaluation forms are provided in the course.
  • Ministry Portfolio (this option must be completed if the student plans to apply for jobs in Ministry Internship Project: Part 3 - Speaking, Ministry, or Job Search Assignment below)--the student will create and submit a ministry portfolio to be critiqued by the Career Center. The portfolio, at a minimum, will include the following:
    • Cover letter—written by you for a specific job you are looking for (or the type of job which would be of interest to you)
    • Resume (with education, ministry experience, related work experience, minimum of 5 references with their titles [pastor, deacon, friend, etc.] and contact information)
    • Salvation testimony
    • Call to ministry
    • Bio sketch/your biography (with current photo of you/your family) with any combination of at least two of the following (use Scripture references to support your views):
      • Personal philosophy of leadership
      • Statement of purpose
      • Personal philosophy of ministry
      • Plan for global engagement
  • At least 3 written references (these references can also be from the list above)
  • Doctrinal statement/statement of faith (with Scripture support)

The student will upload the critiqued copy of the portfolio from the Career Center. The student will also take the critiqued version, correct the mistakes, add to, and polish the Ministry Portfolio based on the critique results. Students will then create or update their Liberty.JoinHandshake.com profile and make sure the updated portfolio is loaded to their profile. The student will then submit a final version of his/her portfolio along with a URL of their Handshake account. (CLOs: A, C, E, F)

The student must complete one of the following three options:

  • Speaking--the student will need to schedule and speak once or twice in a church setting. Each speaking opportunity must be prepared by drafting a sermon manuscript. Each manuscript must be 10-12 pages, double-spaced (12 point font, Times New Roman). Following the speaking, the supervisor will critique it and submit the results. Evaluation forms are provided in the course (note: if the student serves as a senior/lead/preaching pastor, he/she will need to choose one of the other two options below).
  • Ministry Project--the student will help develop one or two ministry projects for his/her specific ministry setting in conjunction with the supervisor (outreach project, evangelistic lock-in, family fun night, etc.). The student will write a 500-700 word paper, in current Turabian format, on how the idea for the project developed, what preparation was made, how the project was carried out, and what the initial results of it were (note: the ministry project must be developed and completed during the course--no past projects or projects planned for the future will be accepted). The supervisor will help evaluate the project. Evaluation forms are provided in the course.
  • Competency in Job Search and Applying (to choose this option, the student must complete the Ministry Portfolio in Ministry Internship Project: Part 2 - Speaking, Ministry, or Portfolio Assignment above)--upload your resume to: 
Liberty.JoinHandshake.comIndeed.com
ChristianJobs.comsimplyhired.com
ChurchStaffing.commonster.com
ministryemployment.comchristiancareercenter.com

Job research--the student will then go through the process of finding a job in his/her ministry field and applying for that job or the student applies for doctoral work. (CLOs: A, C, E)

The student will submit a personal development plan of 4-5 pages of text (double-spaced, 12 point font Times New Roman) and cover the following areas (based on reading and personal coaching from the supervisor):

  • Spiritual disciplines plan
  • Personal financial plan
  • Continuing education plan (CLO: D, F)

Essay: Ministry Concerns

The student will complete one essay in this course, reflecting both on reading about the call to ministry and any major concerns that the student is having. (CLO: B)