What are the 10 basic requirements for our church’s pastoral internship?

I have been asked recently what we do for our pastoral internship at our church.  So, just in case others of you are curious, I thought I would post them for you to  see.  Remember, our internship goes for 4 months at a time and there is no pay for this role.  It is considered a staff position for that 4 month period and where a good bit of my time as Senior Pastor is focused.  8 -10 hours a week is expected by the intern.


1) Weekly one hour meeting with Brian

  • Book Discussion
  • Check in on goals and project
  • Scriptural basis for pastoral ministry
  • Q and A


2) Book Reading Assignments (10 books) 


3) Service Review

  • One Hour commitment
  • After Sunday evening service


4) Monthly Pastor’s meetings (Sunday)

  • Pastor/Staff lunch (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
  • Pastor’s meeting (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)


5) Prayer Guide

  • Follow for daily prayer time
  • Discipline of praying for members
  • Learn our system of soul care


6) Attendance requirement (at least 1x):

  • Hospital
  • Funeral
  • Widow’s home
  • Abortion clinic
  • Worship service planning
  • Deacon’s meeting


7) Visitation Project

  • Regularly in member’s homes
  • Intentional agenda
  • Cultivate physical and spiritual care
  • Real ministry with real people


8) Personal soul care goal

  • Address an area of the heart (fear of man, pride, control, etc.)


9) Family soul care goal

  • Address an area of intentional spiritual care for wife and children (Prayer, Scripture reading, family worship etc.)


10) Personal ministry growth goal

  • Address an area of giftedness, or lack thereof to further develop.
  • An awareness of a personal quality, mannerism, or quirk that would have a negative effect on someone.


Posted in Book Recommendation, Oversight of Souls, Training for Ministry
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