Primary Learning Goals

In addition to the tangible goals that the church start and intern will set, CBF hopes that the intern will immerse in the following learning goals:

  1. Learn the practice contextual ministry within two diverse contexts
  2. Learn applicable incarnational ministry
  3. Experience the dynamics of relational ministry
  4. Learn the delicate balance of bi-vocational ministry
  5. Gain insight into the strength-based approach of leadership, as well as church start leadership development.
  6. Develop pastoral leadership

Intern’s Primary Responsibilities

In addition to the tangible responsibilities that the church start and intern will set, CBF hopes that the intern will have these primary responsibilities:

  1. Participate in CBF Church Starts initiatives, including: Discernment Cohort and Church Starts Exploratory Conference.
  2. Contribute bi-monthly to the CBF blog about internship experience.
  3. Assist administratively with CBF Church Start endeavors
  4. Participate in monthly coaching sessions with a CBF Church Start coach
  5. Teach and preach
  6. Plan and lead worship
  7. Develop and lead relational-based ministry opportunities
  8. Serve as a pastoral presence to the church community

Internship Support Network

CBF wants to a catalyst of support within the internship by providing a church start coach. This aspect of the relationship will center on a monthly and/or as needed gathering with the intern and coach, focusing in on the following points:

  • Development and leadership goal setting
  • Professional, spiritual, emotional, and ministerial support
  • Theological and spiritual exploration, through conversation and written reflection

Through relationship and reflection, the success of this initiative will be measured by the pastoral, ecclesial, and leadership development of the intern. In short, CBF wants the intern to walk away educated, edified, equipped, and empowered for his or her next chapter of ministry.

The internships will also include attending the CBF Church Start’s Exploratory Conference. This event is designed to provide a learning and developmental experience for candidates in the process of starting a church with CBF.  Registration, travel, meals, and lodging will be covered by CBF.

In addition to the CBF Church starter directly mentoring the intern, each candidate will be connected to the CBF Church Start Initiative staff. The internship candidate will be supervised by Andy Hale, CBF Church Start Specialist, and Harry Rowland, CBF Associate Coordinator.

Internship Requirements

CBF Church Starts Initiative is granting two internships per academic year. To qualify for consideration, the candidate and church must meet the following requirements.

The internship is designed for seminary students discerning a call to church starting by serving in one of CBF’s commissioned church starts.

This position is not designed to fund a general administrative or staff internship. The individual must be actively discerning a call to church starting.

Only CBF commissioned church starts are eligible for the internship grant.

The individual must be a seminarian at one of CBF’s partner seminaries:

  • Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
  • Baptist University of the Americas
  • Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
  • Brite Divinity School
  • Campbell University School of Divinity
  • Candler School of Theology at Emory University
  • Central Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Duke University Divinity School
  • Gardner-Webb School of Divinity
  • Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University
  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University
  • Truett Seminary at Baylor University
  • Wake Forest University School of Divinity

For questions about eligibility and requirements, please contact Andy Hale.

Hours & Compensation

Each intern will be expected to split 20-30 hours per week with the church and CBF. The split in hours will be negotiated between the intern, the church, and CBF.

An increase or decrease of hours one week should result in an altering of hours the following week to keep the appropriate average of hours worked.

The intern should plan for additional hours worked for special events and trips. The intern should anticipate this situation and should adjust their hours in the weeks prior to the event (i.e. work fewer hours) to accommodate the increased hours that the intern will work during the special event or trip.

CBF will provide $4,200 to each church for the internship, in addition to funds for coaching and travel reimbursement for CBF Exploratory Conference.

The church and intern may negotiate any additional salary. If available, additional resources may be granted by the partner seminary.