The 12-month ministry preparation internship exists to prepare you for full-time rural ministry in North America. Through the year, you will live and serve in a small town or rural location, receiving the chance to both observe and learn from the local pastor, as well as serve through teaching, preaching and many other duties. The 12-month internship will teach you:
- The inner workings of a small country church
- How to build strong relationships through visitations
- The work of a Village Missions couple
- How to overcome ministry challenges
- Effective public speaking
Throughout the year, you will experience five key things:
- A strong, lasting relationship with the local pastor.
- Intentional discipleship throughout the internship.
- Motivation to grow in your personal walk with the Lord
- Hands-on, practical ministry opportunities in all facets of rural pastoral ministry.
- The rural and/or small town lifestyle
You must be sensing God’s calling on your life to rural ministry. Also, you should have a deep commitment to the Word of God, a love for teaching and a willingness to learn. A four-year Bible degree is preferred, although equivalent experience is accepted on a case-by-case basis. Your immediate family must also be willing to relocate for the year.
You will be required to raise a minimum support but will also receive a competitive base salary and full health benefits for yourself and family members.
A Village Missionary faces many challenges each day while serving rural congregations and communities. As a Village Missionary intern, you will see what it is like to be called upon at a moment’s notice. You may conduct a funeral, visit community members in the hospital or help a neighbor with farm chores. In the same day, you might prepare for a sermon or to spend the day on a fishing boat, listening as someone shares what’s on his heart. You may visit people in jails, visit church members in their homes or open his home to them.
Is God calling you to a pastoral internship with Village Missionary? If He has, you can be sure a great adventure awaits!