The Pastoral Internship is a part-time commitment, and we have tried to structure it in order to accommodate interns who work or attend school full-time. Although it will vary from week to week, we expect interns to average about 10 hours a week in internship activities. Many of those hours are flexible and won’t require you to be in the FBC office.
Interns should expect to spend, on average, four hours a week engaged in the activities listed below.
1. Weekly Reading, Writing, and Discussion. Every Wednesday from 4:15-5:45pm, the students will meet with Andy Davis and Andy Winn. All students must attend these meetings faithfully and come ready to discuss the readings for the week. Bring your books, copies of your papers, something to write with, and something to write on. Papers should be emailed to Andy Winn (firstname.lastname@example.org ) the Tuesday evening prior to the discussion.
2. Scripture Memorization. All students are required to memorize the book of Ephesians over the course of the internship. You can set your own schedule, but you must hit the milestones set out in the weekly schedule (e.g. Ephesians 1 by week 2). We will review the scripture by reciting portions of scripture upon every gathering.
3. Book Review. The student is to complete a 3-4 page book review on Andy Davis’ book that should focus on the importance of sanctification and why it is important for a local church to grow in spiritual health. This should be completed by the last meeting together.
Each student is expected to be involved in a minimum of four hours per week of ministry on the church field as assigned by the EQUIP Leader (these hours do not include the mentorship meetings).
The students will have the opportunity to spend time engaged in the following activities:
1. Ministry Participation. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience by assisting FBC ministries. Ministries include the following: city outreach, prison, college, church planting, and more.
2. Practical Ministry Observation. Throughout the semester, Andy Winn will make aware opportunities to observe real life ministry scenarios; these could include weddings, funerals, hospital visits, etc.
3. Elders’ Meeting Observations. For those interested, we can work out an opportunity for the students to sit in on an elder meeting sometime in the semester.
4. Sermon Preparation Observation. One will have the opportunity to observe Andy Davis doing sermon preparation on a Tuesday morning.
5. Teaching Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study. There will be a few opportunities to prepare for and teach a Wednesday evening Bible study. We will meet approximately five Wednesdays during the semester for Bible study preparation and to allow each student to teach at least one time during the semester.
All committed Christians should be actively serving in their local church. Men interested in vocational ministry should first learn to be faithful church members.
1. Faithful Church Attendance. Interns are expected to faithfully attend all FBC functions. In a normal week, that includes Bible For Life, Sunday morning service, Home Fellowship, and Wednesday Night A.C.T.S. You will be assigned to a Bible For Life class and a Home Fellowship. Andy Winn may encourage interns to attend other FBC events as they arise.
2. FBC Membership Process. Interns coming to FBC from other churches will be expected to go through the membership process, if not actually join. That includes the membership class and interview.
3. FBC Lunches. On their own time, interns should set up lunches with various FBC members, either one on one or as a group. Each intern should have lunch with one FBC member who predates Andy Davis, one member who has joined in the last six months, and one non-staff elder.