Welcome to the Pastoral Internship of the First Baptist Church of Durham! The FBC internship program is intended to prepare young men for a life of fruitful, biblically-faithful vocational ministry. We operate under the conviction that gospel churches have the primary responsibility of producing gospel ministries. The internship is our attempt to follow the example of the New Testament. Paul trained Timothy to be a pastor and then instructed him to train others-“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:1-2).
The internship is designed to be both instructional and practical. This document should provide you with an introduction to the internship. Please read over it carefully so you know what to expect. These requirements are subject to change at the discretion of Andy Davis or Andy Winn, so please plan on being flexible.
Dr. Andrew Davis is the Director of the Internship Program at FBC. He oversees the internship as a whole and leads the weekly intern discussions. Dr. Davis has served as the Senior Pastor at FBC Durham for over twenty years. He holds a PhD in Church History from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Andy Winn is the Intern Supervisor, and day-to-day manager of the internship. Andy is the Associate Pastor of FBC Durham and a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you have specific questions about the internship, please email Andy Winn.
FBC will provide each intern with a modest stipend for the semester in order to assist interns with gas and incidental expenses. FBC will provide interns with all assigned books and readings.
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 8 -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 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: international ministry, city outreach, prison ministry, college ministry, 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.
Seminary credit is available for the FBC Pastoral Internship through the Equipping Center at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you desire credit, you are responsible for paying any tuition or enrollment fees. For further details, please contact the Equipping Center at Southeastern.