As you may already know, last fall CTK began an internship program for six people who wanted to serve the church and develop ministry skills. Their service to all of us has been invaluable. They were instrumental in writing City Group materials, planning the Whole Man Conference, taking care of people who have come to us with physical needs, and helping run the 5pm service. Beyond this, our ministry interns have played a key part in launching our Mt. Washington campus.
As this first round of internships is now winding down, we are building off this great start for next year’s internships.
Next year, we plan on having up to four ministry interns and up to four pastoral residents. These programs are a great opportunity to serve the church while gaining some ministry training in a variety of areas. If you or someone you know would be interested in this, please read on for details.
The application process is open now and will remain open until May 31st. The 10-month program runs from August 1st, 2014 through May 31st, 2015. The first half of the program will be an immersion into the Five Core Identities that are emphasized at CTK, while getting to know the church staff, and having your own gifts and abilities assessed. Everyone will complete the first half by writing a personal ministry plan to be implemented in the second half of the internship. The second half will involve working on ministry projects, workshops, teaching opportunities, and gaining exposure to the various areas of our church’s ministry. All interns and residents will receive personal and ministry coaching along the way.
Our goal for every intern/resident will be (1) deeper walk with God in all areas of discipleship and (2) sharpening of particular ministry skills in CTK’s church planting context.
The best candidates for ministry internships will be those who are exploring a call to full time ministry. Internships will require about 15 hours per week.
The best candidates for pastoral residencies are men who believe they are called to be pastors in the local church and desire to refine that calling and further develop skills. A pastoral resident may desire to be a church planter, worship pastor, discipleship pastor, and so on. Pastoral residencies will require about 20 hours per week.
Our interns are paid in ministry experience and personal coaching, but will not receive any financial compensation from CTK. Funding can be pursued through channels we have set up through the North American Mission Board. You may also request to raise some of your own financial support.
This program will be run by Brian Siriwardena. He joined the staff of CTK last summer as a pastoral resident and has been an incredible addition to our team. Brian is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and has nine years of ministry experience, five of which was as a staff pastor at a large church in KS. He is well qualified to run point with this training.
If you are interested in learning more about pursuing a ministry internship or pastoral residency, Brian Siriwardena is the guy to talk to. Contact Brian here.