Student.Church provides congregational internships to students who are interested in a deeper experience of church life or pursuing a call to ministry. Interns are mentored by seasoned ministers as they explore the breadth of congregational ministry through a variety of learning experiences. On this web page you will find more information about the application process for students, the role of congregations in the support and nurture of interns, as well as CBF's resources for walking alongisde both the student and church throughout the internship.
Information for Students
Information for Churches
Information for References
Who can serve as a Student.Church intern?
Student.Church interns have completed their first year of college or are at least 18 years of age. Students who are in graduate programs, including seminary, may also apply.
Do I have to belong to a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation?
No, but the church where you serve will be a church that has a relationship with CBF.
Why would I want to be a Student.Church intern this summer?
Serving in a local congregation is a great opportunity to better understand why we serve Christ in community. Each intern helps with worship planning, learns how to connect with a variety of people and
Where would I serve?
There are several ways that CBF helps interns find a participating church:
- Do you already attend or are a member of a CBF church in which you would like to serve? CBF can help introduce your church to the idea of having an intern and the value of mentoring a young adult.
- Do you need a congregation in which to serve and desire to stay in a particular area for the summer? CBF can make connections with CBF churches in your area to determine interest in mentoring an intern for the summer.
When do I serve?
The length of service in the congregation is 10 weeks, beginning late May/early June and ending late July/early August.
What are the financial aspects of the program?
- Students attend orientation and debriefing at no cost with some travel expenses reimbursed.
- The church covers housing (if you are not living at home), $300 in food stipend, and expenses for all church-related activities while on the field.
we offer two ways for churches to Particpate through Student.Church.
Already have an intern? Any church that already has an intern and would like to connect them with other CBF interns is welcome to participate in Student.Church. CBF will cover costs for a 3-day orientation for the first 50 interns that apply. Interns will meet other students who are exploring congregational mentorships and will receive the support of each other and the Student.Church network.
Want an intern? The first 50 churches to apply as host churches for interns will receive a $600 grant to help pay a stipend for an intern for 10 weeks. This grant can be used for one intern or divided up among several interns. These interns are required to attend orientation and debriefing and their costs for both will be covered by CBF. Students will also receive some funding to help defray travel expenses to both orientation and debriefing.
Who can be a Student.Church Intern?
· Someone whom the church has already chosen and has completed 1 year of college and is at least 18 years old.
· Someone who has applied through the Student.Church process and is looking for a place to serve.
When does an intern serve?
Length of service in the congregation is 10 weeks beginning late May/early June and ending late July/early August.
What about orienation and debriefing?
Students are expected to attend orientation. There are two options: May 21-24, 2017, at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, OR May 25-27, 2017 (location TBD). At the end of the summer, interns are expected to attend Selah Vie for debriefing held August 2-5, 2017.
What does the church provide for the intern?
- At least $1,200 stipend for each intern (a shared cost with CBF).
- Churches must provide housing (if intern is not living at home) and will cover expenses for some food and all church-related activities while on the field.
- The church will help make introductions to ensure that students interact with the entire church family, not just the ministry area in which the student is serving.
1. Apply online (Please fill in all required fields. The application will not sucessfully submit otherwise. If you do not see a confirmation page upon online submission, contact Wanda Kidd to ensure your application went through.)