Internship

Geist Community Church Pastoral Internship

Internship Requirements

The intern is expected to:

1. Meet the Internship requirements:

  •  Regarding Character: He is expected to pursue a 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6–9 character throughout his time as an Intern.

  • Regarding Outside Employment: Due to coursework and internship requirements, outside employment is discouraged.

  • Regarding Computers: He will be required to have a laptop capable of wireless internet, Accordance or Logos Bible Software, and Microsoft Word.

  • Regarding Work Ethic: It cannot be stressed enough that students will be carrying a significant academic load and also a significant ministry load year-round. This program is not for students who are prone to laziness. Just as students going into medical fields face a highly rigorous training environment, students entering into full-time vocational ministry for our Lord should not expect less.

  • The Intern is expected to be diligent and disciplined in his work, studies, and service. A mentality of working diligently for six days and resting one is the standard. Problems or struggles in priorities regarding family life, academics, or the internship should be addressed quickly through biblical communication with the appropriate individuals.

  • The Intern will receive breaks between semesters in which to schedule personal vacation time (four days per year, which can correlate to two weeks per year). During the rest of the year students will be bearing a cumulative load between school, study, and church responsibilities that will require between 50-60 hours per week of work.

  • Regarding Commitment: Students who have been granted the privilege of receiving a paid internship should not enter into this arrangement lightly. Ultimately, the working members of GCC have provided the funding for this education. Only in extreme circumstances should this commitment be broken. GCC’s paid interns who break the commitment may incur a financial penalty for the resources invested. 

2. Follow the GCC Membership Standards given below.

The Word of God emphasizes the power of one’s example. Jesus taught that “everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). The apostle Paul, because of his exemplary lifestyle, was able to say “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil 4:9). In light of this, The Intern is expected to embody the commitments of the Geist Community Church covenant below:

Preamble

Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully endeavor to keep the spirit of this covenant as one body in Christ.
 
The Church

We resolve, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to:

  • Walk together in Christian love; 
  • Strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and love; 
  • Promote its fruitfulness and spirituality; 
  • Attend its services regularly; 
  • Sustain its worship, ordinances, and doctrines; 
  • Submit to its discipline and the authority of its leadership; 
  • Give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; 
  • Give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; 
  • Contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, to the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.

We moreover resolve that when we leave this church we will as soon as possible unite with another church of like faith where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

Daily Living

We also resolve to:

  • Maintain family and private devotion to the Lord; 
  • Train our children according to the Word of God; 
  • Seek the salvation of our family and friends; 
  • Walk carefully in the world; 
  • Be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; 
  • Abstain from all activities, habits, and lifestyles that dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer, or hinder the gospel witness; 
  • Be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ, our Savior, 
  • And give Him preeminence in all things.
     
One Another

We further resolve to:

  • Encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord's return; 
  • Watch over one another in brotherly love; 
  • Remember each other in prayer; 
  • Aid each other in sickness and distress; 
  • Cultivate Christian sympathy in feelings and courtesy in speech; 
  • Work for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; 
  • Be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation. 

 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.