We value education, and we encourage anyone entering full-time ministry to pursue a degree from an institution of higher learning.  But there are some things that must be learned ... by doing!  Here are some of the skills you will learn during your 12 months with us:

  • Looking at the big picture - from infants to the elderly
  • Crafting a worship service
  • Sermon preparation and delivery
  • Working with the Music Pastor
  • Weekly scheduling of events
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Baptizing
  • Performing a wedding
  • Conducting a funeral
  • Leading and serving Communion
  • Making hospital visits
  • Planning special seasonal services
  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Setting boundaries in counseling and home visits
  • Managing church finances
  • Outreach to the community and to the world
  • Accountability to a board or Senior Pastor
  • Church facilities and maintenance
  • Creating a to-do list
  • Great communication
  • Giving an altar call / invitation
  • Praying with people for healing, deliverance, and Spirit-empowering
  • Being led by the Holy Spirit


  • Importance of living a godly life / devotional living
  • Aligning yourself under the authority of a Senior Pastor
  • Building credibility
  • Resolving conflict
  • Excellence in pastoral care
  • Work ethic
  • Working well with others (staff, pastors, volunteers, board members)
  • Positions and duties of a pastoral minister
  • People skills
  • Your role as a part of the whole picture


  • Wielding a service
  • Chairing a board meeting


  • Sermon/Teaching critique
  • Warfare prayer
  • Communication skills
  • Ordering your private world
  • Personal finances
  • Relationships
  • Family and ministry