Ministerial Internship Program
The underlying philosophy of the MIP has always been to provide ministerial preparation by practical training on the local-church level, combined with academic self-study and monthly training seminars, focusing on vital topics for spiritual leadership and ministerial effectiveness.
In 1982, the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) was mandated by the General Assembly as a requirement for advancement from exhorter rank to the status of ordained minister.
The Candidates and Spouses follow a daily schedule of spiritual study, and physical assignments.
The supervised practicum affords the supervision pastor an opportunity to prepare the MIP candidates to fulfill their divine call. The supervised experience builds upon the supervising pastor being a mentor and coach to the candidate. The focus of the relationship is on ministry activities and reflections between the supervising pastor and the candidate. The relationship purposely develops ministry skills in the candidate
The eight monthly seminars cover a range of materials that address ministry topics and issues.The seminars complement and add to the experience of the supervised practicum.