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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.

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The Purposes of the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) are:

  • Give the minister and spouse practical training and experience at the local level under the supervision of a pastor.
  • Develop the scriptural discipline of submission [Romans 13:1; Hebrews 13:17]
  • Provide commitment between the Church of God and the minister.
  • Develop in the minister the proper attitude to the church, ministry, fellow ministers, and the people whom they serve.
  • Assist new ministers discover their own talents and styles for evangelistic outreach, pastoral responsibilities, and other areas of ministry skills in the candidate and for determining further training needs.

  • The MIP has three (3) Components:
    Studies on (1) The Bible; (2) Doctrine and (3) Leadership

    The Candidates and Spouses follow a daily schedule of spiritual study, and physical assignments.

    Supervised Practicums with the Pastors

    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

    Eight (8) Monthly Seminars

    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.

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    In an effort to broaden the ministerial training experience, specializations in ministries will be offered in the MIP. The specializations are (1) Assistant pastor ministry, (2) Chaplaincy, (3) Children’s ministry, (4) Christian education ministry, (5) Church planting, and (6) Youth ministry. If applicants want to specialize in one of these ministries, they should contact the state MIP coordinator in their states.
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    The candidate submits a request in writing to the Administrative Bishop through the Director of the Ministerial Internship Program, which is presented to the International Executive Committee.

    Eligible candidates will have completed the eligible reading requirements under the supervision of the Administrative Bishop or one whom he appoints, plus one of the following:
  • One year of pastoral ministry
  • One year of Evangelism Ministry
  • One year of Associate Pastoral Ministry
  • One year of specialized ministry listed on the ministerial report form (e.g. chaplaincy)
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