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College of Bible & Ministry • Institute for Student Ministry

2 Year Apprenticeship In Youth Ministry


WHAT IS IT?

The apprenticeship in student ministry is a two-year apprenticeship during your ministry studies here at Lipscomb.  These are apprenticeships with veteran youth ministers in multi-staff church settings.

WHY?

Hands-on, field experience provides a valuable part of the ministry training process.  Lipscomb is partnering with churches and youth ministry majors to provide long-term training.

IS THIS REQUIRED OF MY MAJOR?

No.  This is an added resource that we are providing for you to enhance your education.

WILL EVERYONE WHO WANTS AN APPRENTICESHIP GET ONE?

Probably not.  This is the pilot year for this program so we don’t know yet.

THE BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • You will be placed with a veteran youth minister in an established ministry.  These  ministers usually have at least 10 years of full-time youth ministry experience and have usually been in their current churches for at least 3 years.
  • A chance to look “behind the scenes” and determine if the world of youth ministry is right for you.
  • See the ebb and flow of a ministry calendar over a full year cycle.
  • Build your ministry skills by getting hands-on experience working with junior high and high school students.
  • Multi-staff settings in a larger church provide you with invaluable experience that you will likely not receive in your first full-time ministry position.
    • Add to your education by being able to put a long-term commitment at a reputable congregation on your résumé.

WHEN?

There are two options for your commitment:

  1. September (Year 1)-August (Year 2)—Preferred placement time (for instance, September 2010 to August 2012).
  2. January (Year 1)-December (Year 2)—There will be a limited number of apprenticeships that will launch during this time period (for instance, January 2011 to December 2012).

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE APPRENTICE?

  • Students must have completed their first year of as a full-time student at Lipscomb to apply.
  • Students must also have declared themselves to be Bible majors with a youth ministry emphasis to be eligible for this program.
  • Students must submit a completed application, résumé, and list of references (at least 1 academic and 2 ministry-related) along with a $25 application fee by the deadline.
  • Student must also complete a face-to-face interview with interested churches.
  • A commitment of 8-10 hours a week during the school year and full-time commitment during summer months.  (For example, 4 hours on a Sunday morning, 2 hours on a Wednesday night, 1 hour staff meeting/shadow, and 3 hours of ministry/prep time per week.)
  • To conduct oneself professionally.

WHAT IF I AM NOT A GOOD “FIT” WITH THE MINISTRY I AM PLACED WITH?

  • There is a nine-month probationary period to give the supporting ministry and the apprentice adequate time to see if they are a healthy match.
  • This probationary period is a non-paid volunteer position.
  • Following the 9-month probationary period, the sponsoring congregation is committed to compensating the apprentice an hourly wage averaging $8.00-$11.00/hour.

CAN I GET MY INTERNSHIP CREDIT DURING THIS APPRENTICESHIP?

Yes.  After you have completed the prerequisite courses required for the internship, you can register for  “Internship in Youth Ministry-BI 477V) course during the Fall, Spring or Summer Terms.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS APPRENTICESHIP?

Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Surdacki at walter.surdacki@lipscomb.edu.  He will do everything he can to help you navigate this process successfully.

Click here to Download Application for for for Students.

ALL PAPERWORK IS DUE BY AUGUST 8, 2010

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