.::F.A.Q. for Interested Youth Ministers

College of Bible & Ministry • Institute for Student Ministry

2 Year Apprenticeship In Youth Ministry

WHAT IS IT?

The apprenticeship in youth ministry is a two-year commitment between a church youth ministry and full-time youth ministry students to help serve the church and its youth ministry.  Youth ministries get the benefit of having committed students to help by serving their ministries.  Youth ministry students get the benefit of learning the ropes of ministry from veteran youth ministers.

WHY?

The vocation and calling of ministry is a lofty goal for an undergraduate student.  While Lipscomb does all it can to fully train and prepare young men and women for ministry, the best classroom walls are porous, allowing outside experience to shape academic learning.  Hands-on field experience provides a valuable part of the training process.  Lipscomb is partnering with churches to serve an under-resourced, understaffed youth ministry world by providing long-term apprenticeships.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Long-term workers for your ministry who can invest deeply and relationally in your students, minimizing your staff turnover.
  • Affordable staff members who can assist you and help relieve some of the ministry workload.
  • Multi-staff settings provide our apprentices with valuable experience that many of them will not receive in their first full-time ministry positions.
  • Your church adds value to our students’ education; they can put a long-term commitment at a reputable congregation on their résumés.
  • Prior to the start of the internship, Dr. Walter Surdacki will meet with you one-on-one at your church to provide a relational foundation to partner together throughout the apprenticeship period.  He will also serve as a personal contact should problems arise during the apprenticeship.

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 US AS A SPONSORING MINISTRY?

  • Adequate supervision by a full-time member of the ministry staff.
  • This includes meeting with the apprentice for mentoring, coaching and training.
  • Provide necessary prayer support.
  • Provide financial support after the provisional 9-month period.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THE APPRENTICE?

  • Students must have completed their first year of as a full-time student 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 IS THE FINANCIAL COST TO A SPONSORING CHURCH?

  • The apprentice is required to volunteer their time for the first 9 months of the apprenticeship in a provisional/probationary role.  This gives you, the supporting ministry, time to evaluate if they are a good fit with minimal financial liability on your part.
  • Following that probationary period, the apprentice will receive a stipend averaging $8.00-$11.00/hours for the remaining fifteen months.

WHAT IF MY APPRENTICE IS NOT A GOOD “FIT” WITH OUR MINISTRY?

  • The nine-month probationary period gives the supporting ministry and the apprentice adequate time to test to see if they are a good “fit”.  If you believe they are not a good fit, contact Dr. Surdacki as soon as concerns arise.  This will give all parties concerned the opportunity to make changes or be aware of concerns.
  • The probationary period also provides a healthy incentive of a paid apprenticeship if the apprentice does quality work.

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 partner with you in this process.
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