Are you a young adult (age 21 to 30) wanting to explore Christ’s call to serve others in ministry?
If so, consider the GCI-USA Intern Program, a 2.5-year-long discipleship experience in which you will:

  • Earn a masters degree in pastoral ministry.
  • Engage in practical ministry in the context of a Christ-centered local church.
  • Be mentored by a seasoned pastor and ministry coach.

We invite you to support the GCI Intern Program by donating to the GCnext fund.

What is the GCI Intern Program?

As highlighted in the videos above and below, the GCI Intern Program is designed to encourage and build up a new generation of pastors, church planters and other ministers of the gospel.

What are the benefits of the Intern Program?

  • The chance to participate in an exciting movement bigger than you are, joining together with us in continual and prayerful anticipation for how the Spirit seeks to use GCI as his witness in the kingdom of God.
  • A deeper relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and an adventure of faith in him that will prepare you for the journey of life ahead.
  • Personal guidance to discern God’s call on your life. Along with your assigned pastor-supervisor, you will be matched up with a certified ministry coach and provided with continual encouragement and assistance from GCI’s Intern Program staff.
  • Skills and equipping for practical ministry that can be applied to your future in youth ministry or other expressions of ministry, and which apply to all areas of life in Christ.
  • An accredited seminary Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) at no financial cost to you—your host church picks up the tab! For a sample schedule of GCS courses, click here. Some interns study in other seminaries and in some cases take undergraduate courses at GCI affiliate Ambassador College of Christian Ministry (ACCM).

Is the Intern Program for you?

The Intern Program is for those who desire to be part of a fired-up group of people of all ages seeking opportunities to participate in the exciting movement of the Holy Spirit in and through GCI—a work already extending to almost 100 nations around the world! Though GCI membership is not required to participate in the program, here’s what is required:

  • A desire to grow in personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the “Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).
  • A love for people and a yearning to build relationships with them while living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
  • A willingness to be placed in an active GCI church for 2.5 years, serving in local ministry and being trained in the ministry principles of incarnational connection (John 1:14), inclusive gathering (Mark 2:2) and intentional discipleship (2 Timothy 2:2).
  • A commitment to raise a portion of your salary (you will be given fundraising training). Your fundraising will be matched by a $7,500 stipend from GCI’s GCnext fund ($15,000 annual salary). Ideally, housing will be provided by the host church, although this is not always possible. This lowering your living expenses will enable you to spend your working hours on ministry and seminary studies, without having to get an additional part-time job.

Want to apply?

Applications for the GCI Intern Program are welcome any time. Click here to download an application form. Entry into the program begins with a four-day orientation. Questions? Email Intern Program coordinator Anthony Mullins.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Do I have to have a college degree to enter the program? Because of the pathway provided by  GCI’s online affiliate, Ambassador College of Christian Ministry (ACCM), a college degree is not required for entrance into the Intern Program. While we have students in the program from other seminaries, most of the students in the Intern Program are pursuing a Master’s degree at Grace Communion Seminary. Biblical/theological education is a vital component in the development of GCI’s interns.
  • Do I have to enter the GCI Intern Program in order to be a GCI pastor or church planter? No, the Intern Program is one of three tracks that GCI provides to equip potential pastors and church planters. The other tracks are the GCI Pastoral Residency Program (for apprenticing future lead pastors) and the GCI Church Planting track (for apprenticing future church planters). Lateral entry opportunities for experienced pastors are also available.
  • Is seminary training required for all GCI ministry tracks? Pursuing a seminary degree is a requirement for those in the GCI Intern Program. Seminary training is not required for all other GCI pastors depending on their circumstances. Many GCI pastors and church planters, being bi-vocational, do not have a seminary degree. Also, while entrance to Grace Communion Seminary (GCS) requires a college degree, seminary training for those without a college degree is available through GCI’s affiliate in Australia, Ambassador College of Christian Ministry (ACCM).
  • How much money do I need to raise during my GCI internship, and how will I be paid? GCI interns will be given a $7,500 stipend per year by GCI’s GCNext fund. The other half of the $15,000 part time salary will be provided by the intern’s sponsoring church. In return, the intern commits to engage in personal fundraising in an effort to replenish the sponsoring congregation’s account for future interns.  Money raised by the intern will be processed by GCI’s home office so as to provide tax deductible receipting for donors. Learning the principles and skills for personal fundraising is a component of the Internship Program—an encouraging faith-building experience that will prove foundational for a life of faith-based ministry.
  • How can I live on a $15,000 salary? This may present a challenge, but remember that this salary is for approximately 20 hours a week of part-time employment. Also remember that your seminary degree is completely covered by the local congregation that takes you on. Completing a seminary degree will be a great asset that doesn’t show up in the salary line. Also, your local host congregation is expected to help you find a place to live for the duration of your internship for little or no cost. Unfortunately, health insurance benefits are not part of your package. Travel to training and conferences is covered, however.
  • Am I obligated to remain with GCI in any capacity after the program is completed?
    No, though with GCI’s investment in you as an Intern, our sincere desire is that you will prayerfully consider making one of our local churches your home for gathering with believers after your internship is complete. We do ask intern candidates (in the Intern Application) for a commitment to remain open for the duration of the program to the possibility of future roles within GCI. We hope the intern experience will be such a positive one that many will feel excited about a continued ministry journey with us as the Spirit leads!

Resources for those who disciple interns

For resources to use in discipling GCI interns (and other young adults), click here (then click on the “Young Adults” tab). Here are discussion guides that are useful in sparking focused conversations between supervisors/mentors and their interns: