More about the Internship
What is it?
The Creekside Ministry Internship is a one-year mentoring program designed to help men and women who are exploring a call to vocational ministry discern God’s call on their life. Believing the local church is the hope of the world, Creekside seeks to provide aspiring church leaders at Creekside a healthy church environment to practice ministry under the supervision and mentorship of Creekside’s pastors, to grow in their understanding of Scripture, theology, and church practice, and to evaluate next steps in pursuing God’s call. The Ministry Internship is a part-time position with a stipend that provides a wide-range of ministry opportunities suited to each intern’s gifts, abilities, and passions.
Who is Creekside?
Creekside is an Evangelical Free Church located in Gainesville, FL. For nearly 50 years, Creekside has been a church devoted to the teaching of the Scriptures. We are on mission together to loveGod and others, grow in Christ and community, and reach our neighbors and the nations. Creekside’s vision statement, entitled The Profile of a Maturing Believer, outlines the attributes we hope to see come about in members of our church.
What is expected?
Ministry interns will be men or women who demonstrate a commitment to following Christ, a heart for serving the local church, and desire to explore their gifting and passion for vocational ministry. Those selected for Creekside’s Ministry Internship receive a stipend and all ministry internship readings; serve in one primary area of ministry; are assigned a mentoring pastor for personal discipleship, to debrief ministry experiences, and to discuss readings for the ministry internship; and are provided with various opportunities to observe life on staff at Creekside.
What will I read?
Since nearly all vocational ministry entails a commitment to be faithful ministers of the Word, ministry interns will read books that help them to discern their capacity for study, learning, and teaching and help them to become more faithful ministers of the gospel. Ministry interns will read 12 books, 10 of which will be selected from the books below by ministry interns and their mentoring pastors, and 2 will be selected with their mentoring pastor based upon on a ministry intern’s interests. See the booklist >
I'm interested; now what?
Ministry internships begin at the start of each academic semester at UF and Santa Fe (August, January, and May). For those interested, complete the Creekside Ministry Internship Application and coordinate with your pastor and a peer to complete the online reference form. Once we have received your application and references, we will schedule an interview with the pastor who will serve as your mentoring pastor.