There are now five churches involved with internships in the United States. Each of these churches are amazing and offer both classroom and practical experience.

Four Chicago Churches

The four Chicago Churches will be starting a coordinated effort called “The Refinery”.

Christ Church Minnesota

Christ Church, Apple Valley, MN has been operating an internship for several years and is producing the leaders for Christ Church and beyond.

Both internships will be in partnership with each other offering the chance to creatively participate in both internships.

The Refinery: Chicago

Program Structure

The Refinery has two main semesters, plus an optional international mission placement month.
• The first semester begins September 8, 2015, and runs through December 18, 2015.
• The second semester begins January 11, 2016 and runs through April 29, 2016.
• The optional international mission placement month is May, 2016

During each semester a typical week will involve:

Two-and-a-half days per week of classroom instruction and interaction:

Two days each week of theological/ministry modules, Each of these modules runs for about 3 weeks (six teaching days). 
Fridays consisting of a half-day of teaching on practical subjects, such as Financial Discipline, Effective Speaking, etc.

Two days per week for concentrating on practical ministry activities through one of the sponsoring churches.

Ministry placement and activities tailored to participant’s own skills and interests
Ministry is church-based, but community oriented—reaching beyond the church to care for people in society.

Evenings/weekends in church ministry or program discipleship activities.

These may include events specific to the ministry service responsibilities of the intern
Retreats, shared outings, and other intern program activities.

The total time commitment per week is around 30 hours, leaving a limited amount of room for participants to pursue part-time work to supplement income.

International Missions Component

As part of the course there is also an optional missions month offered during May 2016 after the program calendar has finished. This would involve a three week posting at a Global Horizons partner church in India, Zambia or Zimbabwe, South America or the UK. The nations are a critical part of our Kingdom culture and this provides an incredible opportunity for immersion in what God is doing around the world!


Program costs are $1,200 for each semester ($2,400 for the full eight-month program).  Only able to come for a single semester?  Let us know, and we can discuss that possibility on an individual basis.  Participation in the optional international May Mission Month will involve additional costs, the amount of which depend on the specific international placement chosen (probably in the range of $2,000-$3,000).

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Internship At Christ Church, Apple Valley, MN



      -Ministry Skills

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  2 Timothy 2:2


      -Church Ministries
      -Community Service

Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant and whoever of you desires to be the first shall be the slave of all.  Mark 10:43-44


      -Pastoral staff and wives
      -Small Groups

So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.  I Thessalonians 2:8


      The interns will be required to meet regularly for worshp and prayer
      together along with the discipline of a Prayer Journal

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands.  I Timothy 2:8

Connected Lifestyle

      The interns will learn together, minister together and hold each other to
      high standards in order to set the pattern for a lifestyle of

Now you are the Body of Christ and members individually.  I Corinthians 12:27

Involved in Ministry

Generation Church (12-21+)

- Serve along side of the generationchurch pastor and leaders.  Preparation, administration, set-up, media, teaching, prayer ministry.  Follow-up with visitors and needs.  Leading youth in their relationship with Christ.

Children’s Ministry

- Serve with the Children’s teachers in the classroom, set-up, administration, visual aids, organization and implementation of Sunday morning ministries.

Media Ministry

- Learn proficiency with sound systems, EasyWorship, PowerPoint preparation, visual projection, digital recording, web page maintenance and Lighting.


- Participation in weekly brainstorming conference with Pastors to input and discuss content as well as preparation of the sermons.

Community Service

- Access to opportunities to bless and serve the needs of the surrounding community. 


Semester 1:  Sunday September 13, 2015 through Thursday, December 17, 2015
Semester 2:  Sunday, January 10, 2016 through Sunday, April 24, 2016


Day Off


8:00-8:50 am Prayer
9:00-10:30 am Core Session I
10:30-11:30 am Class
11:30-12:00 pm Staff Meeting
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch With Pastors


5:00-7:00 pm generationchurch prep
7:00-9:00 pm generationchurch


8:00-8:50 am Prayer
9:00-10:30 am Core Session I
10:30-12:00 pm Core Session II
12:00-1:30 Lunch with Pastor
1:30-3:00 pm Follow-Up/Planning


8:00-8:50 am Prayer
9:00-10:00 am Class Session I
10:00-11:00 Class Session II
11:00-12:00 Group Study
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Cc* Kids Prep


Day Off


9:00-10:00 am Sunday Service Prep
10:00-12:00 pm Sunday Service:
Audio/Visual, Children’s Ministry, Greeting,
Prayer Ministry

In Addition

Weekly meeting iwth CHRISTchurch Mentor (1 hour).

Weekly Time Commitment 30 Hours.


A one-time free of $100 is required upon acceptance into the Internship, followed by a monthly commitment fee of $100 due the 1st day of each month for a yearly total of $1,000.00.  All books and materals are provided.  Housing is available and lunches are provided on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of class.

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