Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders

What 328 Churches Told Us about their Internships and Residency Programs

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We’ve learned that 74% of large churches sponsor an internship or residency program to train people for ministry.

  • How do they fund it?
  • How do they handle the supervision, coaching and mentoring?
  • Where do churches get their best interns/residents from?
  • What percentage of “graduates” become staff at these churches or church planters sent out?
  • Other questions covering purpose, curriculum, program length, etc.

We conducted a survey on questions like those, and we’d love to share what you learned. Our report is titled “Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders” and the richly illustrated write-up is sponsored by Southeastern University.

VIDEO: Intern residency webinar with Dr. Warren Bird (Virtual Press Conference)

Lead researcher Warren Bird, Ph.D. of Leadership Network overviews the findings from a recent study: Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders. He is joined by Justin Lathrop, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Southeastern University.