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

By February 4, 2016 No Comments

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.


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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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