Ministers in Training

Followers of Jesus are not merely working to prop up the programs of a religious organization; we are giving ourselves to propel a revolution that will transform the lives and eternal destinies of people by the life, love, and power of Jesus. 

Yes, that movement centers around the Church and her ministries. But that’s just the start. 

Every disciple of Jesus has a crucial role to play in Christ’s mission of love to the world. God rescues us from our sin. Designs us for His purpose. Empowers us with His strength.

  • And then He places us to live out our ordinary days in a particular place in the world -where we live, work, learn and play — with particular people and their particular needs in order to lead others towards the life, peace, joy, and hope of Jesus.   

In this sense, every disciple of Jesus is a leader, or minister, in God’s Kingdom, sent into the world to represent, make much of, and point others to Jesus. 

  • How do we prepare for life as a minister? The Bible calls the church to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Eph. 4:12) We are committed to train and equip disciples to have a Kingdom impact not just at church, but in every sphere of life, every day.   

Ministers in Training at Living Hope (MiT) is a discipleship and leadership training initiative designed to develop gospel-saturated disciples who will intentionally lead those in the home, the church, and the world to follow Jesus and live in the way of His Kingdom. This year-long training opportunity occurs in a cohort setting with other brothers and sisters in Christ. 

  • With two specific tracks of training and an intentional personal development process, there is a place in MiT for every disciple who wants to grow stronger in faith and more joyfully effective as a representative of King Jesus.  

Training Tracks

Church Ministries Track

The Church Ministries Track offers disciples an opportunity to develop as leaders while serving as part of the Living Hope Baptist Church ministerial team. All those in this track will have God-given gifts and abilities in particular areas, along with a desire to serve the church in these areas. Some will want to explore a calling to serve in the church as their lifetime vocation so this track includes training ministry assistants, interns, apprentices, and residents who will discover, clarify, and deepen a call to a lifetime of ministry in the local church explore a calling to serve in the church as their lifetime vocation so this track includes training ministry assistants, interns, apprentices, and residents who will discover, clarify, and deepen a call to a lifetime of ministry in the local church. 

We offer training in the areas of general pastoral ministry, Next Generation (Preschool/ Children, Middle School, High School), College / Young Adults, Spiritual Formation (equipping / teaching / small groups), Worship, Care & Counseling, and Local & Global Missions. Each area will involve unique responsibilities and skill development under the personal direction of one of Living Hope’s pastors or ministers.

Vocational Discipleship Track

The Vocational Discipleship Track helps develop disciples as leaders who engage their everyday work as mission. We want to help ordinary disciples recover the ancient idea of vocation as a calling from God to serve His Kingdom purposes in a particular sphere of culture. We don’t just have jobs to get a paycheck. We intentionally engage our work-life to fulfill the cultural mandate of creation (Gen.1:28, 2:15) and the Great Commandments of Christ (Matt.22:37-40; 28:18-20) under the sovereign plan of God that uniquely creates and specifically places individuals for His redemptive purposes. (Ps.139:13-16, Jer.1:5, Acts 17:26-28) Every workday is rich and deep with meaning and Gospel possibilities.

We will develop cohorts of friends who work in the fields of medical, education, industry, small business / entrepreneurs, government & public safety, the arts (drama, music, film, graphic design, etc.), retail & service industry, and stay-at-home parents, among others. We want to help each person engage the unique Gospel challenges and possibilities with the people and circumstances in their daily work.  


Spheres of Training

Both the Church Ministries and Vocational Tracks of MiT are built on three entwined areas of training:  

Biblical & theological training to develop gospel convictions (this happens through our Equip Core courses)

personal growth training to develop gospel character (this happens in small groups of MiT participants)

skill development training to develop gospel ministry competency (this happens with a ministry leader for the Church Ministries track and with others in your vocational field in the Vocational Track)

None is optional; all are crucial; each is intimately related to the others.  In differing levels of intensity, each emphasis will have content to learn, affection to shape, and skills to develop—all in community.  

Over the course of the year, there will be other aspects of the training process like forums, day retreats, and short-form video seminars. Some will involve all MiT participants; others will be specific to each track.  


MIT Applications

The Ministers in Training tracks are designed to run from July to June each year, each with an application window.  

  • The application window for the Church Ministries Track is open from December 1-January 15.
  • The application window for the Vocational Discipleship track is from January 1-February 1.
  • Since this is the first year, applications are NOW OPEN for the Vocational Track through July 1. 

Base Qualifications


Church Ministries Track

Ministry Assistant

(to serve with Living Hope ministries)

  • A Christian Disciple
  • A covenant member of Living Hope for at least 6 months
  • At least 19 years old
  • At least a freshman in college (preferably a sophomore)
  • Assigned responsibilities that focus on people at least three years younger

Intern

(exploring a call to ministry)

  • A Christian disciple
  • A covenant member of Living Hope or become a covenant member within 2 months of beginning internship
  • At least 20 years old
  • At least a sophomore in college with a desire to explore a call to ministry in the local church

Apprentice

(has an affirmed call to local church ministry)

  • A Christian disciple
  • A covenant member of Living Hope or become a covenant member within 2 months of beginning the apprenticeship
  • At least 21 years old
  • At least a junior in college
  • Completed the Living Hope internship with an affirmation of a call to local church ministry or have equivalent ministry experience or training

Resident

(previous ministry experience and/or entering ministry later in life)

  • A Christian disciple
  • A covenant member of Living Hope or become a covenant member within 2 months of beginning residency
  • At least 24 years old
  • A college graduate
  • Completed the Living Hope apprenticeship or have equivalent ministry experience and training
  • Commit to at least 2 years of service with Living Hope

Vocational Track

  • A Christian disciple
  • A covenant member of Living Hope
  • At least 24 years old
  • Engaged in their vocational field for at least two years prior to beginning MIT

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