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Pastoral Internship

For young men who are considering full-time pastoral ministry, we provide an opportunity that allows potential pastors to study what the church is, observe how it works, and see what it looks like up close. It is based on the conviction that any potential pastor needs to see a faithful model of pastoral ministry in the local church before being thrown into the deep end of the ministry pool. If healthy local churches are going to proliferate, then they need godly and well-trained pastors to lead and feed them. It’s basic, but watching, reading, and learning must precede doing. So the internship at Grace Covenant is based on observation rather than experience, and it’s designed to help potential pastors come to some conclusions regarding questions like these:

  • Does our understanding of the gospel affect our methods of evangelism?
  • How should the local church be governed?
  • Is there a good biblical case for local church membership?
  • What is expositional preaching, and what is its role in the local church?
  • What is the role of baptism in the local church?
  • Are baptism and the Lord’s Supper related, and if so, how?
  • Why is church discipline important, and how is it related to the Lord’s Supper?
  • What is the regulative principle of worship, and why is it important?
  • What are the extents and limitations of congregational authority?
  • What are the biblical responsibilities of elders?
  • How does the authority of the elders relate to and interact with the authority of the gathered congregation?
  • How are elders and deacons different?
  • Because the internship is only a 5 month experience, it cannot function as a vehicle for confirming a man’s call to pastoral ministry. Nor can it function to give men lots of different experiences in ministry to confirm their gifts. Most of an intern’s time will be invested in reading good books, writing about 5 response papers per week, thinking through issues related to the local church, having conversations with the pastor regarding these papers, and observing the pastor in his work. Typical books include…

  • The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges
  • Give Praise to God, ed. Ligon Duncan
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever
  • The Deliberate Church, Mark Dever and Paul Alexander
  • Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches, John Hammett
  • Dear Timothy, ed. Tom Ascol
  • Revival and Revivalism, Iain Murray
  • Evangelicalism Divided, Iain Murray
  • Preaching and Preachers, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • The Baptism of Disciples Alone, Fred Malone
  • The Cross and Christian Ministry, D.A. Carson
  • If you’re interested in pursuing the internship, e-mail the pastor at paul.alxndr@gmail.com

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