If you attend a relatively large church, then chances are you may be familiar with church internship or residency programs. In fact, 74 percent of churches with 2,000 members or more have such programs for those hoping to enter ministry.
Recently, Leadership Network conducted a survey (sponsored by Southeastern University) in order to gather more information about these programs.
“There are more of them that you’re going to be seeing in the coming years,” said Warren Bird, Leadership Network’s research director, during a webinar discussing the survey results. “This is only going to grow.”
And that’s not limited to megachurches: according to the survey report, internships and residencies at churches “are developing in churches large and small, denominational and not, urban and suburban” and “across all ethnicities and economic levels.” ...