"And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness." - Ephesians 4:11-13
Our Ministry Training Center (MTC) is a formal residency program for the mentoring of men pursuing a call to the pastorate, and women pursuing a call to ministry in the church.
The MTC is a internship where participants will receive on-the-ground ministry experience, participate in church leadership readings and discussions, and have the opportunity to earn seminary credit through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s EQUIP Program. By the end of the MTC process, residents will have prayerfully grown in several areas of pastoral ministry training.
1. Knowledge of God’s word, especially in respect to the vocation of local church ministry.
2. Aptitude and temperament for biblical leadership in a local church.
3. Their affection for Jesus and for the local church.
The MTC is designed to provide meaningful ministry experience and training for future pastors and ministry leaders in specific areas on interest. For this reason, the MTC is designed to offer hands on training in the ministry to which the intern is assigned. Each intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in both practical and theological aspects in their area of ministry focus.
1. Commit as an active member of Fairview Baptist Church.
2. Participate in Sunday morning and Wednesday night ministry activities.
3. Attend weekly Fairview staff meetings and participate in staff discussions, prayer, discipleship and collaboration.
4. Involved in pastoral shepherding and ministry such as visitation and outreach.
5. Instructing and teaching the church in sound doctrine as needed.
6. Available to assist in different areas of ministry as asked by the pastoral staff.
7. If a SEBTS student, able to complete at least one EQUIP class under the supervision of the staff.
Each participant will be given a stipend to cover books, ministry resources and travel expenses. There are three types of interns in the MTC.
Summer Intern (16 Weeks)
These interns would spend 2 hours a week with the Senior Pastor in sermon preparation, and would otherwise be focused on other areas of ministry under the direction of our pastoral staff. The goal is to give them a wide range of experience in pastoral ministry.
Seminary Ministry Resident (6-12 Months)
This intern would be a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. They would spend 2 hours a week with the Senior Pastor in sermon preparation, and would otherwise be focused on other areas of ministry under the direction of our pastoral staff. Also, this intern would benefit from Fairview’s partnership with SEBTS’ Equip Program, earning seminary credit hours for their service and doing independent study courses under the direction of the Senior Pastor. The goal is to give them a wide range of experience in pastoral ministry.
Ministry Director (Annual)
These interns would be seminary students or graduates who have moved beyond a level 2 internship. Their area of ministry within our church family will be focused on their gifting and long term desire to serve in a specific area of ministry. As needed, these interns would benefit from Fairview’s partnership with SEBTS’ Equip Program, earning seminary credit hours for their service and doing independent study courses under the direction of the Senior Pastor.
SEMINARY COURSE CREDIT
In partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fairview Baptist Church is able to offer course credit classes through the EQUIP program for seminary students. Below is a list of approved classes. The particular course offered will be based on the needs of the participants.
PMN7900/EQC – Mentored Internship Practicums
PMN6501/EQC – Pastoral Ministry and Leadership Practicum
PMN6733/EQC – Christian Leadership Practicum
PMN6721/EQC – Administration and Education in the Local Church Practicum
PRS6101/EQC – Bible Exposition I: Hermeneutics and Preparation Practicum
PRS6501/EQC – Bible Exposition II: Delivery Practicum
BCO5502/EQC – Biblical Counseling Practicum (Biblical Counseling Training Required)
MIS5101/EQC – Christian Missions: Principles and Practice Practicum
EVA5101/EQC – Evangelism: Nature and Practice Practicum
EVA6611/EQC – Personal Discipleship and Disciple-Making Practicum
Because of the duration of the Ministry Training Center, one seminary course should be the initial aim. To find out more, visit Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's EQUIP page.