About

Summit Ministry Apprenticeship

Called to ministry? We want to help you!

Whether you’re a man called to pastor or a woman called to church ministry realizing the importance of training is your first step towards a life of healthy and effective ministry. And you’re right – training is important, and as the culture of North America becomes increasingly antagonistic to the gospel, training is becoming even more important. Which is why we’re committed to training the next generation of pastors and church leaders through our Ministry Apprenticeship.

Our apprenticeship is an intensive two-year training experience where you’ll gain significant hands on ministry experience, participate in weekly training and be mentored by seasoned church leaders.

This is more than an internship. You’ll operate as a member of our staff, receive intensive training from national experts, and be given significant responsibility. At the end of the program you’ll possess the experience, character, and skills necessary to successfully step into full time vocational ministry – whether as a pastor, ministry director, or otherwise.

If you’re a guy you may be wondering: “If this group is mixed gender will I really get trained to be a pastor?” If you’re a woman I doubt you’re interested in just tagging along with the guys, you’re probably asking the question: “Will I be specifically trained for ministry as a woman?” The answer to both questions is “Yes”. Check out our FAQ page to see how we custom fit the program to help you grow.

We work hard to create a training environment that will complement theological education and help you climb to new heights in your character, leadership, and ministry skills – all while grounding your identity in the work of Jesus and not your performance.

So if you’re called to vocational ministry and you want to be intentionally challenged in a gospel-saturated environment I hope you’ll complete an interest form. Someone from our team will connect with you to hear more of your story and help discern if our apprenticeship is the right next step for you.

Basic Details

Where: The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC (or a partnering church in the area)
When: New apprentices start each August
Duration: ~2 Years (21 mos)
Time Commitment: 25 hr/wk
Alumni: Check out our Alumni page to see what past participants are doing now.
Retreats: Twice a year you’ll get to learn from national leaders & experience church planting in cities around North America.
Program Cost: If you raise financial support: fee = $1,500/year, if not fee = $1,000.  The program cost helps offset a portion of your retreat & resource cost.
Compensation: You have the opportunity but not obligation to raise financial support

  • If you decide to raise support you won’t be doing it alone.
  • You’ll raise support alongside fellow classmates as you receive proven training and on-going coaching.
  • We’ve consistently seen God provide in this area. If you’re drawn to this opportunity- don’t let anxiety about raising support keep you from following God’s call. Give God a chance to show off in your life – I’m consistently encouraged by how he does.

Seminary Credit: Up to 27 hours available through the program. 
Other Questions: See our FAQ page or fill out an interest form, we’d love to hear from you.

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