Explore your call to ministry with the Summit Institute Apprenticeship.

 The Church rises and falls on leadership.

The Summit Institute Apprenticeship develops next-generation ministry leaders. We are committed to discipling leaders and fostering their growth in knowledge, character, vision, and ministry skills.

Apprentices are immersed in ministry opportunities within Summit Church in conjunction with personal ministry passion.  One key elements separating the Summit Institute Apprenticeship from others is mentorship by an intentionally-chosen Ministry Coach and Discipler. These mentors are committed to equipping you with necessary ministry skills while helping you grow spiritually.

Summit embraces the ministry philosophy of building people through the ministry of our church. We believe the church is a perfect environment for accomplishing the task of discipling and developing leaders for global ministry. Our commitment is to raise up the next generation of leaders by reproducing. (2 Timothy 2:2)

Summit Institute Apprenticeship begins in August and concludes the following May. Following the Orientation, you and your Ministry Coach will discuss the details of your Apprenticeship. The weekly training classes are combined with bi-weekly coaching and discipleship meetings to develop the character and skills necessary to be a church leader.

When you complete the process, you’ll have valuable ministry experience, a meaningful relationship with a Summit staff member, and a friendship with a group of like-minded friends. You can even earn seminary credits along the way.

Who Should Apply?

Summit Institute Apprenticeship is a high-investment program for men and women who are either exploring or feel called to church ministry. If you’re a college senior or above, possess a desire for future vocational ministry, and want to be intentionally challenged in a gospel-saturated environment, then we’d love for you to apply! The Summit Institute Apprenticeship runs from August to May. Apprentice responsibilities require a reliable form of transportation and you are responsible for providing your own housing.

So, if you’re exploring your call to vocational ministry and want to be intentionally challenged in a gospel-saturated setting, please complete an interest form. The Institute Leadership team will connect with you to hear more of your story and help discern if this is the right next step for you.



Summit Institute Apprenticeship is a high-investment nine-month program for men and women who are either exploring or feel called, to church ministry. 


Summit Institute Residency is an intensive, two-year program offering significant hands-on ministry experience, weekly training, and mentorship by seasoned church leadership.

What our apprentices are saying…

“The program helped me learn how to start ministries from the ground up and it … taught me how to think critically about ministry and how to implement a vision to a group of people that will lead them to desire to grow in the gospel.”

—John Hare

What to expect

Apprenticeship Job Descriptions

Learn what would be expected of you in a Summit Institute Apprenticeship.

Apprentice Expectations for The Summit Institute

  • Apprentices are men and women at/above the age of a college senior who either desire, or are intrigued by, vocational ministry or have an affinity to serve the church at a high volunteer capacity role and seek to be developed towards that end.
  • Apprentices are expected to attend weekly sessions on Mondays for developmental classes; this also includes giving a sermonette twice a semester.
  • As their amount of hours/one year tenure (20 hours) and assistance role reflects, integration into the Summit staff as a whole is not as robust as that of a resident. However, apprentices are still expected to integrate themselves in Summit culture and the Summit staff are expected to treat them as an integral part of the ministry.

Further Details

Where: The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Duration: August through May

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week between August and May.

Compensation: You have the opportunity to raise financial support which we encourage as it will aid with your ministry focus.

  • When you raise support, you won’t be doing it alone. You’ll raise support alongside fellow classmates as you receive proven training, plus ongoing coaching.
  • In order to equip you to raise support, part of your training is a four-day training module on financial support raising. This training takes place during the early spring. You will be equipped to raise the necessary funds for supporting your ministry, plus you will also be assigned a coach to assist you in this process.

Seminary Credit: Up to 12 credit hours are available via Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary or Liberty University Rawling’s School of Divinity.

Application Deadline: January 28, 2023 (support based internships) and June 30, 2023 (non-support based internships)