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Discover how to create an efficient and effective GAP Year,
Internship or Residency Program for your faith-based
organization or church with these articles and resources.

Your Residents or Interns Want Academic Credit! We Can Help.

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Your church residency or ministry internship program might produce great leaders, but are those leaders getting the academic credit they could be? There’s a way for your program to keep producing great leaders while also offering undergraduate and/or master’s degree pathways.

You Don’t Need to Choose Between Hands-On Training and Academic Credit

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Your ministry lives in the real world, with real people in real communities.
With the right training program, you don’t need to choose between giving your Church residency or gap year students hands-on training and academic credit. They can have both.

3 Simple Steps to Start a Ministry Training Program


Ministry is hard. Training other people for ministry can be even harder. In fact, sometimes it can feel impossible. But with the right plan, you can build the right internship, residency, or gap year program for your ministry context. Step 1: Design – The Best Laid Plans Great deeds start with even greater plans. Training ministry leaders for the next generation of God’s work is a worthy mission. To get there you will need to design the right plan for you, your team, and your goals. Clearly Identify What Makes You, YouThere are a lot of schools and training programs … Read more

How to Transition Into an Academic Grade Ministry Training Program, Fast!

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You know your ministry needs its own training program, but getting it built feels like it will take forever. You will need a cohesive curriculum, materials, hands-on training opportunities, and a thousand other things, then there’s the question of accreditation. Maybe it will take forever, at your current pace, but it doesn’t have to. There is help! The Well Trod Path of Burnout Ministry is an endless opportunity for burnout. People are never really finished and so ministry is never really complete. If you let that get to you, you will burn out as a ministry leader. The problem compounds … Read more

Why You Don’t Need to Start a School to Offer an Accredited Gap Year Program

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Students earn academic credit through schools. So what does that mean for your internship, residency, or gap-year program? Do you need to start a school for your graduates to get credit? Here’s why you will need a school to offer an accredited gap year program, but you don’t need to worry about starting your own. The Truth about “Credit” Let’s first understand what we even mean by “credit.” Giving someone credit for completing a particular course or program means you are establishing a value system for that work that others will recognize. For example, your church might require prospective members … Read more

Accreditation and Ministry Training Curriculum: Your Questions Answered

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When you spend time in the trenches of real-life ministry you understand that there are some lessons you can only learn in the field. This has led to a growing movement of ministry leaders who want to move the center of ministry education out of the classroom. Expansive internships, residency programs, and gap year programs, are all emerging as alternatives to the classroom-only model of ministry training. If you have or are considering starting one of these programs in your own ministry, you may have questions about academic accreditation and ministry training curriculum. Here’s what you need to know. Does … Read more