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Discover how to create an efficient and effective GAP Year,
Internship or Residency Program for your faith-based
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Camp Ministry Intern at Word of Life Camps (NY) — Luc Stout

Luc Stout - Word of Life Camp Intern - Anchor Christian University

Luc Stout shares his journey from growing up in a ministry family to finding his own faith and committing to a fully sold out life for Jesus. He discusses his experience at the Word of Life Bible Institute and the impact of snow camp on his faith. Luc also talks about the value of education and ministry and his decision to pursue an internship at Word of Life. He shares his experience leading a discipleship group and his choice to attend Anchor Christian University. Luc concludes by discussing his vision for the future and his desire to teach and preach … Read more

Disciple-Making Impact in Ministry and Higher Education — Dr. Dwight Peterson


Dr. Dwight Peterson currently serves as the Executive Director at The Capital Church in Columbus, Ohio, a church plant that is part of the SALT Network. He also serves as the longest tenured graduate and undergraduate professor for Anchor Christian University. Prior to taking the role in Ohio, he invested 20 years as an essential faculty member at Clarks Summit University (PA), building on almost two decades of pastoral ministry at churches in New Jersey and Indiana. In this episode, Dwight shares his background and journey in ministry, from growing up in a ministry family at Word of Life to … Read more

For Credit or Not? Evaluating Your Internship, Gap Year, or Residency Program

Upgrade your ministry internship to include academic credit, boost recruiting.

Many ministry leaders are transitioning their training programs to offer academic credit and degree pathways for their students. If you have a ministry internship, a Christian gap year program, a church residency, or other similar training program, you may be considering doing the same.

How to Filter for Ideal Church Residency or Internship Candidates

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Are you worried you don’t have the right candidates for your church residency or ministry internship program? You may need to start filtering for a different type of student. Jesus chose twelve ordinary men, but these men all had certain qualities others lacked. You can look for these same qualities and filter for better candidates for your ministry training program. Here is what to look for and how to find it in a candidate: Look for the Faithful: Above-Average Dedication When Jesus handed out free bread and fish, the masses were happy to follow him. But when Jesus changed tactics … Read more

Stop Competing with the Big Schools with Your Own Residency or Gap Year Program

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The Church needs a new generation of leaders trained for the needs of today and tomorrow. Bible schools, Christian universities, and seminaries have long been the go-to destinations for future Christian leaders. But many local churches and ministries have begun reclaiming their unique role in the leadership training process. Traditional schools still provide a helpful service to the church, but your ministry can fill a gap that schools were never designed to meet. Different Roles in the Same Process For someone to become a fully realized leader, they need a lot more than can be found in a classroom. To … Read more