Praxis Internship in Pastoral Leadership

The Praxis Internship provides college students an opportunity to experience pastoral ministry through a paid internship in a local church. In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul reminded him to "fan into flame the gift of God" (2 Timothy 1:6, NIV). Through a guided experience of action and reflection (Praxis), we help college students explore and discern how God might be calling them into ministry and ‘fan into flame’ their passion to serve God.


Each intern is matched with a mentor pastor who guides them during the program. Praxis is designed to provide a range of experiences related to pastoral leadership, such as:

  • Preparing and preaching a sermon
  • Preparing and teaching a Bible study series
  • Visiting people in homes and hospital
  • Observing how administration works in a local church
  • Leading others in community and missional engagement opportunities


There are two possible tracks for a Praxis Internship--summer or school-year. On the summer track, interns work about 30 hours per week for about 10 weeks. On the school-year track, interns work about 10 hours a week for 30 weeks, split over two semesters.

Summer Track Schedule

May 26, 2020 Orientation
May 31, 2020 First Sunday in local church
June 14-17, 2020 Annual Conference (Southlake)
July 1, 2020 Mid-point check-in
July 30, 2020 De-brief and sending forth
August 2, 2020 Last Sunday in local church

School-Year Track Schedule (proposed)

Sept 2020 Orientation
Nov 2020 Check-in
  Christmas Break
Feb 2021 Check-in
April 2021 De-brief and sending forth


Applications for the summer track are available in October for the following summer. March 31 is the final deadline for summer applications. Applications for the school-year track are available in January with a final deadline of August 1. Prospective interns are encouraged to apply early because we will accept people before the deadline, and space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Walters ( or Paul Massingill (