Summer Internships in Boston: An Overview

Summer Internship Program

Christ the King Presbyterian Church (CTK) is a multi-site, multi-ethnic church with congregations throughout greater Boston. We seek to serve God in worship, serve one another in love, and serve our city by bearing witness to the good news about Jesus Christ in both word and deed. 

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Summer Church Planting Internships are designed to help seminarians explore a call to church planting in Boston. These internships run for 6 to 8 weeks during the summer months. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the city, study a particular neighborhood, and gain a first-hand understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities of planting a church in Boston.

CTK’s summer internship program focuses on three key areas that are important for fruitful ministry: theological convictions, ministry competencies, and Christian character. These three areas correspond to a tri-perspectival approach to ministry development: normative (theological convictions), situational (ministry competencies) and existential (Christian character).[1]

Internship Plan

We will develop an internship plan for each intern before they arrive in Boston. The Leadership Development Director will construct the plan through conversation with the intern and with the input of the Director of CTK’s Church Planting Center. Subsequent summer internships will be developed in conversation with the pastor of the congregation where the intern will be placed.

The plan will have three main components: 

Theological Conviction

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The intern will grow in an understanding of gospel-centered ministry through readings and conversations with CTK pastors. This process will take place as the interns meet in their weekly cohort. The cohort will be a time dedicated to prayer, instruction, and discussion. This will be furthered through one-one-one coaching sessions with the Leadership Development Director.

Christian Character

The New Testament places a strong emphasis on the character of those who lead the church. The summer internship will encourage interns to grow in godliness. 

The intern will identify one to two areas of spiritual growth to address during the course of the internship, which will be included in the internship plan and will be worked into the one-on-one coaching meetings.

An important component of ministering in an urban context is the ability to adapt to different cultures. Cultural intelligence is widely regarded as one of the key skills necessary to work in our increasing global society. We will use the Intercultural Development Inventory to assess each intern’s developmental orientation on the Intercultural Development Continuum. Each intern will be debriefed and receive an individual profile report and intercultural development plan prior to their arrival. Interns will be given an opportunity to work on their cultural intelligence during the internship. 

Ministry Competency

Finally, the summer internship provides an opportunity for interns to learn and practice ministry skills.

Interns will be given opportunity to engage in various ministry under the direction of specific CTK congregations. Such opportunities might include vacation bible school, sports camps, evangelism, and preaching.

Interns will also be able to attend meetings of the church planting center, worship services of congregations within CTK and Session meetings. Both the intern and spouse, if married, will have opportunities to meet with pastors from the various congregations of the church. Wives are welcome to attend any meetings of our Ministry Women’s Fellowship, a ministry for the wives of our pastors and key leaders.

Neighborhood Exegesis Project

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An important aspect of church planting is being able to properly exegete the community in which you are planting. The Neighborhood Exegesis Project is designed to provide the intern with the basic tools necessary to begin exegeting a neighborhood. As a part of the internship plan, the intern will be assigned a particular neighborhood of the city to study over the summer. That assignment will be based on the interest of the intern, where housing is found, and the priorities of the Church Planting Center leadership.

The intern will produce a report of the project before leaving at the end of the internship.

Cultural Intelligence 

Interns will be given and debriefed on the Intercultural Development Inventory Assessment before they arrive in Boston. As a part of their Intercultural Development Plan, they will be coached to identity one cultural learning goal that they would like to address during their time in Boston. 

Learning Contract

Summer interns are encouraged to participate in the Mission to North America (MNA) Church Planter Readiness Seminar, or another similar assessment. This seminar is an excellent way to begin exploring a call to church planting. Interns that have attended a Readiness Seminar will be encouraged to prepare a learning contract for their development as a church planter. That learning contract will become a part of the development plan for the summer internship. The learning contract should be submitted to the Leadership Development Director with the application, or as soon as possible.

Applicants

We’re looking for seminarians with two or more semesters of study completed. Applicants should sense a call to church planting in the PCA, corroborated through a formal process such as the MNA Church Planter Readiness Seminar. They will also be expected to raise funds to cover living and ministry expenses in the city. 

During an intern’s first summer his internship will be with the Church Planting Center. This will allow the intern and his family to visit the various congregations of Christ the King, get a feel for ministry in Boston, and explore their sense of call to Boston. During any subsequent summer internship the intern will be placed with one of our congregations. 

Contact Information

To learn more about our internship programs or to apply please contact:

Rev. Omar Ortiz

Leadership Development Director

omar@ctkboston.org

561-601-1665 (m)




[1]cf. John Frame, “A Primer on Perspectivalism”