internships

We develop Urban Ministers

 

Servant Partners Internships develop emerging leaders to minister alongside the urban poor.  Interns live, learn, and pursue God together in order to discern a call to urban poor ministry.

Has God called you to serve the urban poor? Are you seriously considering living among the urban poor in either the U.S. or overseas? If so, consider one of our internships to continue on the journey.

 

US Two Year Internship - Greater Los Angeles, San José, and Oakland, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Servant Partner’s two year Internship equips mature disciples as servant leaders who actively love the urban poor, through communal and experiential discipleship. Interns live together, study Scripture together, and minister together while pursuing a deeper relationship with God. One intern described her experience as “a two year crash course in deeper discipleship.” If you’re looking to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and you want to grow in serving the poor, this could be a great place for you!

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Calendar

The two year internship begins in the fall each year. The application period for Fall 2018 sites begins in Januay.

TBD for Fall 2018

  • Application Deadline: TBD Feburary, 2018
  • Interview Weekend: TBD March, 2018
  • Internship Duration: Fall 2018 - Spring 2020

Commitments

Interns commit to community
Interns live together in an urban poor neighborhood within Greater Los Angeles, Oakland, San José or Philadelphia near one of our partner churches. This is an intentional community living experience where interns are eating together, praying together, serving their neighbors together as well as learning to love and reconcile with one another.

Interns commit to discipleship
Interns will be open to hearing the voice of God in new and unexpected ways--in the scriptures, from staff members, from neighbors, and from each other. We begin in the early fall with a three week trip to an overseas slum to give interns a vision for urban church planting and holistic community transformation. Upon returning to the US, interns serve and live among their low-income neighbors to personally understand the needs and struggles of the neighborhood. As they participate in the ministry of a local church in their communities, interns receive practical training on the ins and outs of church planting and community organizing among the urban poor.

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For more information about the internship program, contact us at: internships@servantpartners.org

International Internship - Vancouver BC, Canada

The Canadian internship is for anyone looking for a comprehensive discernment tool to gain experience and prepare you for long-term ministry among the urban poor. Come live​ and serve among our neighbour​s in Vancouver’s ​D​owntown ​E​​​​astside in order to personally understand the complex struggles and assets in a rapidly gentrifying and culturally diverse neighbourhood. We would love for you to join us in empowering local leaders through grassroots organizing and strengthening Jesus Communities. We are currently open for applicants to serve full-time in Vancouver for 20 months, starting this fall.

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Our diverse team is developing local leaders in 3 ways: building thriving multi-ethnic Jesus Communities, advocating for justice through grassroots organizing and creating opportunities for greater economic stability. We have a vibrant partnership with Strathcona Vineyard and are involved in multiple local and broad based organizing groups in the city. Through training workshops, inductive Bible study, coaching and mentoring, you will deepen in their knowledge of God’s heart for the poor and gain the skills of church planting, organizing and developing leaders. You will be encouraged to grow in character, pursue healing, and to develop your spiritual gifts as you invest in your neighbour. Each intern class will also be spending 2 months i​n ​South Asia in order to gain international experience among the poor​, and experience the initial work of determining where a site could establish itself long-term as well as language and culture learning. ​Interns who are ready to take initiative and responsibility for their learning process thrive at our site.

For more information, email joel.kimsey@servantpartners.org

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International Internship - Manila, The Philippines

For two weeks to six months in Manila, you can experience life firsthand in a slum community. Participants stay in homes, build relationships, and participate in the ministry of a local church in a squatter community. Interns receive biblical teaching on urban ministry, visit other thriving ministries in the city, take strategic prayer walks, and discover how the whole system of the city and region impact squatter life. For mature individuals 18 and over.

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Interns experience life in a slum community in Manila. Participants stay in local squatter homes, build relationships, and participate in the ministry of a local church in the squatter community. Interns receive biblical teaching on urban ministry, visit other thriving ministries in the city, take strategic prayer walks, and experience the ways other parts of the city impact squatter life. The internship can be tailored to fit the interests and desires of the individual, and the length of time is negotiable. Anyone over 18 years of age may apply. It is open to both individuals and teams.

For more information, email internationalinternships@servantpartners.org

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International Internship - Marseille, France

Marseille is France’s second largest city, with one of the highest immigrant populations by percentage in Europe.  If you want to learn French and work with immigrants from North Africa, maybe you're ready for this French Connection.  We are currently accepting applications for 6 - 18 month internship from those who are considering cross cultural development work in the francophone world.  

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We have relationships with several local immigrant non-profits and mostly focus on work with young adults, youth and children ; these are Europe's third culture kids (neither African nor French, but something new and global-ish). One would need to be a self-starter, as the city is expensive and though it's nice to be in France, many people have suffered due to the coldness of its people. This may the place for you if you're looking for a challenging and creative ministry. It’s also a great place to learn French and prepare to work in French-speaking North Africa.

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For more information, contact internationalinternships@servantpartners.org.

U.S./International Internship- Guatemala City & Oakland, CA

You want to be exposed to both international and domestic urban settings? Join our new two year Hybrid Internship that combines living, learning, and serving among the urban poor in both Guatemala City and Oakland, CA. For the first five months of the internship, we will live in an urban slum community in Guatemala City. It will be an intentional time of team building, language learning, acquiring cross-cultural ministry skills, studying Scripture, and serving alongside local leaders in the community. You will then transition to inner city Oakland where you will put into practice some of the language and cross-cultural ministry skills and values for the remaining 18 months. You will develop relationships with your neighbors, and invite them to experience Jesus in a safe, relevant setting. If you desire to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus, learn in a communal and experiential setting, and grow in serving the urban poor, then consider the Hybrid Internship!

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Calendar

The two-year internship begins in the fall. Our next cohort is TBD.

For more information, email internationalinternships@servantpartners.org

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