Interested in DRBC’s Internship Program?
The Del Ray Baptist Church (DRBC) internship is designed to assist men who desire to grow in their understanding of the Bible, the church, and how the Gospel intersects with everyday life. Most men who take part in the internship have pastoral ministry as their aim, though this is not a requirement. Former interns have gone on to be faithful members of their church, lay pastors, full-time pastors, and church-planters.
Our internship runs for 9 months and provides unique learning opportunities that include reading, writing, observing, and serving. What follows is an overview of the program and a sample schedule. If you are interested in applying for the internship, click here and fill out our online application.
Interns will engage in a variety of learning opportunities, including 1-1 discipleship with our pastoral staff, while engaging in a fast-paced, robust program of study intended to complement all other aspects of the internship. Interns will have weekly assignments from books, articles and other resources as well as papers due related to readings. Each week, Garrett will meet with the interns as a group to discuss their readings, writing and what they are observing in church life. Twice each week, interns will attend morning Bible Time studying through different books of the Bible, as well as attend weekly staff meetings and elder meetings every other week. For the Spring semester, interns will engage in a comprehensive course on Biblical Counseling with Associate Pastor, John Henderson, as well.
The internship spans Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-May) semesters, and a sample schedule is included below to get a sense of the weekly commitments.
If an internship at DRBC sounds of interest to you as a future pastor or church leader, please reach out and let us know. Wherever the Lord leads you to serve, it is our prayer that He would use us all in the service of His Kingdom as we await Jesus’ glorious return.
DRBC Pastoral Staff
Are internships offered in the summer?
Currently, we offer internships beginning in the Fall (August) through the Spring semester (May), for a total of 9 months.
Can I be married and do an internship?
Can I get seminary credit for doing the internship?
Certain seminaries, including The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (elective credits through the Ministry Apprenticeship Program) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (elective credits through the Equip Program), have offered credit hours to those who participate in the internship program. Since it is the seminary’s decision, check with them first.
I’m not sure I want to be a pastor. Can I still do the internship?
We encourage those who are seriously considering or currently in pastoral ministry to apply for the program.
How early should I apply?
Decisions about the Fall internship class will be made by May 31, so please submit your application no later than May 1. The earlier, the better for our planning as well as providing sufficient time for you to work out any necessary logistics for your family.
Is DRBC able to provide internships for women?
Because the internship is for those interested in pastoral ministry, we do not provide internships for women. However, the Equipped to Counsel portion of the membership in the Spring semester is open to wives, as well as others in DRBC’s congregation.
Where should I be in my education before doing the internship?
A college degree is usually expected for intern candidates. Past interns have applied before, during, and after their theological education.
What if English is not my first language; can I still be an intern?
Yes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the proficiency level of English needed to benefit from our program.
Do I need to be a citizen of the United States?
No. We welcome applications from internationals. We encourage internationals to apply at least one year in advance, and to contact us at email@example.com to discuss the visa application process.
Is a stipend provided for the interns?
No. We’re happy to provide logistical support in fundraising.
Will I be able to work while doing the internship?
The intern program is a full-time commitment, but it is up to you to determine if a part-time job is needed to sustain your family financially. We would strongly encourage raising support and would be happy to connect with you on strategies for navigating this decision.
Where can I send my children to school during the internship?
Interns are free to choose whichever educational option is best for their children, including Virginia’s public schools, private schools, homeschooling or whatever suits your family best.
Where does vacation fit in with the internship?
No vacation is provided, and interns should not expect to travel for personal ministry purposes (speaking engagements, conferences, etc.). The church office is closed on government holidays, though sometimes interns still have papers due on those days. Usually interns have a full day off each Saturday.
How are interns involved in the church?
Interns are involved in various ministries of the church. However, interns will not be responsible to oversee any specific ministry. Much of what interns do involves reading, writing and observing the daily ministry of DRBC.