The purpose of Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) is to provide ministerial preparation by practical training on the local-church level, academic self-study, and monthly training seminars, focusing on vital topics for spiritual leadership and effectiveness.

The Ministerial Internship Program is required in order to advance from exhorter rank to the status of ordained minister. Currently, the Ministerial Internship Program has been expanded to eighty-one countries and translated into eighteen languages.

The Ministerial Internship Program is comprised of three parts:

  • Studies on the Bible, doctrine, and leadership
  • A supervised practicum with a pastor
  • Eight monthly seminars

The assignments of MIP candidates to supervising pastors are made on the basis of personal training needs, geographical factors, and availability. The seminars complement and add to the experience of the supervised practicum.

To apply for the Ministerial Internship Program, contact the denominational offices in your state or region. Ministers outside the United States should contact their national offices.


In an effort to broaden the ministerial training experience, specializations in ministries will be offered in the Ministerial Internship Program. The specializations are:

  • Assistant Pastor Ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Christian Education Ministry
  • Church Planting
  • Youth Ministry

If applicants want to specialize in one of these ministries, they should contact the state MIP coordinator in their states.