VCC Residency internship

Vineyard Community Church Residency Internship Program

 

Vision

The VCC R.I.P. exists to give comprehensive training to those interested in current and future lay, part- and full-time ministry.  It is a 2-year program that involves the intern in a combination of learning and field exercises that expose them to a broad ministry perspective.  This involves guided self-study, group sessions, and service in the local church.

This option for internship differs from other models in that:

  1. It is designed for people who are working full-time and/or have a full schedule with other academic pursuits
  2. It provides a drawn-out internship experience without the intern having to be inundated with ministry
  3. It allows a medium-sized church without a large pastoral staff to conduct a residency program
  4. It focuses on skill and experience, emphasizing an on-the-job training model, while leaving the intern responsible to pursue theological training (Vineyard Institute is recommended if seminary/Bible college are not possible)

 

Cost

There is no cost for the intern aside from purchasing books for themselves.

 

Time commitment

Interns can expect to spend 25-45 hours per month (or, 5-10 hours per week) on course material.  This includes on-the-job ministry training which most are already doing concurrently as service in the local church.

 

Format

Each month the intern will be involved in a four-part training process:

  1. Self study, consisting of books, webinars, and other tools; 10-25 hours
  2. Service in the church; 10-20 hours
  3. Monthly intern specific meeting with pastor and other interns; 3 hours
  4. Monthly VCC leadership meeting; 3 hours

At these meetings we will:

  1. Build relationship
  2. Discuss personal and ministry growth using monthly report
  3. Discuss self-study and homework materials

 

Schedule

Residency is broken into 2 years consisting of 8 quarters and approximately 1000 course hours.  The first year focuses more on inner development and by the second year the focus has shifted to outer development.  A tentative schedule, subject to change, with study tools, follows below.

 

Credential

Upon completing the VCC residency, aside from a chance to work alongside leadership in a local church and have regular coaching and training in ministry skills/qualities, the intern will have the credential of having served in this capacity which may be helpful for future ministry opportunities.

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Residency Schedule

 

2018 – Year 1, focus on inner development

Quarter 1 (winter), January-March, INNER LIFE

Spiritual health, motives, fit for ministry, integrity and character

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

  • Read Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

MARCH

  • Read The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
  • Calendar one day of silent retreat this month
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

Quarter 2 (spring), April-June, VISION

Gifting, calling, leadership qualities

APRIL

  • Take the spiritual gifts assessment and bring results, found at http://www.supernaturaltruth.com/SpiritualGifts/Spiritual_Gifts_Test.php
  • Complete the Passions test (will be handed out)
  • Write a proposal for your dream ministry, including 6-month, 2-year, and 5-year plans, with goals for each and action steps for each goal
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

MAY

  • Read Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

JUNE

  • Read The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero
  • Watch sermon “What I’d say to a Young Leader” by Rich Nathan, found at http://www.richnathan.org/video/what-id-say-to-a-young-leader
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

Quarter 3 (summer), July-September, VALUES

History and values of the Vineyard movement

JULY

  • Read The quest for the Radical Middle by Bill Jackson
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

AUGUST

  • Watch webinar “How to keep Vineyard DNA healthy” (multipyvineyard.org)
  • Read Empowered Evangelicals by Rich Nathan
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

SEPTEMBER

  • Read The Making of a Leader by Robert Clinton
  • Attend VCC EQUIP class on discipleship/membership
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

Quarter 4 (fall), October-December, PRACTICALS

Planning, preaching and pastoral ministry

OCTOBER

  • Read The Art of Pastoring by David Hansen
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

NOVEMBER

  • Read Move by Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson
  • Plan one church-wide event for the coming year; include needs for personnel, facility, money, and time, providing a complete start-to-end program for your event, on paper
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

DECEMBER

  • Watch webinar “What makes Vineyard worship distinct?” (multipyvineyard.org)
  • Prepare a 12-minute sermon to share with the class according to guidelines provided
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

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2019 – Year 2, focus on outer development

Quarter 1 (winter), January-March, SYSTEMS

Home groups, children’s church, advertising, finance and facility board

JANUARY

  • Study VCC’s newcomer’s lunch and membership material (provided from previous Year 1 Quarter 4 EQUIP class) for discussion
  • RETREAT – this month’s intern meeting will be an overnight retreat in the lake cabins
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

FEBRUARY

  • Read Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

MARCH

  • Serve one time in children’s church this month (you will need to pre-plan this)
  • Using a prescribed template for comparison, create a church budget for all church expenses
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

Quarter 2 (spring), April-June, DISCIPLESHIP

Systems and programs for intentional discipleship and membership and leadership training

APRIL

  • Watch webinar “Developing a Discipleship Pathway” (multipyvineyard.org)
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

MAY

  • Read Natural Church Development by Christian Schwartz
  • Read “Disciples are Trained, not Born (recruit/train/deploy/monitor) by John Wimber, at https://vineyardusa.org/library/disciples-are-trained-not-born/
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

JUNE

  • Year 2 Month 6 will be a free month, enjoy the rest
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month)

 

Quarter 3 (summer), July-September, OUTREACH

Compassion ministry both local and abroad

JULY

  • Pick the missions-centered book of your choice, read, prepare to share with the class (this can be on objective book or a case study/story of a famous missionary)
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

AUGUST

  • Watch webinar “What we have learned from planting the last 100 churches in the Vineyard” (multipyvineyard.org)
  • Plan one church-wide outreach for the coming season with intent to implement; include needs for personnel, facility, money, and time, providing a complete start-to-end program for your event, on paper
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

SEPTEMBER

  • Read Power Points by John Wimber
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

 

Quarter 4 (fall), October-December, MISSIONS

Sending, church planting, and missions partnerships

OCTOBER

  • Watch webinar “The best practices for multiplying churches” (multipyvineyard.org)
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

NOVEMBER

  • Share your faith with three people this month and report on the experience
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

DECEMBER

  • Final review of residency material and experience
  • Field Exercise (15 hours/month) and monthly report (1 page on “What ministry is teaching me about ministry and what ministry is teaching me about myself”) due last day of each month
  • Monthly intern meeting, be prepared to discuss all monthly material

Upcoming Events

We also meet every Sunday at 10:00 am to worship God together, and throughout the week in home groups all over the city. Please click the link to the left for a complete schedule of home groups.

Our Community

At VCC, we believe that church is not a function: it is a family. Our religion is only as alive as we are, the people that pursue it. So, rather than acting as an organization, we want to act as an organism. We have no time for casual contacts and meaningless formalities. We are a fellowship on an adventure towards the stuff of God. Church means worshipping God together, studying the Bible together, fixing our cars together, hiking together, eating together, playing together, praying together... enjoying the warmth of the Holy Spirit in all parts of our lives together, not just in appointed meeting times.