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SEBTS EQUIP Network: Starting a Ministry Internship in the Local Church

For More Information Contact:

Casey Orr
Administrative Assistant for EQUIP
Stephens-Mackie 111

EQUIP Office
P.O. Box 1889
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Goals of an EQUIP Church:
  1. To develop a ministry internship that equips leaders for pastoral ministry and church leadership
  2. To become a SEBTS EQUIP Network participant allowing interns to earn academic credit while being trained in the local church.  

Click here for an overview of The EQUIP Network.

Why Start a Local Church Leadership Intern Process?:

Dear Church Leader,
      Jesus has given the mission of God to the church, a mission to make disciples of all nations. This mission includes equipping leaders and sending them out to engage in frontier missions, to strengthen churches, and to plant new churches.
      The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy of this challenge to equip, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”   II Timothy 2:1-2
     Timothy was to be strengthened through the grace that is only available to those who are in Christ and the teaching he had received from Paul. Timothy was to take this teaching and entrust it to others. Though Paul taught openly in the presence of many who benefited from hearing him, Timothy was also instructed to find specific men to whom to entrust these truths in order to make certain they would be preserved and shared to future generations in the proper way. These men had to meet two requirements. First, they had to be faithful. Second, they had to be able to teach others.
     Church leaders today must continue this pattern. We certainly must share the teachings of Scripture openly and faithfully from our pulpits, in our small groups and in our daily conversations to all who will listen. But we should also seek out specific, qualified individuals to whom we can entrust this message. The gospel has advanced and the Great Commission has been carried out in this manner throughout the centuries.
     To shepherd these individuals, we must model for them and teach to them what it means to remain faithful and to walk with God in His strengthening grace. To help them teach others we must equip them with the proper skills and provide them opportunity. This type of equipping requires time and intentionality. There are some ideas, truths, and skills that can be taught well in the formal classrooms of the academy. There are others, however, that are passed on much more effectively in the crucible of the experience and ministry of the local church.
     So, as a pastor, the question has to be, who are your II Timothy 2:2 men? If the Apostle Paul were giving standards of success for the church it seems certain that one of them would be how many are you raising up as leaders who will in turn do the same? Pastor Tony Merida asks, “Have you ever considered the fact that perhaps the greatest thing you might do with your life is to pour into a future leader?” He adds, “Every pastor should not just have a ‘to-do’ list but also a ‘to-be’ list of potential leaders to mentor.”
     The EQUIP Network at SEBTS partners with local churches to help leaders develop this type of ministry as well as to walk alongside those who already engage in it.  We can show you examples of equipping ministries and processes and help you develop the intentionality you seek in equipping other faithful leaders. In addition, there are several ways those who are being trained can earn fully accredited academic credit while engaging in this shepherding ministry with you.

In Christ,

Jim Shaddix, DMin., PhD.
W.A. Criswell Chair of Expository Preaching
EQUIP Network Coordinator

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Post Office Box 1889
  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
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  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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