Developing Emerging Leaders

  • Are you looking for a place to work alongside a pastor who can model leadership for you in a church, church plant, youth ministry, children’s ministry?
  • Are you looking for a person who can help you discover what area of ministry you are most suited to pursue?
  • Are you looking for a coach who can help you develop a personal ministry plan and schedule steps to accomplish the plan?

The Internship program of the Free Methodist Church in Canada will seek to place you in a ministry environment that will help you develop into a leader.

Being licensed as a Lay Minister by a local Free Methodist Church is the ideal for being approved for the Internship Program. (Exceptions are considered on an individual basis)  It would be best for you to talk with your pastor who will help you prepare an application for the official board of the church.

Purpose of FMCiC Internships:

  • Confirmation and affirmation of an intern’s call to pastoral leadership
  • Training leaders in and for The Free Methodist Church in Canada
  • Training and equipping men and women for ministry positions in the setting of the local church
  • An opportunity for a learner/intern to get next to a pastoral team in the local church, over an extended period of time:
    • to catch what God is doing in a local church and let it become part of his/her emerging ministry DNA
    • to be mentored
    • to be a sensitive observer and learner
    • to be coached in specific ministry opportunities that will help evaluate an intern’s SHAPE for ministry.

The Purpose of the FMCiC Internship program is to build healthy leaders for The Free Methodist Church in Canada and beyond.

To have healthy churches we want to create healthy leaders. We believe healthy leaders develop by putting them in healthy church environments. We hope to increase the leadership pool for the present and future needs of The Free Methodist Church in Canada both locally and globally. Healthy local church leaders know that our connectional nature now requires global awareness and personal involvement. The internship provides one opportunity to prepare for ministry challenges in a rapidly changing world.

The local church develops leaders.
The FMCiC sees itself as a resource to help local churches identify, train, and deploy new leaders for the Kingdom of God. The Internship provides candidates for ministry an opportunity to get on-the-job training. The longer internship is the better internship in our view.

Why do we have internships?
Maybe on-the-job training is reason enough. But there is more: The Internship is part of an organic system of building healthy churches in the reach of every Canadian and beyond.  The local church is the focus of ministry.

Interns spend extended time in local churches.
We put interns into local churches for extended periods of time so they experience local church life. The supervising pastor spends regular time with the intern in training, mentoring, and sharing all aspects of the pastoral life. Extended time in the local church with experienced pastors is the best way to allow Interns to “catch” what God is doing in the healthy local church and let it become part of their emerging ministry DNA.

The Intern is a learner/worker.
The intern comes as a careful observer, asking questions, probing all aspects of ministry life from personal spiritual disciplines to calendarizing ministry strategies. The supervising pastor is expected to let the intern develop skills by doing ministry, build a “track record” of accomplishments. This can range from starting a Bible study, or carrying out a brand new initiative, to equipping and deploying a new ministry leader in the local church.

Are all interns going directly into full-time local church ministry?

There are many previous interns who have moved into full time ministry from internships:

  • Matthew McEwen is an Ordained Minister and is appointed Pastor at Holt FMC in Mount Albert, ON.  Matthew is also an instructor for one of the FMCiC foundational courses.
  • Greg Elford is an Ordained Minister and is appointed as Pastor at New Heights FMC in Mission, BC.  Greg is also a Network Leader.
  • Grant Wolfe is an Ordained Minister and is appointed as the Pastor at Grapeview FMC in St. Catharines, ON.  Grant is also a Network Mentor.
  • Matt Wiley is an Ordained Minister and is appointed as Lead Pastor at Rice Road Community Church in Welland, ON.  Matt also serves on the national Board of Administration.
  • Darryl Dozlaw is an Ordained Minister and is the church planting pastor at Riversdale Neighbours Church in Saskatoon, SK.  Darryl is also a Network Leader.
  • Keitha Ogbogu (nee Slack) is an Ordained Minister and is appointed as Lead Pastor at Hampton Free Methodist Church in Saskatoon, SK.
  • Chris Payk is an Ordained Minister and his wife Terri is a Commissioned Minister.  Both Chris and Terri are currently in active missionary service in Taiwan.

Some interns have not finished school yet; others are working in unpaid positions in local FM churches and tracking for credentialled ministry in the FMCiC; and still others completed internships and then have remained as active lay leaders in their local churches.

FMCiC-sponsored Internship – First Steps:

1.  Fill out an online application (see link below).

a. The Intern fills out an online application
b. The supervising church fills out an online application

2.  Study and submit the completed checklist of “things to do.”

a. Intern checklist
b. Supervising church checklist

3.  Begin the dialogue between the local church supervising pastor and the intern candidate.

4.  Intern submits a current resume to the Director of Personnel office by email attachment.

5.  Local Church submits a job description for the intern (an Internship Program Handbook will be provided with guidelines on creating the intern’s job description).

6.  Contact Susan DePlanché in the Leadership Development Office if you have questions.

Telephone:  289-228-1225 (cell) or 905-848-2600 ext 405   Fax:  905-848-2603

CHURCH/SUPERVISOR CHECKLIST                                                                                                WORD format       .PDF format
INTERN CHECKLIST                                                                                                                               WORD format       .PDF format

Requirements: Local Church

  • Has done NCD twice and has a plan of action
  • Is doing Bases or their own similar form thereof
  • Has recommendation in their Official Board minutes regarding the internship
  • Has completed application and signed it
  • Agrees to apply for any government grants both federally and provincially
  • Will secure adequate/average room and board for the intern as a minimum form of remuneration, if applicable

Requirements:  Supervising Pastor

  • will be responsible for the internship at the local church
  • will not be gone more than 2 weeks twice during internship (especially if s/he is the mentor)
  • agrees to at least a 50/50 split on learner/doer ratio
  • agrees to attend any scheduled internship training
  • will provide a mid-term and a final written evaluation to the Director of Personnel office

Requirements: Intern

  • is a member of a local FMC
  • has built a relationship with the supervising pastor where s/he wants to be an intern
  • attends any internship training when scheduled
  • has seen and approves of the room and board arrangements, if applicable
  • will initiate process with his/her school for supervised ministry credit, if applicable
  • will provide a final written evaluation to the Director of Personnel office

For information and applications for the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 wage subsidy program, go to Canada Summer Jobs 2017  

*PLEASE NOTE:   The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2017 is now closed.