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Pastoral Internship


Clifton’s Pastoral internship is designed for men who are trying to discern calling and gifting for pastoral ministry, including overseas ministry. Interns are generally those who are nearing the end of their time in Louisville and have been active members at Clifton Baptist Church.

The internship program has three major goals in the lives of our interns:

1) to develop a ‘theological and ecclesiological vision’ for future ministry

2) to provide opportunities and feedback for the development and discernment of ministerial skills and gifting

3) to encourage growth in personal holiness, integrity in his relationships, and in God-honoring sacrificial love for his family through the time in the internship

We believe that God alone will work out these goals in our interns’ lives. Nonetheless we will try to incorporate numerous intern tasks to try to accomplish our three major goals, including weekly intern meetings, ecclesiological reading and writing assignments, preaching and teaching opportunities, ‘shadowing’ elders in pastoral ministry, serving in select ministries throughout the year, sitting in on elder meetings, and participation in conferences and events. We believe that this church-based, elder-led program will help to supplement seminary and Bible college training.

Additionally, our hope is that interns will leave the internship program with a “portfolio” to aid them in future ministry and even in seeking future ministry positions. This portfolio will include a statement of the intern’s testimony, his understanding of his call to ministry, a personal statement of doctrinal belief, various positions statements on ecclesiological issues, and assessments of his character and suitability for ministry from various elders who’ve been involved in his time in the internship.

Interns should expect approximately 15-20 hours of work per week for required meetings and homework. Generally, this requires adjusting most interns’ work or school schedules. However, we believe that the internship will be a time of rich preparation for years of faithful ministry in the future. The internship lasts approximately 10 months, from late August until the Southern Baptist Convention in mid June. Although there is more value to this time than earning course credit, currently, students in an MDiv program at SBTS can earn up to 6 elective courses over the 10 month period.

We are privileged to invest in and send out these men to be future pastors, church planters, and missionaries as well as faithful husbands, fathers, and colleagues.

If you are interested in learning more about our pastoral internship, please contact Shawn Wright, the Pastor of Leadership Development, at