Our sixth value that we are committed to here at Valley Christian Fellowship is to developing servant leadership (Matt.28:18-20). Authentic church leadership begins with biblically qualified men (elders/pastors) who have a desire to serve others and not their own egos. Many pastors will refer to themselves as the shepherd of their flock (the local church). Yet, we know that there is only one chief-shepherd, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as under-shepherds serving in a subordinate role, we are personally and directly accountable to Christ for his sheep (people). With this in mind, we acknowledge that serving as an under-shepherd of Christ is both an honor and privilege. Therefore, with all humility, we strive to love, care for, protect, feed, and serve his church (Eph. 4:11-12). In pursuing this goal we are always on the look out for new potential leaders who we can train up to serve the body of Christ.
In our pursuit of training up future leaders, we have developed the Ministry Intern Program, also known as M.I.P. The goal of this program is to intentionally train up men who desire to serve the church in either a vocational (paid) or non-vocational (non-paid) pastoral positions. Our ministry interns meet once a month in a classroom setting. They collectively work through textbooks on ecclesiology, homiletics, hermeneutics, and other related disciplines (Acts 20:20). The interns are provided with opportunity to teach, preach, and regularly receive public speaking exposure (2 Tim. 4:2). Furthermore, they receive assignments such has writing out gospel tracts, position papers, and sermons to name a few. This program is ongoing throughout the year and only takes a break for the month of July.
Paul reveals to his young protégé Timothy the first fruit of God leading a man to serve in ministry is the internal desire. He said, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Timothy 3:1) If God has given you a desire to selflessly, humbly, and sacrificially serve the church, then we encourage you to pray and seek confirmation from one of our pastors, as you may be called to join our Ministry Intern Program.