Summit Ministry Apprenticeship

Are you called to ministry? We want to help you!

Summit Ministry Apprenticeship (SMA) is an intensive, two-year program offering significant hands-on ministry experience, weekly training, and mentorship by seasoned church leadership. Our desire is to develop ministry leaders for the local church: men and women who have a passion for reaching this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is more than an internship. You’ll operate as a member of the Summit staff, receive training from national/international experts, and be given significant responsibility. A training environment has been created which will complement your theological education and enable you to climb new heights as you develop character, leadership, and ministry skills.

Summit is committed to training the next generation of pastors and church leaders through its ministry apprenticeship. Through this apprenticeship, you’ll be taught how to lead in a variety of roles within the church. Communication cohorts - under some of our top Pastors and Ministry Leaders - will fine tune your skills as effective preachers/teachers.

Pastoral development is the heart of our ministry. You will be involved with pastors and ministry leaders “up close and personally” as they function within the church. At the end of the program, you’ll possess the experience, insights, and skills necessary to successfully step into full-time vocational ministry, whether as a pastor, missionary or ministry director. There are no guaranteed positions at Summit but many of our staff positions are currently filled by our graduates.

So if you’re called to vocational ministry and want to be intentionally challenged in a gospel-saturated setting, please complete an interest form. Someone from the apprenticeship team will connect with you to hear more of your story and help discern if this is the right next step for you.

“The Summit Apprenticeship allowed me to better develop my giftings and leadership skills.” – Maggie

“What I am currently learning in the apprenticeship training sessions is incredibly vital for my future ministry.” – Megan

“The Apprenticeship Program has challenged and developed me. I am not the same person that I was two years ago.” – Morgan

“My experience as a pastoral apprentice at The Summit has profoundly deepened and broadened my understanding of what it means to lead God’s people on his mission.” – Daniel Lee

Basic Details

Where: The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC (or a partnering church in the area)

When: New apprentices start each August.

Duration: 21 months

Time Commitment: 35 hours/week

Retreats: Twice a year, you’ll learn from national leaders and experience church planting in cities across North America.

Cost: The fee is $1,500. This fee helps offset a portion of the cost of your retreats and resources. The fee can be rolled into the total amount of funds you raise.

Compensation: Since all Apprentices are full-time, everyone participates in raising financial support.

  • Part of your training is a four-day training module on financial support raising. This training takes place during the early spring. You will be equipped to raise the necessary funds for supporting your ministry, plus you will also be assigned a Coach to assist you in this process.
  • As you raise support, you won’t be doing it alone. You’ll raise support alongside fellow classmates as you receive proven training and ongoing coaching.
  • We’ve consistently seen God provide in this area. If you’re drawn to this Apprenticeship opportunity, don’t let anxiety about raising support keep you from following God’s call. Give God a chance to demonstrate His power in your life so you can be encouraged by how He does. We’ve consistently seen God provide in this area.t

Seminary Credit: Up to 27 hours are available through the program.

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