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Applications Now Open for Summer Internships


Each summer, the Missouri Conference works together with local churches to hire college-aged summer interns to serve in various ministry roles. Applications are now open for both host churches and interns interested in the summer 2023 session.

The Crossroads program provides opportunities for college-aged students to work, learn and provide leadership in a local church setting. These 10-week internships run from the end of May to the beginning of August. Students apply and go through an interview process with the Conference before being assigned to a local church to serve for the summer. Interns can work in one of two internship arrangements: With a church they already relate to, such as a home church or college church, or with a church they don’t relate to. Summer internship stipends and housing are supported by the local church in partnership with the Missouri Conference.

In the past, interns have served in areas such as children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship tech, communications and general ministry, including working with the pastor and shadowing them. During the summer, interns are surrounded by a team of three to five local church members for mentorship and support. Additionally, staff from the Conference Center for Leadership Excellence provide resources, learning opportunities and guided reflection throughout the summer session.

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