It is the aim of NorthBridge to honor God by reaching, inspiring and training up the next generation of the church to impact lives and influence the prevailing culture with the truth of Jesus Christ.
The NorthBridge Church internship and residency programs are a greenhouse for emerging church leaders. Interns and residents will experience growth through experiential learning, intentional training, and practice leading in a missional environment. Areas of focus include family ministries, general pastoral, women’s ministry, children’s ministry, worship, creative arts, and church planting.
NorthBridge’s Senior Pastor, Mark Albrecht, is the Regional Church Planting Director (Northern IL) for Converge Mid-America. Pastoral interns and residents will be exposed to a culture of church planting while having access to the leaders that are guiding one of the fastest growing church planting movements in the country.
WHAT TO EXPECT
NorthBridge has clear descriptions of the internship and residency opportunities we offer. Identifying specific goals in the area of spiritual formation, knowledge of ministry and opportunities to disciple others in those ministries.
NorthBridge pastors, elders and other leaders invest in our interns and residents during monthly gatherings over the course of 12 months. These include all apprentice skills necessary for anyone involved in discipleship and church-planting.
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES for Interns
Interns may choose to complete their internship in 1 semester, 2 semesters (9 months) or 3 semesters (12 months). Interns are usually serving while trying to discern if they are called to ministry.
- Be mentored by our Pastoral Team (mix of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and other Seminary education with 70+ years of collective ministry experience)
- Become an important member of our church staff; taking part in staff functions when possible
- Gain valuable experience in areas of preaching, ministry, planning/communication, pastoral care (hospital visitations, funerals, weddings), church planting and outreach
Young Adult Ministry
- NorthBridge makes intentional investment in Young Adults (18-30). Interns would have the opportunity to serve in many ways within this group.
- Gain experience leading groups, shepherding the leaders, and planning innovative events and experiences to connect with the next generation.
- The primary role of the music and worship intern is to learn about and participate in all the various aspects of music ministry as it pertains to NorthBridge Church.
- Design worship sets, organize teams, recruit leaders, and help lead worship on Sunday mornings, at Jr. High and Sr. High on Sunday/Monday nights, and other events as needed.
Next Generation Ministries (Family, Children, Jr. High, or Sr. High)
- NorthBridge’s Family Ministries equip parents to become the primary spiritual influencers in their child’s life while providing rich, Christ centered programming for children from birth through senior high
- Typically Interns serving within Family Ministries focus on serving in a particular age group: Stepping Stones (birth-5th), Junior High, or Senior High
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES for Residents
Residents typically commit to serve for two years, serve full-time (occasionally part-time), and have moved from discerning if they will serve in ministry to clarifying where God is leading them. Ministry residents are given real responsibility, receive valuable coaching, and must be willing to raise support as many of them later join or lead church-planting teams. We will also train church planting residents on how to plant a church as you prepare for NorthBridge to launch you out in conjunction with Converge Mid-America and Converge Worldwide (our regional and global church planting partners).
Church Planting Resident
- Maybe you’re curious and seeking discernment or simply exploring lead pastor and senior pastor job opportunities. Potentially you have a clear call and specific vision to plant a church. Either way, we want to walk alongside you and help you take the next step as you plant the church to which God has called you.
- Visit other network churches to learn about a variety of approaches to ministry.
- Learn what the essential components are to church planting, how to build a team, and do so in a safe environment with a church excited to serve and support you relationally, prayerfully, and financially as you launch out.