The Ascent Bible and Leadership College Intern Program (ABLCIP) provides a holistic development model for our interns that creates environments not only for ministry purposes but personal and spiritual growth.
The information on this page is regarding our school year internships. Alternatively, an overview of our Summer Internship Program can be found by following the link. Otherwise, keep reading.
To be considered for admission, all of the following steps must be completed and submitted to the Ascent Education office by the application deadline.
1. Fill out the application for ABLC in its entirety (linked below)
2. The application will be automatically sent to the ABLC office upon completion.
3. Choose your ministry team (see below)
4. Email a 60-second video telling us why you want to be a part of ABLCIP.
5. Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.
6. An interview will be scheduled after the application is processed and reviewed.
7. Choose the Ministry Team of your choice along with your second and third choice and email [email protected]
Communication (public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography and videography)
Next Steps & Connections
Life Development (kids, students, and ABLCIP)
Prayer and Care
Production (choose from Technology, Sound, or Worship)
The mission of ABLCIP is to develop Christian leaders into becoming fully devoted followers of Christ who make Christ known throughout the earth and help others discover their God-given potential. We aim to intentionally advance individuals to live a life of significance.
Understanding and being committed to the vision of the house is vital to Barefoot Church, and thus, a vital part of ABLCIP. We leverage program participants’ skills, gifts, talents, and abilities to develop their character, calling, and competency as they participate in the mission of Barefoot Church.
Greater Biblical Understanding
Our goal is to produce a well-rounded Biblical base that an intern will be able to utilize no matter the setting. Interns will take the Associate level courses. Classes are instructed by various men and women from all walks of life. You will receive a biblical perspective investment from the decades of combined experience our Instructors will provide.
Obtaining a solid Biblical understanding is a key to success in ministry. This is attained through the School of Ministry courses in apologetics, Bible, theology, leadership, history, research, and much more.
Interns’ gifts and skills will be uncovered as they serve at Barefoot Church weekend experiences, outreaches, and in other various ministry settings. Interns will learn ministry through hands-on experience as they serve throughout the church under experienced and committed staff and volunteer ministry leaders.
Interns will be assigned to serve on a ministry team at one of our campuses based on their passions, skills, gifts, experiences, location, and needs of the church.
Interns will be assigned to serve on a ministry team at one of our campuses based on their passions, skills, gifts, experiences, location, and needs of the church.
Identify Your Calling
More Than A Program
ABLCIP is more than just a program; it’s an experience. It offers opportunities for interns to receive discipleship, hands-on ministry training experience, leadership development, and the chance to earn an associate degree in the first year.
ABLCIP seeks individuals who are High School graduates or have obtained a GED, and are 18-25 years of age who see the value in discipleship, are willing to roll up their sleeves, and hit the ground running with the audacity to take ground for Christ. They are passionate about serving, love people, and are looking to partner with the vision of Barefoot Church to reach the world through the local church.
While ABLCIP is exciting and fun, it is challenging and requires a high commitment level and a sacrifice of time. The requirements interns will find in these pages are designed to achieve the mission of ABLC to build up fully devoted followers of Christ and leaders that have a passion for God and to live a life of integrity.
Interns are held to a high level of integrity and accountability due to their influence as a leader in the church and community.
See the ABLCIP Code of Conduct for these standards.
ABLCIP offers a 10-month unpaid internship from August to May as well as an 8 week unpaid Summer Internship from June to August. There are options, upon recommendation, for up to three years of training through ABLC.
- ABLCIP is designed for individuals desiring to pursue full-time vocational ministry. Interns fully experience the realities of working at a church, and get to be a part of staff meetings, team – building activities, as well as have access to staff for specialized training and mentoring. Since the required commitment is at least 25 hours per week (not including ABLC classes), interns are able to hold a consistent part-time job. Interns are required to be present at the Main St Expression on Saturday’s from 10 AM-8 PM, Sundays 7:00 AM-2:00 PM, and weekdays as the ministry team requires. Interns will have off one day off a week, but are on – call 24/7. Hours and report times may vary depending on the ministry team you will intern under.
- This option is for individuals desiring the 8-week summer internship June-August. They may have a part-time job during the summer program. The summer program is for those ready to be pushed, challenged, and stretched to new levels along their journey. The summer internship is designed for those who are ready to make a difference during their summer. The summer interns are expected to serve on weekends as well as during the weekdays. It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you were heading; the summer internship is for anyone middle school aged – 25 years old, who are ready to serve the local church and impact the world! Report times will vary depending on the ministry team you intern under.
Full-time Interns will be asked to live at home if they are within an hour drive from the campus they are assigned to. If the intern is further than an hour’s drive, they have the option of living in a host home and are asked to aid in the search for their housing arrangements. Housing must be approved by the ABLCIP leadership. It is highly encouraged that interns seek out the most inexpensive housing option possible. If an intern needs a place to live, Barefoot Church will assist the intern in finding housing, such as a low-cost apartment with other interns, or a host home of someone from within Barefoot Church. This is dependent upon the number of host homes available. Interns should seek to live in an environment understanding of the demands and standards of the program.
1st – 3rd Year Intern Descriptions
To catapult interns into the destiny God has for their lives and to equip them to be world changers, we offer up to three years of training.
The goal of these three years is to train up potential administrators, event planners, graphic designers, kid and student pastors, lead pastors, missionaries, production and worship leaders, along with other various church staff positions, with the necessary gift sets to be sent out to serve.
Interns thrive when they become a part of planning and running weekend and mid-week services, planning events, attending staff meetings, connecting visitors to the church, gaining computer and videography skills, creating promotional pieces, counseling, preaching, teaching, marketing strategies, receiving discipleship, learning pastoral responsibilities, developing in leadership, evangelism, building teams and understanding team dynamics, learning ministry etiquette and ethics, along with implementing Biblical principles into the ministry team and more.
Interns will learn hands-on ministry by serving in an area that exposes them to a variety of aspects of ministry. The ABLC courses are offered to our interns at no cost.
The first year of ABLCIP is about facilitating an environment for the intern to see the reality of ministry from a holistic perspective. Interns will learn the value of flexibility in the context of serving the vision of the local church. First-year interns will be exposed to environments that will build their character, teamwork, work ethic, and life skills needed for longevity in ministry. Interns will serve on a ministry team but will be exposed to multiple different ministries, and will also have full exposure to church life, as well as serve in a specific ministry area the entire 10 months in order to learn and experience the practical everyday life in real ministry. Interns will also build a biblical foundation for ministry and have the opportunity to receive credits for an Associate of Arts in Bible and Theology degree.
The second year of ABLCIP is designed to develop the intern as a leader, in discipleship, and mentor relationships. Interns will serve in a specific ministry throughout the entire year in order to fine-tune their skills, spiritual gifts, and abilities. They will have the opportunity to serve in an area related to their passion and calling and receive a more personalized training experience in one of the ministry teams. They will receive even more access into ministry by participating in conferences (when available) and receive more leadership responsibilities. The second year intern must have completed all requirements for a first-year intern. The second year internship continues without interruption upon completion of the first year requirements. Second-year interns will have the opportunity to receive half of the credits needed to obtain a Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies and Leadership to be completed during the third year internship. Interns may only apply for the second year of ABLCIP upon the recommendation of ABLC staff.
The third year of ABLCIP is designed for interns to secure where God is leading them as they solidify God’s calling on their lives while empowering and building themselves as Barefoot Church or other church staff potential candidates. Third-year interns will meet all requirements set forth in the first and second year internship description. The third year intern has the opportunity to take courses to finish the necessary credits for a Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies and Leadership. Interns may only apply for the third year of ABLC upon the recommendation of ABLC staff.
Code of Conduct
An important goal is for each intern to facilitate growth and development of Christian character and leadership in line with Biblical principles. Interns are looked upon by others as examples of how to live, give, act, serve, respond, and love. It is expected that interns live in a manner that brings honor to God in their behavior and attitudes both in and outside of the church setting. Although these standards may not affect one’s spiritual standing, they do strengthen the life and testimony of the intern, ABLCIP, and Barefoot Church. Therefore, interns are expected to follow codes of conduct that should not be taken legalistically, but as boundaries for protection and integrity while in ABLCIP.
Each intern is expected to:
- Deepen their relationship with God and make knowing God a priority.
- Communicate a spirit of excellence in speech, conduct, appearance, and attitude.
- Be neat, clean, well-groomed, and modestly dressed.
- Develop leadership skills by taking initiative, both verbally and practically.
- Encourage other interns, be a team player, and build solid relationships with others.
- Be willing to roll up your sleeves, go the second mile, and serve wherever needed.
- Be prompt and faithful in attendance to all report times, scheduled classes and activities.
- Avoid attitudes such as greed, jealousy, pride, bitterness, needless anger, discrimination, and behavior such as gossip, divisiveness, and complaining which disrupt the unity and health of the church body.
- Come under the authority and covering of Barefoot Church, its staff, and leaders. Maintain the culture and mission of Barefoot Church in all environments.
- Show respect for staff and volunteers.
- Attend all prescribed classes, ministry courses, and activities required unless formally excused.
- Submit all assigned work by the due dates.
- Refrain from dishonest academic practices, such as plagiarism, lying, or cheating.
- Abstain from biblically immoral practices including drunkenness, stealing, slanderous or profane language, self-harm, dishonesty, occult practices, sexual sins (premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality) or any other behavior that is considered detrimental to Christian character and witness. Interns are expected to refrain from any alcoholic beverage, misuse of medication and drugs, and smoking including vaping while in ABLCIP.
A united team is vital to the growing ministries of Barefoot Church. Any negativity towards other interns, volunteers, staff, or procedures that is expressed to any individual is especially detrimental. Interns are expected to support the ministries of Barefoot. Issues should always be handled and addressed directly to an appropriate staff person. Gossip will not be tolerated. Negativity is grounds for immediate dismissal from the ABLCIP.
Above reproach: So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism. This truth should transform our hearts and produce within us increasing desire to flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, disciplining ourselves for godliness.
You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner worthy of being called a Christ follower. Will you mess up? Yes! Will you make mistakes? Yes! You are human, so that is going to happen. Living above reproach takes thought, time, practice, and prayer.
You are considered to be a leader and are expected to act like one at all times. Guard your actions and tongue by not allowing yourself to be put in a situation that will cause your integrity or motive to be in question.
With this in mind, no intern will be allowed to be alone with the opposite gender at any time unless there is another person (13 and over) present with the two parties. This includes activities inside the church and outside the walls as well. We understand this is sometimes extremely difficult but with a little preplanning your integrity will remain intact and without any questions. It can and has been done.
Posts on your social media outlets should be encouraging and uplifting to the reader. You should not post anything that would be considered offensive by another person on social media outlets including but not limited to: instagram posts, tweets, likes, status updates, snapchats, musical.ly posts, hashtags, and comments that could cause someone to stumble. 1 Cor. 10:32 (NIV)
ABLC will provide the framework and support needed to bring personal growth. If you find that you are genuinely struggling with such issues, we advise that you speak to the ABLC leadership and allow them to bring guidance, counsel, and correction to your situation. Any behavior that violates the intern Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action and may lead to removal from ABLCIP.
What are the dates of the Internships for 2019 / 2020?
First year Internships begin August 19, 2019 and end May 31, 2020. If applying for a second year internship you have the option of continuing your internship through the summer.
Can I have a job or attend college while I am in the ABLCIP?
It is possible to have a part-time job while you are an intern. We want interns to be focused on hearing from God and serving in an environment where specialized ministry training can be cultivated. In that case, a full-time job will not be possible to maintain. In order for interns to get the most out of this training experience, we suggest a minimal hour part-time job that does not interfere with the weekends and mid-week experiences that may fall under the ministry team you serve in.
What are the rules on dating for interns?
The intern program is designed to create an environment for interns to cultivate extreme growth in their relationship with God. All of the requirements and rules established are to help foster a focused period of time to seek the heart of God in all areas of one’s life. We believe that for interns to make the most out of this time and give themselves fully to God – undistracted, it is a must for them to abstain from entering into a new dating relationship for the duration of their first ten months in the internship program. Potential interns currently in a long-term relationship should set up a meeting with the ABLC leadership prior to applying to seek counsel about the current relationship. Second-year interns are allowed to date, but must still adhere to the specific guidelines above.
No intern will be allowed to date a student. A student is defined as someone who has yet to complete the 12th grade of school whether private, public, homeschool, or seeking a GED. No intern may date another intern unless approved by ABLC leadership.
Ascent Bible and Leadership College protects the confidentiality of the records of current and former interns school records. This policy is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERRPA), as amended.