Starting out in full-time ministry without direct experience is hard.
Remember learning to ride your bike? Or going on a first date? Or sharing your testimony? Some things can only be learned through direct experience. Sure, you can watch YouTube videos or talk with friends about it, but eventually you just have to do it. And you have to do it more than once to get good at it.
Ministry is the same way. You’ve trained for full-time ministry but don’t have day-to-day experience. Being a resident intern is an effective (and fun) way to get the experience you need.
It’s time to take the training wheels off and ride. The goal of our resident internship program is to develop emerging church leaders for a lifetime of ministry significance.
From your very first day, you’re considered a full team member. We will serve and grow together 🙏.
You’ll learn organically through books, devotions, prayer, and relationships. You’ll also gain new skills through formal staff development and monthly staff meetings. You’ll regularly meet with leaders and ministry teams.
We purposefully keep our residency program small so we can invest in your personal and spiritual development.
Coffee may very well be part of your ministry experience ☕, but we’re not inviting you here to make it or deliver it. The same goes for making copies or shoveling sidewalks.
Obviously, you should come with a servant heart toward all tasks, but we will give you significant responsibilities. You will be generating ideas and contributing to new initiatives. You will be doing ministry.
Never doubt that you will make a difference as an intern.
Even before your residency is finished, you’ll be listening for the Spirit to guide you to what’s next. We want to prepare you for whatever and wherever that is.
Victory’s interns are recruited by churches ⛪across the nation (and beyond). The experience you’ll gain is so valuable to you and to your future church home. When you’re done here, you’ll be confident, job-ready, and sought after.
And being on staff at Victory is fun 🎉.
BECCA, STUDENT MINISTRY INTERN
I wasn’t ready to jump into full time ministry right out of college. I wanted to gain some more experience living in a city and working with people who are a mix of ages. Being an intern meant starting a new life, in a new state, living with a new family. I learned to adapt. I learned to try new groups and to say “yes” to meaningful friendships and mentorships. And even though I was young, I know I had an impact on those around me. Victory is a great place to get a well-rounded feel for ministry!
You’re already committed to proclaiming the life-changing power of Jesus and making fully devoted followers of Him. We can give you the experience you need to do ministry with confidence.
6,865 PEOPLE CALL VICTORY “HOME” 1,600 PEOPLE ATTEND EACH WEEKEND 137 STUDENTS PARTICIPATE EACH WEEK 250 KIDS ATTEND EACH WEEKEND 2 CAMPUSES 28 FULL- AND PART-TIME STAFF MEMBERS 3–5 RESIDENT AND SUMMER INTERNS EACH YEAR
[Statistics are Pre-COVID]
STEVE DUNMIRE, VICTORY’S LEAD PASTOR
We host internships and resident internships because we want to help young leaders grow, and set them up for future fruitful ministry in the years to come. We want to help those who serve with us to leave with a greater sense of clarity around your calling. Every person’s first few years in ministry are seasons of rapid learning, so we want Victory to be a place where someone can experience that kind of rapid learning in the context of a team that wants you to succeed, and wants to invest in you.
HOW TO BECOME AN INTERN AT VICTORY
Submit An Application
Click the “Apply to Become a Resident Intern” button to download the Resident Internship Application. Submit it, along with a cover letter, resume, photo, and a 1-minute video explaining why you want to be a resident intern at Victory.
Be Accepted Into The Next Group
If selected, you will participate in an interview where both of us make sure this is a good fit. If accepted, we’ll agree on a start date. For Resident Interns, your start date is typically in the fall.
Participate In Life-Changing Ministry
You’ll be a key part of the day-to-day ministry of Victory — ministering to our attenders and our community through weekly staff tasks, daily prayer, staff meetings, and more.
What’s The Difference Between An “Intern” And A “Resident”?
Interns serve 1 day a week during the three summer months. Residents work a minimum of 30 hours a week for one year.
How Long Will My Residency Last?
Each resident will serve under the supervision, guidance, and direction of a Ministry Leader for one year.
Is This A Full-Time Position?
Residents work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Part-time jobs outside of Victory are optional, but they must be secondary to your resident experience.
Will I Be Paid?
Summer interns are paid a total of $1,000. Year-long residents are paid a stipend of $180 per week (plus optional housing).
Will Victory Help Residents With Housing?
Victory does have limited housing opportunities available on a first come, first served basis. Residents will stay with “Host Families” from within the church. If housing is unavailable, residents must provide their own housing.
What About Health Insurance?
The resident must provide his/her own health insurance and provide proof of such to Victory.
Can I Be Married And Do A Residency?
Yes, but we may not be able to accept as many married applicants based on our ability to provide housing. It is especially rare for us to accommodate those who are married with children; but we would still welcome your application.
What Is Painted Post, New York Like?
Located in beautiful Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes region, Corning began as the Town of Painted Post in 1796. Its name changed in 1836 to the Town of Corning while the village of Painted Post was first incorporated in 1860. The area is home to the world’s largest museum of glass art and artifacts- Corning Museum of Glass, Fortune 500 Company, Corning Incorporated and the Gaffer District, which Steuben County Conference & Visitor Bureau describes as “home to over 100 boutique shops, art galleries, studios, as well as, craft beverage producers, restaurants serving fabulous food and two world-class museums.”
Corning’s Historic Market Street has been named “One of the Top 10 Great Streets of the Year” by American Planning Association, while Travel & Leisure magazine named Centerway Square on Market Street one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares.” Community Events like Glassfest in May, Christmas Sparkle in December and the Wineglass Marathon in October (which includes more than 3000 runners), are just a few of the things that make Corning-Painted Post the “Best Kept Secret in Upstate NY.” One more thing, Corning-Painted Post High School is ranked, according to Niche.com, as one of the top 50 public schools in Upstate New York.
This a great place to experience and a wonderful community to engage in ministry. Victory has been a part of the community since 1932, first as Riverside Wesleyan and then, after relocation to Painted Post, Victory Highway Wesleyan Church.
What Are Your Office Hours?
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Yes. The majority of responsibilities of our residents require them to have a reliable form of transportation. This ranges from daily job responsibilities, being able to get to and from work, and serving on the weekends.
Do I Get Time Off?
Yes, you will usually get 2 full days off during the week (most likely Friday and Saturday) plus 1 week of vacation. There are also certain holidays during the year that the offices are closed.
Will I Hear From Someone Immediately After I Apply?
You will receive a confirmation email upon submitting your application; however, we will only contact applicants we choose to interview.