Church-based Intern Scheme

Intern Scheme

Biblical Counselling UK’s Church-based Intern Scheme seeks to assist churches who want to develop a biblical counselling approach to ministry.

Where a local church has identified an individual with training and gifting in biblical counselling, this scheme provides a framework to support that person’s development and the development of their ministry.

Interns Stories

Jonny Parker, former Intern and now Assistant Pastor at St Andrew’s, Kendray, talks with Intern Director, Amanda Naves, about his experience on the Scheme.

Kenny Larsen, now the Associate Pastor at Christ Church Walkley, Sheffield, describes the impact biblical counselling has had on his church and ministry.

Applications for September 2024

Applications for September 2024 will open on 1 January and close on 15 March 2024.

To apply:

  1. Download the application forms and review with your church leadership.
  2. Email to let us know you are considering applying and to ask us any questions. 
  3. For the prospective intern – please complete the “Individual Application Form” and send the completed form to your church leader.
    For the church leader – please complete the “Church Leader Form” and “Due Diligence Form”.  Once you have received the Individual Application Form from your prospective intern, please email all three completed forms to
  4. Reference requests will be sent out upon receipt of the application forms, and the Director of the Intern Scheme will be in touch to arrange an online interview with the church leader and individual applicant.
  5. Decisions will be made by mid-April 2024.

For enquiries about the scheme, please email

Find out more

Who is the Intern Scheme for?

Applicants would normally have completed the certificate programme offered by Biblical Counselling UK or have equivalent training and experience.

Why is such a Scheme needed?

As biblical counselling is still relatively new to the UK, this scheme aims to help churches discover the benefits of a biblical counselling approach.

What are the benefits?

Many churches recognise that their resources to help people with ‘problems of daily living’ are more limited than they would wish. This scheme seeks to develop local resources and foster a culture within the local church that mobilises the body of Christ in ‘one-anothering’ ministry.

Each intern is linked with a mentor who has experience in pastoral ministry to encourage the intern’s personal development. We also provide monthly training groups and peer supervision where interns meet together, either electronically or in person, to provide mutual encouragement and as a stimulus to further reading and study.

Where needed, Biblical Counselling UK is able to offer grants to churches to support the living and working expenses of an intern. Please read the Before You Apply document for more information.

In some cases an intern might also support the provision of training events to stimulate an interest in biblical counselling ministries in other local churches as well.

What would having an Intern look like for the church?

Instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach, internships adapt to local situations and reflect the strengths and experience of each individual intern. While an internship may involve establishing new ministries, often the focus will be on improving existing ministries rather than starting something new.

Where an internship works well, we expect a vision for richer personal ministry to develop across the church community. As more individuals learn that God would have them move toward others in their difficulties and as ‘one-anothering’ becomes a more routine part of discipleship, we hope the culture of church life would begin to change.

What would being an Intern look like?

Most interns will provide biblical counselling and train others.

Their ministry to individuals might happen in the context of an established church-based counselling ministry but usually it will be part of the church’s ordinary pastoral care. We encourage them to run training courses for members of their local church and where possible to make these courses available to other churches in their area.

Each intern needs a local supervisor from their own church with responsibility for their supervision and accountability. The local supervisor liaises with the intern’s mentor as required.

For further details, please see the Before You Apply document in the Application Information section below.

Contact us

For enquiries about the Scheme, please email