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.
Meet the Interns
Grace Forsythe, Trinity Church Everton
Sonia Crossley, Christ Church Fulwood
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 for the individual, and for the church?
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.
Where needed, Biblical Counselling UK is able to offer grants to churches to support the living and working expenses of an intern. Grants will usually match the funding a local church is providing, and be payable for two years.
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 other benefits are there?
Each intern is linked with a mentor who has experience in pastoral ministry to encourage the intern’s personal development. We also provide peer support groups where interns meet, either electronically or in person, to provide mutual encouragement and as a stimulus to further reading and study.
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 document “What would being an intern look like?” in the Application Pack below.
As well as regular supervision meetings for pastoral accountability, interns have occasional meetings with their mentor who normally produces short written reports summarising their reflections on the intern’s work and development.
Applications for September 2018 have now closed.
Applications for September 2019 will open in March 2019.
The application process is as follows:
- Download all the documents in the Application Pack and review the Application Form.
- Email email@example.com to let us know you are considering applying and to ask us any questions.
- Complete and submit the Application Form. We’re happy for you to ask us questions as you complete the form, so feel free to email us.
- Complete and submit the Due Diligence Form. This is to be completed by the your church’s senior pastor and emailed directly to us with your Application Form.
- Applications will be reviewed as soon as we receive them. The closing date will be early June.