ABOUT THE CORNERSTONE COLLECTIVE
The Cornerstone Collective of Churches was established to formalise the partnership that had been created by three churches at that time (now four churches following a recent plant in Kensington, Liverpool), with the main focus to spread the gospel across Merseyside through planting churches.
This means there are opportunities to serve and learn as an Intern within various stages of churches being planted - all the way from an early church plant through to establishing and established churches that are striving to plant and revitalise further churches.
Merseyside encompasses a wide range of community areas; from some of the poorest wards in England, through to stunningly beautiful semi-rural areas with great economic standing. The diverse nature of the Liverpool City Region today, with four Universities and strong international links from ports on both side of the Mersey, as well as a significant migrant population, means there is a great opportunity for gospel-centred churches to reach out into their communities with the salvation message it brings.
We believe in partnering together as churches to enable people in the churches to do this work, as well as preparing for new churches to be planted and for existing churches to be revitalised/replanted.
THE PURPOSE OF THE INTERNSHIP
The purpose of the Cornerstone Collective Internship is to give men and women the space to grow in their love and understanding of Jesus and His Church. As well as that, our hope is that leaders are raised up and equipped to be used by God to see his Kingdom advance across Merseyside and beyond.
Through our internship programme, we therefore provide the opportunity for men and women to pursue training that is both theological and practical whilst allowing them to gain ministry experience, test calling and to serve God’s people and the community - all for the glory of God.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This part-time position combines in-house training and practical ministry over 11 months (September - July), with a wide variety of areas in which you can serve within the local church.
Over the course of the Internship year, you will be able to study the following module topics:
- The Gospel
- The Church
- Church History
- Church Planting
- Dynamics of Spiritual Growth
- Interpreting the Bible
- World Mission, Evangelism & Culture
Each intern will have an area of ministry that they will be focussing on for the year. This will provide for plenty of opportunities to serve God’s people both on Sundays and during the week. Depending on the area of ministry assigned, you will be working closely with one of the leaders or directors of that ministry who will mentor you and help create an environment for you to grow and develop as a disciple of Jesus.
This provides an invaluable service to the rest of the church. It is also valuable in developing qualities of servant heartedness and humility which are vital for Christian ministry.
Each week interns will be expected to be involved in some office administration, to set up for various church meetings, and other basic practical duties.
“If you love Jesus and the Church and you want to reach people with the Gospel, we have a great opportunity for you to spend a year growing in theological understanding, word ministry and practical service in one of the churches that are part of the Cornerstone Collective.” – former Intern
QUALITIES OF CANDIDATE
We are looking for enthusiastic Christians who are keen to learn, serve the gospel, and gain experience in a local church context.
- People who have a commitment to the importance and centrality of God’s word in their own lives, and a desire to share and develop that in others.
- A Christian humility that is shown in an eagerness to learn and willingness to wholeheartedly serve in a whole variety of different contexts.
- A level of Christian maturity that would enable interns to meet with and lead others in Bible study and manage basic pastoral issues.
- The ability to work as part of the church staff team
- Agreement with the FIEC Doctrinal Basis/Statement of Faith.
One of the biggest considerations you will need to think about is how you are going to financially support yourself. The Internship is designed to be part-time, with around 20 hours of time commitment required each week. This therefore will allow you to seek out part-time employment to supplement your year with us around your days in church.
An alternative approach is to consider fundraising in advance of the year starting or saving up by working in the run up to the year. Either way, you will need to ensure that you are able to get through the year on a financial level.
We estimate the total costs for a single person will be at least £8,000 per year. Finances and fundraising are discussed at the interview stage, and support and advice are offered regarding raising this amount.
RECOMMENDATIONS & VETTING
All applicants must agree with our Statement of Faith and have the recommendation of a pastor. In addition, we encourage you to seek godly advice from your pastor and elders before applying.
This role may involve working with children or vulnerable adults, therefore all applicants will be subject to vetting and disclosure checks.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply or find out more visit our website: https://cornerstone-collective.org/internships/Contact us