Residency & Internship Program

We at Eastbrook Church want to help young leaders in the development of their calling, character and competency through their connection and contribution to Eastbrook Church. We do this through two distinct programs: Summer Internships and Year-Long Ministry Residents.


Summer interns (High School Graduates) become an integral part of the staff under a direct supervisor in a particular ministry area (children’s ministry, communication, worship, etc.). Interns are encouraged to get to know the other summer interns for encouragement, collaboration and friendship. There will be a pastoral director for all of the interns who will meet with them as a group and help them process the experiences of the summer, both as a group and individually. Internships are unpaid.

Flexible Application Deadline for Summer 2020: June 1, 2020. 

An ideal candidate would be someone who wants to gain experience in working with support groups such as Celebrate Recovery, GriefShare, DivorceCare, etc. and who is also interested in hospital visitation, funeral planning and pastoral counseling. An intern in pastoral care would assist the Pastor of Congregational Care in these tasks and participate fully in the life of the Eastbrook Church Staff.

An ideal candidate would be someone desiring to gain experience in child education in an alternative setting (that is, a non-day school setting). This could be someone who is majoring in education, social work, or educational ministries. This person should be a committed believer and have demonstrated ability in working with children. Responsibilties would include assisting in the planning and carrying out of our VBS ministry; rotating observation or assisting in classrooms of all age departments from nursery to 6th grade; possibly coordinating and leading training sessions for youth children’s ministry workers; engaging in cross-cultural children’s ministry on the south side.

Interns will engage in the International Language Center on the south side (ILC) supporting outreach to refugees including children’s camps, tutoring at the ILC, and growing relationship in refugee homes through home visits. Other duties might include supporting the day to day needs of the ILC’s director.

Summer interns will help lead and plan a variety of activities in Student Ministry (grades 7-12) and Kaleo (college-age), such as Wednesday night youth group meetings, Thursday night Kaleo gatherings, special outings and trips.  They will develop their teaching skills in both small group and large group settings. They will build relationships with students and learn about how to be a leader and work with other leaders. Interns will participate in Student Ministry staff planning meetings and see what goes on behind the scenes in this strategic ministry.

Summer interns will participate in planning and leading worship in a variety of settings including weekend worship services, student ministry services and outreach services. They will develop their musical and worship leading skills as they put themselves in the stance of a learner and receive helpful feedback from worship staff members. They will learn about worship production such as video and front of house audio and get some hands-on experience in these areas. They will participate in worship staff meetings and get a chance to see all the details behind the scenes, including how worship ministry connects with other ministries in the church.


Year-Long MinistryResidencies

Year-Long Ministry Residencies are full-time, paid positions from August 1-July 31. During the course of the ministry year, Residents become a part of our staff, with a direct supervisor in a particular ministry area for hands-on ministry experience, as well as a pastoral mentor to help them process their experiences. Residents participate twice a month in a development program that covers both theology and leadership, learning from the best readings and instructors with years of experience. Residents receive a stipend and housing with a host family, if needed. We are only able to consider applications from candidates living in North American countries. Available residencies for the 2020-2021 year are below.

Although our residencies are for one year only, we offer assistance to residents in discovering their next steps of education or employment outside of Eastbrook after that year.

Because of complications due to COVID-19, the residency year will not begin until September 1, 2020. Applications for 2020-2021 are due by July 1, 2020.

Provide musical, clerical, and administrative support to the Worship Pastor, but also support to the other worship staff and volunteers. This qualified candidate will be responsible for using their personal gifts and technical skills to ensure the worship department achieves its goals. The goals are to accomplish the mission of Eastbrook Church, which is to “To proclaim and embody the love of Jesus Christ in the city and in the world” and the vision for worship, which is “To see Jesus lifted high and the Triune God glorified in our worship services, and to provide an opportunity for people to engage with God in worship in all its diverse forms.” The Worship Ministry Resident would work alongside our Pastor of Worship, Arts and Prayer.

Support the Adult Ministries of Eastbrook Church by learning to develop and guide ministries, systems and processes where adults attending Eastbrook Church can become connected into disciple-making relationships and by supporting, equipping and encouraging the leadership of the various adult ministries (Men, Women, Small Groups, Adult Classes, YoPro, ALPHA, Young Families and Welcome). The Adult Ministry Resident would work alongside our Pastor of Adult Ministries.

Support Eastbrook Church’s outreach to the diverse ethnic communities residing primarily on the south side of Milwaukee through relationship building with the refugee communities, and helping to build bridges from people within the Eastbrook community with these refugees. The International Outreach Resident would work alongside our Pastor of International Outreach.

Experience several different areas of ministry—church operations, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, discipleship, and evangelism and outreach—to gain a balanced understanding of what is involved in the pastorate. The Ministry Leadership Resident would work alongside five pastors in these areas.


Submit Applications To:

Ruth Carver
Pastor of Congregational Care,
Residency Program Director
414.228.5220 x208