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 2024: June 1, 2024. 

An ideal candidate would be someone who wants to gain experience in working with support groups such as 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 Community Center (ICC) on the south side, supporting outreach to refugees including children’s camps, tutoring at the ICC, and growing relationship in refugee homes through home visits. Other duties might include supporting the day to day needs of the ICC’s director.

Summer interns will help lead and plan a variety of activities in Student Ministry (grades 7-12) and college-age, such as Wednesday night youth group meetings, Thursday night 20s & 30s 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 5-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 2024-2025 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.

Our flexible application deadline is May 1, 2024.

Engage with the Adult Ministries of Eastbrook Church by learning to develop and guide ministries, events 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, Young Adults, ALPHA, Young Families, Our Online Campus and On Site Welcome Ministries). The Adult Ministry Resident would work alongside our Pastor of Adult Ministries.

If you are interested in a more general residency focused on overall ministry and pastoral leadership, then this is for you. You will gain experience in several different areas of ministry during the course of the year, such as preaching and teaching, pastoral care, discipleship, evangelism/outreach, and church operations. The goal is to help you gain a balanced understanding of what is involved in pastoral leadership by working alongside various staff members during the course of the year.

Explore how God is moving in our city and world by observing, supporting, participating in, and leading ministry opportunities. These include Eastbrook’s food pantry and medical clinic as well as at our International Community Center serving refugees or international student outreach. Connect with and help support our international field workers serving primarily in the Middle East, Asia, and Horn of Africa. The Missions Residency works alongside Missions Department staff and lay leaders as they grow in their understanding of missions and where God is calling them.

Student Ministry is not a calling for the faint of heart. Students’ needs are great and their discipleship is key to the future of the church and society. In a SM residency you will be discipled as you disciple students in 7th-12th grade. The breadth of this residency is great; you’ll grow in volunteer leadership development, event planning, small group formation, and much more. Our desire would be, above all else, that you form a foundation of healthy ministry patterns. Student ministry can be a never ending stream of things to do, people to see, and places to go, so establishing healthy patterns early on is essential. If you love students, have unbounded energy, and have a deep abiding love for Christ we would love to have your application!

The children’s and family ministry resident will contribute to the children’s ministry staff team by assisting with department events such as summer camp, the Fall Festival, and Advent Night. By rotating among each department of children’s ministry (birth through 6th grade), residents would gain important age-level perspectives and practical experience, as well as knowledge of special needs ministry and kids’ choirs. Residents would gain administrative, curriculum, and pastoral care skills working with volunteers and families.

The worship resident at Eastbrook Church would 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 his or her 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.


Submit Applications To:

Pastor Nic Fridenmaker
Director, High School Ministry
Residency Program Director
414.228.5220 x242