2. Ministerial Internship Program (MIP).
An Exhorter desiring to advance to the rank of Ordained Minister must complete an Ordained Minister/Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) Application.
MIP provides intensive training under the direction of a supervising pastor for a period of eight months. During the training period, the candidate and spouse follow a daily schedule of spiritual, academic, and physical assignments. This involves completion of Certificate in Ministerial Studies (CIMS) courses through individual study. The training also includes eight seminars, periodic evaluations, examinations for the CIMS courses, personal counseling, and ministry experience under the direction of the supervising pastor.
At the conclusion of the training period, MIP candidates are commissioned and awarded a certificate of completion from Ministerial Development/School of Ministry. After successful completion of MIP, one is ready to purchase an Ordained Minister Study Guide and is eligible to test for Ordained Minister credentials.
Explanation of CIMS Credits: All students who successfully complete CIMS courses during CAMS and MIP will receive CIMS credits. Certificate in Ministerial Studies courses are not college courses and do not provide college credits. These credits are for a certificate. Lee University will accept and apply up to 32 CIMS credits toward a degree from Lee University. The credits are applied after the student has taken 12 credits from Lee University. Some (not all) other colleges will accept CIMS credits. Colleges have the option to accept credits at their discretion.