Individuals credentialed at the Exhorter level in the Church of God are required to complete the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) prior to advancing to the rank of Ordained Minister.
The MIP is comprised of three parts: (1) Studies on the Bible, doctrine, and leadership; (2) a supervised practicum with a pastor; and (3) eight monthly seminars. The studies are completed through individual study by using the Internet study venue or the DVD study venue.
MIP candidates are assigned to supervising pastors who will provide knowledge about ministry and give opportunity to develop skills for ministry during a supervised practicum. The assignments of MIP candidates to supervising pastors are made on the basis of personal training needs, geographical factors, and availability.
The eight monthly seminars cover a range of materials that address ministry topics and issues. The seminars complement and add to the experience of the supervised practicum.
The 2016-2017 schedule is below. All of these (with the exception of the February seminar) are held at the State Office in Roanoke.
Intern and Supervising Pastor Orientation: September 10
October 1 February TBA
November 5 March 4
December 3 April 1
January 7 May 6
MIP Commission Service May 19 & 20, Cleveland
During MIP, the candidates and spouses follow a daily schedule of spiritual, study, and physical assignments. These involve the completion of studies, the supervised practicum, the eight seminars, and evaluations by the supervising pastor, as well as interviews at the monthly seminars.
At the conclusion of the training period, MIP candidates are commissioned and awarded a certificate of completion from Ministerial Development/School of Ministry. All students who successfully complete MIP will also receive 16 hours of credit from the School of Ministry. These CIMS credits may be transferred upon enrollment in any Church of God undergraduate college or university.
After successfully completing MIP, the applicant is ready to obtain an Ordained Minister Study Guide from international offices and study for the exam. Exams are given four times a year, twice in April and twice in October.
To obtain a MIP / Ordained Minister Application, please call 540-362-1549 ext. #3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org