DC Internship & Residency Program

I first felt a call to vocational ministry during my senior year in High School. Although I grew up in the church and was privy to a few of the lives of the pastors within our church, I had no idea what this meant to be called to vocational ministry. So I took off to Bible College in hopes of learning what it meant to serve in ministry. There, I learned a lot about ministry but not much related to actually doing ministry. Then, an older man, who I greatly respected, introduced me to another pastor in town. I met with him to interview for an internship and it transformed my life. For the next several years I would follow this guy around, watching him do ministry then taking my turn at preaching, counseling, discipling, leading, etc. He would always follow up those occasions with some coaching. What was supposed to be a 10-hour a week internship turned into about a 30-40 hour a week gig and I loved every minute of it. This Pastor had become my “Paul” and I his “Timothy.”

In Scripture, we see this great relationship between Paul and his younger protégé, Timothy. Paul was faithful to mentor Timothy with strong admonitions such as “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (2 Tim 2.15)” and “as for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Tim 4.5).” This was the goal – to see to it that this younger minister fulfilled his ministry.

This is our goal with the Declaration Church Internship-Residency Program – to see to it that all of these younger prospective ministers fulfill their ministry that God has called them to. We want to help them clarify their call to ministry, as we know that can be cloudy at times. Within that, we want them to see how God has wired them for specific tasks within the church. We want to help them find their strengths and see them grow in those areas. We want to give them opportunities to serve within the church body and then follow those instances up with coaching. We want to continue to stir their passion for serving the people of God and then launch them out to serve all over the world. We talk all the time at Declaration Church about being a sending church and this is yet another way that we want to send – to send to the harvest as Jesus says, “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest.” May God do great things through us and send out many into the harvest for the advancement of the Gospel!

Blake Chilton