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Why Chicago?


People – The Bible begins in the garden, but ends in the city. God loves people. The city is all about God’s people, either needing or proclaiming His message of love through Jesus Christ.

People of the World – There is not a more ethnically diverse area in the Midwest than Chicago. The opportunity to touch people that could touch the world is unmatched!

Opportunities – How do you see the needs of eight million people that live in the Chicago-land metropolitan area or 3 million that live in the city itself? The apostle Paul calls such opportunities in the city of Ephesus a “great door of effective work” that was opened up to him.

Exposure – See firsthand the many unique ministries based in Chicago. From storefront churches to mega-churches, from traditional church ministries to innovative needs-based ministries, Chicago offers a wide range of ministries to exposure you to God’s vision for Christ’s Kingdom.

Impact – The city may move you to consider a life involved with urban missions. Watch God touch your life through the experiences of each day.

Why FCC Chicago?


Indeed, there are larger churches, churches with flashier ministry styles, and churches with larger internship budgets, so why should someone consider an internship at First Christian Church of Chicago? 

First Christian Church of Chicago internships are reserved for those who are engaged in vocational training for ministry.


A Unique Ministry Environment First Christian Church of Chicago can be counted among the few congregations in the Restoration Movement that fully embrace a multi-ethnic model of ministry. While some church samples of minorities in their congregation, FCC Chicago is a better example of the Revelation 7:14 model for the church eternal, “every tribe, language, people and nation.” 


A Focused Ministry Approach Every aspect of the FCC Chicago ministry is shaped around fulfilling our purpose of “cooperating as a team to build Christ-likeness in others through:

  • Connecting with God,

  • Growing together,

  • Serving the church, and

  • Reaching the unconnected. 


A Personal Internship Model Our approach to internships is personal. We attempt to build an experience that allows students to target their ministry strengths, while still getting a broad exposure to ministry. The personal approach is also felt through a wide open door for conversation and exploration with Ministry staff and members.

Anticipated Internship Experiences

Preaching Ministry


explore and experience the broadest exposure to ministry leadership. This is not just a Preaching internship. It is a Senior Ministry internship, which includes issues of leadership, communication, staff oversight, etc. in a multi-cultural environment. Experiences may include:

  • Preaching 4 times during the internship

  • Participating in other public speaking opportunities

  • Observation/Participation in weekly staff meetings, and monthly leadership meetings

  • Observation/Participation in small group ministry

  • Engagement in dialogue with members of various ethnic groups about multi-cultural ministry

  • Planning of at least one ministry or training event

  • Readings in Preaching, General and Urban Ministry

Spiritual Formation & Discipleship Ministry


explore and experience people growing into Christlikeness through a ministry designed to accomplish transformation, with a particular emphasis for transformation in a multi-cultural environment. Experiences may include:

  • Observation/Participation/Leadership of a Connection Group environment

  • Observation/Participation in the church’s Prayer ministry

  • Observation/Participation in weekly staff meetings, and monthly leadership meetings

  • Planning of at least one spiritual formation event

  • Reading in Spiritual Formation & Ministry

InterCultural Studies


explore and experience the unique ministry of a congregation that seeks to be an authentic multi-ethnic church. Experiences may include:

  • Observation/Participation in weekly staff meetings, and monthly leadership meetings

  • Engagement in dialogue with members of various ethnic groups about multi-cultural ministry

  • Exposure to an assortment of ministry locations and style throughout the city

  • Engagement in ministry events and programs that address community needs

  • Readings in InterCultural Studies and Urban Ministries

Worship Leadership


experience a hands-on venture into the role of coordinating and leading a worship ministry. The intent is to introduce the intern to as many different aspects of worship ministry as possible, while also providing opportunities for the intern to utilize and develop his/her talents in the context of a diverse congregation. Ours is a collaborative worship ministry in which team members work together, contributing their time and talents to the ministry while receiving guidance from the ministry coordinator. Experiences may include:

  • Coordinating and collaborating with a team of ministry volunteers on worship planning, music selection, and preparation for Sunday services

  • Participating in Sunday worship services as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on a weekly basis

  • Working with audio/visual team members on the A/V components of the weekly services;

  • Observing and participating in weekly Music Team rehearsals;

  • Collaborating with the Senior Minister as part of the worship planning process;

  • Observing and participating in team-building / fellowship activities for ministry volunteers;

  • Planning of at least one ministry workshop or training event;

  • Readings from books on Worship and worship theory.

Student Ministry


This internship will engage the intern in the process of coordinating, planning, and implementing student ministry activities. The goal is to allow the intern to experience the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities that come with leading a student ministry. Through collaboration with other ministry staff members, the intern will gain an understanding of how the student ministry functions within the overall ministry of the church, while also seeing opportunities for building intergenerational relationships and engaging students in a variety of ministry roles. –Experiences may include:

  • Coordinating and collaborating with Student Teaching Team volunteers on preparation and class content for their Sunday groups;

  • Leading each of our Sunday AM student groups at least once during the internship;

  • Helping with various aspects of our Summer Program, including the coordination of evening activities at the church building;

  • Observing and participating in weekly staff meetings;

  • Meeting individually with the Senior Minister to assess the overall progress/health of the Student Ministry and discuss strategies for building the ministry;

  • Observing and participating in team-building / equipping activities for ministry volunteers;

  • Planning of at least one activity whose goal is to maximize intergenerational relationships and ministry with students;

  • Readings from books on youth/children’s sociology  and youth ministry.

Internship Purpose


An internship experience at FCC Chicago seeks to accomplish the following purposes:

1. Provide a learning experience that will benefit the Kingdom of God by training future leaders for effective ministry in the urban environment;

2. Provide a learning experience that will benefit the student by …

  • Crafting the internship experience to effectively utilize their ministry gifts, abilities and passion,

  • Surrounding the intern with a compassionate church family, and competent staff oversight, and

  • Addressing all relevant educational requirements (if applicable);

3. Provide a learning experience that will benefit the FCC Chicago family through the ministry contribution of the intern.

Internship Strategy


The internship strategy is a comprehensive approach that blends strategic ministry experiences with strategic learning opportunities. The strategic elements include:   Ministry Elements

1. Generalized Ministry – the intern will be involved in activities that develop capabilities, qualities and character that are essential for all ministry personnel, such as service, cooperation, teamwork, and compassion.

2. Targeted Ministry – the intern will invest most of their time within a targeted ministry area under the direct oversight of a staff member. The targeted ministry will be defined based upon the areas of educational focus, passion, giftedness and abilities of the intern. The intern will develop the skills and abilities needed to perform that ministry.

3. Comprehensive Ministry – the intern will observe (and potentially participate) in the wider array of ministries, so that they can capture a wholistic understanding of their ministry area within the wider urban ministry context.

Internship Strategy


1.Guided Research – the intern will be directed to research topics relevant to all of the above ministry areas, with a concentration on the targeted ministry area.

2. Individualized Mentoring – the intern will meet regularly with the ministry staff person overseeing their targeted ministry area so that they can learn how to administrate that ministry.

Internship Expectations


Expectations for each intern are shared both ways: expectations that FCC Chicago has of the intern, and those that the intern can expect of the FCC family. Intern Expectations   We’re looking for students who …

  • Are serious about entering full-time ministry, and desire to explore whether ministry in an urban environment is a proper fit for them;

  •  Are committed to maintaining their spiritual development;

  •  Are flexible and willing to assist where needed;

  •  Are dependable, teachable, and positive;

  •  Have completed their sophomore year in college studies.

Internship Strategy


Interns may expect the following from the FCC Chicago staff and family:

  • Regular interaction with an internship supervisor and mentor;

  •  A supportive and encouraging church family;

  •  An opportunity to explore a wholistic approach to ministry in an urban context;

  •  A furnished apartment within the church building for housing during your internship;

  •  A stipend of $150 weekly plus taxes and Social Security withholding;

  •  A “Love Offering” at the conclusion of the internship.

Internship Schedule


Internship opportunities will be driven by the following schedule (dates are approximate):

Spring Semester Internships
Summer (Summer/Fall) Internships
Fall Semester Internships
Application Deadline
October 1
March 1
June 1
Position Filled Target
November 1
April 1
July 1
Internship Period
January 15 to May 1
May 15 to August 15 (December 15)
August 15 to December 1

Application, Handbook & Questionnaire.


Complete an Internship Interest Application here.

Download a copy of the FCC Internship Handbook or an Internship Questionnaire.

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