A few years ago a group of student ministry pastors dreamed about creating a network of internships nationwide. They met several times over several years and believed that a network of internships could be realized with God’s wisdom.

The dream continued with the creation of a network of student ministry pastors called Coaches, who shared the same heartbeat for training leaders and commitment to partner together to invest with a kingdom vision in the next generation of leaders. The dream continued when they brought together gifted ministry leaders with strengths in various areas and asked them to write a lesson in their area of expertise. These lessons have been combined with the other leader’s lessons and together they have created what is now known as the Intern Academy manual.The manual will be used by the Coach in each ministry and will equip the intern with a collection of the best teaching, from the strengths of some of the most successful ministry leaders throughout the country.

The Intern Academy training was piloted in several ministries across the country in 2009 and then rewritten in preparation for the first Intern Academy Retreat in January of 2010. At this retreat the Intern Academy was launched by the Intern Academy Coaches and the Youth Network Team and finally the dream of a national network of internships was realized.

The Intern Academy is a holistic approach to training the next generation of Christ-centered leaders. It connects interns pursuing a call to ministry with a network of student ministry pastors. The Intern Academy strategy is designed to train interns, help churches, resource coaches and network leaders. These 4 goals are explained on the next page...