Every new pastor within the ELCA completes an internship to gain real-world experience before they graduate with a Master of Divinity degree and go off to pastor a congregation. Internship is a formative year in any context — but the Church has have unique opportunities when soon-to-be pastors come abroad.
Inviting interns to learn with BIC is important ministry to support the broader church and to nurture future leaders. It also provides opportunities for the congregation to experience different leadership styles, to be adaptive, and to foster a creative worship space.
Cross-cultural experiences deepen our sense of how God works in the world, they broaden our understanding of ways to worship and “do Church,” and they teach us more about who the Holy Spirit connects us with as the Body of Christ.
To learn more about this ELCA internship opportunity through the Horizon Internship Program, start by looking over the candidacy process.
If you are already a seminary student, talk with your Contextual Education Office to learn more about how to apply.
Incredible Learning Opportunity
Our interns learn what it means to lead and support a faith community that is multi-cultural, multi-lingual, international, inter-generational, ever-changing, and made up of members from many different faith backgrounds. In short: our interns learn about the reality of the diversity within the Body of Christ.
Interns at BIC can expect to participate in:
- Preaching monthly at the Bratislava International Church
- Providing pastoral care within the BIC community
- Teaching Religion at the Evanjelicke Lyceum (Lutheran high school)
- Preaching periodically at the weekly chapel service of Evanjelicke Lyceum
- Facilitating Bible Study
- Educational travel
Internship at BIC is an opportunity to share your gifts for ministry and be creative—the congregation is supportive and welcomes trying no ways of coming together and ministering in the community.