Summer Pastoral Ministry Internship Program for Interns


The Office of Clergy Excellence, a Connectional Ministry of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, sponsors the Summer Pastoral Ministry Internship Program. This program is for young adults, ages 18-26, who are interested in exploring ordained ministry through 10-week summer internships at United Methodist Churches and other approved extension ministry settings within the Florida Conference. These internships seek to provide a holistic, hands-on experience in pastoral ministry within a variety of areas of responsibility and under the guidance of a supervisor.

  • nternship Dates: Monday, May 25, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020
  • Intern Training Day: Friday, May 22, 2020 (Interns and Supervising Pastors)
  • Intern Reflection Day: Monday, August 3, 202020 (Interns Only)
  • Hours:  30 hours/week as scheduled with Supervising Pastor
  • Housing:  Provided in a congregant's home, if needed
  • Transportation: Preferred
  • Salary:  $3,500.00 ($1,500 host site, $1,500 Office of Clergy Excellence, plus an additional $500 if the Intern attends both the Orientation and Reflection Day)

Please Click Here to access the 2020 Summer Pastoral Ministry Internship Program Application.


If you have questions, please contact Holly Finley at or Sara McKinley at or by phone at 863-688-5563, ext 134.


Responsibilities of Intern:
• Fulfill the terms of the internship (assigned leadership role, tasks, work hours, read assigned text, etc.)
• Provide own transportation and meal costs, as well as any personal expenses
• Weekly check in with Office of Clergy Excellence Responsibilities of Supervising Pastor/Minister:
• Develop an internship job description that clearly lays out expectations and desired outcomes
• Meet weekly with intern for supervision and reflection, or designate an alternate supervisor in your absence
• Provide intern with a wide variety of tasks and experiences in ministry
• Allow intern to have hands-on experience, with regular feedback in preaching, teaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, administration, and outreach/mission
• Support the intern’s vocational discernment
• Read and review the required text: Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer, with the intern.


The Due Date for submission is April 30, 2020.

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011