The purpose of the Erēmos Internship is dual-focused, striking a balance between personal growth and ministry skill development. This philosophy is rooted in the belief that personal growth and health is a necessary precursor to serving in ministry, whether full-time or volunteer. In addition to a focus on personal growth, interns will be given the opportunity to develop ministry skills, along with practical environments to practice those skills.
Ministry Skill Development occurs through educational contexts (trainings, classroom, etc.) and practical environments to practice those skills (practicum).
Personal Development occurs throughout all aspects of the Erēmos Internship as interns relate in community with one another, meet weekly one-on-one with a mentor, and serve alongside other ministry leaders.
People applying for the Erēmos Internship must be committed to growing spiritually. Although we recognize that no one is perfect and that each of us have areas of immaturity in our lives, the Erēmos Internship is where these areas will be challenged, refined, and changed. Because of this, the most important attributes that a person entering the internship must be committed to developing are humility and teach-ability.
Statement of Faith
Each applicant must have a solid understanding of his/her salvation from sin by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, a belief in the authority of the Bible for training in godliness, and a belief that homosexuality/sexual addiction are sins among many from which the power of the Gospel offers freedom. The intern must agree to our mission and doctrinal statements.
Applicants are expected to live within moral guidelines clearly spelled out in scripture: no sexual misconduct, no drunkenness or abuse of drugs, no gossip or slander. The intern should also find or maintain the support of a local church body for his/her own spiritual growth and encouragement.
Attendance and Classes
The time commitment will be approximately 15-20 hours a week. Generally, this would include:
We are accepting applicants who have experienced first-hand God's work in their lives or the lives of others. This internship is not designed for those just beginning a journey of personal healing; rather it is a continuation of the work already begun. Having involvement as a participant in a support group (in the area of sexual wholeness or other life-controlling issue) and/or personal therapy is important for consideration of acceptance into the internship. We also will be looking for evidence of growth from references.
Those wanting to be a part of the Erēmos Internship must commit to participation for the full nine month duration of the program. In joining the internship, you are not only committing to your own leadership development but are also committing to a community of others who are doing the same. Each person's presence in the program has an impact on the others in the community.
The latter portion of the program year is customized based on the specific interests, ministry/development goals, and future plans of those involved in the internship.
Residential Community Option
For those who live outside of the Central Willamette Valley area, the Residential Community is an option that can be added. Additional fees are required.
I’m thankful for the catalyst that the Erēmos Internship has been in my life, facilitating leadership development and personal growth. Erēmos has also been the ground in which my relationship with Jesus and my relationships with others have been further cultivated.
Jennifer Caswell, 2019-20 Intern
Through the internship training I’ve begun stepping into the ministry God has called me to. I can see God is at work, as others have been impacted by His promptings in relation to my sharing. I’m so happy to see others stepping into relationship in new ways with Him.
Michael Goeke, 2018-19 Intern
I’m enjoying getting to do studies on different ways that people interact with each other and with pain from their past. Learning and understanding these things serves as a great aid to identifying needs that need to be ministered to and knowledge about how to do that.
Austin Yoder, 2015-16 Intern