Do you sense that God might be calling you
to plant a new faith community?

The Church Planting Internship might be for you.

What is the Church Planting Internship?

It’s a time of intentional discernment and training in the development of new faith communities. Interns spend the summer following a pastor as they learn the day-to-day life of a church plant pastor.

Interns are assigned to a new faith community within the Texas Annual Conference.  The internship is intended to be expansive in nature, and interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of pastoral ministry in a new faith community, including preaching, community engagement, pastoral care, visitation, leading worship, vision casting, and goal setting. The summer will include time for reflection with other interns and with Conference staff.

The internship pays $8,000 for ten weeks, and housing will be provided by the host congregation.


Who Should Apply?

Individuals interested in the Church Planting Internship must be:

  • Currently enrolled in seminary

  • Interested in exploring church planting as a vocation

  • Pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church

Send completed application materials by February 15th to Rev. Elizabeth Duffin at 


Download the flyer. 


Here are some examples of new church starts where an intern might be sent.

(Click on a church to learn more.)