Young Clergy Academy

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The Young Clergy Academy Intern Program is sponsored by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation for those interested in exploring a call to ordained ministry in the South Georgia Annual Conference.

This 9 month paid internship will allow selected interns to be immersed in a vocational ministry setting with intentional opportunities to deeply discern their call to ministry with a specifically assigned mentor. Each ministry intern will develop leadership skills for effective ministry as they partner with clergy and laity in a local church.

Expectations and Qualifications:

In order to provide the most beneficial ministry experience for our interns, it is expected that each intern applicant meet the following qualifications:

            • Exploring a call to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church

            • A member of a South Georgia United Methodist Church or Wesley Foundation

            • Willing to be challenged in areas of leadership, spiritual disciplines, self-

              awareness, and understanding of ordained ministry

            • Desire to represent Christ in daily life

            • Experienced in Christian leadership

            • Grant authorization to release information for a personal history evaluation

            • Submit all application documents including reference checks and ministry

               covenant on or before the established deadline


Our Young Clergy Academy Intern program is designed to be nine months:

            • 15 days of Paid Time Off for the term of the Internship

            • 25 hours per week working in the host church or other ministry setting

            • Internship Program Orientation with Mentor Introductions

            • Mid-Year overnight Retreat at Epworth By The Sea

            • Internship Program Debriefing at Epworth By The Sea


            • The 9 month stipend will be $9,000

            • Housing will be provided, as necessary, by the host church

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a completed application, including all essay questions via email to no later than midnight, May 15, 2017.

Intern Application

Mentor & Host Church Application

Please note applications received after midnightMay 15, 2017 will not be considered.

2017 Internship Schedule

May 15 - Intern and Mentor Applications Due

June 26-30 - Candidates and Churches Notified of Placement

August 1 - Mandatory Orientation Meeting

January 4-5, 2018 - Midterm Retreat

April 26- 27, 2018 - Closing Retreat


Rev. Jonathan Smith
Young Clergy Academy Director