Nine or Twelve



As an MDP Intern you are an employed First Free Church Staff Member involved in approx 20 hrs/wk of intensive training, mentorship and service in the church and community of Lincoln, all to the glory of God.



Facets of the MDP Internship include:



Learn and develop alongside others through our multi-faceted framework for growth in "seasonal" 3-month sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer). The context is innovative and the content is rich. Here, your head and heart are challenged as you set yourself to task following a comprehensive syllabus involving five various avenues of development: leadership workshops, reading, assignments, discipleship, and retreats & conferences (6-8 hrs/wk on average).


The place where your head and heart lead to your hands - where theory meets reality.  This is the training ground upon which you apply all that you learn in real-time. Your ministry practicum is two-fold.

  • Church Ministry: 12-14 hrs/wk is dedicated to learning from and serving under one of seven different seasoned ministry leaders within their ministry department. Ministry pairings and durations are determined by interest-level and availability of each. For that period (3-months minimum), you serve directly under that Ministry Leader who has a vested interest in your spiritual growth. With this customized approach to learning, during the span of a one-year internship, an individual could feasibly serve in as many as four different ministries (for 3-months each) or as few as one (for 1-year). Example ministry areas include:

worship   -   adult   -   high school   -   middle school   -   children   -   outreach   -   admin


  • Marketplace Ministry: Beyond your 20 hr/wk commitment to church and leadership training, you are expected to launch into the marketplace community of Lincoln with a new paradigm of "Christian ministry" in mind. Adopting either a part-time job or school as a ministry at an additional 20 hrs/wk, you will develop and execute a vision and strategy to most effectively participate in God's purposes for that context.



As an intern, you receive dedicated mentorship from three different angles:  a Spiritual Mentor (Your Discipleship Cell Leader), a Academic Mentor (your MDP Facilitator), and a Ministry Mentor (your ministry Practicum Leader). Together, these individuals come alongside you throughout your internship to further catalyze your growth experience.





Aug - Nov - Feb - May


Internship start dates coincide with the quarterly Leadership Cohort Session start dates (every 3-months). Applications are accepted anytime throughout the year. Once your application is received, we will contact you to set up an interview. Additional interviews may be requested thereafter. You will be contacted once a decision has been made. From receipt of application to decision, the process can take up to 4-weeks so please allow for ample time in applying.  If accepted, you may join the start of the next upcoming Quarter.