Syllabus

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this internship course the student should be expected to:

Have been prepared and equipped to apply the character traits and skills necessary for serving in a broad range of ministry opportunities.

  • Be able to articulate what it means to develop a ministry vision, mission, and core values.
  • Be empowered to lead confidently.
  • Have grown spiritually, developed a strong Biblical worldview, and acquired boldness in evangelism.
  • Be able to discern whether or not the Lord is calling them into full-time ministry with CBM.
  • Have increased relational skills through interpersonal guidance from mentors and interaction with others

Course methodology

Lecture

  • Observation
  • Hands-on ministry
  • Church service
  • Textbook reading

Course responsibilities

Weekly Reports

  • Course evaluations
  • Book reports
  • Final essay

Courses

  • List of our Courses

    a.       Customer Service, taught by Jamie Simmons (with practical video project and experiences such as Groupon, greeting guests, etc)

    b.      Phone Etiquette, taught by Jamie Simmons (with practical video project and experiences such as answering the phone, making outbound calls, etc)

    c.       Professional Image, taught by Lincoln Simmons (with practical project/challenge and ongoing experiences)

    d.      Website and Social Media, taught by Sue Duchow (CBM/TRC media specialist)

    e.       Public Speaking, taught by Lincoln and Jamie Simmons (with practical project and experiences: sharing testimonies at TRC events, churches, etc)

    f.        Church Relations, taught by Jamie Simmons (with practical project and experiences: calling and visiting churches, speaking at churches, etc)

    g.       Communication, taught by Ruth White (CBM Innkeeper for the past 12 years)

    h.      Fundraising, taught by Jamie Simmons (with practical projects such as fall Auction, spring Golf outing, and personal support raising)

    i.        Personal and ministry finance/budgeting, taught by Lincoln Simmons (with practical project)

    j.         Professional writing, hands-on (coached by Jamie Simmons, with experiences such as writing, personal websites, newsletters, business e-mails, etc).  During the full course of the program, interns will rotate writing blogs for CBM’s and TRC’s websites.  During the four months at HQ, they will write for the “bear blog” for TRC’s site, and during the eight months of rotations, they will write about their own personal experiences for CBM’s site.

    k.      CPR, taught by a local person for those who aren’t certified

    l.        Marketing and Public Relations, taught by Jamie Simmons (with practical projects and experiences, such as intern recruiting at colleges, intern video series, promoting TRC and CBM at local businesses/churches/events, etc)

    m.    Released Time, taught by Mark and Roberta Redka (with experiences such as observing, serving/teaching in local Released Times, etc)

    n.      Cleaning (daily cleaning/chore time from 11a-12:30p unless otherwise denoted)

    o.       Maintenance and grounds keeping, hands-on training and projects around the property

    p.      Hospitality and inn keeping, hands-on training (greeting guests, answering phones, Groupon promotion, etc)

    q.      Event planning, hands-on training (fall Auction, Ladies’ Retreat, Directors’ Conference, spring Golf outing, and more!)

    r.        Personality/gifts, led by Jamie Simmons

    s.       Business skills: interviewing and resume writing, taught by Jamie Simmons (with practical projects and experiences)

    t.        Old Testament, taught by Pastor Keith Eggert (Interim.Executive Director at CBM’s Camp Grace)

    Assigned reading: Survey of the Old Testament, by Paul N. Benware

    u.      New Testament, taught by Chuck Bounds (CBM’s New Life Camp)

    Assigned reading: Entire New Testament

    v.       Christian Ethics, taught by Pastor Greg Kain (Chairman of CBM’s National Board)

    Assigned reading: Christian Ethics, by Evangelical Training Association

    w.    Beyond Reasonable Doubt, taught by Pastor Greg Kain (Chairman of CBM’s National Board)

    Assigned reading: Evidence and Truth, by Robert J. Morgan

    x.      Apologetics, taught by Dr. Luke Milam .Executive Director of CBM’s Apologia Outdoors)

    Assigned reading: Defending your faith, by R.C. Sproul

    y.       Evangelism, taught by Dr. Luke Milam .Executive Director of CBM’s Apologia Outdoors)

    Assigned reading: The Master Plan of Evangelism, by Robert E. Coleman

    z.       World Religions, taught by Pastor Rick Piatt (Senior Pastor of the Simmons’ home/sending church in FL)

    Assigned reading: The Kingdom of the Cults, by Walter Martin

     

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