Pastoral Internship


Thank you for your interest in the West Center Baptist Pastoral Internship.  Our hope is to train men to be future leaders and pastors in faithful, gospel-centered churches.  The goal of the Pastoral Internship is to provide a season of participation and observation in the life of our church through the lens of pastoral ministry. 

This is a one-year program specifically for men considering full-time pastoral ministry.  The internship runs from July-June each year.  Interns receive a monthly stipend of $1,700 to cover living expenses.  We do our best to provide housing that meets your needs in or near Madison.  This is a full-time commitment and we expect that interns do not work outside of the internship. 

Additionally, you have the option of enrolling in one online seminary class during your second semester, at a school approved by West Center.  We will cover the cost of the class. 

We ask that you (and your spouse) become a member at West Center so as to serve and be served in our local church. 


Internship Structure and Work 

A good portion of the internship is spent reading assigned books, reflecting on them, and writing reflection papers to be read by Justin DeBerry.  You have a monthly meeting with the pastors to discuss your reading, papers, and progress in the internship.  You will attend all public church gatherings, staff meeting each week, participate in weekly service reviews, attend elder meetings, observe church ministries and programs, join a Life Group, schedule time with various members and each elder, attend or teach Sunday School, preach at least once, and be available for spontaneous meetings and ministry opportunities. 

Book subjects include: the call to ministry; church history; worship; pastoral ministry; preaching; prayer; church polity; discipleship; counseling; evangelism & missions; and pastoral leadership.  WCB covers the cost of all your books. 

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You will also be asked to write a comprehensive philosophy of ministry over the course of the internship.  This will help you think through the nuts and bolts of leading a church before you are called to do it.  The POM is due for your final evaluation with Justin at the end of the internship. 

If you are interested or have questions, please call (605) 256-3027 or email

 How to Apply

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Please send your completed application to 


West Center Baptist Church
322 W, Center St.
Madison, SD 57042


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