We are excited about your desire to grow as a leader and reach people with the gospel in the greater Atlanta area this summer!
The Internship of First Baptist Douglasville is a variable-term focused leadership development program designed to identify and train the best young leaders in the Atlanta area for gospel impact across the globe. Our goal is to provide real world leadership opportunities to college students and young professionals.
We believe the local church is one of the best training grounds for leaders in almost every discipline to put knowledge to practice and develop leadership qualities. Opportunities exist for individuals with interests or abilities in accounting, art, business, communication, cross-cultural studies, education, english, finance, graphic arts, journalism, marketing/public relations, ministry/theology, music, theatre and more.
Everything we do at First Baptist Douglasville is grounded in theological truth and based on biblical principle. We use the Bible to inform our preaching, worship, evangelism, global missions and personal discipleship. Our internship program will expose you to the why and the how of ministry and leadership.
There is no substitute for personal purity and holiness. We hold our staff and interns to high personal and professional standards. We are committed to investing the time, energy and resources necessary for our team to walk closely with the Lord Jesus. We believe you will experience great spiritual benefit as a part of our team.
We believe that in order to lead well, you must learn to serve well. Our team-based approach to ministry will give you exposure to all aspects of ministry, from setting up chairs to leading large, complex projects. Our effort to plant more gospel congregations and have more gospel conversations demands that we do whatever necessary to stay outwardly focused and passionate about reaching people.
Our internship is dedicated to training ministers and supporting them through the transition into their next season of ministry. First Baptist Douglasville is strategically positioned with like-minded churches and networks across the globe to help aid interns who complete the program in discovering their next assignment in the Kingdom.
Every intern will be expected to meet general expectations. Our team will work with you to develop a job description that uniquely matches your skills, gifts, and future aspirations with ministry needs.
• Obtain experience in ministry for future volunteer, bi-vocational, or vocational ministry.
• Receive training opportunities in ministry tasks, such as: administration, creative development, leadership, planning, teaching and more.
• Serve at various FBCD events and functions.
• Maintain consistent commitments in four areas: worship, small group leadership, office/planning and campus ministry hours. Total time commitment per week averages between 20-25 hours.
• Exhibit excellence in professionalism and church membership.
In addition to specific duties outlined by your personalized job profile, every member of the team is required to meet or exceed the following expectations at all times.
• I will be a faithful church attender.
• I will faithfully attend all leadership meetings.
• I am willing to give of my time and other resources each week.
• If unable to fulfill my duties in a given week due to travel, illness or unforeseen circumstance, I will notify my supervisor so that my leadership position will not go unfilled during my absence. I will do so at my earliest
• I agree to abide by the policy of same-sex counseling only and will observe the Staff 10 Commandments with married members of the opposite sex.
• I will submit to, and be supportive of, church leadership and policy. Any questions or concerns that I have related to leadership or policy issues will be handled in private with my supervisor.
• I will maintain high Christian standards in my conduct, character and conversation. I will carefully examine my personal habits and activities in order to make sure that my life is consistent with the teaching of Family
• I will complete all assigned reading and projects in a timely manner.
• Required Meetings: Weekly staff meetings (as determined by supervisor); Team Meetings.
• I will observe proper office etiquette and present myself in a professional manner when representing First Baptist Douglasville.
Although we exist as an autonomous congregation, we understand the power of connecting and cooperating with other gospel-centered churches and organizations. To that end, we are part of a nation-wide network of over 40,000 churches called the Southern Baptist Convention. We partner together to do some amazing things. For example, our network sponsors over 5,000 missionaries who are sharing the love and message of Jesus globally. We work together to plant new churches in major cities across the U.S., operate the second largest disaster relief organization in North America, and have created seminaries to train new generations of leaders for churches around the world. We are excited about the power of this network to exponentially increase the impact of our church.
What we believe about the Bible.
We believe that the Bible is the absolute Truth and God’s final authority. We believe both the Old and New Testament is the inerrant, verbally inspired, and infallible Word of God.
What we practice through the authroity of the Bible.
We accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
What we believe about God and the Trinity.
We believe that there is one true living God who is revealed to us as the Godhead existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and that these three are as one God. We believe that God the Father orders all things according to His own purpose for His own glory. We believe that God the Son is Jesus Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born without sin of the Virgin Mary to redeem man from sin. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict of sin and righteousness, and to be an indwelling guide, teacher, and source of strength for the believer. We believe that all who receive Christ as Savior are born of the Holy Spirit.
What we believe about salvation of man through Jesus.
We believe that salvation is through Jesus Christ alone and the atonement and forgiveness He extended to us on the cross. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that man sinned (rebelled against God) and because of the fall, incurred both a physical death and a spiritual death (eternal separation from God). We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. We believe that all who call upon the name of the Lord as Savior will be saved and will spend eternity with God.
What we practice through the ordinance of baptism.
We practice baptism by immersion under water—the way Jesus was baptized and the way the Bible commands. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
What we practice through the priesthood of the believer.
The Bible tells us that every believer is a minister. We encourage every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
What we practice through the Spirit-led life.
We believe that the only way possible to live the Christian life is through God’s power within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit leading and enabling us to follow God’s Word.
What we practice through the ordinance of the Lord's Supper.
We observe the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic act of obedience. Baptized members of the church remember the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming through sharing in the Lord’s Supper.
What we believe about the church and the believer.
We believe that a New Testament church is an association of baptized believers. We come together through worship, small groups, and service. As the body of Christ, the church, we have diversity in our gifts and unity in our beliefs. We believe that every believer is called to a holy life of service and should belong to a Bible-believing local church for fellowship and for the furtherance of the gospel to every person at home and around the globe.
What we practice through the autonomy of the local church.
Christ—not a person, group, or religious organization—is the recognized head of the church. We practice self-government and independence from any denominational control and team up with a network of like-minded churches for greater impact. Each congregation determines its own strategy, structure, and style.
What we practice through giving.
We practice tithing as an act of worship to our Savior and Lord. We recognize that tithing 10% of our income is the starting point, and giving above and beyond that is our privilege.
What we practice through sharing the gospel.
We practice sharing Christ personally as we exemplify the life of Christ and verbalize the gospel. It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the good news of the gospel with those whom God brings across our path. Of course, we also like to invite friends to church.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
We exist to glorify God by making disciples and proclaiming the gospel throughout the world.
We desire to see God create a Multicultural, Multigenerational, and Multiplying body of believers known as First Baptist Douglasville who are committed to making disciples and proclaiming the gospel throughout the entire world.
CORE VALUES: Bible, Church & Mission
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