Praxis: For the Future of the Church

Are you passionate about the future of the church? Are you looking for an opportunity to not just talk about giving your life to serve Christ, but actually do it?

Praxis is a ten-month full time internship program designed to sharpen and equip each candidate for a career of catalytic ministry in the church. Through meaningful work, one-on-one mentoring, teaching from senior leaders, and personal spiritual formation, Praxis serves as a bridge between a seminary or college education and ministry life.

PROGRAM DETAILS

WHAT DOES PRAXIS MEAN?
Praxis is defined as “the practice and practical side of a profession or field of study, as opposed to the theory.” In other words, it is taking what you learned in school (theory) and putting it into practice through real life applications. That’s our goal with the Praxis program. We want to take you where you are and grow you to the next level before entering full-time ministry.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM DETAILS?
Praxis is a full-time internship designed for talented, highly capable individuals who plan to serve in vocational ministry and feel called to the local church. Residents will spend 10 months in a structured learning environment that will sharpen and equip them for a life-time of catalytic ministry. Praxis residents should expect to grow in practical tools for leadership and ministry, in personal tools for development and growth, and in relational tools for influence and communication over a career in ministry. There may also be opportunities to earn seminary credit over the course of the program.
QUALIFICATIONS
Ideal candidates to the Praxis program will have completed their seminary degree or have a college degree combined with ministry experience, either paid or volunteer. Praxis applicants should feel called to ministry and will have demonstrated a high level of excellence in their area of interest. They will have a proven track record as a strong leader yet interested in deepening and broadening this experience. Residents should expect to be stretched personally, professionally and relationally as they experience vocational ministry alongside of their department leader and senior members of Hope’s staff.  Other qualifications include:

• A growing relationship with Christ
• Commitment to Hope’s vision and mission
• A team player with a heart to serve
• A Bachelor’s degree in a related field
• Some ministry or seminary experience preferred (varies by department)
• The ability to flex with a fast-paced, dynamic environment
• Self-Starter

MINISTRY AREAS
For the 2017-2018 program, Hope is looking for residents in the following areas of ministry: pastoral leadership/missions, worship arts, discipleship, student ministry and children’s ministry. Applicants may specify more than one area of interest.

PROGRAM LENGTH
 The program runs from August 14, 2017-June 13, 2018
ABOUT HOPE
Hope Church began in 1997 with a vision to reach as many people as possible for Christ. The church is a fast-growing, creative, dynamic environment that celebrates catalytic ways to connect those seeking life into a relevant, authentic community. To learn more about Hope, watch our Hope15 video and check out our Staff Bios.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE WILL I LIVE?
Residents will be located in Richmond and placed with a local Hope Church family, if desired.
IS THIS A PAID POSITION?
Residents will receive a $1,200 monthly stipend, optional health and dental benefits, and housing with a local Hope Church family, if desired.
CAN I HAVE ANOTHER JOB?
Residents can expect to work M-TH as well as some evenings. They will also fulfill duties during weekend service times. Any employment would be outside of those hours and priority should be given to the program.
I'M MARRIED, CAN MY FAMILY MOVE WITH ME?
We support marriage and family at Hope! We will do everything we can to help you find housing and get settled with your family here in Richmond.
WHAT ELSE WILL I NEED?
You will need transportation and a laptop for ministry.

APPLY

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Praxis Program.

For questions regarding the program, please email praxis@nullhopecentral.com.

FROM PAST RESIDENTS

“Praxis taught me to be teachable. It taught me how to serve the kingdom better and not just in my area, but as a whole body.”

Whitney Gunn, Praxis 2014, Hope Kids Coordinator—Midtown Campus

“If you want engaging mentor and discipleship from some of the best thinkers, visionaries, and leaders out there, then Praxis is for you. If you are passionate about ministry but lack the experience required to make the next step, then Praxis is for you. If you’re like I was, looking to meet that “previous ministry experience required” criteria in order to get where you want to be, then Praxis is for you.”

KJ Julian, Youth Pastor, Commonwealth Chapel

“My experience in Praxis at Hope taught me so much about risk taking and innovative thinking in ministry. I am not naturally a risk-taker but I was so blessed by the ways this program taught me to take risks and see how God comes through when we trust Him.”

Lizzie Keegan, Campus Staff Member, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

“Praxis is teaching me to Learn how to lead “my way”. I’m learning to be comfortable in my leadership skills and using the best way possible to motivate and influence people to be the best them that they can be.”

Michael Talley, Dallas Theological Seminary grad