St Matthew's Internship
The Ministry Internship
A St Matthew’s Internship is an intentional & intensive training program for Christians seeking to assess their suitability and to prepare for gospel ministry roles.
At its heart, the internship is Training for a Lifetime of Gospel ministry
A St Matthew’s Internship is based on an apprenticeship model of learning by doing, receiving feedback and guidance, and then trying again.
Interns are encouraged to push beyond their existing experience and capacities in ministry and are given permission to fail as they do.
The training carried out in a St Matthew’s internship is designed for the long-term advance of the gospel. The internship program focuses on the unchanging foundations of gospel ministry that can be applied in many different contexts.
The program includes a variety of ministry experiences with the aim of producing adaptable, creative, resilient, passionate servants of Jesus who will thrive in whatever circumstances the Lord places them throughout their lives.
The Internship seeks to impart an overall way of understanding the nature of gospel ministry that involves:
Receiving God’s word about his Son in prayerful dependence on his Spirit in loving relationships.
Rosalie and 8am
Roger is married to Helen and they have three sons and one daughter. Roger grew up in Canberra in a Christian family, studied social work and theology in Sydney and has worked as a pastor in Sydney, and in Perth since 2000. He enjoys golf and squash. He loves encouraging and equipping people as servants of Christ. He has been on staff at St Matthew's since October 2010.
4pm and 6:30pm
Ben has been on staff at St Matthew's since late 2009, and really enjoys the friendly energy of this wonderful bunch of Christians. The chance to open the Bible with people on Sundays and during the week, and discover the good things God has for us in Jesus is an honour and a pleasure. Originally from Sydney, now Shenton Park is home to him, his wife Michelle and their two children.
In his final year at UWA, Mike became a Christian after reading about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in the Bible. Mike is married to Vicki and they have 3 sons. Both Mike and Vicki trained as missionaries for China, but instead Mike has served as the Pastor of St Matt's Unichurch International since 2015. He loves footy, Dim Sum and seeing people from all over the world respond to the good news of Jesus.
Jeff became a Christian at high school but it was at university and the UWA Christian Union that God grew his grasp of the gospel and love for sharing it with others. Jeff has served at St Matthew's Unichurch since graduating from Trinity Theological College in 2012. He is married to Liana and they have 3 children who love to run and explore. He enjoys music from the late 60s, sports and Lego.
By the grace of God, Tyler became a Christian through the patient prayer and
discipleship of his parents. His marriage to Penny, their three children, and his
experience in education and ministry are all testaments to God’s faithfulness. He
enjoys exploring the Southern Coast with his family, quality music, all-sorts
sport, American cereal and helping others to treasure Jesus.
Chris was raised to love all that this world offers, until he was introduced to Jesus by an elderly Sunday School teacher. It wasn't exciting. It wasn't flashy. But being lovingly told about the God who loved, lived, died, and rose for him, changed him forever. Chris has worked with teenagers for 15 years. He is married to Karen; enjoys spreadsheets, woodwork, and entertaining; and longs to see more young people excited about Jesus.
Eryn-May grew up in a lovely 'no traffic light' town. In year 12 her life was turned about after coming to an understanding of God’s grace. Formerly a primary teacher she joined St Matt’s in 2013 after studying at SMBC. She finds joy in helping people discover God through the Bible and in equipping others for gospel ministry. She is a fan of leaf tea, music and making things from scratch just like her Nanna taught her.
A critical element of each internship is the relationship between the intern and their trainer. By working alongside an experienced member of our senior staff team, interns have the opportunity to see gospel work in action, try it themselves and receive feedback. The intern-trainer relationship is doubly important because you will be learning, not just from your trainer’s skills, but also from their character and devotion to the Lord.
St Matthew’s interns receive formal teaching in ministry skills through the Perth Gospel Partnership. This training is run by Tim and Rosemary Thorburn and includes interns from churches and para-church organizations all across Perth. The content is focused on handling the Bible faithfully and teaching it to others with clarity and conviction.
Those undertaking St Matthew's Internships may apply for a yearly scholarship provided by the Equipping For Service Trust. More information about EFS and the scholarship is available at their website.
Scholarship Interns will be included in the process of raising supporters for EFS and helped to develop a network of people to pray for and encourage them through their internship.
“It was the perfect mix of learning, doing, trying and failing. I’m not sure how I could have been better equipped for the next 40 years of ministry.”
“It's been great to have first-hand ministry experience to see what it's really like, and to see what goes on behind the scenes. Hugely worthwhile!"