Pastors and congregations play a major role in helping young adults see themselves as leaders of Christian communities. Providing young people with opportunities to try on the mantle of leadership and expanding their imagination about what is possible through the church helps to cultivate future Christian leaders.
FTE provides grants for internships in traditional and new forms of church, introducing young adults to pastoral ministry and congregational ministries engaged in the broader community. Eligible congregations are those that create pastoral leadership and learning opportunities for high school and college students, and that work with young adult volunteers within their community.
Applicants may apply for grants between $10,000-$20,000 for summer and academic yearlong pastoral internships, depending on the congregation or church-related ministry’s size and capacity.
The Pastoral Internship Grant is available to congregations and church-related ministries in the U.S. or Canada that are interested in providing young adults with leadership opportunities within pastoral ministry.
Note: Organizations who are current FTE Grantees or hold current Lilly Endowment grants that are coordinated by FTE are not eligible.