Who can participate in a CMIT internship?
- Those who believe they are called to serve God in university missions and desire preparation for full-time campus ministry.
- Those who may be sensing a call to ministry and desire to test this calling with a year’s experience in a college ministry situation.
- Those who complete the application process, are accepted into the training program, and raise their internship budge
What basic budget areas are covered in a monthly CMIT budget?
- Housing and utilities
- Medical insurance
- Debt Repayment
- Misc. – a monthly reserve to cover unanticipated expenses
- Savings. This is mainly for estimated taxes. We also hope that you would be able to set aside a small amount each month for emergencies.
How are CMIT finances handled?
Upon approval as a CMIT intern, you will be assigned an account number from the Assemblies of God Division of U.S. Missions (AGUSM). All of your pledge forms, funds and receipts will be processed through their finance department at:
1445 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Directions for these procedures will be addressed in the finance packet received after your acceptance into the program, and at the Reach the U Institute (RUI). Once you confirm your account number and communicate it to your support partners, you can begin to receive financial contributions into your account.
Anytime a person sends a financial gift to your account, they should make the check payable to National Chi Alpha, and include your account number on their check. Each time a check is received, the finance office will deposit the money in your account and issue a receipt to that donor. The donor (or partner) can then use that receipt when sending in next month’s contribution.
Please be aware that the Assemblies of God Finance office DOES NOT send out reminders to those sending in monthly financial contributions. It will be the responsibility of the donor to send in their contribution each month. AGUSM does offer the option of setting up direct deposit for a donor to send their gift in.
On the tenth of each month, the AGUSM financial office sends out a check and a printout of activity for the previous month (i.e., $1000 came in from the following sources…and they’ll be listed for you). You can then monitor the activity in your account by checking for the monthly pledges that have been committed to you.
Lastly, AGUSM takes out a 5% administrative fee from each intern and missionary account for the services they provide.
How do I start a CMIT program on our campus?
If you are interested in starting a CMIT program on your campus, please contact Harvey Herman at the National Chi Alpha Ministry Center.
What is a CMIT internship?
A Campus Missionary in Training internship with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is a 9-12 month opportunity to learn and develop the character and competencies necessary for a calling and mission among college students. It will include a Biblical and practical ministry education, character development, and wide variety of skill acquisition required for campus ministry service. It will involve learning and growing under the care and mentoring of veteran men and women who have modeled fruitfulness and godliness and been nationally approved to offer a CMIT internship.
What are the requirements for a CMIT?
- Persons who have earned a bachelor’s level degree.
- Persons who are able to commit 9-12 months in a full-time internship.
- Persons willing and able to raise their full financial support for the internship period.
- Persons willing to immerse themselves in secular campus ministry.
- Persons who are willing to fulfill application requirements.
- Persons willing to be challenged, work hard, and grow.
When does a CMIT internship take place?
The CMIT internship programs generally start between the middle of August or September and conclude in May or June of the following year.
Where are CMIT internship programs located?
There are CMIT programs located across the United States. See the list of CMIT programs for exact locations.
Why a CMIT internship?
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is committed to reconciling college students to Jesus Christ in the United States (and beyond). The CMIT internship is part of the staff training process to recruit, prepare, train, and enable men and women to get onto campus to expand the work of Jesus among students. To be considered for a staff position within the organization, an individual must complete several stages of preparation, one of which is an internship.
How do I apply for an internship?
- Fill out the CMIT application here.
- The Training Director will notify you of your status. If accepted into the national CMIT program, you will be invited to a training conference in early June called the Reach the U Institute (RUI), and the Campus Missionary in Training (CMIT) internship.Once accepted into the national CMIT program, the intern candidate will need to request a CMIT account. It generally takes a month to get an account number approved and set up through Assemblies of God U.S. Missions (AGUSM) in Springfield, MO.
- The AGUSM finance office will then notify the candidate of their open account with the mailing of an instructional packet with the following enclosures: official notification from AGUSM with a CMIT account number, information on how the financial support system operates, a receipt book for donor contributions, pledge forms, and a budget amount to be raised for their internship.Initial training in how to raise an intern budget will come from Chi Alpha Support Raising Trainers in your area, and/or the CMIT director of the program you are accepted into.One of the goals of the Support Raising Training Seminar is to give intern candidates the confidence, skills, and plan necessary to start building a support team for their internship.Once an intern receives a CMIT account at AGUSM (and completes the Support Raising Training seminar), the intern candidate is able to begin raising funds. This account will be open to receive one-time financial gifts and monthly pledges for the intern. The intern candidate will then be able to receive a monthly payment from their account for salary and work expenses. AGUSM will then send a check (either by mail or direct deposit, once requested by the intern) by the tenth of each month, with a statement of where the funds came from.Note: Funds may not be drawn out of an intern’s account until they raise their full budget and start their internship.
- Intern candidates will attend the Reach the U Institute (RUI) in June. RUI is an entry level leadership conference where you learn the values, vision, philosophy and strategy of campus missions. It’s an informational and practical gateway to a potential career in ministry to students. Interns are expected to attend RUI before they enter their CMIT internship.
- In the CMIT application, you are asked to select the top three choices of where you would prefer to take your internship. Once you are accepted as an intern candidate, the Training Director forwards your application packet to the first choice on your list. The CMIT director of that location will review your application and determine if they will accept you. If they accept you, you will be notified by the CMIT director within 2 weeks. If they don’t accept you (possibly because their program is full), your application packet will be forwarded to the second choice on your list of preferred programs. Most interns are confirmed for their internship site by April 15.
What are the differences between all of the available internship programs?
The primary difference is the location of the program and the personality and giftings of the CMIT director. All of the directors are men and women of sound doctrine and mature character who exemplify the values, vision, and mission of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. They will offer a safe and stable ministry environment that has borne much fruit among students. The directors (and their staff and local campus ministry) have met criteria to be a CMIT training site. All of the CMIT internship sites will offer a graduate level program of biblical education, character development, and skills necessary for the development of campus ministry staff.
Whether you desire to receive an internship in a small college town, or a major urban area, you are destined to receive a top level experience in theological training, personal development and ministry mentoring. Of course, the personality and experience of the CMIT director will differ from location to location. The budget necessary for an internship in an urban area will be higher than that of a state college or college town. Each program will have strengths and qualities reflective of their staff and students. But all of them will offer a person a genuine chance to learn, grow, and be equipped to determine the call of God and obey it.
How much will a CMIT internship cost?
The amount is different from one program to another determined by the cost-of-living in that city. The budget will be determined by the local CMIT director, however, we suggest a single person raise $1,850.00 per month and a married couple $2,200.00.
How does an intern develop a budget?
Each intern will be expected to raise a personal monthly budget from family, friends, savings, churches, and other creative sources. Hundreds of people have been equipped to communicate vision for campus ministry training to others and seen the provision of God for their internship.
What's up with CMIT newsletters?
When you have raised your support, you have an ongoing responsibility to those who are in essence investing in the Kingdom through your life, training, and service. Every mailing must be approved and proofread by your CMIT director before being sent out. Inconsistent letters means inconsistent support.
How is a CMIT intern evaluated?
The CMIT director is committed to an open, sincere, and honest relationship with you. Their goal will be to build you up in the faith as well as in your ministry. This not only includes day to day activities, but also as they evaluate your gifts, talents, character and calling as they understand them. Their hope is that they can help to isolate your weaknesses and build upon your strengths as a pastoral and missionary leader.
They will do their best to give you consistent feedback and encouragement with regards to these strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the fall semester they will take time to review your progress. Not only will they give you feedback, but they will also ask you to share your opinions of the CMIT program up to this point, and allow you to offer any suggestions that may help them serve you better.
At the end of the school year you will have another review similar to the one at the end of the fall semester and you will need to complete two written evaluations – one for the director and another to be sent to the National Chi Alpha CMIT Program Director.
How are CMIT interns placed in ministry assignments?
Placement will be unique to each graduate. We are committed to helping you get wherever God is leading you in ministry. Your life and calling in ministry are important to us. We will have invested much time, love, prayer and energy into your training, and we want to see you succeed. We want to do everything possible to get you into a positive situation.
Here is an outline of what possibly could happen:
- An intern talks with his/her CMIT director about pioneering a new campus ministry.
- Returning for a second year of internship to further deepen their understanding of biblical theology, character formation, and/or skills necessary for student work.
- Apply for a Missionary Associate (MA) position with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. The MA is a person who offers to work alongside a missionary for 1-3 years and assist them in ministry service. This option would offer the person a chance to serve in campus ministry without having to confirm a call to long term service, or raise the larger missionary budget. It would also allow a person to experience more growth and maturity, as well as pursue further theological training.
- Go on staff with an existing campus ministry for more personal development and maturity. Our experience has taught us that few men and women are ready to pioneer or direct a ministry after ten months of training. A person could complete the internship, apply for their certified ministry credential as well as national home missions appointment with the Assemblies of God, raise their budget, and join a staff team for a minimum of two years.