All one-year and two-year interns on the CBI (Christ Bible Institute) team meet weekly as a group with the team leader for spiritual formation, Bible study, and discussion on cross-cultural ministry topics. To learn about and better support the Japanese church, each CBI intern is matched with a local Japanese church in CBI’s network so that the intern and Japanese Christians may bless each other and spur each other on in ministry. Also, each CBI intern takes Japanese language classes as a part-time student.
However, the daily tasks and responsibilities of each intern vary according to each individual’s gifting and skills. Although CBI is known best for its seminary, interns are most often involved in other CBI ministries, especially evangelistic outreaches such as events for moms of pre-schoolers and English conversation groups. Interns with graphic design, photography, videography, or website design skills work with the communications team designing publicity materials and promoting CBI events. Interns with certification as teachers are particularly helpful in tutoring and/or teaching children of missionaries. Women interns at CBI often have the opportunity to work nearby at Café Mon Ami, which is connected to LifeHope Network, a pregnancy resource ministry for women.
The ability to interact with a seminary, experience practical ministry, and network with Japanese churches enables the CBI internship to be a gateway for interns to explore how God might be calling them to ministry in general, ministry in Japan, and whether seminary training might be part of the preparation.
The details on a CBI intern’s job description are developed and finalized during the application process with CBI.
YouTube video on the CBI Internship Program: The CBI Internship Program
- Language school during the internship. No previous Japanese language is required.
- Undergraduate degree
- Experience serving in the applicant’s sending church
- Team player