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
Directions for these procedures will be addressed in the finance packet received after your acceptance into the program, and at the Reach the University 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 the Assemblies of God, 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.
The CMIT internship programs generally start between the middle of August or September and conclude in May or June of the following year.
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.
Download an application (pdf) and references packet. Get your application and references into the national Chi Alpha office by February 1st.
Send your application and references to:
The Personnel Director will notify you of your status by March 1. If accepted into the national CMIT program, you will be invited into the new staff training phase, which includes a Support Raising Training seminar, a training conference at the end of June called the Reach the University 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.
Contact the Chi Alpha Personnel Director:
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. When the intern raises their full budget, they will be approved by the personnel office to relocate to their internship site. 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 two week Reach the University 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.
Note: We aim to see each intern candidate raise at least $500 in monthly pledges for their internship by the time they attend the Reach the University Institute in mid June.
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 Personnel 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.
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.
All of the internships have been approved by the national Chi Alpha office to offer training for prospective new staff. 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.
Each intern will be expected to raise a personal monthly budget from family, friends, savings, churches, and other creative sources. Each single intern will need to plan on a budget of approximately $1200 per month to work and live. Some areas are set costs (housing, food, insurance, fees, etc.), however, other areas are open to personal direction (clothes, gifts, recreation, etc.) and can be eliminated altogether if it becomes a necessity in the future. For many of you, some of these areas will not be relevant to your internship year (you may not have debts or a car, for example).
Don't fret... intern candidates will receive training and coaching in how to raise the prayer and financial resources necessary for the internship. Hundreds of people have been equipped to communicate vision for campus ministry training to others and seen the provision of God for their internship.
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. On the first Friday of each month you will be expected to send a news report to your finance and prayer supporters.
You are responsible to design your own letter template, copy it, pay for your own stamps and mail your letters. Every mailing must be approved and proofread by your CMIT director before being sent out. Inconsistent letters means inconsistent support. Therefore we expect you to send your newsletters by the first of each month.
Intern candidates will receive training and coaching in how to layout, write, and complete a monthly internship newsletter to your partners. The CMIT director of the program you are accepted into will review your newsletter before approving you to mail it.
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.
Towards the end of the CMIT program, plans will already be in motion to place you if the staff affirms your readiness to enter campus ministry (if that is where you sense God's leading). You will either be placed in an existing Chi Alpha ministry or sent to a viable location to pioneer a new ministry.
Because pioneering a campus ministry can be a demanding and difficult task, we are committed to being cautious about sending CMIT graduates for this purpose. Some graduates might be encouraged to wait an additional year to further develop ministry skills and / or character. Working a year as a staff person in an already developed ministry is usually a good avenue for this development.
Because vocational ministry is so demanding physically, but more so spiritually and emotionally, the staff may not affirm a CMIT graduate for full-time, vocational ministry. However, if this is the case, our doubts and reasons will be fully explained as best as possible. In addition, guidance will be given as to what options might be available that would best meet the goals and gifts of the intern.
CMIT directors will use the Campus Missionary (CM) qualities listed on the Internship Overview page as some "windows" into your life, growth, and maturity. The hope is to see those qualities develop and deepen in your life over the course of the internship experience.
Placement will be unique to each graduate. We are committed to helping you get wherever God is leading you in ministry. Campus ministry is our primary target, therefore, more attention will go to the placement of those being led in that direction. We will work closely with the national office to provide you with opportunities and with appropriate contacts (Personnel director Bob Marks oversees the placement process of Chi Alpha staff; existing ministries; district committees; etc.). We will also help those who may feel led in other directions, as much as we can.
In every case, we will be involved as much as you allow us to be. 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 where the only obstacles will be those placed there by the Kingdom of darkness.
Here is an outline of what possibly could happen:
An intern talks with his/her CMIT director about pioneering a new campus ministry in the spring of the internship year.
The Intern is encouraged by the CMIT director to define what sort of pioneer opportunity they are interested in (i.e., state school, private college, suburban location, urban metro area, and what state or regional location in the United States). The intern would also be encouraged to review the national Chi Alpha target campus listing.
After a process of prayer, campus visits, and discussion with the CMIT director, the intern decides that God is calling him/her to pioneer ministry on a state college campus in New York. The intern would need to send a cover letter and resume to the district (state) Chi Alpha director (DXAR or DXAR) stating his/her interest in pioneering campus ministry there.
The DXAR would do a preliminary phone interview with the intern to inquire about their call to ministry, personal qualities, CMIT status, credential status, and general timetable. If all goes well, the DCAR would invite the intern for a missions interview with the district Chi Alpha committee (DXAC).
Note on credentials: All CMIT interns are expected to complete Bible course work by the end of the internship to apply for a certified minister credential with the Assemblies of God.
If approved by the DXAC in New York, the intern would then apply for missionary appointment with the Assemblies of God (AG), via the national office of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. The intern would complete an application and references and if accepted, be invited to an interview with the national office. If approved for the desired missions assignment in New York, the intern would be referred to as a missionary candidate, be assigned a budget for a four year term, and sent home to raise their budget.
Once their budget is raised, the missionary candidate would be approved for their missions assignment in New York.
Note: Any person applying for missionary service with the Assemblies of God has to be interviewed and approved first on the district (state) level. Since Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is a mission's arm of the AG, we function in the administrative structures of the larger movement on the district and national levels.
Also, the AG is a movement of credentialed ministers who partner to accomplish the work of Jesus though local churches, missionary outreaches, and a variety of creative and strategic efforts. That means that people considering long term missionary service with Chi Alpha are prepared and expected to pursue ministerial credentials with the AG.
Ten months of training in theology, character development, and skills doesn't guarantee a person is ready for any sort of ministry assignment. In most cases, it serves as an introduction to pastoral/missions ministry. We are under no illusion or pressure to rush people into ministry situations before they are ready for the task. Therefore, in many cases, CMIT directors will suggest to interns that they consider options for further training and development. Those options could include:
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 two 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 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.
Pursuing this line of development would allow a person to mature as a young leader, learn how to work on a team, and develop their strengths before applying for a pioneer ministry opportunity. The pressure and challenge of having to raise that first missionary budget is tough enough without having to create a ministry from scratch.