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Thank you for your interest in the Intern/Residency Program at First Nazarene Church! We are excited about the possibility of what God might have in store for you in the weeks and months to come as you prayerfully explore how God might be planning to use you in ministry.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Intern Project is to utilize the experience, resources, and culture available through First Nazarene to equip and educate those who are pursuing ministry as a career at the undergraduate and graduate level by allowing them to observe alongside our staff and volunteers, assist in executing ministry programming, and receive training in a variety of ways including discussion-based curriculum focused on specific books as well as through real-world experience.



To engage students in ministry preparation by:

  • Giving real responsibilities
  • Practical in-person training moments
  • Observing, partnering to create, and then executing ministry programing with the team and independently


To reach into our community more effectively.

  • Adding a variety of interns to reach a variety of people
  • Partnering with our current volunteers who are already connected to the community to help foster connectional relationships
  • Creating new connection points through intentional interactions with Recreation families, Preschool families, and families who visit the church


To increase the collective quality of ministry in the church-at-large by:

  • Raising the standard by example
  • Empowering interns to serve
  • Increasing the number of creative, excited, and passionately called ministers of the gospel


To decrease the percentage of ministers leaving the ministry because of a lack of preparation, too few mentors to consult, or burning out too soon.


First Church Nazarene

First Nazarene is located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. We average around 600 in worship attendance and have unique and creative ministries across the city of Chicago. The congregation dates back to 1904 and continues to reach the suburbs and city in today’s culture and context. We are uniquely positioned to reach our target, young families, through Nazarene Preschool, Nazarene Recreation, our Student and Children’s ministries, and other core ministries.

Mission Statement

“To develop followers of Jesus Christ who love God and serve others.”

Core Values

Faith, Family, Friendship, and Farther Along

Our Staff

Our pastoral staff and ministry team are committed to our mission, each other, and our congregation. We have a great blend of ages, experiences, and passions that will invest in our interns and residents.
Check out the team HERE.

Click here to see more about Residencies.


Click here to see more about Internships.

Summer 2023

12725 Bell Road, Lemont, IL 60439