BattleCreek Institute

The smartest way to begin your ministry journey.

Fall 2022-2023

What is BattleCreek Institute?

Battlecreek Institute is an internship program designed to help you know your calling, sharpen your skills, gain real-life experience, and be prepared to serve in a local church.

From life-changing classes focusing on personal, professional, and spiritual development to meaningful work with well-tenured ministry leaders, BattleCreek Institute is a transformational environment that will propel you the next level of your ministry preparedness and capabilities.

If you join us for a year, you will emerge ready for a lifetime of ministry.

Internship Tracks

BattleCreek Institute offers a wide array of ministries for you to explore.

Campus Track

Experience what it means to meaningfully impact the lives of churchgoers in a pastoral, groups, or ministry coordinator role.

Experience Track

Use your creative skills through a worship, production, or marketing & communications role.

Next Gen

Leverage your ability to connect with kids and young adults to propel them into a deep relationship with God and their community.

Missions + Care

Help take the gospel message outside the walls of the church building and into our community by meeting the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the greater Tulsa area.

Ready to join?

We can't wait to hear from you! Click Apply Now to start the application process!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the internship for?

The internship is for any Christian who senses a call to ministry and is looking for practical knowledge and experience to pursue it.

Is the internship full-time or part-time?

Both! Full-time interns enjoy the benefit of  in-person education in a classroom environment with experts in all fields of study in the morning and afternoons assigned to a leader/mentor for the practical application.

Will I receive course credit for completing the internship?

If your college or university will allow you to use the experience and education obtained at BattleCreek Institute for course credit, we are happy to provide any documentation or correspondence needed. Interns are responsible for checking with their advisor, school registrar, and/or professor(s) for the necessary information.

What type of leadership development can I expect?

BattleCreek Institute focuses on three fields of study: Personal Development, Professional Development, and Spiritual Development. The method of teaching for each of these fields is “Teach, Model, Coach.”

Is the internship paid?

BattleCreek Institute is a free ministry leadership development program that offers wisdom and practical experience rarely seen at other churches. As such, it does not offer compensation for participation in the program.

We encourage raising funds to prepare for the internship – something we can help with. We also utilize host homes owned by vetted members of BattleCreek Church who agree to house an intern for 1 year rent and utility free! That’s a huge cost reduction on your living expenses!

Also, our church occasionally has paid part-time openings in its child-care program that operates outside the internship hours. Interns must separately apply and qualify for a position as a child-care worker. The institute can assist you in this process as well.

Finally, we have multiple partnerships with businesses in the Tulsa area who are aware of our program and are willing to hire qualified interns outside of the internship hours during their tenure.

Can I work at another job during the internship?

Yes, as long as the hours worked do not interfere with your internship, your physical health, or your mental well-being.

Why should I join BattleCreek Institute over other internships?

At BattleCreek Institute, the emphasis is on you. We want to give you our collective life-lessons, wisdom, and experience, so that you emerge with a huge head-start into your ministry journey.

Other internships, on average, offer mundane, low-level opportunities that may help you get your foot in the door at a church, but don’t actually give you meaningful projects or responsibilities. They typically have one person teaching you in your department of interest.

At BattleCreek Institute, we put in you directly on the front lines and give you opportunities to safely fail or safely succeed doing the types of ministry you want to do. We believe this is where real growth occurs. We have multiple staff across our campuses and support teams to give you valuable insights. You don’t just learn from one youth pastor, for example. You learn from six!

One year at our internship will give you the equivalent of 5 years of experience!

What would I do about housing?

BCI interns are ultimately responsible for finding and providing their own housing. However, we have a limited number of host homes that are willing to house an intern at no cost.

Host homes are owned by vetted members of BattleCreek Church.

When do applications close?

Applications close at 11:59pm the day before each semester starts. The summer semester begins May 16, 2022, and the 1-year semester begins August 15, 2022.

The 1-year internship is divided into quarters that can be completed in one year regardless of which quarter you begin at.

Send an email to or text us at 918-982-5674 to find out when the next quarter begins!

What are the basic requirements for interns?

Due to the nature of the institute’s work and ministry, each resident much have their own vehicle and cell phone for the duration of the internship. A personal laptop or tablet is strongly encouraged but not required.


All interns must agree and adhere to Battlecreek Church’s internal and external core values and beliefs and consent to a background check (at no cost).


All interns must be aged 16+ for the summer internship and 18+ for the 1-year internship.

How can I find out more about each track?

You can find out more about each ministry track here on the website by clicking on the track(s) you are interested in on our main page.

What are the dates of the internship?

Our summer internship runs from May 15, 2022 – July 28th, 2022. Our fall internship runs from August 15th, 2022– July 25th, 2023

What can I expect in the application process?

Each application starts by filling out our online application which can be found here. Once the application is received, you should expect communication from the institute to schedule an interview. Applicants warranting further consideration will proceed to a 2nd and 3rd interview consisting of different department heads to ensure the applicant would benefit from the program. After the 3rd interview, if the applicant is deemed eligible for admission, the applicant will be accepted and the admission process will begin.

Can I apply for more than one position?

Yes! While only one position can be held at one time, you can indicate which specializations you are most interested in.

How and when can I apply?

You can apply by clicking “Apply Now” above or click the link below.


BattleCreek Institute’s 1-year program is divided into 4 quarterly semesters. These semesters continue year-round, so you can join in Quarter 2, for example, and finish by completing Quarters 2, 3, 4, and 1 in that order.

Can I apply if I do not live in the United States?

Yes, you can apply if you do not live in the United States. However, we are unable to sponsor any work visas for international applicants. Interns must also furnish their own transportation.

What if I have unanswered questions?

If the answer to your question(s) cannot be found in the FAQ list, please reach out to us!

Josh Gray, Director of BattleCreek Institute

Phone: 918-982-5674


Our Team

Josh Gray - Director of BattleCreek Institute

With a unique skillset of marketing in the business world and a call to ministry, Josh oversees BCI's education program and its interns to ensure each student has a life-changing experience.

Kurt Von Eschen - Executive Team

With 30+ years in ministry, Kurt oversees all departments that interact with BCI, as well as BCI itself. Kurt has the gift of strategic planning, and his guidance ensures the internship program aligns with the goals and values of BattleCreek Church.

Hannah Gray - Admin

After a successful career at a Fortune 500 company, Hannah chose to dedicate her life to serving in an administrative support role at Battlecreek Church. She currently manages the project needs of four different departments, including BattleCreek Institute.