OAKS is a leadership development program that exists to develop young adults as they take their next step of courageous leadership for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

In a classroom and community setting, we will equip Interns and Residents with foundational tools, rooted in Scripture, needed for a life in ministry. We will then empower them to use those tools under the direction of their appropriate Ministry Director, resulting in the next generation of bold, fearless leaders.

Check out the video below for a closer look at the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can be involved in this program?

A: Interns/Residents are 18-25 year olds who are passionate about taking their next step of leadership for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. 

Q: What areas of ministry are offered?

A: The beauty of the program is that it can be offered to any ministry in a church. As long as there is an intern willing and a Ministry Director available, the program will be offered.

Q: What areas of ministry have been offered in the past?

A: Worship Ministry, Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Missions, Graphic Design, Pastoral Ministry, Connectional Ministry, Graphic Design, Tech Ministry, At Risk Kids, Prayer and Care Ministry, and Bible Curriculum.

Q: What are the courses offered?

A: 1. Internship: 6 week, non-paid internship where the Intern’s time will be split between a 2 hour class once a week and On The Job Training where they will be learning and growing with their assigned Ministry Director. They will apply to the course through an online application and be accepted by both the OAKS Coordinator and appropriate Ministry Director.

2. Residency: 12 week, paid internship where the Resident’s time will be split between a 2 hour class once a week with the remainder being extremely specific On The Job Training. This Residency is only available after walking through the 6 week internship course, undergoing another application process and being selected by the OAKS Coordinator and the leadership of the church.

Q: What is the time commitment? 

A: Intern: 2 hours of classroom time per week + 5 hours On The Job Training = 7hrs/wk for 6 weeks.

Resident: 2 hours of classroom time per week + 8 hours On The Job Training = 10 hrs/wk for 12 weeks

Q: Is this a paid internship? 

A: You will not get paid if you are in the 6 week Internship. You will get paid if you attend the Residency program. 

Q: Do I need to pay anything to be involved?

A: The program is free, but you will need to provide lodging, transportation, etc. on your own.

Q: Where are the classes held?

A: Facilities of Bay Hope Church in Tampa, Florida.

Other Questions?

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Meet the director: Melissa Meiner

Melissa’s heart beats passionately for bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. She does this through challenging and championing the next generation to use their specific gifts to show the world the love of Jesus. She also leads congregations into worship and is the Experience Director at Bay Hope Church in Tampa, Florida. 

Melissa is married to the love of her life, Ben. They are expecting their first child in June 2019. They have a very spoiled and quirky dog named Rizzo. 

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