The Protégé Program is a year-long intensive spiritual growth, leadership development, and ministry immersion experience at National Community Church in Washington, DC. The program is designed to focus on three core areas: character, community and calling. As an NCC Protégé, you will be given the opportunity to learn from innovative thinkers and creators in ministry, participate in the day to day activities of church staff culture, stretch yourself as a leader, and lay a firm foundation for a life-long pursuit of the passion and vision that God has placed on your life. The program is geared toward young leaders who are post-college (or equivalent) up to 35 years old.
As a protégé, you will choose a ministry department to focus your efforts throughout the year. If you love kids- we’ve got them, and we want you to help us create environments for them and teach truth to them! If you are passionate about seeing the marketplace and the church collide, we would love for you to experience the management behind Ebenezers coffeehouse. If you love creating environments where community is built and transformational growth happens, our discipleship team would love to take your passion even further! Love creating videos? Our media team wants to invest in your talent to tell the story of God through moving pictures. If you are a worship leader, we would love to pair you up with other talented and anointed worship leaders that want to take your gifts to the next level!
In addition to your department work, you will attend weekly protégé huddles. These huddles are led by Joel Buckner (Program Director). You will also have the opportunity to meet with Mark Batterson (Lead Pastor), Heather Zempel (Discipleship Pastor) and many influential leaders throughout the year. Huddles offer ongoing discipleship training and leadership development in a small group environment that focuses on topics such as Leading Yourself Well, Character Killers, Dreaming God-sized Dreams, Leadership Rhythms, and Dynamics of Teamwork.
If you have specific questions about the program, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The effectiveness of a multisite strategy rises and falls on the character and giftedness of the Campus Pastor. Campus Pastors must carry the vision and recreate its DNA within the unique community in which they serve. Working alongside one of our Campus Pastors, you will learn how to lead and mobilize weekend ministry teams, serve the local community, and provide pastoral care to a location. This is for people who will be pursuing a Campus Pastor role at another church or participating in a church plant in the next two years.
Finding ways to make the gospel sticky for kids goes beyond finger-painting and crafts. It requires strategic relationships and intentional discipleship. On the Family Ministry team, you will be exposed to creative ways to train, develop and lead young people to the Gospel and encourage and support their families to lead at home. You will strategize and implement leadership development tools and training for volunteers who invest in the lives of kids.
We love telling the story of God through great design, video, photography, and film. So whether your main focus is video production, graphic design, photography, or even if you’re just a gear head, we’d love to help you grow in your gifting. Our media team is composed of gifted artists that are committed to helping people have an encounter God through their craft.
We believe that God has wired our church to be in the middle of the marketplace. Jesus not only taught at the synagogues, but he met with people at wells too. Coffeehouses are modern day wells; they are a place where the community and the church can intersect. As a coffeehouse protégé, you will not only be fully trained as a barista but you will be trained on the ins and outs of management and be a part of our mission to do marketplace ministry well.
The NCC First Impressions team includes: Hospitality, Connections, Safety, and Utilities. As a team, we aim to communicate loudly and clearly: “You are seen, you are valuable, we love you exactly where you are, and, you belong here with us.” The First Impressions role is equal parts logistics and relational. First Impressions creates the space for people to feel safe and like they belong when they enter into our community; we want NCC to be a place to encounter Jesus without any hindrance.
At NCC we believe that discipleship happens best in the context of relationships. Small groups are our strategy for growth. On the Groups team you will be exposed to our small group initiatives, equip and train leaders, and support our overall discipleship strategy.
One of our core convictions is that the church should be in the middle of the marketplace and we believe that movie screens are modern stained glass. The Miracle Theatre is a newly launched second run movie theatre and live performance venue. As a Miracle Theatre protégé you will get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a movie theatre and venue, and be a part of our marketplace ministry on Barracks Row.
Our missions department is formed around assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and transforming through reconciliation. We strive to be on mission every day together wherever and whenever. As a protege you will work on both our local and international initiatives as we empower and equip NCCers to strategically live out our missional mandate as found in Acts 1:8.
NCC’s pastoral care department seeks to meet people’s needs for care, support, and recovery by equipping God’s people to share the hope and freedom they have found in Christ. This includes equipping people to lead support groups and recovery programs and/or to provide better pastoral care in their existing leadership roles; unleashing those with counseling training to provide pastoral care; educating people to help them avoid issues requiring more intensive pastoral care; and identifying and referring to outside counselors, organizations, and programs through which people can find the help they need.
NCC Prayer is dedicated to creating safe spaces for people to encounter the love of God through prayer. To that end we aim to support NCC’s prayer ministry in four main areas: intercession, inner healing prayer, training & equipping, and personal prayer ministry appointments. Teaching and using spiritual gifts we partner with the Spirit to bring people into their identity, healing and freedom in Christ. We’re equipping the church to learn to shift atmospheres in their places of employment to see His kingdom come. We’re brokering hope, one prayer at a time. NCC Prayer is fast paced, high touch and high content.
Our mission as the Production team is to create engaging environments that encourage everyone present to join worship, embrace truth, and encounter God. We do this by using audio, video, and lighting elements to transform our locations into unique and creative expressions of who we are. We support the vision of NCC as a whole as well as other ministries by coming along side in planning and running events as well as designing and installing systems. Because we serve multiple unique locations and venues, you will be exposed to a wide range of opportunities for learning, growth, and experience.
Our worship department is committed to creating sounds and environments that draw people into the presence of God. They believe that excellence honors God, and God honors excellence. You will have the opportunity to work alongside talented and anointed artists and songwriters, as they seek to glorify God through worship. For more info check out nccworship.net
Our students are not the soon-to-be or future Church, they are the Church now. Our heart is to equip students for the work of ministry today, believing that age isn’t a disqualifier. On the Youth Ministry Team, you’ll gain exposure to what it looks like to engage youth in the city, develop as a communicator and pioneer innovative ways of doing youth ministry.
The Protégé Program is a training and proving ground for emerging church leaders. During your Protégé year, you will accumulate valuable experience, mentors, and knowledge that will prepare you for stepping into the next phase of your God-given calling. Our desire is that your Protégé year will give you the experience you need to find a full-time staff position in a local church or para-church ministry.
Previous ministry and leadership experience is preferred and specific experience in the desired ministry focus area is certainly favored. We also look for people who have a clear sense of calling and dare to dream big dreams for the Kingdom of God. We are also big believers in attitude, flexibility, sense of humor, ability to work within a team environment, so we weigh those heavily.
The Protégé Program runs from September (the Thursday after Labor Day) through August (the last Sunday of August).
No. It's much more. It's hands-on ministry, where you'll be treated as a staff member and held to the expectations of staff members. You won't be treated like an "intern." You'll be viewed as a vital part of our staff team.
We do have some Protégé housing opportunities available at our ministry center in Southeast DC at the Southeast White House. Lodging is provided in exchange for 3-5 hours a week of additional service at the ministry there. Otherwise, our staff will be available to give guidance on areas of the city that might provide affordable housing.
Currently, the Protégé Program is not designed to be a seminary or Bible college experience; therefore, we are not currently offering any college or seminary credit. However, if you believe your current Bible college or seminary would be willing to offer independent study or internship credit for your involvement, then we are willing to work with you and your academic institution to provide them with the necessary documentation.
There is no cost to attend the NCC Protégé Program, but you will need the finances to support you and your family for one year in Washington, DC. You may accomplish this through fundraising, working a part-time job, or some combination of the two. If you are single, you should expect to need approximately $1500/month to cover rent, food, and other necessities to live in Washington DC. NCC will cover all of your materials for the program. We offer a $500 stipend a month to help supplement the cost of living in DC.
The program is typically a full-time commitment which requires 40+ hours a week. It is our expectation that some protégés will need to secure part-time employment. However, we ask that ministry expectations and time requirements take precedent over outside work schedules. Please be sure to let us know during the application process if you will be seeking a secondary job so we can make sure your availability matches your department’s needs.