School of Ministry


Lake Forest Church has always aspired to be a hospital for sinners, versus a cruise ship for saints, but we believe that God has called us to become a “teaching hospital” in the upcoming years through our Lake Forest Church School of Ministry.

We are excited to raise the next generation of ministry leaders up for the Kingdom of God by connecting our ministries with promising, young ministry candidates under the umbrella of personal mentoring, ministry skill training and spiritual formation.


High School/College-Age Internships

Students who have an interest and commitment to a specific ministry or skill area at LFC may apply within that department for a semester or year-long internship.

Summer Ministry Internships

College-aged students who have an interest in ministry as their future vocation will be placed into a ministry area of the church’s need. As key contributors to the day-to-day operations of Lake Forest, the interns will learn to lead people, projects and processes through first hand operations. Summer internships are announced in late February/early March.

Ministry Fellows

The Lake Forest Church Fellows Program trains post-college graduates who have shown promise and excitement for a lifetime of ministry through meaningful experience under close mentorship for one or two year fellowships. Check out our LFC Ministry Fellow Program Overview for more information.

EPC Church Planter Residents

Recent seminary graduates who feel called to plant a new EPC church will gain readiness for their career through a 1-2 year apprenticeship under experienced church planters in our network. Each resident will develop in their personal life, pastoral vocation and planting skills through practical ministry, coaching, study, evaluation and reflection. Check out the EPC Church Planter links below for more information.

EPC Church Planter Residency Application Form

EPC Church Planter Residency Self Assessment

Church Planter Residency Form

Graduate-level Bible education for our congregation.

In partnership with BibleJourney and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, LF School of Ministry is pleased to be able to offer Biblical survey courses covering both the Old and New Testaments in depth, for church members. Through BibleJourney, our Ministry Partners may complete up to  modules of graduate-level content, for personal growth reasons or to earn a certificate of completion. If a student later enrolls in a degree program at the seminary, credits can be granted for this work, saving the student many course hours and dollars.