Emmanuel Christian Seminary is pleased to offer the Ministry Fellows Program.  This program pairs students with local churches, where they can serve in a variety of ministerial capacities during the time they are enrolled in seminary.

All full-time, residential, second-year or higher seminary students are welcome to apply. Returning students are also welcome to apply. Each awarded fellow will have the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 for a 9- month fellowship that runs the 2024-2025 academic year.

Ministry Fellows take part in a cohort model that includes a fall orientation lunch, mid-year review, and a final celebration gathering. In addition to a fellows ministry placement, they have the opportunity to share their joys and struggles with others in the Emmanuel Christian Seminary’s Internship class. We’ve listed the five ministry placement opportunities and descriptions below. A student can list their top two placement choices in their application.  We will announce the Ministry Fellows church pairings by the end of the spring 2024 semester.

Applications are open now until March 22, 2024!

Apply here!

Crossroads Recovery Fellowship

Crossroads Christian Church

This position will work closely with the leadership team to minister and disciple those in Crossroads’ Recovery Ministries.

Full Job Ad Here.

Depending on interest, availability, and resources there could potentially be two placements at this ministry.

Ministry Coordinator

First Christian Church Johnson City

Learn to be part of collaborative team of ministries, develop your skills as a minister in a number of areas, and grow in your love for the local church.


Depending on interest, availability, and resources there could potentially be two placements at this ministry.

Discipleship Coordinator

Grandview Christian Church

This fellowship opportunity is designed to provide experience in teaching, preaching, and coordinating a discipleship / outreach program. 

Full Job Ad Here.

Campus Ministry Coordinator

Hopwood Christian Church

Help Hopwood staff and leadership connect with and support college and graduate students. Be a part of integrating college students into an intergenerational Church community life.

Full Job Ad Here. 

Depending on interest, availability, and resources there could potentially be two placements at this ministry, one focusing on college outreach and another focusing on outreach and discipleship for youth.

Recovery Campus Pastor

The Table

The Table is a Christ-centered gathering launched by addicts for anyone who is struggling with any type of life-controlling problem. This position includes leadership of The Table, a missionary community striving to saturate the city of Bristol with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Full Job Ad Here.

This program responds to the need for seminary graduates to be more prepared for positions of leadership within churches and other ministries, and it also addresses student financial burdens. Emmanuel is committed to developing students for ministry and supporting the local church. We are so grateful for all our wonderful church partners in East TN!

This program is funded through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Milligan University was awarded a $999,230 grant to support a bold and comprehensive review and redesign of its academic programs at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan to best prepare pastoral leaders for Christian Churches, Churches of Christ, and the church at large.