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Expanding the perspective of
young people to the potential life
of bi-vocation worship leadership

WELCOME TO EZRA

The Ezra Worship Initiative is a paid summer worship internship for college aged students with an interest in bi-vocational or full time music and worship leadership. The mission of Ezra is to develop musically gifted individuals into leaders who can serve with the pastor to shepherd the church in rich congregational worship.

Two young musicians sing on stage

Program Objectives

objective one

To recruit student worship leaders to a creative community of personal and spiritual development

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Growing personally in Christ
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Working and living with a team of other like-minded interns
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Personal mentorship and spiritual development
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Collaboration together on original music and ideas
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Various intern community building events
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End of internship evaluation and guidance
objective two

To provide rich theological instruction combined with hands-on experience in all areas of worship leadership and technology

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On site experience with Decatur Presbyterian Church
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Worship band and worship leadership participation
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Musical and liturgical service planning with the pastors
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Basic hands on experience with live stream and FOH mixing, lighting, camera, presentation, recording and multitrack software
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Weekly class instruction with credit toward a Certificate of Worship from Birmingham Theology Seminary (BTS)
objective three

To provide an opportunity to serve the broader church and local community.

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A one week international mission trip to the Dominican Republic
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Meeting with other worship leaders and thinkers in ministry
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Opportunity to serve other church and community ministries with music:  Vacation Bible School, Neighborhood Christian Center, Young Life leadership, College Community Bible Study

Intern Testimonial

"It’s hard to even begin to express my thanks for how the Ezra Worship Initiative blessed me this past summer. I came into this internship with little technical training, but a desire to learn. Not only did God provide me with many of the tools necessary for a life of worship ministry, but He gave me lifelong relationships with friends and mentors who I will cherish forever. I was put in a place with like-minded individuals who had the desire to grow in their faith and giftings, which created a wonderful learning and growing environment. We received training in musicianship, technology, leadership, and theology, which together gave us a well-rounded education and experience. Beyond all of the training, God drew me nearer to Him and made me fall more in love with the gospel. He grew not only my knowledge but also my desire for Him and His word. I am so excited to see what God has in store for the Ezra Worship Initiative in the future years, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. To Him be the glory!"

Blaire Dickson, 2021 Intern

The Ideal Candidate

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Maintains a strong testimony of following Jesus Christ
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Holds an interest in Christian ministry as a bi-vocational or full time calling
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Desires to grow in his/her calling in Worship leadership
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Is humble, teachable, dependable, creative, and able to work with a team
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Is the age of a rising college sophomore, junior or senior
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Supports the mission and vision of The Ezra Worship Initiative and the host church
Young woman plays guitar at her computer