International Student Ministry Apprenticeship Program

Equipping workers to serve, evangelize, disciple, and train international students on American campuses

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Program Goals

The International Student Ministry Apprenticeship Program (ISMAP) is a one-year learning experience with International Friendships, Inc. (IFI), Columbus, one of the largest campus- and community-based ministries to international students in the United States.


  • Learn what international student ministry (ISM) entails
  • Develop ministry skills
  • Gain experience to become effective ISM workers on a current team or join a new ministry team
  • Pray for vision to pioneer ISM on new campuses

Program Distinctives

  • Focusing on cross-cultural ministry skills
  • Applying principles — not how-to “recipes”– to ministry opportunities
  • Learning through discussion-oriented seminars, one-on-one mentoring, and hands-on experiences
  • Developing a God-guided personal ministry and ministry style
  • Encouraging self-discipline to become a responsible and productive worker
  • Waiting on God to learn where He will lead next

Program Content Includes

  • Cross-cultural communication and sensitivity
  • Spiritual leadership and team building
  • Evangelism and discipleship
  • Small group dynamics
  • Interpersonal relationship skills
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • University-ministry relations
  • Balance in ministry
  • Financial and prayer support development

ISMAP is designed to develop workers who can…

  • Welcome international students to American campuses
  • Show students Christ incarnationally
  • Help them learn American culture
  • Help students see their need for Christ
  • Help students meet Christ personally and grow in Him
  • Disciple students who can make Christ known among the nations

Program FAQs

Who are good candidates for this program?

American and international Christians who

  • have an undergraduate degree or are in Bible college
  • speak and write English well
  • feel called to ISM and want to learn how to do it
  • are eager to grow in cross-cultural sensitivity

How long is the program?

This one-year program runs July 1 through June 30

What hands-on experiences do apprentices get?

  • Coordinate hospitality for the students
  • Help students settle into off-campus housing
  • Follow up on new contacts
  • Join English Conversation Club
  • Co-lead evangelistic and discipleship Bible discussion groups
  • Plan and run special events
  • Meet one on one with internationals
  • Have a personal staff ministry mentor


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Cost: Participants raise $1250 – $1800/month to pay for ministry and living expenses
Requirements: You will need to submit:

  • Download and complete application form
  • Two recommendation forms
  • A 500-600 word essay outlining why you are applying, what knowledge and skills you will bring to the program, and how the apprenticeship will support your ministry goals.

Application Deadline: January 1 for the following July
Contact Russ Sermon, ISMAP Director
International Friendships, Inc.
2500 North High Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43202