Facts and Questions


What is the Protege Internship Program?

The Protege Internship Program is a leadership immersion experience for those desiring to serve on staff in a missional church, learning leadership skills and developing character. Protege at WestGate Church was designed as a hybrid of Mosaic church's Protege program in Los Angeles and Vintage Faith’s Protege program in Santa Cruz.


How long is the internship?

The internship lasts one year, with a potential of a second year to be determined during your first year. Protégé begins in mid August and runs through July the following year.


How does the free housing work and what other financial costs do you need to consider?

What areas of ministry will the internships be focused on?


What will a week look like in the Protégé program?

Can you raise funds for this internship?

How does the seminary component work with Protégé ?

Do you have to be going to seminary to become a Protege intern?

What is the strategy of leadership development for Protege?

What does the application process look like?

When can I apply?

More questions?

We have been blessed with very generous members of our community offering up rooms in their homes that the interns can live in rent and utility free.

As for costs, you will need cover the cost of food, gas (if you have a car), parking permits, insurance and entertainment.You may need to work a part-time job in order to support yourself.

A key part of the experience is developing skills as you discover your passions and gifts in regards to a distinct area of ministry. Each intern will be assigned to one area based on their interests. Possible ministry teams include:

  • Compassion Ministry

  • Global Missions

  • Six40 Discipleship Ministry

  • Life Groups Ministry

  • Worship & Creative Arts

  • Youth Ministry

  • Children’s Ministry

  • College & Young Adult Ministry

  • Media, Tech/Sound, Video

  • Creative Media

Each intern will have a varying schedule of 20/25 hours a week, depending on their role in the church. We will work with you to arrange a schedule that gives you the ability to work another part time job and allow Sabbath rest.

You can raise funds (like missionaries do) in order to cover seminary costs, books, food, gas and other expenses. If needed, we will work out an arrangement so that people donating funds to you can do so through the non-profit status of our church. We will talk with you further about raising funds if you want to pursue this as a possibility.

Through our partnership with Western Seminary (San Jose extension), interns are offered a 20% discount on seminary tuition.  Protégé interns will be responsible for tuition costs, books, and transportation to seminary. The details and logistics of attending seminary will be worked out for your specific situation as you begin the application process.

If you choose to participate in seminary while being a Protégé intern your commitment will be for 2 years instead of one. Because a Master of Arts degree is 2 years. If an intern desires to get a Masters of Divinity degree, the MA does apply towards a MDiv, so you can easily continue to get a MDiv should you so desire after the internship is over.

No, you do not have to be in seminary. 

Protégé is ideal for those who may not be going to seminary, but who are serious about leadership and gaining a year experience on a missional church staff. Many who are part of Protégé are ones who take a year (or sometimes two) after receiving their undergraduate degree and explore serving in ministry in a church context prior to moving on to what is next on their vocational path.

The Protégé Internship Program seeks to develop your leadership skills and build character through an intentional living and learning experience. This happens through monthly leadership and life mission learning experiences led by Dan Kimball, where there will be opportunities to discuss books, theology, and mission. As well as hands-on-ministry experience. Each Protégé serves on a specific ministry team where they learn the skills of the ministry they serve in.

Take time to read through Our Values page. It is important that you understand the basics of our vision, philosophy and theology as a church before you apply. Once you have read through our beliefs and values you can apply.

After we receive your application, we will then set up an interview with the Protégé Director and another key staff leader - in person or online video call. This conversation allows us to have more in depth discussion and will help to determine whether Protégé is a match and whether or not there will be further interview steps.

We are currently accepting applications for 2019/2020! Apply here.

Contact David with any questions you may have!