Explore your leadership gifting


Being an intern at Central is a fantastic opportunity to explore and practice your leadership gifting. It is  a season to be developed in leadership, learning how to lead yourself and others in the vision God has given to this family of churches.

Through our internship programme we hope that you will grow in character, confidence in your identity, biblical understanding and missional vision for your life.


0-18s – Working with kids and youth, centrally and in Missional Communities, church plants and across the city.

Alpha – Enabling the strengthening of our Alpha ministry, supporting the team as they run the course, sharing Jesus with course members, taking opportunities for discipleship wherever they come.

Care – To grow in compassion and heart for people whilst caring in all pastoral situations, with support.  An opportunity to develop in leading yourself and others and train in Lifecare for our Missional Communities and externally.  To engage with supporting the vulnerable in a developing service.

CAP – An opportunity to engage with God’s heart for the poor in Edinburgh. Working as part of the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) team to support the CAP ministries at Central; debt centre, job club and ‘CAPuccino’ social events.  

Creative – Telling the story of Jesus creatively and effectively beyond the church walls. If you’re into design, art, photography, web development, social media, writing or more, this internship will give you the opportunity to use and develop those abilities. There’s also an internship available with more of a focus on video and visual storytelling.

Events – Working alongside our Central Venues business and Central Church Gatherings Team to assist in designing and managing a wide range of events held at Central Hall.

Lighthouse – serving in a variety of missional contexts with Lighthouse Central Church.

Missional Communities – Alongside the MC team, developing the reach and impact of our MCs, enabling new ones to start, supporting Learning Community weekends, encouraging MC leaders.

Operations & Finance – An opportunity to work with the resources team at Central, learning to support the various departments of Central’s ministry with logistics support particularly in reference to CAP, venue & finance teams.

Oxgangs – The chance to be part of a new local church with opportunities to engage in youthwork, sports ministry and discipleship with young families.

Prayer and Prophecy – An opportunity to grow in character, gifting, leadership, biblical understanding and love for Jesus in the context of the Prayer and Prophetic ministry at Central.

Stenhouse – Serving in a new missional setting, primarily focusing on kids and younger youth, supporting the rebirth of an urban church community.

Training – Becoming a leader of leaders, supporting the development of training, involved in various training environments.

Worship – Help develop the passion and skills of the worship team as well as working hard to inspire the church to encounter to God in new and old ways

Young Adults – Working with the leaders of our young adult MCs with the desire to see this generation equipped to be all that God desires and calls them to be in every aspect of their lives.

Further details

Training / study

A personal programme of reading and study will be agreed with your line manager and additional training conferences will be identified throughout the year.


Interns will work under the day to day supervision of a staff member, and will have regular reviews during the year. They will meet weekly with the staff team and from time to time they will have opportunity for intern training with a member of the senior team.


Internships are possible for between 2 – 4 days per week, depending on the availability of the intern and the responsibility of the position. Interns will have a fairly structured weekly timetable that will be reviewed during the year.


Internships are offered on a part time basis to enable additional part time work. Accommodation with a church family may be possible. An accommodation grant is available for £100 per month, which would be passed on to a host family where relevant.

How to apply

Applications close 21 April. Apply via the Cairn website by completing both the Training Hub and Internship application forms.

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