About the Ministry Apprentice Program

MAP provides a direct avenue to wed your rigorous academic study at Missio with supervised ministry experience at Manoa Community Church. The chosen candidate will enjoy a 20% discount on all classes at Missio, tuition assistance for up to 30 credit hours annually (details below), direct pastoral mentorship, and real-life ministry and church leadership opportunities. The goal is to expose the seminarian to real-life field work, better preparing you for the future calling of God on your life.

About Manoa Community Church

The vision of Manoa Community Church (manoa.org) is to saturate Haverford Township, the Main Line, Philadelphia, and the ends of the earth with the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our mission is multiplying missional Christians and churches throughout Greater Philadelphia and the unreached world. Our strategy includes training and sending laborers, locally and globally, to revitalize and plant churches. We aim to raise up future church leaders, like yourself, and release them into fruitful Great Commission work.

MAP Requirements

  • Passion for evangelism, preaching, teaching, and disciple-making.
  • Godly Christian character, consistent with the biblical qualifications of an elder.
  • Receiving mentorship from the Pastor weekly.
  • Attending weekly staff meetings on Mondays, as able.
  • Minimum of 10 hours a week of ministerial field work, crafted around both your gifts and the present needs of the church.
  • Fully integrating, as a member and part-time staff, into the life of Manoa Community Church, (please see our beliefs and EPC affiliation at
  • Receiving a brief review after each semester, in which either party may choose to end the apprenticeship for any reason, without penalty or

Financial Assistance

To receive tuition assistance, the seminary apprentice must submit a receipt of the total price paid for the class at Missio and proof of class completion, including the final grade received. Assistance Rates (per credit hour) are:

  • A: $400
  • B: $300
  • C: $200
  • D: $100

As of 2018, the maximum annual assistance you can receive at Manoa is $12,000. According to the IRS, you can exclude up to $5,250 of educational assistance benefits each year. This means Manoa will not include the first $5,250 of reimbursement benefits with your wages, tips, and other compensation shown on your Form W-2. This also means that you do not have to include these benefits on your income tax return.

Program Application

To apply for the Ministry Apprentice Program, please send your cover letter, résumé, and a copy of your current transcript to:

  • Manoa Community Church
  • 153 North Eagle Road
  • Havertown, PA 19083
  • Attn: Stefan Bomberger

Or email your application to office@manoa.org.