Sports ministry intern | Nairobi, Kenya

  • Service term length or program: Mission internship
  • Region of service: Africa
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ministry category: Children at risk, Community development, Leadership training

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Be involved with youth sports ministries in neighborhoods affected by enduring poverty. Sports ministries are safes places, away from the streets, where kids can be cared for and grow. We are looking for shepherding leaders who are marked by merciful action, transformative contemplation, and prophetic justice. Preferred deadline for applications is March 1 each year.

Regional vision

Presentation of the gospel from an Anabaptist perspective has been quite attractive to West Africans over the past several years, and holds great potential for growth in the region and beyond.


  • Assist in the ongoing sports ministry work of the EMM team.  
  • Relate with, and learn from, the four sports ministries we are working with.
  • Take part in the Deep Coaching Apprenticeship alongside local apprentices. (Deep Coaching is discipleship and spiritual formation training for sports ministry leaders.)
  • Spend intentional time learning language and culture.

All mission interns are engaged in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their internships. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, interns spend a week learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of other interns preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, interns continue to connect online with their Launch cohort as they join a long-term missionary in the country of service.


The climate in Nairobi is ideal, with temperatures in the 70s to mid-80s year-round. As a hub for East Africa and beyond, Nairobi is modern and relatively politically stable. It is also very diverse, with many people from surrounding regions. Despite being one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most developed nations, approximately 2.5 million people live in Nairobi’s slum communities. This represents 60% of the city’s population. The gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” in Nairobi is vast.

Supervisors and colleagues

The sports ministry intern will work with the EMM team and local colleagues, with additional supervision from the East Africa Regional Representative.

Skills and experience
Applicant must be a college graduate. Experience playing varsity high school basketball — coaching experience is preferred. As a humble learner of culture, be willing to spend significant time and energy in poor communities learning form Kenyan sports ministry leaders. Must have a deep desire to see followers of Jesus formed and nurtured in the context of sports programs. A flexible and persevering attitude is required.