Christian Encounter Ministries

Christian Encounter Ministries (CEM), established in 1970, is a 24-hour, residential discipleship and counseling ministry for broken and hurting young people (currently accepting males age 16-21 and females age 16-25) who are dealing with many issues such as grief, anger, depression, abandonment, and abuse. These young people, called students, come to CEM voluntarily. Students stay 18 months on average and receive Christian discipleship, professional counseling, and schooling if necessary (there is a state approved private high school on property)—not to mention other essentials: fellowship, love, and plenty of one-on-one attention. They adhere to a disciplined schedule and learn how to develop a good work ethic. As much as possible, we relate to them as a loving and supportive “extended family.”

Church Information

Church/Organization Employee Average Attendance Location
N/A N/A , California

Contact Information


Mark Andrews
phone   (530) 268-0877


Position Information

Position Category Position Title Position Type Weekly Hours
Jr/Sr High, Internship Internship N/A N/A

Job Summary

CEM offers internships for committed Christians age 21 and older who love the Lord and are eager to serve others. Ministering to these hurting young people is both demanding and rewarding. Students experience rapid growth, and interns develop additional spiritual maturity and endurance. As servant-leaders, interns model the Christian life as they live and work alongside the students. A staff of committed Christian professionals who have had many years of residential ministry experience provide guidance for the intern team. New interns receive one week of orientation, verbal and written instruction, and helpful direction and advice from senior interns. Internships range from 90 days to 2 years. Each intern disciples one to three students and teaches group Bible studies on a rotation basis. Interns are hard-working supervisors of the students and perform daily assignments that include practical activities--cooking, cleaning, and various maintenance tasks on our 86-acre campus (affectionately called “the Ranch”). Interns also oversee a dorm room with two or three students. Many teachable moments arise during the daily activities as well as during recreation times (e.g. boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, ball games, “hanging out,” etc.). There are also various opportunities to minister in other ways according to interest and gifting. During an internship, CEM provides room and board. All CEM interns are eligible for a graduated grant (from a total of $500 for the first 3 months, up to $600 per month, depending on length of service) to help cover other expenses.

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Applicant Requirements

Applicants must be committed Christians age 21 and older who love the Lord and are eager to serve others.