about us


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Protege is the hands-on ministerial leadership development program of Desert Springs Church that includes discipleship, education and team building activities.  Simply put, Protege is designed to provide practical leadership development to the participants, assisting them in revealing, refining their calling and releasing them into ministry.  Desert Springs Church is a church plant and continues to cast vision for future campuses and leadership development.  The purpose of Desert Springs Church is to help others Connect with God, Grow in biblical community and Go and make a difference.  That same purpose is found in Protege. 

Protege participants will be exposed to day to day ministry activities with exclusive insight and participation into leadership and staff processes. They will receive personal mentoring by key leadership and pastoral staff. They will also participate and assist in planning, coordinating and execution of special projects. As part of Protege, each participant will engage in a gifting analysis. Protege includes leadership development, biblical and practical training as well as a robust evaluation process throughout.



Our programs


protege Summer internship-Ps

The Protege Summer Internship- PS is designed for college-aged individuals who believe they have a calling of ministry on their life but are unsure what exactly that looks like. PS  Interns receive teaching not only from the Pastors at Desert Springs Church, but from licensed ministers from all around the state of Arizona. It is a 1o week internship that offers ministry training in Youth, Worship, Kids, Womens, Administration, Production/Creative and Community Group ministries.



Protege staff internship-P3

Our Protege Staff Internship - P3 is a two year internship where interns are directly interning with one of our Staff Pastors. The Protege Staff Internship is for those who are pursuing their credentialing and desire intensive one on one ministry training in the ministry they feel called in. In order to be a Protege Staff Intern it is required for you to go through our Protege Summer Internship for 2 years.  This Internship is by invitation only.

protege pm

Protege PM is our internship for working adults or full time students who are ready to pursue the calling of ministry on their life. We are partnered with the Arizona School of Ministry and Southwestern Assemblies of God University to provide the educational requirements to become a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God.  In addition, to the School of Ministry Education, PM students will receive Desert Springs DNA courses on Discipleship, Team Building and Leadership from the Desert Springs Staff and other ministers in Arizona. 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
— Matthew 28:19


PROTEGE PM                         SUMMER PROTEGE



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Our Lead Pastor, Brad Davis has always had a vision to raise up leaders and send them out.  Protege is the practical result of that vision.  Today, the Program is led by Pastors Bryan and Lynette Durrett, with Pastor Lynette serving as our Program Director.   Our team includes a diverse group of facilitators, administrators, experienced practitioners, pastors and leaders that pour into the Protege Interns. 


PICTURED LEFT: Pastor Brad & Becky Davis

PICTURED RIGHT:  Pastor Bryan & Lynette Durrett, Tina Dickison