Encouragement: Consider an Internship Program this Summer

I realize I have lots of ministry leaders who read my blog. (Thank you.)

If you are a pastor or church leader, I want to encourage you to consider an internship program next summer for college students. I continually hear from young adults looking for a place to serve in a church. They are often sensing a call to ministry or know that’s their life-calling and want a place to serve, learn and grow in practical ministry experience. We value interns at Grace Community Church. Obviously we can’t accommodate all…or even most…of the requests we have for interns, so I’m hoping you can help fill some of that need.

Interns are valuable because:

  • You can accomplish things you can’t get done otherwise…
  • You invest in the next generation of leaders…
  • You participate in Kingdom-building…
  • You make friends for life…

What do you need to be prepared to do?

  • You should budget for an intern…
  • They will need at minimum room and board…
  • If you can bless them with some spending money…even better…
  • You need to give them real responsibility…
  • You need to invest in them personally with your time…(They are looking to learn from you.)

Does your church use interns? Would you consider doing so this next summer?

I’d love to hear from you. If your church has an intern program, please leave a comment of how others can apply. If you would consider hosting an intern this summer, please comment so potential interns can contact you. If you are looking for an internship, you can leave a comment also. (Be sure to tell a little about yourself.

I have a few young adults ready to be an intern. You’ll be glad you made the move!

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4 thoughts on “Encouragement: Consider an Internship Program this Summer

  1. We've got an intern program at National Community Church called the Protege Program. It's a year long, running from September-August. It's unpaid, although Proteges can raise support.

    We tend to give Proteges a high level of responsibility. A few months into my Protege year I served as one of our Campus Pastors.

    There's more information on it at http://theaterchurch.com/about/protege/

    Also, we do occasionally accept summer or semester interns, if you're interested in doing a shorter internship, reply to this comment and let me know a bit about who you are and what type of ministry you'd be interested in doing. I can't guarantee anything, but I can put you in touch with the right person if it seems like something that might work.

    • I love this. Thanks for sharing. What a great church so I hope sole of my readers will take notice.RonRon EdmondsonGrace Community Churchhttp://about.me/ronedmondson
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