Apply Now to Host a College Pastoral Intern
Interns and churches alike are blessed by new relationships and ministry experiences each summer as the TAC and congregations Invest in the Young through this special program. Read about some highlights from 2014 and consider your participation in 2015.
“It seems as though the College Pastoral Intern Project just ended and we are now opening the application process for host pastors and church’s for 2015,” says Rev. Michelle Hall who serves TAC as the Associate Director for the Center for Clergy Excellence. “As you can see from the photos and summaries from interns and host pastors, this is an opportunity designed to assist interns who are discerning their call to ministry. This is facilitated as pastors provide mentorship and the body of the church provides nurture and support.
Rev. Guy Williams, chair of the Clergy Development and Spiritual Formation Committee, and pastor of Atlanta FUMC shares, “Our church fell in love with our intern, Dylan. He preached, taught Sunday school, helped with vacation Bible school, camped at Lakeview, and served with our caring ministries. Some aspects of ministry were new or out of his comfort zone, but he willingly engaged each and gained valuable experiences to better perceive the movement of the Holy Spirit in his life. One of my favorite things about the internship is the mutual blessing. Interns and churches alike are blessed by new relationships and ministry experiences. My people have embraced our interns and have been honored to participate in a young adult's life as they discern their calling. It is an investment of time and energy on the part of the pastor and congregation that is well worth it.”
When asked about his experience, Rev. Robert Besser of Wesley UMC, Beaumont, responded, “Excellent program and ministry. I would love to host another person next year. Very positive experience.” Additionally, he adds, I can’t say enough good words about Marquice. Getting to know him as a colleague and friend has been wonderful. I really appreciate him very much and hope to get to work with him through the coming years.”
Adds Michelle, “One of my favorite parts is the in-depth reflection retreat we have at the conclusion of the summer. This year, Moody Memorial UMC in Galveston hosted our 24-hour retreat, where we were able to discuss how our 10 interns were discerning the hand of God on their call. This year, more than half felt called to ordained ministry and the others recognized giftedness to serve the church in some capacity.” According to Michelle, one of the interns is already a certified candidate and three were leaving the retreat headed to the Candidacy Summit.
Adds Michelle, “Special thanks to Elizabeth Duffin, chair of the TAC Clergy Recruitment committee, and committee member Danny Yang for helping to facilitate the 2014 program and retreat. It is always special when interns like Brandi Horton who have participated in the process come back to participate in various levels. Brandi, a former college campus pastor newly commissioned, was one of our leaders, and this speaks to the continuing life of this program to raise up clergy and lay leaders for the church of tomorrow.”
Be a Part of the Blessing in 2015
Applications can be obtained on the Conference website in the clergy recruitment section at http://www.txcumc.org/internshipproject. For additional information please contact Barbara Eoff, firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-521-9383.