The mission of the Center for Clergy Excellence is to serve clergy and their families so that they may equip congregations to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.
College Pastoral Internships Program for 2021
Help us help college students discern their call to ministry!
Summer College Pastoral Internships are available for next summer. This paid, 10 week internship pairs selected college students with pastors and local churches. The student has the opportunity to experience pastoral ministry “from the inside out”. The pastor and church have the opportunity to experience the excitement that a college student brings, as well as the satisfaction of assisting a young person in discerning a call to ministry.
The College Pastoral Internship Project is designed to encourage a diverse group of gifted young candidates to enter pastoral service in the Texas Annual Conference, and to equip local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces and a clear sense of call to commit to pastoral ministry.
Interns are sent to serve local churches for several weeks each summer. Interns receive a stipend for their work and connect with one another at orientation and reflection retreat gatherings. Host churches will agree to provide the interns with housing (if needed), mentoring, and a full range of exposure to all facets of pastoral ministry.
At the end of each summer, pastoral interns return to college not only with local church experience, but with relationships designed to sustain them throughout lifelong careers in ministry.
If you know a college student who might be interested, or if your church is interested in hosting an intern next summer, go here: https://www.txcumc.org/internshipproject to read more about it and to access the applications. You can also contact Deborah Hawboldt, Associate Director of Clergy Excellence at Click to email
If you are not part of the Walking program and would like to be - sign up below. All Active Clergy and Spouses in the Group Health Plan are eligible for this program. You do not have to attend a Day of Wellness to enroll. Incentives range from $25 to $150 per quarter. You can purchase a tracker on the Virgin Pulse site and receive a one-time cost share discount of $7.00 from the TAC. For more info, contact Nancy Slade at Click to email.
Here are a couple of websites you may find helpful if you have not seen them before.
The Congregational Resource Guide - search for resources based on your congregation’s current needs – youth ministry, staffing, worship, etc.
Faith & Leadership - contains articles related to innovative ministries and also reflections on the current liturgical season.