Youth Ministry Internships (Part 1)
The first three years that I had interns we let them come in and work with us and run the program. We were an event and program driven ministry and we let our interns learn while doing. But at the end of the summer our interns were not spiritually stronger. They only read their Bible to get ready for a lesson. Their prayer life was about the same. Basically they learned how to run events and programs.
We began to make a shift at that point and the last 5 years. Today we use the internship as an opportunity to mentor students who desire to work as a minister one day. Mentoring is intentionally spending time teaching, showing, and sharing your experience and strengths with someone. It is taking the focus off of what the intern can do for the church and shifting it to what we can do for the intern.
The next post will be about what mentoring looks like in an internship.