Youth Ministry Internships (Part 2)
My hope is that if you are hosting the internship you will take on the role of a mentor. Tim Elmore does a lot of work in mentoring and developing leaders. While doing some work on mentoring I found this concept credited to him. Tim’s points are in blue and my comments are in italics.
Jesus’ Mentoring Model by Tim Elmore
- Initiative (Luke 6:12-13) Jesus recruited the 12. I am a big believer that you need to seek interns and not just let people apply. You will get better interns if you seek them.
- Proximity (Mark 3:14, Luke 8:1) To be a great mentor you must spend time with the interns. This is more than just doing the work but opening up and sharing.
- Friendship (John 15:15) It is great when you can develop a friendship with the interns and not see them as hired help.
- Example (John 13:15) Interns will learn as you do things with them and show them how and why it is done.
- Commitment (John 13:1, Matthew 16:24) Both the intern and the mentor will have to commit to the process. It takes planning, commitment, and initiative.
- Responsibility (Mark 6:7) As time goes on you need to let the interns take on responsibility. Give them task to be over so they can buy into your ministry and not just doing a job.
- Knowledge (Luke 8:9-10) Take time to explain things and help them know why and how you do things. Pass on your knowledge and lessons you have learned over the years.
- Trust (Matthew 10:1-8, Luke 10:1-16) Let them know you trust them and try not to micro-manage them.
- Evaluation (Luke 10:17-20) We all need to be evaluated. None of us like it. Let them evaluate you, events, and you evaluate them and help them see how they can grow.
- Goal (Matthew 4:19, John 4:35) Make sure you help them know your vision for your ministry. We have a hard time not loosing our vision if you don’t keep it in front of them they will drift.
- Power (John 20:22, Acts 1:8) Give them real power to make decisions and do things.
- Launch (Matthew 28:18-20) The goal of the internship is to help them to be successful in ministry. Look for ways to help them and be there for them when they begin their ministry.