Every summer SoHills brings on a new intern. Just when we’re really getting to know him or her, they are gone. Even though it’s only 10 weeks, they become a part of our family and saying goodbye isn’t easy. So why do we do it? Good question!
The ambition of our summer ministry internship is to provide ministry experience that will propel the intern into a successful future in kingdom work. We believe that a summer internship provides field experience that integrates the classroom and real life. We pray that this relationship not only benefits the church at large, but our local church as well as.
When you look at the ministry of Jesus, you see that he created a plan of action to mature His followers into leaders. He called the disciples to follow Him. Jesus taught the disciples, modeled a lifestyle for them to follow, included them in ministry along side of him, released them to do the ministry, and held them accountable for their work.
In the Bible in Matthew 10:1 it says, “Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.” (NLT) The author then names the disciples and then in verse 5-6 we read, “Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: ‘Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep.'”
This is the first account of Jesus sending His disciples to go do ministry. He gave them specific instructions as to which towns and people to avoid and where they would find people willing to hear their message. As the disciples were sent out, they continued to grow in leadership and eventually these disciples took up the baton to plant churches and change the world forever.
Each summer we invite an intern to join our team and community. He or she comes alongside us to see why and how we do ministry. We include them in the work and then as the summer comes to an end we send them out.
In the few weeks that we have our summer intern, I invite you to share your life with Joey Craft. Maybe this means that you invite him over for dinner or take him out for a cup of coffee. Share your story, express what the church means to you, and come alongside of him as he begins this journey of ministry.