Pastor Ed -- Welcome, Interns!
Summer is fast approaching. It is a fun and fast-paced time in the life of our church. VBS, Haiti mission trip, Canada mission trip, children’s camp, and Summit youth camp dominate the summer schedule. Our interns program has been a great asset to a summer full of activities.
Over the years we have had many college students work with us to assist in these summer programs. This has been a tremendously successful ministry over the years with many of these students going on to become pastors, missionaries, music leaders, and Sunday school teachers. Most are actively serving our God in many different professions as they participate in the ministry of their local churches. It has been exciting to see how God has used these students for His glory.
We are excited to have three interns with us this summer. Shelby has grown up in our church, participated in all of the activities as a student, experienced the benefit of interns, and now gets to serve in that capacity. Lyndsay is a student at Casper College and has begun to get involved at Boyd Avenue. She is an education major and loves working with children. Andrew comes to us from Powell where he has been involved in the college ministry there. He feels that God is leading him into some form of ministry and is excited to serve this summer and see how God will use it in determining his future. All of these interns will be heavily involved in ministry this summer: helping with VBS, going to Haiti and Canada on our mission trips, going to Children’s camp and Summit as sponsors and many other ministries.
I am thankful for the involvement of our church family in the lives of these students. Our willingness to bring these students on as interns gives them a safe, encouraging environment to develop their skills and gifts in ministry. Not every church is willing to put in the resources and time to invest in students like this. I often get to talk former interns and listen to them share about how valuable this experience was for them as they gained experience and developed skills for ministry.
For this ministry to really be as successful as possible, it is important for our church family to take the time to get to know these students. They are more than hired help for the summer, but are a valuable part of our church. Take them to lunch or have them over to your home for a visit. Pray for them and encourage them in their ministry. Help make this summer an experience that will have lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of those they minister to.