Pastoral leadership interns share their experience -- Rebecca Borgman

Great Plains Interns


The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22. This 10-week program provides young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most “hands-on” way possible, while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation. Rebecca Borgman served at Manhattan First UMC in Manhattan, KS, for the summer of 2018.

As an intern at the First UMC church in Manhattan KS, I had many opportunities to work alongside the people of the church. I like to be very organized and know what will happen and this summer has been anything but that, a lesson of what ministry is. There were many times that things got tossed my way that I just picked up and went with the flow. There were two times that I learned that I was preaching in the next few days and had to write a sermon quickly. Along with this, my mentoring pastor's daughter got really sick and I had to take up some of her roles to make sure everything went smoothly. All in all, the summer taught me many things that I didn't think that I would learn in this capacity, even without having the opportunity to sit in on wedding planning and baptism preparations, the summer was so much more than what I expected. I have definitely been affirmed in my calling by God and all the other people I have gotten to work with. I now know I am being called to a pastoral role in some sort of way. Maybe not the traditional sense of a pastor, but God will reveal that to me when He is ready!

Moving in all the books for the bookstore for the Global Leadership Summit, the Leadership Conference I helped with as my summer project. I was in charge of everything bookstore and volunteer. This is the first year the church has done this conference.


At the Summit Youth Academy, I was also given the chance to preach. I was able to speak about God’s prevenient grace through my calling into ministry. This opportunity gave me a chance to pour into 32 High School students, 11 college students, and 20+ adult mentors. I was able show them that they are not too young to do anything that God has called them to!

Two of the other interns and me at the Young Preachers Festival where I gave my first sermon EVER!! It was a great experience seeing these ladies here and at Annual Conference. I will definitely miss seeing them and will have to stay in touch!

Giving my first sermon in front of a congregation. My family was able to come and watch me preach at Ogden UMC Friendship House on July 15th. It went very well!

Preparing my last sermon that I preached at the Summit Youth Academy on Tuesday July 24. I borrowed materials from the pastors and got feedback of what needed improvement. They encouraged me and gave me constructive feedback. They were such a joy to work with all summer!

I met some great new friends, and we went out to Tuttle Creek Reservoir with some Sonic drinks and had a grand time watching the sunset and enjoying each other’s company. We had the privilege to go and explore the dinosaur exhibit in town. We had a blast and laughed a lot! We found out that one of us does not believe dinosaurs are real! Who knew? We still accepted them and had a nice laugh afterwards.