First Light UMC ministry leadership internship

Proposed and reported by Nancy Pauls,
First Light UMC, Gardner, Kansas

Project Summary

Did the project go as expected?
The project went better than expected!

How were people impacted through the project?
Our whole congregation was impacted through the project as Alisha energized worship each week, was always a welcoming presence, made friends with youth and their parents, witnessed a lot of growth in Alisha’s ministry skills, and was introduced to the concept of calling, which was reinforced throughout the year.
How did you tell the story of your project?
We told the story of our project within the context of worship, small groups and the weekly church email. 

Which of the 5 earmarks of Culture of Call did this project address?  How?
Personal exploration/experiences, mentoring, spiritual nurture, and community expression of personal call were the earmarks this project addressed.  Alisha was given a myriad of ministry opportunities as outlined in the document I attached to the survey, we did lots of reflecting together on her experiences, and I am mentoring her in many ways, including what area of ministry she is called to, the strengths and growing edges of the UMC, women and young people in ministry, and many more things.  Alisha regularly attends our women’s group for spiritual nurture, always the youngest in attendance but feels loved and a part of our group. She is also being nurtured through attending worship each week and we are going to the Willow Creek Leadership Summit together this week. 

What could you share about this project with others?
I would share with others the many blessings that our church/Alisha received through this project. 

Final Report Survey

Which of the 5 Culture of Call earmarks did you project include?
Personal exploration
Spiritual nurture
Community expression of supporting individual calls

How did you use the funds?
We used the funds to finance a 9-month internship for a young woman in our church who I believed had a calling to ministry.

Will the project that you undertook be continued?  How?
Yes and no. Our SPRC discerned that we couldn't financially support our intern beyond the grant. ( receiving $50 a week for 5 hrs/week). I wanted the ministry intern to become ministry assistant. However, our intern has agreed to stay on as a volunteer ministry assistant, continuing hands on ministry with the understanding that she can choose what she would like to do or not do.

How did this project cultivate a culture of call in your church or district?
This project created awareness in our congregation about a creating a culture of call within our church, created an awareness of what it means to be personally called into ministry, and it also allowed the congregation to see a young adult called into ministry grow through hands on experienced in ministry and mentoring.

Who was the primary audience of your project?

Is there anything else you would like for us to know about your project?
There were 4 people that I thought might have a call to ministry in our church when I first wrote the grant. Alisha was the 4th person I reached out to because the others declined the ministry internship opportunity. Alisha met or exceeded all of my expectations, participated above and beyond in everything that was suggested for her to do and gave great insight and perspective in team planning too. She has grown immensely since day one, she will attend the young adult ministry exploration event in Portland, and will be doing some youth internship training under Matt Vaughan with the Youth Ministry Institute.

View job description for the internship, here.

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