Lenexa UMC ministerial internship

Proposed and reported by Tyler Kaufmann
Lenexa UMC, Lenexa, Kansas

Project Summary

Did the project go as expected?
Yes, the project went as expected. The mentees received the opportunities to experience ministry that were intended for them to receive.  

How were people impacted through the project?
Many congregants remarked about the rejuvenation of faith they experienced through the mentees words and presence, as well as the recharging hope the felt seeing solid young leaders involved in ministry. 

How did you tell the story of your project?
In reflection one of my mentees and I created a video that could be used for informational and marketing purposes. I also shared about experiences during services, sermons, in SPRC conversations, dialogues with parishioners/colleagues/friends, and shared about the impact on my own professional development with my DS, David Watson and the GP Bishop, Ruben Saenz.  

Which of the 5 earmarks of Culture of Call did this project address?  How?
Personal exploration - guided to participate in various ministerial opportunities around the church
Mentoring - Follow up reflections and walking alongside during ministry experiences
Spiritual nurture - used a daily planner and Revised Common Lectionary based resource to guide work and contemplation on prayer writing, Bible study, accountability, faith sharing, and personal reflection. 

What could you share about this project with others?
Things I have shared with others: This project helped me set goals, manage expectations, and give direction to those I am charged with leading.  It also gave me experience broaching conversations when "subordinates/volunteers/etcetera" don't meet expectations.  It is one thing to discuss how to reach new understandings and have flexibility for different abilities and persons when leading, but this gave me the opportunity to learn in real time how to deliver feedback and manage accompanying emotions.  In short, it empowered me to practice the 'leadership of leaders' principles that I am constantly researching and receiving. 

​View internship budget here.

Internship reflection video can be viewed here.

You can contact Tyler via e-mail: revtylerjack@gmail.com