Great Plains internships changing focus for 2018


Internships in the Great Plains Conference will have a different format in 2018.

Besides Micah Corps, the social justice ministry that will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next summer, opportunities for young people in the Great Plains will include expanded opportunities for learning about youth ministry and pastoral leadership, and a new type of internship will allow people to work within the newly forming networks of the conference.

The new network interns will work with a mentoring pastor and be put to use in the different churches in the cluster.

The Rev. Nicole Conard, young adult leadership coordinator, said the intern could be asked to preach a sermon at all of the network churches, lead Vacation Bible School or whatever else is negotiated with the pastor.

Video featuring previous interns


“This gives an intern a chance to see a variety of ministries within five to 12 churches,” Conard said. “You would have different experiences with congregations, and see how the mission field in that area is reached.”

While the other internships are for those considered ministry, Conard said the network internship could help the young person determine his or her role as an involved lay member.

“This gives an additional resource, an additional way for young people to see ministry,” Conard said. “It’s to find out how the church can use their gifts and graces, especially if they’re not being called to be a pastor.”

Conard said the goal is to have five to 10 network interns for the summer of 2018. The goal for the young ministry internships and the pastoral leadership internships is five per program.

“They can see what that looks like for a summer,” Conard said of the pastoral program. “For youth ministry, they can be an extra set of hands.”

Micah Corps’ 10th anniversary will be noted during the Mercy & Justice luncheon during the annual conference next June in Wichita, Conard said.

In 2018, Micah Corps will be led by two former interns, Maria Penrod and Maddi Baugous. Micah Corps members will work together to determine an area of social justice that they will address for the summer: children and poverty, the environment, immigration, peace and nonviolence, human trafficking and the death penalty.

A look at the new internship program is currently available online.

Applications for the internships are online. The first deadline for applications is Jan. 21, followed by interviews from Jan. 22 to 25. The other deadlines are Feb. 18 and March 18.

Each intern will earn $9 per hour for up to 40 hours a week for 10 weeks.
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