Commentary: Churches have a lot to gain from internships

 
I graduated from college with a degree in communications and lots of hands-on experience about the same time a good friend of mine graduated with an accounting degree and not much exposure to what her career might look like. She was excellent at math, and had been guided toward a career in accounting by any number of well-meaning people who knew her giftedness in the area. She completed all the necessary coursework without breaking a sweat, and soon after graduating ...

Pastors work through barriers to effective internship programs

 
Florida Baptist church leaders have long known the value of having interns on staff and those that do are able to extend their ministry reach while helping people clarify their call to ministry. Yet some Florida Baptist churches struggle to know how to use interns or simply don’t understand the value they bring. Jimmy Knott, teaching pastor at First Baptist Church in Orlando, said in many cases it comes down to churches just not understanding how to structure ...

Churches typically looking for interns who feel a call to ministry

 
For many Florida Baptist churches that offer internships, the first thing they are looking for in an intern is a call to ministry. Beyond that, church leaders typically have an idea of who their ideal intern is, but are open to the Holy Spirit’s leading. At Mandarin Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Leigh Ann Powell, director of children’s ministry, said their internships are available for high school or college students but they prefer the younger interns because ...