I am currently in my sixth week of my pastoral internship here at Weymouth Community Church. I intended to post an update weekly, but have been too busy to even try. Since this is my sixth week, I figured I’d give an update of the first five weeks.
The first week here I was able to go to Life Action Ministries headquarters in Michigan with the lead pastor, Dan Jarvis. Dan and a few others are leading a nationwide movement called “OneCry” that is supported by Life Action. This movement is a call for Christians across our nation to pray and seek God’s face for spiritual awakening across our country. I was able to go to the headquarters for a few days and meet with some people from across the country to discuss some of the details about this movement. It was a great time to meet other people and make some ministry connections. You can find out more about OneCry by going to their website.
Instead of continuing this update by going week by week I will share some of the opportunities and responsibility I have been given by the lead pastor. I am leading a teen guys Bible study on Wednesday nights. We are doing a study called “Habits” that walks through core spiritual “habits” that help you grow spiritually. So far it has been great and I have built good relationships with the guys. Also, I have been given the opportunity to preach many times and in many different venues. I got to preach once in retirement home and three times in the local jail. This past Sunday I preached for the first time in one of the Sunday morning services. I am preaching a few more times and once at the south campus in the next month. I have also been given the opportunity to oversee the churches missions bouquet. I have also been helping out at a ministry for students called “The Hangout.” Once of the local high schools here does not have busing so all the students hangout at the library across the street until they get picked up. Because the students were there and the library was getting kinda upset, some people started intentionally going there and hanging out with them. We have a room in the library were we provide food and games for the students so they can just hangout. Also, I have been meeting with the lead pastor weekly to go over church ministry stuff and questions my school require me to ask and report about. Along with that, I have been helping improve the media ministry of the church as well as helping the lead pastor with planning, vision, and leadership. This week I am starting to do some visiting to the shut-ins as well as praying for them. Overall, I have been extremely busy, but learning a lot! The church, and the pastor, have given me many opportunities to get practical experience and the Lord has been faithful to me and using me in many different ways.
As a side note, my school requires me to do a few projects during this internship. One of those was to read a few books. I read three books that I would recommend to anyone in anytime of church ministry: 9 Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger, Humility by C.J. Mahaney. Please continue to pray for me as I have decided to stay here longer than my ten week requirement for school. I will stay a few extra weeks to gain more experience. I am also searching and praying for my first full-time ministry job so pray that the Lord will lead me to it and open and close doors.