First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, NC is offering a 14-month* paid internship to give current undergraduate leaders discerning God’s call to ministry the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experiences in leading the local church.
First Presbyterian Church (USA) is a 450-member church in the North Carolina foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We have served our community of Morganton and Burke County for more than two centuries. Now, we look to the future as we long to partner with God’s work in the world and reinvigorate our ministry to young families and students in our area.
We have a strong desire to partner with, learn from, and help develop young leaders whom God has called to serve. Our new senior pastor has nearly two decades of experience leading next generation ministries (kids, students, and college) and has a passion for investing in and releasing ministry to young leaders. Interns will have the opportunity to build rapport and relationship with the senior pastor who will supervise this position directly. Interns will have the opportunity to explore God’s call on their lives and use their experiences and skills directly while leading a start-up ministry. Interns will learn how to navigate organizational structures and systems including committees, staff teams, and volunteers. Interns will also have the opportunity to build a network of connections with local leaders and within the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, as well.
The responsibility of interns will include, but is not limited to: * Cultivating relationships with students and parents of students in-person and online, * Recruiting and training ministry volunteers * Creating and sustaining weekly programs * Implementing year-long scope and sequence of curriculum and evaluating its impact * Planning, leading, and evaluating retreats, conferences, and trips * Partnering with key leaders to host our annual VBS experience * Developing key facets of our annual budget * Preaching and teaching opportunities are also possible.
*Internships start in mid-May and extend through August of the following year. This design allows two interns to overlap in the summer for support, training, and ministry succession.
Work hours and schedules for interns are intentionally flexible and can be negotiated. Ministry, particularly to students and families, is often seasonal. So, interns can anticipate some being more busy than others (for example, expect to work more hours in the summer than fall). Benefits include an accountable professional expense account and two weeks paid vacation.