note from a summer staffer
The following is a recommendation for the Village Seven Summer Staff Opportunity to all who are considering joining our team...
To anyone considering the Village Seven summer Youth Internship,
By reading this, you are already winning. This church is fantastic. The job is amazing. Your summer will be incredible. Spare me a few moments to explain why.
A youth ministry internship at Village Seven Presbyterian Church provides beneficial lessons for all aspiring pastors and church leaders. Summer interns regularly interact with staff members that love Jesus. From planning meetings with Drew, Evan, and Melinda, to weekly prayer sessions with the entire church staff, they continually encounter examples of how to do ministry well. At all times, the gospel is emphasized, reminding interns of Jesus’ foundational purpose in Christian ministry. Second, the work environment is exceptional. At times, the summer’s tasks can become difficult and draining. However, Drew clearly outlines his desired tasks, and all staff members aid each other in accomplishing the goals of each week. Questions are always welcome and help is always available. In my experience, youth internships can be chalked full of boring administrative tasks. Basically, interns complete the jobs that staff members don’t want to do, allowing the staff to focus entirely on ministry. Working at Village Seven is entirely the opposite. As an intern, you will roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, regularly teaching Sunday school classes, taking part in youth group events, planning a mission trip, and pursuing authentic relationships with the students. At the end of the summer, you will know what it looks like to take on a pastoral role in youth ministry at a church. From a practical standpoint, there is no better internship.
And in case you were wondering, the students at Village 7 are second to none. They are smart, energetic, challenging, funny, and loud. They are crazy, kindhearted, and insightful. I valued my time getting to know them. Enjoy your summer and soak it up, because when it is all said and done, you’ll miss them.
My time at Village Seven was absolutely fantastic. Not taking this opportunity would be crazy. Go and apply. Allow God to use this internship to bless you the way He blessed me.
For His Glory,
Ben Horseman (summer staffer 2013 & 2014)