At some point this last year, as the RevDoc and I were talking about my sense of call to ministry as a lay person and the time I had on my hands as an underemployed academic/stay-at-home-mom, she posited the idea of opening a lay internship position that would allow a lay person to spend a year exploring ministry in a formal way within the church. Session approved the position; I applied–and so did someone else; personnel met with each of us and recommended we both be approved. We formally began yesterday by attending staff meeting, finding our spaces, and having lunch.
Here is an excerpt from the webpage describing the position:
An opportunity for a member of FPCSB to explore ministry and grow in faith.
The name of the internship [12/7 Internship] refers to 1Corinthians 12:7- “To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
The purpose of the internship is twofold: To equip members of this community for ministry so they can discover joy in responding to God’s call, AND To strengthen this congregation by developing leaders and creating a culture of learning and growth.
My project is to create two or three intergenerational worship services, something along the lines of Messy Church/worship stations/family camp worship. We hope to have the first one the first weekend of Advent to open the liturgical year.