The word “intern” originates in French. Before anyone sends a note, I do know that technically it originates in Latin, but bear with me. For our immediate concerns, it originates in French where it has the same root as “internal” and came to mean, specifically, someone training to be a physician or a physician’s assistant.
In English, we have come to use the word for anyone training for a profession. An intern is one who “shadows” or works with a professional in a field in order to model and be mentored in the arts of the field.
This summer, we have had a number of interns at First Cary, learning and exploring ministry as a vocation. Kollin Baer, whom some of you know as our musician at 1st on Chatham, is a Duke Divinity student who has been with us for his field education placement this summer. Bryan Gibbons and Zach Ripberger have been our first two Summer Ministry Interns. This is a new program that Nick VanHorn, our Director of Youth Ministry, and I have initiated through which two of our senior high youth who are considering ministry as a calling may spend the summer on the church staff. They have made hospital visits, home visits, helped with program and ministry design, led worship, participated in staff meetings, and attended some committee meetings.
In addition to the three ministry interns, Carly Broadwell has been an office intern this summer working with the office staff; and Garrison Pollock continues to work with us as a Youth Ministry Intern. A new intern will show up soon in the Children’s Ministry to replace Kelli Kosuda Tingen.
There is one piece of internship left for them to do: preach. This Sunday, as we continue our “Family Stories” series by considering Jacob’s dream, the “proclamation of the Word” will be offered by Bryan (8:25) and Zach (9:45). We will have communion at all three services as well, and our interns will assist me at the table.
I hope you will be with us Sunday to support and encourage our interns as they share the fruits of their work and the inspiration with which the Spirit has blessed them. Please join me in praying for them that this season of internship will bear fruit in their lives that they may, in turn, touch the lives of others. Before we know it, they’ll be mentoring interns themselves!
Grace and peace.