BEFORE YOU APPLY...
The step of faith you are considering is significant. The QuadW Missional Internship is designed to stretch you, challenge you, and develop you as a leader who serves God in such a way that lives, communities, and the Church itself are transformed by the radical love of Jesus Christ. The impact of the QuadW Missional Internship is profound. Children’s lives are changed, desperate needs are met, and congregations awaken to new possibilities as they reconnect with their own neighborhoods. But no one is changed or blessed as much as the interns themselves. It has been a joy to watch interns grow in their faith and catch a vision of what the Church can and should be – the people of God humbly serving others, blessing the world through the sharing of His unconditional love.
But our program is NOT for everyone. If you are looking for a summer job or a paycheck, this isn’t for you. QuadW is hands-on mission work, an opportunity for spiritual growth, a season to reflect on God’s plans for your life and to be equipped for a lifetime of living out your faith in a way that is authentic and transformative.
If you lack relational maturity QuadW will be difficult for you as well. One of the key components of the internship is living in community. Most handle this very well, but for some it is the most difficult part of the summer. Interns come with a wide-range of backgrounds, life-experiences, theologies, and, well, quirks! It is important to respect differences, be considerate, and work
through any disagreements or issues that arise. With that said, you will likely develop some of the deepest and most life-nurturing relationships imaginable over the summer. Past interns continue to meet up on their own, pray for one another, celebrate victories, and support one another through difficult times….and of course, harass one another in love via Facebook. Interns come as strangers, but they leave as family.
Responsibility and a solid work ethic are also critical traits. A lot is expected of selected applicants. You will work each day at your mission site, complete assigned reading, do your part to keep your living space clean, engage in group discussion, mentoring, accountability, and worship. None of the components of the internship are optional. When an intern chooses not to fulfill his/her responsibilities, it has a very detrimental effect on the experience of the other interns. We will of course work with anyone who is genuinely struggling, but if there is simply no commitment to fulfill responsibilities, termination may be the only valid option. There is plenty of time to complete everything expected of you and most interns have little difficulty with this, but it is an important thing to consider before applying.
Nearly every past intern has said the QuadW Missional Internship is one of the most important and significant experiences they have ever had. In addition to the countless lives that are impacted by the intern’s service, it is literally life-changing for many of the interns themselves. One of our greatest joys is to hear of all the ways the summer continues to shape their lives as they re-direct their studies and plans for the future, initiate new ministries in their communities, and work to help existing ministries/congregations become more outwardly focused. One of the greatest blessings is the joy they take in their relationships with one another, long after the summer is past.
We want God’s perfect will to be accomplished in your life, in the lives of those served by QuadW interns, and in the congregations and agencies who participate in this effort. We know that God is calling many to take this step of faith, and if God is calling you, we pray you will hear that call and respond boldly. If we can answer any questions or pray for you in any way, please let us know.
Rev. Don Woolley
Director, QuadW Missional Internship