Internship Essentials - Liminality

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QuadW Missional Interns in Opelika at welcome dinner on their behalf as they begin their summer of living and serving together

QuadW Missional Interns in Opelika at welcome dinner on their behalf as they begin their summer of living and serving together

One of the things that happens to each team as they begin to get to know one another and jump into the opportunities set before them to get know and serve among those in need is that our interns find themselves placed in situations that are a stretch to them, uncomfortable to them, new to them.  Sometimes this has as its focus the ministry sites, sometimes it centers around the experience of living w/ a handful of other people from various backgrounds... Sometimes its BOTH of those things at once!  

But this experience of being pulled outside our depth is essential to what we hope for each of our QuadW Missional Interns.  We call it liminality.  When we are moved out of what we have known and where we are comfortable and where we feel like we know how it all works and begin to venture into something new and different... that space is liminal space.  And we think that it is THE context that God uses, again and again, to call forth new faith, hope and love in us.

The image that the word liminal evokes is one of moving from one room or space, through a door way into another, new and further room or space... its moving from what has been into what will be, from who you have been to who you will be.  And while it hopefully stirs in you a sense of hope and excitement for what may be, it will for sure feel disorienting and like those growing pains you had when you were 12 years old.  

We want each of our interns to know that this is an essential part of following the way of Jesus... not just once... but again and again in our lives.  And the eight weeks of the internship works as a kind of catalyst to opening us up to this part of life w/ Jesus.  If that can happen in the lives of each intern, we are very grateful and feel they will move on from QuadW mi w/ eyes and ears and hearts all the more attuned to how God is at work in and around them, how they are called and sent to be a part of God's work of making all things new!