Former Intern Reflection - by: Rocky Shack

QuadW Missional Internship gave me a hands-on opportunity at a key developmental moment in my life. I had been serving as a campus minister through the Ole Miss Wesley Foundation, when Jean Tippitt offered our students and me the opportunity to serve communities in Mobile, AL.

I remember meeting Don Woolley (National Director of QuadW mi) and others who were all-in on reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable in Mobile, Whistler and Pritchard. This was a defining moment for me because I was just accepted to attend Asbury Theological Seminary where Don is an alumnus and Jean was completing her coursework.

From the QuadW mi experience, I knew that I would be serving young people and the refugee community. From that summer of building relationships there are several young people from Whistler, outside of Mobile, with whom I am still FaceBook friends and check up on from time to time.

I knew serving others would be a core component of the internship, but I did NOT expect to be taught about Christology, missiology and ecclesiology—subjects that would later become very important for me in seminary. I will never forget that Christology (who Jesus is, what we believe about Jesus) should give us our missiology (our sense of what God's mission - therefore, our mission!), and the mission of God should determine what the Church looks like (our ecclesiology).

All these years later, I still try to keep that principle in the forefront of my mind, when I am serving the world. I think that QuadW mi helped me to unearth some things that I did not know were there within me.

I am proud to be a QuadW mi alumnus! 

Rocky Shack is currently in his last year of a Master of Divinity at Asbury Seminary and serving as the Young Adults and Community Minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS.

Rocky Shack is currently in his last year of a Master of Divinity at Asbury Seminary and serving as the Young Adults and Community Minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS.