QuadW Missional Internship's Three Goals
Transformational Missional Experience for the Intern
Our primary goal is to create a context where college students find themselves deeply engaged in announcing and demonstrating God's kingdom through relationship and service to others - and to do so as a part of an intentional Christian community. This context is something we understand as a "liminal space" - a kind of stretching and disorientating place through which we move from what we have been to what, by God's grace, we are becoming.
Serve Among the Poor & Marginalized
In keeping with the earliest Christian communities & our Wesleyan roots, we feel holistic ministry with and among the poor and marginalized is essential - that it's not the Good News of Jesus if it's not good news to the poor. This plays out in all different kinds of ministry in our various cities and sites, but in all places it's a central part of DNA.
Help Local Churches (Re)Connect with & Serve Their Communities
Many local churches find that over time they have lost connection to the actual community & neighborhood - the people geographically nearest the place they gather to worship. We love to come along side & partner with the local church, helping them to energize their faithful attempts to reconnect and re-engage their community for the sake of Jesus and the gospel.
Christian Community & Rhythms for growth
Like we said, in addition to deep missional engagement in a particular context QuadW interns live as a part of an intentional Christian community. Truly living in Christian community is an incredibly challenging but deeply rewarding experience. During the summer, interns live together as a part of a diverse group of college students, working out what it means to live out their faith together. Over the course of the summer, you will likely develop friendships that will last a lifetime. As interns have shared in the past, “we arrived as strangers, but we leave as family.”
Within this community context the interns will observe particular weekly rhythms & practices....
Weekly worship together as interns and at host churches is an important piece of the spiritual formation. One of the other ways ongoing formation and disciple-making may take place is through a weekly “Life Transformation Groups” or “LTG’s” (groups of two or threes of the same genders who meet for the purpose of accountability, Scripture reflection, and prayer). Please note, whether through LTG's or not, a significant piece of the spiritual discipline of this internship is a commitment to a weekly Scripture reading plan and journaling.
Mentoring & Coaching
Each group of interns will spend regular time with experienced missional leaders to process field experiences on a deeper personal level. This will occur in a team setting as well as one-on-one.
Equipping & Learning Sessions
This weekly training is to help you re-evaluate what it really means to follow Jesus, move beyond a consumer spirituality, focus on the needs of the world, and prepare to launch future initiatives that contribute to the transformation of communities. The equipping/learning sessions will involve required weekly reading and reflection prior to the group gathering.
An important note about accountability: Each of these components is important to the overall purpose of developing you as a leader. Full participation is required and a failure to fully participate may result in termination. We will work with a struggling intern to avoid termination, but for the sake of the other interns, we cannot allow individuals to opt out of any components as this has a very detrimental effect on the program and sense of community.