Ministry Interns: Embracing an Adventure That's More Than a Job

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pewsTougher than corporate CEO and tougher than U.S. congressperson—that’s how Forbes Magazine ranks the leadership role of pastor. It’s no wonder either, when you consider the hats a pastor wears: teacher, public speaker, counselor, accountant, manager of volunteers—not to mention expert in ancient texts, the human soul and God.

“Internships provide ministry students with critical education that cannot be learned in the classroom,” says Greenville University’s Ben Wayman, assistant professor of theology and director of G.U.’s Ministry Internship Program.

Wayman helps students find “good fit” internships that offer various experiences to explore and deepen their areas of interest.

“My main goal,” he says, “is for them to clarify their calling.”  

This summer, Wayman supervised nine interns serving throughout the U.S. and extending even to Russia. Among them, Panther football defensive lineman and captain Mark Barigye ministered to adults, youth and children at Living Spring Church, a Free Methodist congregation in Garden Grove, California.

Here is a sample of intern Mark at work, delivering his first sermon.  

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Ministry interns often serve in pastoral ministry or pastoral ministry combined with a focus, such as youth, children’s or college ministry. Students this summer also gained experience combining pastoral ministry with sports and with administration. One—Dani Pearce—developed a sports ministry for her semi-pro soccer team.

G.U.’s Ministry Internship Program directly supports the University’s strategic plan by offering experiential learning opportunities and developing compelling academic programs that meet student needs. For information about coming alongside a ministry intern, contact Ben Wayman at

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Video used with permission of Mark Barigye.

This story was published on October 05, 2018

Author: Admin