By: Brent Christian
In case you didn’t know, we have an intern program at Wellspring! We started this program because we believe in preparing and sending out emerging leaders who follow Jesus and are characterized by worship, formation, and mission. For this first year we had four interns each focused on a specific area in the church and each working directly with a pastor in their area. Kyle worked with the youth and their families, Jon with the children and their families, Zach with the connecting ministry, and Mike with The Well.
I had the awesome privilege of spending the year serving alongside of these four leaders and look forward to seeing what God will continue to do in and through them in the future. In reflecting upon this year I want to share a few highlights.
First, I really enjoyed our meetings every other week for prayer, discussion, and just catching up on life. We took turns leading these meetings which often became a space to encourage one another and pray for one another. During the year we also read some ministry related books and this time was used to discuss what we were learning from those readings.
Another highlight for the year was our retreat to Fraser, CO. We got to do some high-speed tubing, sleep in a rustic cabin, eat some great meals, try to take over the world in a friendly game of Risk, and snowshoe up Second Creek on Berthoud Pass. But for as fun as all those things were, what I really enjoyed about the weekend was the conversations that occurred, some ridiculous and many serious.
Lastly, I have been encouraged to see how each of these men will continue to use their gifts for the good of others. Zach will continue to pour into the Life Group that he started. Mike will continue to invest in The Well. Jon will continue to volunteer with the kids ministry and work in an urban school with the Boys & Girls Club. And Kyle is going to be a pastoral apprentice at our church plant in Littleton. Each is following Jesus into the next season of their life.
If you get a chance, take a moment sometime in May and thank each of these interns for their faithfulness in using their gifts to serve our community. We are truly grateful for them!