Making an Eternal Difference
Polishing off an outline for the morning’s message, squeezing the hand of an elderly church shut-in, rallying energetic children to recite their memory verses—pastoral interns have these and countless other experiences. This summer, more than 30 PCC pastoral and youth ministries majors are training for local church ministry under seasoned pastors.
“I love every bit of interning because I get to be around men of God and constantly learn things about ministry,” says Ethan Buell (Jr.), interning at Fellowship Baptist Church in Kentucky. “Getting to be so involved and connected with my church family and the local community is one of my favorite things.” As Ethan ministers, he hopes that “people see Christ in my life. I hope they realize that I love them, but even more that Christ loves [them], which is far better.”
Another intern, Joe Carpenter (Sr.) learned a valuable lesson while visiting a nursing home during his internship class at PCC last spring. “I saw how giving encouragement to people from God’s Word came first and how important it was to listen. Though there were times when we did not have the answers, we prayed for the people and urged them to keep trusting God.” Now, as Joe interns with Riverview Bible Church in Ohio this summer, he can apply what the Lord has taught him in those situations.
“Ministry is about serving others with a Christlike love,” says Cody Bryant (Sr., FL), serving at New Life Baptist Church in Arizona. He says he loves what he’s doing, whether it’s speaking to summer campers, holding Bible studies, or planning church events.
For these young men, interning is a way to follow Jesus’ example and serve others from the heart, which makes an eternal difference.