Reflections on My Summer Ministry Internship -- Jan McGuire
I am not ready for summer to be over! My time as a ministry intern has been such a wonderful journey that I am not eager for it to come to an end. Many of you have heard my story by now, and know that I first felt the call to ministry as a child. My path to ministry took a detour many years ago, partly as a result of my own decisions and partly as a result of the decisions of others, but at no point have I ever felt that God’s call on my life had been rescinded. I am grateful that I have meaningful work to earn a living, but I still long to fulfill my calling to serve a congregation as a minister.
That longing led me to seek this internship to gain some fresh experience and fresh perspectives on congregational ministry. It has served to confirm my sense of calling, and has fanned the flames of my desire to minister in the Lord’s house. I have hope that I might yet have the opportunity to live out my calling, and I pray for an open door.
I am thankful for the support I have received this summer from our outstanding staff. The dictionary doesn’t hold enough superlatives to tell you how wonderful they have been to me. I have learned a great deal from them and consider it the highest of privileges to have had their tutelage this summer. I am also thankful for the support I have received from you, my church family. I’ve made jokes about being the world’s oldest ministry intern, but I truly wasn’t sure at first how I would be received. I should not have worried! You have been overwhelmingly supportive and your kind words of encouragement have meant the world to me.
Over the course of this summer, I have cherished the laughter and marveled at the insights of our children during VBS and other events. I have savored the sounds of our youth singing, and beamed with pride at their character and kindness toward others during the jubilate choir tour. I have observed our adult members reach out and minister to each other and to the community in a variety of ways and in a variety of roles, and have praised God for their faithfulness to the teachings of Christ. I have watched our ministers serve among us with grace, warmth, humor, humility, and an amazing amount of talent. This summer I have learned, I have been inspired, and I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as a ministry intern at the First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon. Thank you!