Cultivate: Summer of Exploration, an internship program for high school students, turned out to be a great success, providing students and clergy alike with memories and lessons to be taken outside the classroom. High school students from 11 churches participated in this eight-week program that exposed them to a different side of ministry.
“It has been a tremendous blessing to the church,” said Avalon UMC’s Pastor David Montanye who advocated for renewed funding next year.
It was a mutual learning experience as clergy members shared with the students on what it means to be a pastor. The exchange allowed students to glean valuable advice from clergy and allowed clergy members to reflect on their own missions and see potential growth in their roles.
Students planned and led worship, organized and taught Vacation Bible School, hosted community events, visited members and even preached sermons.
“Having to explain to Brayden why I do what I do was helpful because I really had to consider why I was doing what I was doing,” said Pastor James.
Cultivate HS Intern, Emma said that she saw engaging with the people who run the church as intergenerational ministry. She added, “People can grow” [from internships].”