Each year, because of churches giving through the SBCV Cooperative Program and Vision Virginia, we are able to help offer grants for ministry intern programs. Here are five reasons I am thankful for internship programs…
1. Serving as an intern, and being mentored by others, blessed my own life.
As a sixteen-year-old I was on a youth mission trip in Winter Park, Florida and heard a “youth intern” teach a Bible study. I asked my youth pastor if I could serve one summer as a youth intern, and fortunately they said yes. Back then there was not really any “intern program” or “grant money” but the Lord worked through that internship to impact my life. The Lord began to nurture a call on my life that I am still seeking to obey today.
I have had a number of mentors through the years. Some were mentors for a day, month, or season. I am blessed to still have long-time mentors in my life. To those mentors, I am grateful for their willingness to invest in me.
2. Being a mentor is a mutual blessing.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with several people the Lord has allowed me to serve with in ministry. Perhaps some have considered me to be a mentor, but one thing I know for sure — I have always been blessed when seeking to invest in others.
I heard someone say: everyone needs a Paul, a Timothy, and a Barnabas in their life.
3. We need the next generation now.
We are all familiar with the term “the next generation.” I am amazed to see and hear the testimony of younger believers in this next generation. The “next generation” needs to know we need them now! God can work mightily through this younger generation. The Lord has worked through the younger generation; you see examples in the Scriptures! We need the next generation now!
4. The Bible teaches us to equip and invest in others.
2 Timothy 2:2, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
Hebrews 13:7, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”
Psalm 71:18, “And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.”
Proverbs 9:9, “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
5. The harvest field is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
I close with this reason: the mission of God. I am thankful we are seeing SBCV churches mentor, develop, and deploy more laborers for the harvest. Let’s obey Jesus and pray for a mighty move of God among us to call out laborers. I believe mentoring someone, letting someone intern, helping develop church leaders and pastors is part of the task before us.
Your brother in Christ,