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Letters from the Intern

What's an Intern?

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I started at St. Andrew almost three months ago. It’s CRAZY to think it’s already been that long. Time has been flying by. I am so thankful to be part of this incredible community where the Holy Spirit is at work. Pastor Lisa and I have been brain-storming how I can share with everyone what I am working and reflecting on. So, this is the start of “Letters from the Intern!” I’m excited to connect with you this way and I hope you enjoy reading them.

Many of you have been asking, “What is an intern?” or “What do you do as an intern?” To hopefully answer these questions, I am a third-year student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH. I will be receiving a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree so that I can become a pastor in the ELCA. This degree takes four years to finish. At Trinity, our program is set up so that we have two years of on-campus class work, and then have two years of internship to complete. During these two years, my classmates and I are required to take a combination of classes either online, or what they call “intensive courses,” which are classes that we prepare for before and then travel to meet in person for a week of classroom work.

Along with Pastor Lisa as my supervisor, there is an “Intern Committee” at St. Andrew to help support me throughout this learning process. On this committee are Charlie Hall, Gail McCarthy, Mary Raymond, Bob Booth, Michele Hooper, and Cherie Harland. I am very grateful for their support and feedback!

Pastor Lisa and the Intern Committee have helped me define my learning goals as I participate at St. Andrew. I wanted to share a couple of these goals with you:

  1. Preaching

This is something that I am constantly working on. I am reading books, exploring different writing practices, and taking time to read and reflect on the scripture.

  1. Teaching

Teaching is something I am passionate about. I love being part of Family Time and Wednesday morning Bible study because they are communities where we get to learn from each other.

  1. Pastoral Care

I have been so blessed to accompany Pastor Jim visiting with some wonderful people and will continue to go with him and learn from him.

  1. Social Ministry

My focus for this goal is to engage sensitive issues of need and justice in the community. It’s important for the church to be a place where we can come and know we are loved, but also a place where we talk about what’s going on in the Kingdom of God. As Micah 6:8 says, “Seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”

To sum it all up, an intern is a student learning the ins and outs of ministry leadership. I will graduate in May of 2020. This means I have about 18 months left at St. Andrew. I am excited for the opportunities our time together will bring for us to grow and learn. Like these first three months, the next 18 will pass in the blink of an eye. So let’s get together and grab some coffee, tea, or hot chocolate because I want to get to know you and hear your story. As it says in Proverbs 18:15, “Wise people are always learning, always listening for fresh insights,” and I look forward to learning from all of you.

Blessings and Peace,

Intern Pastor Kate

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