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Bearing Good Fruit: Greenville University Ministry Majors Serve Across the Country

Rachel Heston-Davis Bearing Good Fruit: Greenville University Ministry Majors Serve Across the Country

If faith without works is dead, perhaps the same can be said for theological training without ministry service.

That’s why Ben Wayman, the James F. and Leona N. Andrews Chair in Christian Unity at Greenville University, passionately encourages ministry students to pursue internships.

“Internships provide ministry students with critical education that cannot be learned in the classroom,” Wayman explains. “Our Ministry Internship Program embodies our mission in the Bastian School: to employ theological education for the flourishing of the church.”

Sixteen senior ministry majors set out to do just that this summer. Wayman serves as intern supervisor to these budding disciples in their placements across the country.

The Adventure of Ministry

The 16 internship placements represent a wide variety of locations and activities:

  • Broad Range: The placements occur in urban, rural and cross-cultural environments. University interns will travel to California, Illinois, Kansas, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and even as far as Mexico. Seven of these placements are in Free Methodist settings.
  • Ages Served: The ministries cover service to a wide range of age groups, from children to the aged.
  • Ministry Specialties: Some of the ministries address specific struggles such as addiction, homelessness, immigration and the re-integration of previously incarcerated individuals.

“My hope is that through these placements our students embrace the adventure of ministry as they continually discover fresh situations and surprising places where Christ is at work bringing healing and restoration to the world,” Wayman says.

The Wellspring of Ministry

Students select their internships under the guidance of the internship program director. Wayman encourages his students to aim for placement in local churches, which he believes are “unparalleled in the breadth and depth of ministries offered.”

“The local church is the wellspring of ministry,” he adds.

Past experiences with university students in ministry internships have yielded fruitful results. Some churches invite ministry interns to return for permanent employment after graduation. Wayman reports that past intern supervisors from local churches have described Greenville University ministry interns as humble, teachable and of exceptional quality.

Learn more about ministry training at Greenville University

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Pursuit: We Are What We Sing
A Passion For Worship
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This story was published on July 11, 2017

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