This episode is a conversation with Tommy Sewall, the Director of Word of Life Youth Camps in Schroon Lake, New York. We discuss Tommy’s personal background, the overview of Word of Life and its camps and the hands-on ministry experience at Word of Life Bible Institute. Tommy shares his personal history with Word of Life and his leadership role at the youth camps. We talk about the integration of learning and ministry, and Tommy’s experience as a student in the Anchor Christian University MA Christian Leadership program, leveraging the Eleven:6 learning model. And we discuss the Word of Life internship … Read more
A conversation with Joel Becker, who is currently serving as the Program Specialist, with a significant role shepherding The Launch Initiative (TLI) gap year, and Leadership in Disabilities (LID) internship programs at Arrowhead Camp, a long-time frontline ministry partner of Eleven:6. Joel’s story is a powerful example of how an intentional and strategic approach to stewarding God-designed potential and purpose accelerates and amplifies the process.
Emerging leaders have a host of options when it comes to professional training and ministry education. Bible schools and seminaries of all types and sizes have long been a trusted resource for those seeking ministry training. In more recent years, ministry internship, Christian gap-year, and church residency programs have grown in popularity and there is increasing demand for more frontline training programs. But rather than choosing between the academic and ministry training environments, why not offer a model that includes the best of both? Doing this will set you apart as a training program and give your students more complete training to launch them into ministry and leadership.
The following are some simple steps you can take now to help retain your new ministry interns over the long haul. Not only will taking these steps serve your interns by helping them succeed, but they help you, your program, and your ministry, as well. Programs with higher retention rates have healthier budgets and more graduates out in the real world sending referrals back into them.
Ministry leaders tend to be more entrepreneurial than most. And ministry leaders who take on the task of leading ministry internship, church residency, and Christian gap year programs tend to be even more do-it-yourself! We applaud your particular set of skills and passions. But there are some things you should stop trying to do yourself. These things are costing you money and, more importantly, they keep you from focusing on what you are really great at. Here are a few common examples: Being Your Team’s IT Professional Software is expensive. But it’s also a necessity in this modern world. You … Read more