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Nappanee Missionary Church

2014 Summer Internship

Nappanee Missionary Church
Nappanee, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 10/30/2013
Categories: Children's Pastor - Christian Camping - Church Staff - Combo Positions - Other - Other Pastor - Recreational/Sports Ministry - Worship Pastor - Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Missionary Church
Church Size: 3001 to 4000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description:  INTERNSHIP (SOAR) -- SUMMER 2014 -- Ministry Opportunities with a Discipleship Experience

Our Goal for You: The goal of SOAR is to provide practical ministry experiences while also providing opportunities for interns to deepen their intimacy with Christ.

Internship Date: Saturday, May 17-Sunday, August 10, 2014


Target:  SOAR is ideally setup for the unmarried young adult who is a college upperclassman or is a recent college graduate and is considering a potential vocation in ministry.  We will carefully and prayerfully consider all applicants. However, because of additional expense and cultural adjustment in the midst of an intense twelve weeks, we ask that those living outside the USA not apply.  


Ministry Areas:  We will be hiring up to eight interns that will serve in one or more of the areas listed below.

     -Children's Ministries (ages birth through 5th grade)

     -Middle School Ministries (6th-8th grade)

     -High School Ministries (9th-12th grade)

     -College Age Ministries

     -Young Adult Ministries (post college)

     -Adult Ministries

     -Worship Ministries


Compensation: NMC will cover costs that relate to housing, meals, curriculum and ministry expenses. In addition, each intern will receive an honorarium distributed in six bi-weekly paychecks 

SOAR is an experience that will ...
...Expand your heart
We desire to stir passion in your personal intimacy with Jesus Christ. We want to provide an opportunity for discipleship that is unique to you according to your areas of strength and weakness.
...Expand your leadership
We desire to help you develop as a leader bent toward personal excellence. We will challenge you in areas of time management, work ethic, confidence and organization.

...Expand your ministry resume
We desire to provide a platform for you to get a true taste of ministry. You will work directly with and be mentored by someone experienced in their field of ministry. You will be given multiple opportunities to lead and be challenged.

...Expand your mind
We desire to help strengthen your confidence in the areas of decision making, conflict resolution, money management, personal care and relationship development.

The Story of NMC Internships
Nappanee Missionary Church is a church of 3000+ that sits in a small rural town, 35 minutes southeast of South Bend in northern Indiana.  NMC has provided internships for over 30 years, allowing young adults to “taste” and “experience” vocational ministry. In May of 1997, NMC launched SOAR, a 12-week summer internship. Since the inception of the program, over 150 young adults have been invested in, sent out, and scattered through out the world, with their own personal goal of making fully committed disciples.  Amazing stories continue to flow in sharing the impact being made by their lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Application Process
1. Fill out and submit an online application by February 1, 2014. at /soar/application. Tip: Apply as soon as possible; informal interviews and conversations will begin upon the receipt of your application with formal interviews and conversations beginning in late December / early January.
2. Email a picture of yourself to
3. Contact two references (preferably one character—pastor, teacher, mentor—and one professional reference—former employer, etc). Have them submit their reference online at
Note: Your application is not considered complete until we’ve received your references.
4. You will be contacted by a ministry department captain who will explain the interview process to you and guide you as you interview with other members of the team.

If there are questions that you'd like answered before you apply email or call Life Development Pastor, Terry Bley ( / 574-773-7773, ext. 227).  


What former interns say about SOAR ...

What was the biggest lesson you learned from SOAR?

The biggest lesson I learned from SOAR was that I was never alone. God is ALWAYS there with me, and it was up to me to invite him into my busyness. –Shawna Vincent (SOAR, 2012)


SOAR gave me the experience, resources and contacts, as well as the confidence to continue going into ministry.  –Jessica Watts (SOAR, 2010)


I learned that God works through the little things. He can and does work through the programming and big events, but I saw God move when least expected. Just a great reminder that we do serve a God that is way bigger than ourselves. –Tyler Suplee (SOAR, 2013)


My SOAR experience was incredible, from the hands on practical experience you get working in a church with great staff, to the time spent alone with God, there were a plethora of lessons learned. However, the greatest lesson I learned from SOAR was what it meant to truly be a worshipper of God and foster my spiritual life. You can get church experience at so many other internships, but what separates SOAR is the emphasis placed on growing you as a Follower of Christ. –Colin Urbanick (SOAR, 2011)


 How does SOAR continue to impact your life today?


I still apply many of the lessons I learned from SOAR to this day.  Including how to “do ministry,” leadership, speaking, and much more.  More so, the lessons in listening to God’s voice and defining trajectories for all that I do are derived from my time spent in SOAR.  I do not see an end to the value SOAR has had in my life. –Ryan Graham (SOAR, 2011)


Coming out of SOAR, I realized that my then-current way of handling conflict was not Biblical; what followed was a tough season of repairing those skills so that they’d be in line with the Word. That season came to fruition when I stepped into a higher leadership role at my job. Without those skills being honed during SOAR I’d be less effective as a leader and as a role model. –Deandra Borkholder (SOAR, 2010)


SOAR created in me a deep desire to have a more intimate relationship with Christ that constantly pushes for more depth, a true hunger.  That summer provided a confidence in me for ministry, not in myself, but a confidence in the Spirit.  SOAR was an affirming, empowering, and unforgettable experience in my personal journey with Christ and ministry. –Tim Veenstra (SOAR, 2011)


My SOAR experience laid a solid foundation for me both personally in my walk with Christ and professionally in ministry that my last 15+ years in ministry has been able to build on.  I regularly look back on my journal I kept during that time, and I see specific moments where God clarified my life calling, which He continues to unfold today. –Derry Prenkert (SOAR, 1997)


2013 SOAR intern testimonials can be seen here:


Nappanee Missionary Church
70417 State Road 19 North
PO Box 110
Nappanee, IN 46550
(574) 773-7773

Ministry Internship Opportunities

Children’s Ministries (infants-5th Grade)

  • Coordinating/leading/communicating to volunteers for midweek programming
  • Leading a midweek program
  • Office support (behind-the-scenes preparation)
  • Exposure to all age levels in Children’s Ministry Sunday programming
  • Camp counselor at Kids’ Camp
  • Prepare preschool picnic
  • Assembling children’s workbooks for fall programs
  • One-on-one Children’s Ministry master plan
  • Building relationships (team, staff, volunteers and a group of children)

Student Ministries / College Age (6th Grade through College Age)

  • Relationship building/discipleship to students (one-on-one, Small Group and large group)
  • Sunday morning programming
  • Midweek programming
  • Up-front communication
  • Working with staff in a team setting
  • Office/administration work
  • Coordinating / leading / communicating to volunteers
  • Leadership roles on Summer Trips / Camps.Education/promotion to parents

Young Adult Ministries


  • Programming of weekly worship services 
  • Planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and events 
  • Coordinating/leading/communicating with volunteers 
  • Planning and implementation of Sunday services and special events 
  • Up-front communication (large- and small-group settings) 
  • Office/administration work

Adult Ministries;;

  • Family Life Ministry - marriage, parenting, counseling
  • Adult Education - observation of teaching formats and styles
  • Adult Education - opportunities to teach and lead group venues
  • Care Ministry - everything from hospital coverage to visitor follow-up
  • Community Life - Small Group/Small Church ministry
  • Exposure to multi-site ministry

Worship Ministry

  • Assisting in the programming and planning of weekly worship services. 
  • Leading worship for diverse audiences (youth, young adults and adults). 
  • Leading worship for varying audience sizes (from 50-2000). 
  • Leading worship for youth summer trips. 
  • Working with and leading varied teams of musicians and vocalists. 
  • Leading and developing volunteers. 
  • Teamwork and staff communications. 
  • Exposure to ministry in a larger context. 
  • Opportunity to be mentored by experienced worship leaders. 
  • Administrative work (communicating with volunteers, scheduling, programming research and chart development). 
  • Developing an intermediate understanding of professional audio and media systems.