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Chrysalis Intern / Resident
Southview Community Church
Herndon, Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 03/14/2012
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Contract
Southview is a church in Herndon, Virginia, part of the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., made up of people from nearly every continent in the world. Our area is a multicultural environment, with people from nations around the world, and Southview reflects that community. Southview’s ‘Project 57’ initiative, launched in 2010, is focused on doing whatever it takes to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with the 57% of the northern Virginia community who are religiously unaffiliated. Through our web presence, we have had the privilege of impacting people around the globe, seeing lives changed for eternity. As we move forward, our goal is to expand our reach and ministry far beyond what we’ve done in the past. You are invited to come and join us in our mission.
Southview’s Chrysalis Program is a training, education, and ministry opportunity for emerging church leaders. We’re looking for innovative, creative types who are self-starters – we don’t want to micromanage you any more than you want to be micromanaged. We’re looking for you to bring passion and enthusiasm for ministry! We’re not looking for any one denominational affiliation, style, or personality type – we are looking for those who love Jesus, are passionate, energetic, and who want the opportunity to try new things in ministry. Thinking outside the box is not optional here – it’s encouraged highly! Southview has a young, tech-savvy staff and a passion to do whatever it takes to reach people for Jesus. Change is a constant at Southview! If you have ideas for how ministry could be and should be, and are looking for a place to engage and innovate, Southview is the place for you!
This program is about leadership development and spiritual growth in the context of local church ministry. Southview’s Intern Program is part of our mission to be a teaching church. Just as a teaching hospital provides education and training to future and current doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in addition to delivering medical care to patients, so Southview is committed to providing education and training to future and current ministry leaders, pastors, church staff, missionaries, and others called to Kingdom work.
While you’re here you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of being close to our nation’s Capitol. Washington D.C. has a plethora of museums and historical sites that you can visit, many for free or low cost. You’ll also have the opportunity to reach out and impact the lives of people who are business and community leaders in our country and in our world.
We have two tracks of interns at Southview:
1) Short term – these interns will be with us for 10-12 weeks, usually during the summer. They will focus on short term projects and events (i.e. summer camps for kids and youth, one time community outreach projects, short term web or social media projects, launching a new ministry endeavor like a ministry to couples or singles, commuter outreach, etc.). This is typically a 40 hour per week commitment for the duration of the internship.
2) Ministry Residents – ministry residents are interns who will commit to 1-2 years of education, training, and ministry at Southview. Residents are expected to work 25-30 hours per week, and normally will be students engaged in seminary via distance learning. Residents focus on building relationships, discipling others, and tackling longer term projects that short term interns are unable to do.
All interns may serve in a variety of ministries, including:
• Student / children’s ministry
• Web / social media / communications
• Community ministry
• College / Singles / Couples ministry
• Pastoral ministry
• Worship ministry
• Small groups and educational ministry
• Missions ministry
Our goal is to design an individualized plan for each intern based on their gifts, passions, and talents that will challenge them, grow them, and help them to maximize their calling for future Kingdom work.
We see our role as much like that of the church at Antioch in the New Testament. Antioch was a church of prophets and teachers that became a sending church, ultimately sending Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. The church at Antioch was active in seeking and teaching those who were far from God no matter their background, no matter their culture. No matter where they’d been or what they’d done, they mattered to God and to the church at Antioch.
Similarly, Southview is comprised of people from many cultures and nations with talents and gifts that range from preachers to prayer warriors and everything in between. We’re at the heart of the nation’s capitol – and not by accident. We believe God is calling us to be involved in His Kingdom building in ways we’ve never imagined, ways that can’t be contained within the physical walls of a church, and ways which will impact the growth of the Kingdom for generations to come. Our mission is not only to impact our community here, but also to train leaders who will go and impact the Kingdom of God on an unimaginable scale.