Leading an Intern 101 (Part 1)

What I think I know...

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We welcome our first intern to our Church family in a few days. I’m nervous and excited at the same time!  I can’t wait for the journey to begin, but I’m realizing he’s counting on me to teach him at least something along the way.  Let’s face it, he’ll probably take more notes on what not to do, but at least he’s learning. To help us both grow along the way, I’ve decided to post about my personal journey through this mentorship.

Leading an Intern 101

This series will be less about my Intern and more about my growth and learning through the process. Don’t expect me to vent about a student — you’ll be disappointed. If anything, I’ll praise him up, because I know he’ll teach me a thing or two.

In this post, I’ll outline my thoughts heading into this journey.  In part 2, I’ll check in half-way with an update.  In part 3, I’ll finish off by writing about what I’ve learned and how the process has helped me grow.

If every moment isn’t about growing, then you’re not leading.

Before the internship begins, here are some of my thoughts as a supervisor/mentor:

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7 Things Every Pastor Loves To Hear

Showing authentic appreciation for your pastor

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Pastor appreciation can sometimes be superficial. We often think we have to “do something special” in order for the pastor to understand they are appreciated. As a pastor myself, I won’t turn down baked goods or a restaurant gift card, but I’ve come to learn that honest appreciation is experienced through ministry participation and honest servant-hood.

7 Things Every Pastor Loves To Hear

Here are 7 things I love to hear from my parishioners (and I’m sure every other pastor can agree):

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Where’s God in the Storm?

What God might be teaching us

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Our climate is changing, and storms and natural disasters are becoming stronger and more frequent. Many are trying to understand why. I hear some Christians speaking of the ‘last days’ and God’s ‘message’ to us. I hear scientists screaming about global warming. I hear others who are simply confused and fearful of what’s to come. While we can present options, I’m not sure if we can definitively understand why this is happening. One thing I know for sure, however, is that we can trust God every step of the way.

Where's God in the Storm

One of the scariest things in the world is uncertainty. Many of us can face some wild things, but when we’re not sure of the outcome, everything changes. It’s the tension between status quo and something new. The more distance between those two realities, the scarier the experience.

But it doesn’t matter our situation, God is looking for us to trust Him. The truth is, when things are out of control and unimaginable, we don’t have a choice.

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How to Pursue Something That’s Outside of Your Natural Strengths

Allowing God to work through us and around us

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When we find ourselves leading a group of people as the only full-time paid position, you become all things to all people.  Don’t get me wrong, delegation is a loyal friend.  But there are still many times we find ourselves doing something outside of our natural ‘strengths.’  In fact, sometimes we’re completely out of our comfort zones.  And this isn’t just true for leaders, God is always calling us to something bigger than ourselves. So what do we do when we’re faced with something outside of our natural abilities?

How to Pursue Something Outside of Your Natural Strengths

There’s too much at stake to give up; anxiety will get the better of us if we tackle it alone. So what do we do?

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Trump or Clinton?

How does a Christian navigate the 2016 US election?

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At this point, I would think many Americans have their minds made up.  In fact, over 24 million Americans have already voted.1  There are “Christian” reasons to vote for either of these candidates. The question remains: who has God chosen to lead America and how will the world react?

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“Christian” Politics

I recently saw a diagram outlining the American characteristics of the left versus right politics.2

leftright_us_1416-1When you start describing the “Christian” view, it’s difficult to stay on one side or the other.  Here are some examples:

  • Christians should be inclusive, and yet protective of established morals.
  • Christians should be loving and build relationships of respect and trust, and yet tough love is often required to build discipline and a strong character.
  • Christians should help those in need to encourage unity and equality, and yet make the most of every opportunity and be great stewards of our resources.
  • Christians should pursue peace, and yet protect those who cannot defend themselves.

The problem in 2016 is that neither of the candidates fit perfectly into the ideal left or right, and neither are “Christian.” Clinton has proven to be untrustworthy, or even unethical at times, and Trump’s tactics are aggressively non-conservative.

My point is this – voting “Christian” is not an option.  American Christians need prayer so they can choose the leader God has already chosen. #Election2016 Click To TweetThe choice is between Clinton, who has few Christian morals but has some Christian polices, and Trump, who holds true to most Christian morals, but has few Christian polices. American Christians need prayer so they can choose the leader God has already chosen (Acts 1:24), not the “Christian” leader, because that’s not an option.

In God we trust…

As the Pledge of Allegiance and the US currency clearly states, the American people put their trust in God.  While many now don’t truly believe this, Christians certainly should because scripture tells us to do so. In the case of political leaders, we know God is completely in control!  Paul wrote:

“…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1, NIV)

No matter the final outcome on November 8, God is completely in control and there is no need to fear.  American Christians need prayer so they can trust God, and not fear the outcome.

The Canadian Christian Reaction

I’ve watched the Canadian reaction during this election at a bit of a distance.  As a Canadian, I really don’t have much to say, other than pray for fellow believers as they try to navigate through the muddy waters.  If you’re Canadian, this is my advice:

  1. Pray – honestly and earnestly pray for American Christians as they go to the polls to vote. Pray that they hear God’s voice and vote accordingly.  Pray that they don’t fear the outcome, but put their trust in God’s direction. American Christians need prayer so they can trust God, and not fear the outcome. #Election2016 Click To Tweet
  2. Don’t advocate – you’re Canadian, not American. I wouldn’t expect Americans to understand Canadian politics either.  All I know is that the election is far from ideal and both candidates have pros and cons.  As Canadian Christians, should we be advocating one way or other? Probably not.
  3. Publicly state your support – as fellow believers, let American Christians know you support them. Let them know you’re praying for them and the results of the election.  If there’s one good thing about social media – it’s your platform to bring encouragement internationally.
  4. Pray for our government – Trudeau and his government will have to work closely with whoever is elected. Pray for wisdom, so that our leaders don’t lead out of fear.

Your turn…

Are you praying? How do you think Canadians should react to the election?

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