Across the Tennessee Conference, many “Next Gen Disciples” are exploring their call and engaging in ministry opportunities through local churches and Campus Ministries. They are serving in settings such as Project Transformation, Freedom School Nashville, Cedar Crest Camp, and as Ministry Interns in local churches.
Many are getting invaluable experience working in ministry with children and youth. Some have local ministry internships that provide experience in the whole breadth of church ministry with interactions with pastoral care, adult ministry, visitation, and evangelism.
Helping the Next Gen discover who God has created and called them to be is an amazing blessing to the young person as well as to the church. Please make young adults and teens in your church aware of these opportunities.
Cedar Crest Camp
Cedar Crest Camp, the Tennessee Conference camp just south of Dickson in Lyles, TN, hires college-age young adults, new high school graduates, each summer to help serve as counselors for the children and youth who spend part of their summer at camp. Cedar Crest is currently inviting new applicants to be on summer staff for the summer of 2018. There are paid opportunities for young people to serve this summer as well as a volunteer experience for high school students.
A Summer Counselor is a young adult who has finished at least one year of college, and will work directly with youth during the months of June and July.
Students who have finished their senior year in high school are welcome to apply to be a Junior Counselor. Junior counselors serve camp during the summer between completing high school and beginning college and receive half the pay full counselors receive throughout the summer.
Students who have finished their junior year in high school are welcome to apply to be a Counselor in Training. Though a volunteer position, this staff role is one that affords a willing high school student the opportunity to serve Cedar Crest by being an active staff member with the campers while learning from the counselors.
Nashville Freedom Schools
Nashville Freedom Schools bring together local community groups, college and university students and faculty, faith-based organizations, public schools, corporate private donors, and concerned parents and educators to create and sustain summer reading and enrichment programs for low-income, at-risk children and teens in grades K-8.
Freedom School offers paid opportunities for both college-age young adults and high school students to serve during the summer as interns.
College-age young people and recent college graduates play a critical role in Nashville Freedom Schools as Servant Leader Interns, who teach summer classes and mentor scholars (K-8 participants). Using Integrated Reading Curriculum, Servant Leader Interns facilitate classroom learning, chaperone field trips and other special events, and serve as ambassadors for Freedom Schools.
Beginning in 2017, Nashville Freedom Schools joined with West End United Methodist Church to create a paid internship for teens in grades 9-12.This summer experience is specially geared to at-risk teens who need job training, experience in working well with a work team, and who value education. Named “The West End United Methodist Church Internship at Nashville Freedom Schools,” this initiative offers selected teens on-the-job training at summer Freedom Schools.
Learn more at https://nashvillefreedomschools.org/
Project Transformation Tennessee
Local Church Internships
In addition, many local churches offer opportunities for college-age young adults to serve. While these are specific to each church, more information about internships in these settings is available by contacting Brad Fiscus, Director of Next Gen Discipleship, at firstname.lastname@example.org.