Friday, May 23, 2008

What to do with an Intern - Eric Hystad

I get ask the question almost weekly asked to me, "what do you do with interns?" Do you have expectations, job descritpions, etc...?

I can not think of a better way to answer this question by giving you something my Leader, Eric Hystad, has done with our interns. Eric is a man of great vision and leadership and understands youth minsitry and how to lead those in youth minsitry.

Here you go...

I. What You Will Gain
great experience, great opportunities, a chance to discover your best gifts and abilities, new friends for life!

II. What It Will Cost You …
your pride, time away from other things that are important to you …

III. What You Will Benefit …
every student ministry on each campus, the pastoral team, the program, your understanding of ministry and how a church functions.

Top 9 Things Every Intern Should Know!

It’s no sin to ask questions!

We appreciate self motivated people … “it’s easier to pull someone back, then to push them ahead”.

Whiners and complainers need not apply!

Be aggressive in relationships without being “creepy”! You have three months to build friendships that last a lifetime!

If you have “nothing to do”, you always “have something to do”! Call, write, visit a student … it’s always the right thing to do!

Smile a lot, be quick to listen, say thanks often, and find opportunities to meet other staff members. They know you are an Intern, and they want to know about you. Don’t be pushy but don’t be shy either!

Don’t ever use the statement “it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission”. Many troubles await you if you do …

Journal every day. Write down things you aren’t sure about, and things you have learned about yourself, ministry, and your calling.

Have fun. Don’t take yourself or your job too seriously!

About Your Job …

1. Plan to work 5 days a week, plus Sunday activities.

If you work on Saturday, it is fine to take off a day during the week. Your specific ministry Pastor will help set your weekly schedule. The bottom line is … JUST GET THE JOB DONE!

2. Dress appropriately.

If you want people to respect you and look at you as a professional, you have to dress the part. We do not “dress up fancy” … but casual nice almost always works.

3. Know and abide by the “guy/girl” rules.

Never be alone with a member of the opposite sex. Do not give students or parents “advice that will solve all their problems”.

4. Observe the “Chain of Command”.

Practice militant loyalty.

5. How to Handle your finances:

If you go out to eat with students to an average eating place, you can be reimbursed if you keep receipts and you detail on the receipt who you were with.

If you have a high mileage activity or trip using your own car, you can request a gas reimbursement if you keep a mileage record … i/e beginning mileage – where you went – reason for going – ending mileage. Turn those in to your Pastor for approval.

6. Attend Worship weekly

on either Saturday night or sometime Sunday morning.. No exceptions to this. Work with your Pastor to arrange your schedule.

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