Make plans for Summer 2018: youth ministry fair Oct. 3

West-Ark Church of Christ will be one of about 20 churches offering internships at the fair Oct. 3. Online Photo.

West-Ark Church of Christ will be one of about 20 churches offering internships at the fair Oct. 3. Online Photo.

The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Youth and Family Ministry will host an internship fair for summer 2018 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Gaylord Center tomorrow Oct. 3. Students will have the opportunity to connect with youth ministers and seek internship opportunities.

Professor of Youth Ministry Dudley Chancey said youth internships are a great opportunity to serve.

“A ministry internship is giving back what was given to you growing up as a teen,” Chancey said. “It is a great opportunity to get some leadership skills and relational skills.”

According to Chancey, approximately 15 to 20 churches will be offering internships. He said he encourages students to bring a copy of their resume and converse with various youth ministers.

“On a resume, the churches will be looking for any ministry experience or working at camps, mission trips, retreats and leading worship,” Chancey said.

Based on her experience serving last summer as an intern at Champions Church of Christ in Houston, TX, Junior Caroline Hose said she advises students to obtain a youth ministry internship.

“A youth internship can do so much good in your life,” Hose said. “I learned so many things this summer that I never knew about myself. I got to bond with these amazing students that changed me as a person. You can change someone’s life without knowing it and you can watch God do amazing things in your students’ lives as well as your own.”

Hose said spiritual growth plays a huge part in the role of a youth ministry intern.

“Your spirituality is a huge focus of the job,” Hose said. “You can be outgoing and fun, but if you aren’t growing spiritually, the summer may not benefit you as much as you would expect.”

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