Fellowship has a long history of partnering with Western Theological Seminary through the Teaching Church Ministry. The mission of the Teaching Church Ministry is to provide a congregational context for students to discern their call, develop their gifts and grow as church leaders. Wide exposure to Fellowship's congregational life and multiple ministry opportunities are offered, however, the student's growth and development always remains the primary concern.
Each year, Fellowship takes on interns from WTS who take part in the Teaching Church Ministry. Typically, each student stays at Fellowship for all three years of their time at the Seminary with a different focus each year.
Year One - Formation for Church Leadership:
The overall goal of the first year is to design a process that will enable the student to discover who she or he is within the Christian community and to begin to discern some possible dimensions of God's call. Fellowship's First Year Intern is Zachary Bonzelaar.
Zach was born and raised in Holland, MI. He graduated from Spring Arbor University with a BA in Theology. He has spent the past four summers on the lakeshore working at Camp Geneva. Zach loves coffee and spending time with his closest friends.
Year Two - Cultivating a Vision for Church Leadership:
The overall goal of the second year is to provide opportunities for the student to develop leadership skills in the area of caring, teaching and small group leadership, as well as to grow as a worship leader. Fellowship's Second Year Intern is Alyssa Muehmel.
Alyssa, who has spent the summer with us as a Ministry Intern, is returning as a second year intern. Alyssa recently graduated from Calvin College and is a second year student at Western Theological Seminary. She is from Waterford, MI. Alyssa will be working with the high school youth as a leader and working with Karen Donker in Hand2Hand ministries, as well as volunteering as a Kids Hope mentor.
Year Three - Acquiring the Skills for Church Leadership:
The overall goal for this third year is to provide the student opportunities to further develop ministry skills in the areas of caring, teaching, small group leadership and worship leadership - as well as develop skills in preaching and leadership of the congregation as an organization. Fellowship's Third Year Intern is Katie Alley.
Katie is a third year student at Western Theological Seminary. She spent the summer as a pastoral intern at Second Reformed Church in Pella, IA. At Fellowship this year she will be shepherding Community Conversations on Wednesday evenings. Katie loves driving with the windows down and eating ice cream cones. She is excited to be a part of the Fellowship Family this year!