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.
We are pleased to have Alyssa Muehmel with us this summer as a Ministry Intern. Alyssa is from Waterford, MI and recently graduated from Calvin College and will begin as a student at Western Theological Seminary in the fall. She will be trying out various aspects of ministry by helping as a High School Ministry leader, leading crafts for our youngest at VBS, helping with Meet Up & Eat Up, and working with Pastor Lindsay.
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 Interns are have not been selected yet.
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 Hannah Barker Nickolay.
Hannah is in her second year at Western Theological Seminary and as an intern at Fellowship. She grew up in the small town of Orange City, Iowa. She graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. A year after graduating she married a fellow theatre major, Jackson Nickolay (pronounced "Nick-o-lie"), and they have spent the last two years living in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Hannah loves reading, writing poetry, singing, watching movies and plays, and making food with friends. Hannah has a heart for worship design and scripture presentation.
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 Laurel Pals.
Laurel is in her third year at Western Theological Seminary and in her internship at Fellowship. Laurel grew up in Jenison, MI and was a student at GVSU where she studied music and philosophy. Laurel enjoys songwriting, hospitality, exploring God through creativity, and trying new things. She is excited to discern more about her call in theology and ministry at Fellowship.