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Christ Church, Apple Valley, MN has had a vital internship program which develops leaders and also equips the emerging generation to thrive in a mostly non-Christian environment. Both of these are vital if the church is to be effective into the future.
EQUIPPING the LEADERS of this GENERATION to ADVANCE the KINGDOM of GOD.
Many of the current leadership team at Christ Church have been equipped through the Internship and also leaders have been equipped for work in service in other churches and regions of the world.
There are two different options of the Internship but both options include being actively (hands-on) involved in these ministries at Christ Church:
Practical Ministry Involvement
- Serve along side of the generationchurch pastor and leaders. Preparation, administration, set-up, media, teaching, prayer ministry. Follow-up with visitors and needs. Leading youth in their relationship with Christ.
- Serve with the Children’s teachers in the classroom, set-up, administration, visual aids, organization and implementation of Sunday morning ministries.
- Learn proficiency with sound systems, EasyWorship, PowerPoint preparation, visual projection, digital recording, web page maintenance and Lighting.
- Participation in weekly brainstorming conference with Pastors to input and discuss content as well as preparation of the sermons.
- Access to opportunities to bless and serve the needs of the surrounding community.
Below is a brief description of the two programs offered:
Semester 1 focuses on:
Systematic Theology - The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introductory textbook on systematic theology has several distinctive features:A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching. Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum. A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church todayA friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect.
Biblical Hermenuetics - Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting what an author has written. In Christian theology, hermeneutics focuses specifically on constructing and discovering the appropriate rules for interpreting the Bible. These methods and principles, however, are often drawn from outside of scripture in historical, literary or other fields. It inevitably involves exegesis, which is the act of interpreting or explaining the meaning of scripture. The goal in applying the principles of hermeneutics is to “rightly handle the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15), striving to accurately discern the meaning of the text.
Semester 2 focuses on:
Old Testament Survey - The purpose of studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for undergraduate students and other readers by exploring the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books. For each Old Testament book, the Survey addresses background information, purpose, message, structure, and major themes. Chapters introducing each major section of the Old Testament are included, as are chapters dealing with issues of interpretation, geography, archaeology, history, formation of the Old Testament canon, and the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament. The text is enhanced throughout by maps, photos, timelines, and charts.
New Testament Survey - Robert Gundry’s now classic survey of the New Testament has been a mainstay for college and graduate courses around the world, having been used by thousands of professors and students. This fifth edition includes updates and revisions throughout and a fresh, full-color design. One thing about A Survey of the New Testament that has not changed: its premise. Unlike most New Testament surveys, this book leads students to actually read the Bible. Topics and issues discussed in the text are linked whenever possible with assigned readings that expose the reader to the entire New Testament.
In addition, there will be classes throughout the year including: Leadership, Spiritual Gifts, Ethics, Galations and Fincancial Discipline.
All text books and course materials are provided.
The program incudes three primary academic courses requiring reading, class discussion, written work and projects. In addition to these classes will be service projects and community involvement.
1. The Study of Acts: An in-depth look at the Acts of the apostles and the start of the New Testament church and how it affects and influences our experience in our daily walk today.
2. Apologetics: Apologetics - A systemic defence of a belief system, i.e. Christian doctrines. Discussion with center around key foundational doctrines such as the historicity of Jesus, the veracity of the Bible, Evolution - truth or myth, among others. Sessions will be highly interactive and geared towards identifying key practical applications for our lives.
3. World Religions: A discussion-based forum to compare/contrast the beliefts of the modern world. By the end of eight weeks students will understand the structure and aspirations of our neighboring theoloogies and be able to empathize/discuss religions with those who do not believe Christianity.
4. Kingdom Practicum: In this course we will explore the earthly presence and manifestation of the Kingdome of God on Earth. The primary mode of this exploration will be practical, out “on the streets” work and community service; however, there will be a strong emphasis on being reflective and thoughtful about why we are doing wht we are doing. Thus, the “doing” will be infused with reflective practices built on biblical and theological discussion.
Visit the Christ Church Internship web site: ccinterns.org
Jia Brown and Jennifer Dodd are the visionaries of Summer Loaves which is a food ministry for families by Reaching Up Ministries and a host of volunteers.
Jia and Jennifer had a business to work with the government school system to help children with education when both of them began to realize the unmet needs of low income families. Because of this, they formed a non-profit ministry to meet these needs.
Christ Church in Apple Valley, MN has given Reaching Up Ministries office space and has been intimately involved in Summer Loaves (as well as other projects lead by Reaching Up Ministries).
Summer Loaves is designed to help low income families that are impacted by the lack of school food services during the summer months. O2H (Opportunity 2 Hope) made a grant to this ministry to help feed 200 children in the summer of 2014.