Resources to grow as Disciples
by Kristen Krueger
LEAD is excited to welcome three new leaders to our team! Our summer interns will spend the next twelve weeks serving across our synod. We believe that internships serve as an immersion experience that help grow faithful leaders as they are mentored by pastors, youth ministers, and other lay staff members. Our LEAD internships offer students an opportunity to engage in congregational life while discovering God’s call.
This summer’s intern team is made up of dynamic young people. Each brings experience in leadership from their home congregations and Lutheran campus ministry, active faith lives, and a passion for service learning. All three of our interns served as Camp Hope managers in different congregations in the summer of 2013. The skills they learned while leading three weeks of day camp ministry and mentoring high school student leaders helped develop their individual calls to ministry this summer. We want to invite you to get to know our intern team and follow their journeys.
Tessa just completed her sophomore year at LSU where she majors in psychology. She is a member at Faith in Bellaire, TX and will serve at Living Word Lutheran in Katy, TX this summer. She is mentored by Jessica Noonan. In her work with children’s ministry at Living Word, specifically focused on Living Word’s evening camp program, Cathedral. Tessa’s experience as a Camp Hope manager and staff member will help her bring creative ideas to this new role. Her first weeks on the job have taught her about the dynamics of serving in a large congregation. Tessa is looking forward to using her LEAD internship to “explore my options with faith as a career.”
Josh is a graduate of Texas A&M where he majored in chemistry and was a leader in the campus ministry program Treehouse. He is serving at Emmanuel Lutheran in Greenvine where he will be mentored by Pastor Rich Nelson. Josh has a passion for serving the community, particularly through ministry to people in poverty. During his time at A&M Josh worked at Our Saviour’s in College Station where he taught High School Sunday school and coordinated youth group activities. This summer, Josh will draw on both of these experiences as he works with Burton Bridge and helps write the new LEAD small group study Following The Way. As he discerns a call to ministry, Josh is looking forward to spending the summer to learn more of what it looks like to be a community leader as well as a pastor in a day to day setting.
This summer Kayla is working with Camp Hope Ministries to support the day camp at Principe de Paz Lutheran in Houston. She will provide leadership that comes from growing up as part of Camp Hope at Kinsmen Lutheran in Houston. She began her internship in March at the Camp Hope Train the Trainer event and has learned “that there are many different types of people and it takes flexibility, patience, willingness to try new things and decision making” as well as time management as she juggles her internship and her classes as a nursing student at UT-Tyler. Kayla is looking forward to developing leadership skills that can help her throughout her career.
Please join us in praying for Tessa, Josh, and Kayla as they continue their work this summer. Each is called into service that will help them discern God’s call for their lives. Our prayer is that through their work as LEAD interns, each will discover new passions and learn how to use their gifts as Christian leaders to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Watch for more about our interns in the LEAD weekly emails, on our LEAD Facebook Page, and at LEAD events