Opportunities to gain experience in Christian ministry

  • Are you a Christian who has nearly finished College/University?
  • Are you wondering what you’re going to do next year?
  • Would you like to have the opportunity to gain experience in Christian ministry?

In the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh, we prioritise and invest heavily in our responsibility to pass on our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ to the next generation. As part of this, we are committed to encouraging and equipping young adults for future Christian service (whether in formal ministry or not).

An important part of this has been providing opportunities for young adults to participate in what we call ‘internships’. These are very flexible, and can be structured in a way which works for both parish and intern, but broadly these involve a placement (usually for one year, with potential for extension) in a parish/group of parishes, under the direction of an experienced Minister. The intern would then work with this Minister in this ministry context, and the many experiences that this will involve.

In the past, interns have been involved with leading worship and preaching (with guidance from the Minister); pastoral care; ministry in schools (primary and secondary); and youth & children’s ministry. What the intern would like to focus on being involved in would be agreed with the Minister, based on their experiences and exploration regarding the future.

If the above questions apply to you, may we encourage you to prayerfully consider whether this may be something that the Lord may be calling you to in the future? Please do talk to others as you reflect on this, as well as sharing this opportunity with others who might be interested.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Damian Shorten by email at [email protected] or by phone on (087)2274663.