The unique partnership of University Chapel / Sojourn is a creative experiment in church for the new millennium. Affinity (common values and theology) and relationships are the foundation of our shared life. It is a multicultural, multi-lingual, multi-denominational community gathered around a vibrant faith and a passion for the Kingdom of God.
The Ordinand & Intern program provides a variety of ministry opportunities in which you can grow and learn. The program runs over two years and involves approximately 8-10 hours per week, made up as follows:
- A monthly one-on-one mentoring meeting & occasional other input/training.
- A monthly discussion on a chapter prescribed for reading. The books are:
o David Fitch, The Great Giveaway, Grand Rapids: MI, Baker Books, 2005 (1st yr)
o Michael Ramsey, The Christian Priest Today, London, SPCK, 1985. (2nd yr) ·
- Full participation in the weekly Sunday services, including learning & practising the liturgical roles.
- Attendance at Morning Prayer / Communion at least once per week.
- Taking a leadership role in a practical ministry.
- Preaching usually at least twice in a year on a prescribed topic/passage (with input & feedback).
- Ordinands are encouraged to do monthly confesssion for personal growth and preparation for ministry.
All ministry is built on relationships. Every intern/ ordinand is expected to have intentional involvement in the life of the community (i.e. building relationships, participating in ministries and events, and contributing to God’s work in this place.) The Ordinand & Intern program offers significant interaction with the lead pastor/priest, other pastors/priests and experienced ministry leaders. This investment of time is reciprocated by ordinands/interns being committed to the program not only in letter but also in spirit.
There are two foundational principles of this program:
- Be attentive to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis discerning how to invest your time and energy.
- Be the kind of Christian/member you would like to have in your own congregation in the future. (Remember, most of your future congregation will be people with jobs and families, you must learn what it is like to balance conflicting demands.)
Most feedback, mentoring and evaluation will have these in mind.