Every year at the Spring Cluster Meetings we have a discussion about saying good-bye to the internship congregation. This is the advice given to interns at that time. Supervisors hear all of this, but lay committees might find this advice helpful.
- Talk openly about leaving and your feelings about it.
- Accept invitations out, even if they were not offered before.
- Pay outstanding debts in the community.
- Have a farewell celebration—accept gifts graciously.
- Take time to say individual good-byes to special people, one-on-one, before the last day.
- Say thank you—especially to your supervisor and lay committee.
- Attempt to reconcile your broken and damaged relationships before leaving.
- Be sad if you feel like it; be glad if you feel like it; but try to avoid leaving mad.
- Avoid illusions about coming back.
- Complete all written evaluations early enough so as to allow for feedback face-to-face (no parting shots).
- Recognize there is an element of incompleteness in every internship.
- Do all you can to ease the beginnings of the next intern.
- Be thoughtful about your future involvement in the congregation’s online social networks, particularly if you have had major responsibilities with youth.