Ministry in Context

When is internship over?

You in the back row…when is internship over?

When you give your last sermon in the internship congregation.

Wrong. Over by the windows, what do you think?

When the congregation has its farewell party.

Sorry. You in the front, sticking your hand up and jumping up and down.

When you move back to campus.

Wrong. Anybody else want to try?

I didn’t think so. Here is the correct answer:

Internship is over when all of your evaluation forms have been returned to the Contextual Leadership office with the appropriate signature pages. Notice the last part of that: With the appropriate signature pages.

Until that happens, your internship is not considered complete. That means that the internship office cannot tell the faculty that you have successfully completed internship, and therefore the faculty cannot take action to recommend you for ordination. Without completion of internship, you cannot receive your diploma.

You don’t want that to happen, do you?

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