Going Public internship | Cardiff, Wales, U.K.

  • Service term length or program: Mission internship
  • Region of service: Europe
  • Location: Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
  • Ministry category: Community development

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Participate in a Going Public internship, in partnership with Glenwood Church, for up to 10 months in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Gain experience in a whole host of areas alongside British and expatriate youth. Areas of service include youth or children’s work, community work, social action, teaching and facilitating, sports ministry, or creative arts. Develop skills and explore new gifts, grow in knowledge, be challenged, strengthen faith, engage in personal reflection, and be missional for the kingdom and for the world. Preferred deadline for applications is March 1 each year.

Regional vision
We are exploring partnerships and mission efforts in Spain, and plans are underway to form an EMM team to connect with Marseilles, France. Our long-term vision is to form international teams to reach immigrant populations and the largely unreached urban population of Europe.

Responsibilities

  • Commit to the full 10-month program (September–July), or serve for part of the year (January–July). 

  • Gather together weekly with the internship team for teaching. Core modules are formulated to guide you through your year’s journey: grounding you in Biblical truth, helping you understand your role in God’s mission, and preparing you to lead. The four core modules of the year are:

    • Bible module

    • Kingdom Intensive

    • Soul Care and Missional Church

    • Leadership module

  • Gather together with the internship team for weekly workshops. This series of practical, informative, interactive, and fun workshops promise to be worthwhile! They ensure that there are no “gaps” between your practical experiences of ministry and the things that you are being taught about and equipped to understand. Possible workshops include: Myers-Briggs personality inventory, budgeting, working with students (elementary, junior high, and high school), storytelling, prayer and journaling, sports ministry, writing a resume, etc.

  • Choose from among a variety of ministry placements working for Glenwood Church and its charities. You will help to bring God’s transforming power to the communities you serve. This part of the internship will be tailored upon application. 

  • Meet with an assigned, trained mentor who will be a more mature Christian from Glenwood Church. They will help you reflect on your learning and experiences, ensure you’re doing okay in all areas of your life, and take you out for coffee when you just need a break! There is potential to develop a close relationship with your mentor, and to learn from one another as you share your lives and experiences.

All mission interns are engaged in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their internships. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, interns spend two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of other interns preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, interns continue to connect online with their Launch cohort as they join a long-term missionary in the country of service.

Environment
Wales is a stable, semi-autonomous country in the United Kingdom. As such, some areas such as health and education are governed by the Welsh Assembly Government, and others are governed by the U.K. Parliament in Westminster. Wales is a lovely place, rich in language, music, sports, and history, with more castles than any other country in the world. Cultural values and norms are significantly different from the U.S., especially in areas of family values, sexual morality, and attitudes to alcohol and drugs. The south of Wales is characterized by verdant hills and valleys and dotted with small villages and towns. It is also one of the poorest areas of the U.K., with second- and third-generation unemployment. Many people live off benefits. The Welsh capital, Cardiff, is also located in south Wales. Cardiff is a multicultural city and a disbursement location for refugees and asylum seekers. The capital also includes several universities, attracting many international students. As with much of the rest of the U.K. and Europe, the spiritual climate is post-Christian.

Supervisors and colleagues
This intern will be guided by EMM staff during phase one of Launch. They will have peer accountability and support through their Launch cohort throughout the second and third phases. During phase three, while in Wales, they will be accountable to the internship leaders and to EMM long-term workers Alan and Carol Wert.

Skills and experience
Applicants must be high school graduates. They should come with teachable spirits, ready to learn and grow, and open to the surprising differences between cultures we assume are very alike! The Going Public internship is for young people in the 18–25 age range. U.S. participants will need to go through a visa application process which will be advised by Going Public.