Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Parish Intern Infomation

TransFormation is a new initiative geared toward young adults 18-35 who feel called to ministry and would like to have an opportunity to pastor a church while further discerning their call. 

The mission of TransFormation is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by transforming churches into disciple makers while potential pastors are being FORMED as leaders of such churches. Potential pastors, churches, neighborhoods, and the world will be transformed.

Program Description
TPI is geared toward young adults experience, to serve as part-time Parish Interns rotating between five United Methodist congregations in Kokomo, IN. Parish Interns will be discovered for his or her God desire to transform the world and community of Kokomo. The Parish Interns will be developed by working with direct oversight of an Ordained Lead Pastor, Jeff Newton who possesses the same passion. The Parish Interns and the Lead Pastor will work as a team to lead the churches through preaching, teaching, providing pastoral care, and working with the congregations in outreach and evangelism.


·         Parish Interns will live at Hope House (large house shared with other interns) with all utilities paid and a food allowance provided.
·         Interns will receive a stipend of $100 per week,
·         Mileage for ministry will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate.
·         Interns will work in ministry at least 15-20 hours per week; some weeks more than others.

·         Provided an United Methodist Elder, to serve as a mentor, that will meet monthly  
·         Preach every week on a rotating basis
·         Participate in partner outreach ministries
·         Live the Wesley Way and develop a habit of Spiritual Disciplines
·         Immersion in United Methodist theology doctrine and polity
·         Experience growth in their knowledge of leadership principles
·         Experience growth in their leadership skills and abilities
·         Opportunity to discover their gifts and passions
·         Exposure to a broad range of ministries and experiences
·         Become a disciple maker and fruitful leadership developer

Eligibility-preference will be given to those that;

·         Exemplifies and lives a life in Christ
·         Ability to serve for at least 1 year (June 2015- June 2016)
·         At least 18 years old
·         Ability to live is shared community with other Parish Interns
·         Self-Starter with strong time management
·         Reliable transportation
·         Ability to favorably pass a criminal background check
          If you have more questions, would like a tour or would like an     application.  Please call Jeff Newton at 765.461.9618. 

             Overnight accommodations for a tour can be provided. 

Saturday, May 02, 2015

New Initiative

I am very excited about a new initiative in Kokomo that I will be leading called "TransFormation".  First of all I want to be clear that I will be the full-time Executive Director of Kokomo Urban Outreach and will be adding  Lead Pastor of this new initiative.  Officially, I am the Lead Pastor of five United Methodist Churches in Kokomo-- Cassville, Faith, Hillsdale, Parr and Trinity.   In July of 2015, four  parish interns will be joining me to learn, work and help lead the churches. The idea is that young adults who feel a call to ministry will have an experience that will help them "form" their call before going to school.  At the same time, churches will be transformed by focusing on making Disciples of Jesus Christ today as well as in the future as they encourage interns.  The churches will encourage the call of the interns and the interns will encourage the call in the local church.  Please pray for this initiative as I believe that it will impact the Church not only today but into the future too.