Resolved exists to impact the city of Sydney with the love of Jesus, for God’s glory. We want this impact to go beyond the lifetime of the current members of the congregation. If God should will it, we want Resolved to be impacting Sydney and the world with the love of Jesus, for God’s glory, for hundreds if not thousands of years to come. With that in mind, we are hoping to train the next generation of leaders of the church so that they may carry the gospel onwards and may train subsequent generations of leaders. One of the ways we are training the next generation of church leaders is to have them come to Resolved as interns. The internship program will go for two years and will be a time where we hope God will use us to grow you to be the leader of the church he wants you to be.
What does the internship involve?
Interns will meet as a group with Hans Kristensen (Lead Pastor of Resolved) once a week for three hours, and individually once a month. In these meetings there will be discussion of set readings as well as Bible reading, prayer, accountability and training. You will spend the rest of the time evangelising, growing leaders, reading, pastoring people, leading community groups and being involved in other ministries.
Leaders are people who continually grow. One of the main ways church leaders grow is through reading quality books in areas such as theology, human development, leadership, culture and anthropology. We give our interns books and a reading schedule which will have reading to be done each week. For each reading the intern will have to prepare a short 800-word reflection on the reading. This reflection is to be printed out and handed to Hans the day before the group intern meeting. We get interns to do this writing because writing helps clarify thoughts, and helps with all types of communication.
Here are some of the books you will read if you intern at Resolved:
- Collins, Jim. Good to Great
- Collins, Jim. Great by Choice
- Collins, Jim. How the Mighty Fall
- Dever & Packer. In My Place Condemned He Stood
- Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
- Edwards, Jonathan. Religious Affections
- Fee, Gordon. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
- Hill, Wesley. Washed and Waiting
- Keller, Tim. The Reason for God
- Lencioni, Patrick. Death By Meeting
- Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
- Luther, Martin. The Bondage of the Will
- Machen, Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism
- Mahaney, C.J. Humility
- Mathison, Keith. The Shape of Sola Scriptura
- Maxwell, John C. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
- Morris, Leon. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross
- Murray, Iain H. Evangelicalism Divided
- Murray, Iain H. The Forgotten Spurgeon
- Murray, John. Redemption: Accomplished and Applied
- Noll, Mark. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
- Piper, John. The Future of Justification
- Spurgeon, C.H. Lectures to my Students
- Strauch, Alexander. Biblical Eldership
- Strauch, Alexander. Meetings that Work
- Tripp, Paul. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
- Ware, Bruce. God’s Greater Glory
- Welch, Ed. When People are Big and God is Small
- Westerholm, Stephen. Perspectives Old and New on Paul
- Wright, N.T. Jesus and the Victory of God
- Wright, N.T. New Testament and the People of God
- Wright, N.T. Resurrection of the Son of God
- Wright, N.T. What St. Paul Really Said
2. Personal Development
1 Timothy 3 says that men and women who are leaders of the church are meant to have exemplary character, therefore interns will be accountable either to Hans as the Lead Pastor, or an Elder or a member of the women’s ministry team. This accountability will involve regular meetings with the accountability partner for sharing, prayer and accountability. It is our hope that through relationships and the preaching and studying of the word, you would become more Christ-like as a result of your time as an intern at Resolved.
3. Leadership Development
The Bible is very clear on the requirements of a leader but a lot of the time, Christian thinking on Christian leadership stops here. In the internship you will interact with some of the best biblical and secular leadership and you will also be invited to observe leadership meetings at Resolved. Additionally, you will be able to test your leadership mettle by starting up ministries and leading groups of people. In this way, we hope that you will become the best leader you can be, to the glory of God.
4. Skill Development
There are many different skills you have to master to be a good pastor/leader. Skilled pastors/leaders have skills in pastoral care, preaching, leading, and dealing with people. At the weekly internship meetings, Hans will take you through a skill that is pertinent to church work and you will have ample opportunities to practise and use these skills in many and varied ways at Resolved. We hope that when you finish your internship you will be a very skilled leader and an asset to any church you are a part of.
Matthew 28 is clear – the church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus. At Resolved, we don’t want to grow through people coming from other churches; we want to grow through people coming to know Jesus. With that in mind, we get all our members to choose five non-Christian friends that they are praying for, that they are seeking to share the gospel with and that they are inviting to church. At every weekly interns meeting we will be reviewing how we are doing in this area. Our hope is that revival would break out in the world and we will hopefully be a part of that as we pray for people, share with people and invite people to know Jesus.
6. Pastoral Work
Leaders of the church must care for their sheep. With this in mind, you will be called to care for people in the church. You will also be trained in how to use the gospel to pastorally care for people. Pastoral work is very important and you will see and be a part of the strategy Resolved has for pastorally caring for people and seeing them grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus.
7. Entrepreneurial Ability
We will be asking the group of interns to start up a youth group from scratch. There are no high school students going to Resolved at the moment so the interns will have to find a group of teenagers, evangelise them, form a youth group and grow the youth group from nothing. This will take entrepreneurial ability. We will get the interns to do this because Resolved wants to be a church that plants many churches all around Australia and the world and we start by training up entrepreneurial church leaders. We also are seeking to plant a church in the Sutherland Shire in 2014 and so in 2013 there will be a lot of leg-work that the interns will be a part of. Some people are not entrepreneurs and some aren’t church planters; that is okay, but we want our interns to be tested in these areas so that they will know whether they have these gifts or not.
Are you up for the challenge?
Ministry is one of the most exciting, challenging, fun, heart-breaking things you can do. Are you the kind of person who wants to start to be trained to do ministry for the rest of your life? If so, I would love to chat with you further. Thanks for taking the time to think deeply about your future and possibly coming to be an intern at Resolved.