The Connection Intern Program is an exciting experience focused on raising up leaders for the local church. The program is designed to equip you for ministry in three ways:
1. Spiritual Development You will attend weekly discussions designed to help you grow in your understanding of the Bible and what you believe.
2. Leadership Development You will gain valuable 1-on-1 insights from various leaders within the church. Not only will you learn about your specific area of focus, but also getting training and education on all other areas of ministry. Many times interns start off in one area and learn that God might actually be calling them to an area they had never thought about before.
3. Hands On Ministry Experience You will be given real ministry responsibilities and get the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of how we do ministry at Connection Church.
1. Must be between the ages of 18-25.2. Completed our Heart & Soul Class.3. Be a Heart & Soul member of Connection Church.4. Be consistently attending a Connect Group and Serving.
Expectations:1. There are 3 different Internship programs throughout the year: Fall, Spring and Summer. Interns may stop, return, or change their area of focus after each program dependent on how previous program went.2. Interns will work 15 hours a week (5 on Sundays and 10 during the week)3. Interns are allowed 2 Sundays off each Semester 4. Interns are expected to treat the internship program like they would any other job.
1. Submit a completed Intern Application (this form)
2. A Staff Member will reach out to setup an assessment interview.
BELIEF IN THE ONE TRUE GODThere is one eternal God, existent in three persons- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
JESUS CHRIST IS FULLY GOD AND FULLY MANThe Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31-35) Lived a sinless life. (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15) Died on the cross to atone for our sins. (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21) Physically rose from the dead. (Acts 1:9; Acts 2:32; Hebrews 1:3) Now sits at the right hand of His Father. (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 10:12) He will return to earth in power and glory (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27; Revelation 19:11-14)
SALVATIONAll men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. As a result, we are separated from God. Our only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are cleansed from sin through repentance and regeneration of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:2, John 3:3; Luke 24:46-47; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5-7; John 6:63)
HOLY SPIRITThe Holy Spirit, our abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide, indwells and empowers every believer in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:11; Romans 8:26-27; John 14:16-17; Isaiah 61; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:10)
THE CHURCHWe believe the church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers. Christians have been called out from the world to obey the teachings of Christ and serve as His ambassadors and co-laborers. (Matthew 18:18-20; John 15:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:20)
BAPTISMWhile we recognize that the act of Baptism is observed in varying ways amongst different fellowships, it is our conviction and practice to baptize new believers by submersion. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47)
HOLY COMMUNIONThe Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience in which we partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remembering the death of Jesus and anticipating His second coming. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
ETERNITYThere will be a final judgment and the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, Revelation 21:8)
CONNECTION CHURCH'S CONVICTIONS ON SOCIAL ISSUES*We aren't highlighting these areas because they are worse than others, but because they are highly debated in our culture. We want to equip you to align with the Bible and handle these issues in a way that honors God.
ABORTIONAt Connection, we stand against abortion. Though the Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion, there are numerous teaching in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is. God is clear that He created each of us and formed us in our mother’s wombs (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-16). We believe that God views the taking of a life, baby in the womb or adult, as murder. However, for those who have had an abortion, we believe that God offers forgiveness and we would love to walk with you through this healing process.
HOMOSEXUALITYWe believe that homosexuality is a sin. However, the Bible does not describe it as a “great- er” sin than any other. It is just one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24-27) and ultimately because of their own choice. At Connection, we believe that God’s forgiveness is available to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus.
DIVORCEAt Connection, we believe that God created marriage as a covenant to reflect His love for us (Ephesians 5:22-33). By definition, a covenant is designed to be permanent. Thus, we will never counsel someone toward a divorce, but will instead always counsel people toward forgiveness and reconciliation. Affairs do not end marriages, According to Jesus, hardness of heart is at the root of people choosing to divorce their spouse (Matthew 19:8; Malachi 2:16). The only time we counsel someone toward a separation is if abuse or illegal activity is occurring and a temporary separation is necessary for safety and to move to- ward reconciliation.
ALCOHOLWe do not believe that drinking alcohol is a sin, as Scripture never teaches that (Ecclesiastes 9:7; Psalm 104:14-15). However, Scripture is clear that getting drunk, or willfully being controlled by anything other than the Holy Spirit is sin (Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:12). Also, abuse of any substance (alcohol, drugs, food) is condemned in the Bible and is clearly sinful. At Connection, we teach that underage drinking is wrong because Scripture clearly tells us to submit to the governing authorities (Romans 13:1). We also know that God’s word talks about not causing other people to stumble just because you are expressing your freedom in Christ. We believe every Christian should be wise about when and where they partake of alcohol if they choose to do so (Matthew 18:7-9).
SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGEWe believe that sex outside of the covenant of marriage is sin (1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 5:19). The Bible refers to this as “sexual immorality” which includes premarital sex, pornography, lust, homosexual relations, adultery, and any other kind of sexual relations outside of the marital covenant. The Bible is clear that God created sex and He alonecan define the parameters for its use. God’s Word is very clear that sex was created to be enjoyed between one man and one woman who are inside the covenant of marriage (Hebrews 13:4). Anything outside of that is sinful. For those who have fell into the trap of sexual immorality, we believe that God offers forgiveness in Jesus and wants to help you abstain until marriage.