I feel called to ministry
If you are going to be a junior or senior in high school in the Fall of 2018 and feel called to vocational ministry, PHASED IN was built for you.
Maybe you’ve been ignoring the calling God gave you. Maybe you don’t know how to even start realizing it. Maybe you’re trying the best that you can, but feel stuck and held back. We’re here to help.
To qualify for PHASED IN, you must:
- Be a junior or senior in high school as of August 2018
- Want to be trained in vocational ministry (we are currently accepting: senior pastor, youth pastor, children’s pastor, worship leader, missionary, and media)
- Commit to a 3-month summer internship in a different town
- Take a college-level Bible course
- Attend or conference call the Wyoming Youth Executive team’s quarterly meetings
- Be awesome (you nail this one every time!)
Please note that we are only accepting 3-4 students for PHASED IN 2018-2019.
How PHASED IN works for students
You decide that you want to learn the skills for a particular field of ministry.
Even if you don’t feel “called” into vocational ministry, you can still apply to PHASED IN as long as you’re willing to be trained in the skills for a field of ministry of your choosing.
To apply, you need to download the application, fill it out, and send it to the Wyoming Youth office by August 3, 2018. Make sure you give your two references enough time to fill out and send in their reference sheets; your application is not complete without them! Any applications received after August 3 will be considered for PHASED IN 2019-2020.
If you’re accepted, we will contact you and survey some dates for the PHASED IN orientation which will take place in Casper, WY for both you and your parents.
You’ll attend the orientation in Casper and get prepped for your PHASED IN year. We’ll give you some swag, start you with some basic training (notably, how to choose a mentor), clarify any questions you and your parents may still have, explain how the Youth Executive meetings work, and give you some protocol for contacting the Wyoming Youth Department throughout your PHASED IN year.
Then you’ll go home to kick Satan’s butt and take names for Jesus!
Actually, it’ll probably be slow at first. Your first ministry task is choosing a mentor to meet with you for the rest of the year. You’ll spend a few days praying about who you should ask, and then you’ll ask a couple people. If they say yes, they will need to fill out a Mentor Application and get approved by Wyoming Youth. Don’t stress about this; Wyoming Youth will stay in contact with you throughout this first phase so you find a good mentor.
Once your mentor is approved by the office, you’ll start meeting together. Your first meeting will probably be at the end of August or beginning of September to discuss where you’re at, where you want to go, where you feel confident, where you feel insecure, and how you are going to intentionally change your life.
Intentionally changing your life is the key. The impact of PHASED IN on your life is directly related to the amount of work you put in. Becoming a follower of Jesus involves actually following him, which means intentionally doing things to become more like him.
You and your mentor will decide together what “doing” looks like. It may be developing a daily devotional time. It may be practicing skills like prayer, Bible study, solitude, silence, worship, fasting, celebration, etc. or skills like playing the piano, public speaking, clear communication, etc. It may even be repairing critical relationships in your life. God will guide you!
You will take a college-level Bible class in either the fall or the spring (your choice), which will develop many of these skills and prepare you for ministry. Don’t freak out! If you need help paying for a class or finding a class to take, make sure you talk to the DYD or PHASED IN coordinator. We have scholarships and resources for you.
All this will continue until the end of April/beginning of May when we connect you with a pastor in your field of ministry from somewhere in Wyoming. After school gets out, you’ll head out to your SUMMER INTERNSHIP!
Whoo! Doing the actual things of ministry! For a whole summer!
When you first get to your internship, you’ll sit down with your pastor and your schedule (your parents may want to have a say in this) so that you both know from the beginning of the internship which church events you’ll attend and which family events you can go to.
You’ll be given a place to stay, have a way of getting around town, and be situated in a part-time job for the summer. When you’re not making bank for Jesus, you’ll be alongside your pastor as they raise you up into ministry. It’ll look like this:
- Leader does, student watches.
- Leader does, student helps.
- Student does, leader helps.
- Student does, leader watches.
Your pastor writes a sermon, you watch. Your pastor writes a sermon, you help. You write a sermon, your pastor helps. You write a sermon, your pastor watches. This process will go on for all of the skills you learn this summer.
At the end of the summer, you’ll go home (or off to college) and, based on how much work you put into it, prepared to fulfill God’s calling over your life. You might meet with your mentor some more to process the internship and figure out what God’s asking you to do next.
Because by then, you’ll be PHASED IN.
I DON’T QUALIFY! WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Wait until you qualify. No! Don’t waste your potential!
Talk to your pastor or youth pastor! Tell them you feel a call to _______ ministry and want to do something about it. Explain why you don’t qualify for PHASED IN. Tell them what you want to do, and/or ask them what you can do until you qualify.
In the meantime, focus on training yourself in godly character. Your character is the foundation of all of your actions; you won’t be any good at ministry if your foundation is rotten. And sadly, everybody’s character is absolutely rotten until they let Jesus be the foundation of their character.
MY APPLICATION WASN’T ACCEPTED! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?
Because this is a brand new program, we don’t have the resources to accept every application, and that is to our great chagrin. We promise 1) we’re working on it and 2) we didn’t reject your application because we don’t believe in you. We are only accepting 3-4 students for PHASED IN 2018/2019.
Since you really feel called to _______ ministry, talk to your pastor or youth pastor and see what you can do to grow and/or prepare for it. But first and foremost: develop your character! You can practice skills like silence, solitude, Bible study, worship, etc. without being a part of PHASED IN as a program.
MY PARENTS WON’T LET ME APPLY! WHAT DO I DO?
Pray. If you want to apply, God can provide a way for you to be a part of the program by changing their minds or giving you a different opportunity.
If your parents don’t want you to do PHASED IN (whether that’s because they don’t want you to commit to the summer internship or because they’re worried about xyz), we generically recommend you honor their wishes and don’t do it if you can’t lovingly convince them it’s the best thing for you.
As you can see from the other questions, there are plenty of things you can do. They’re not programmed from Wyoming Youth; but remember that Jesus trained Peter to give a sermon that saved 3000 people without any programming—no cool tee shirts, no lists of requirements, no applications.
The brief list of the things you can do to grow closer to God:
- Ask a pastor to mentor you
- Research and practice spiritual disciplines, esp. silence, solitude, Bible study, and worship.
- Ask God what skills you need to do ministry, and learn how to do them.
- Volunteer at your church.
Again, the best thing you can do to prepare for ministry is to become a standup citizen in the Kingdom of Heaven. If you need resources on how to do that, feel free to contact Wyoming Youth and we can connect you with some great literature, sermons, and the like.