Each Summer Trinity typically hosts an intern or two through the Northwest Church Planting Network led by Pastor Mike and Sandy Kelly. This year we are happy to have Ali Gosselin and Alyssa Werner! Here’s a snapshot from Ali and Alyssa of what their experience has been so far.
What drew you to an internship at TCS?
AW: For more than a year now, I have been praying about what church planting could look like for me. I was especially hoping to spend more intentional time discerning what that could look like. Katie Ribera encouraged me to look into this internship, highlighting the cohort meetings with other interns in the region. Because of the slight changes made to the internship this year due to COVID, the scheduling of the internship worked with my teacher-summer schedule.
AG: The opportunity actually presented itself to me when Pastor Kelly suggested I consider it just a couple weeks before the program began. The chance to learn from experienced pastors and ministry leaders, have a space to dive deeper into the discernment process of full-time vocational ministry, and explore how it could supplement my current job with RUF at UW are what drew me to apply.
What have been your tasks as an intern?
AW: I’ve been working on a wedding contract for our building, and some cool stuff for our liturgical arts ministry! I’ve also helped to figure out our communion system now that we’re preparing individual portions of the elements.
AG: Tasks that have given me a glimpse of the ins and outs of life at the church have included: writing a liturgy, setting up communion, planning a mother-daughter day at Lake Wenatchee with Becky, stepping in for Katie as lead host, and collaborating with Luke, Katie, and Alyssa on songwriting for the Anthem. I also spent time developing ideas and laying some groundwork for the foci of my internship: 1) How to better integrate college students and the TCS community and, 2) diving into the theology and core values of wilderness ministry. Another large part of the internship is attending weekly meetings and having lunch with other members of the PacRIM cohort. During those we heard various pastors, church-planters, and ministry leaders share their experiences and provide practical tools as we are discerning the call to full-time ministry.
What has been a highlight of the internship so far?
AW: A highlight for me has been meeting once each week with the 6 or so other interns in the region. Our sessions are usually led by a PCA pastor in our presbytery and focus on different facets of vocational ministry and church planting.
AG: A highlight of the internship so far has been the weekly cohort meetings. There is so much wisdom to soak up. I also loved getting to be a part of the anthem writing process with Luke, Katie, and Alyssa. It was such a creative, Spirit-led exercise that I wouldn’t typically gravitate towards or volunteer to be involved in. It is humbling and an honor to be invited to these tables.
How do you see God working at TCS this summer?
AW: I see God at work in big ways! The stay-at-home precautions needed during COVID have prompted creative ways for community groups to continue to deepen in relationship. I also think the greater conversations about racial reconciliation have stirred hearts toward personal reconciliation, leading to unity.
AG: I’ve seen God at work through the staff and volunteers’ ability to “COVID flex” this summer. From outdoor communion to in-person gatherings, everyone has had a unique role in ensuring that things run safely and smoothly while holding plans ever-so-loosely. It’s deeply beautiful to witness members of TCS model entering into the dark, broken places to serve others and count it all joy when met with trials of various kinds. And what a joy to be able to worship in one place together and partake in the Lord’s supper again.
Anything fun we’d enjoy hearing about you or your experience?
AW: I’ve been working on a tool for Pastor Luke to use when scheduling artists for liturgical seasons. I had a lot of fun brainstorming different ideas our church artists could collaborate on to create a cohesive visual experience with recurring motifs according to the key themes, ideas and Scripture passages for that season.