Say Good-bye to the Summer Interns

Farewel Cake 006They’ve given sweat equity in your ministry all summer…from hanging around after the lock-in so you could go home to pinch-hitting on that Wednesday night lesson because one of your children had appendicitis to finding a permanent home for all those camp supplies you stole from the children’s ministry…and making it look like they were never touched….

Your summer interns have served well (hopefully).  Say good-bye well….here are a few tips:

1.  Do an exit interview – and pour into them the encouragement of a job well done and the challenge of areas that need sharpening.

2.  Recognize that you can learn, as well.  Ask them to provide insight on how you can improve as a leader.  And then be willing to take your lumps and be humble.

3.  Provide them with a reference letter…in fact, do this first so conversations one or two have no bearing on what you write.

4.  Allow your students to say good-bye.  Provide a party or a small segment during regular programming for appreciation.

5.  Give them a gift.  Consider a surprise honorarium if the budget allows (especially if your interns are unpaid) or give them a gift card or a ministry resource.

Interns are a great resource to you and your church – appreciate their service and honor the gifts God has given them.

Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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