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Graduate Assistant Ministry Intern Program
The Graduate Assistant Ministry Intern Program is designed to provide the opportunity for interns (GAMIs) to engage in full-time campus ministry at Whitworth University while simultaneously pursuing a master's degree over the course of two years. Each intern is mentored and supervised by a member of the chapel staff. All participate in regular meetings of the chapel staff, including ministry-planning as well as personal support/prayer gatherings.
One intern works with Associate Professor of Music Ben Brody, '97, in the coordination of all weekly chapel worship services. The university carries on a vibrant rhythm of worship, with community chapels each Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11-11:30 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. In addition, Hosanna, our student-led worship service on Tuesday evenings, provides an opportunity for contemporary worship.
Our other intern works directly with Campus Pastor for Small-Group Ministry Mindy Smith. The Small-Group Program coordinates a weekly two-unit class in campus ministry for the approximately 75 student volunteers who lead small-group Bible studies on campus. The Murdock Foundation has been very supportive of GAMI through its “Vision and Call” program.
As a graduate ministry intern, my focus within campus ministry is to work with students involved in our Small-Group Ministry Program. I meet with small-group coordinators and leaders regularly to encourage them in their ministry and to help them develop in the roles as leaders. With my focus in small-group ministry, I aim to promote authentic relationships centered on Christ throughout Whitworth's campus. I hope, over these next years, to grow, together with the staff and students, in faith in God and in strength as a leader.
Allison Maus, '13
I am blessed with a unique role as a graduate ministry intern at Whitworth. As a 2014 graduate, I care deeply about the hearts of Whitworth's students. It is thus my aim to bring the gospel to them, for I believe that only in relation to Jesus can anything find its proper meaning. This motivates all of my involvements at Whitworth, whether in worship services or in my classwork as an M.A. Theology student. "[Christ] is before all things, and in him all things hold together ... in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross." (Col. 1)
Jamie Meyer, '14