World Engagement Fellows
For the past two years I have been working as an intern at Chapel Hill Bible Church with our missions pastor, Roddy Dinsmore. As part of this internship, I have helped with events that engaged our community, kept in contact with our overseas mission partners, and kept our church members informed about the missions of the church. I also attended staff meetings and learned about the leadership of a church from our different ministry leaders. This internship has taught me many valuable leadership and project management skills.
As part of my internship, I was given the opportunity to work on a personal project which was related to the mission of the church. For my project, I decided to create and implement a training program for college students, aimed at giving them a more holistic view of missions and preparing them to live missional lives in whatever career they go into. I chose this project because I have a passion for educating others about why we should be missional and how to do missions well. I have seen first hand the harm that can be done when people try to share the Gospel or help others in a cross-cultural context without any preparation, and I want to provide education so that people can serve the Lord and others effectively.
The World Engagement Fellows is a year long intensive starting in January 2020 and ending December 2020. It includes classroom style training, reading, group discussion, community engagement, and an overseas experience.
From January to May, the Fellows will be participating in the Perspectives course. This is a 15- week discipleship course that teaches the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of missions. It shows students what God is doing in the world, and shows them how they can be a part of what God is doing, whether overseas or at home. The Fellows will complete this course at the certificate level, which means they will complete weekly homework assignments, readings, and a final project.
During May, the Fellows will be attending a brief 4 day training at CIT, and from May 26- June 30 we will be traveling to visit some of CHBC’s mission partners abroad.
First, we will spend two weeks in Basel, Switzerland with Leo and Judith Dietschy, who are church planters in the city. We will learn what it looks like to be church planters in a post-modern, urban society, and will learn from Center Church by Tim Keller. After our time in Switzerland we will travel to Berlin, Germany to debrief on our experiences so far.
After a few days in Berlin, we will make our way to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where we will spend two weeks serving with and learning from Steadman and Alyssa Harrison. Steadman has been working with the UN to help with Ethiopia’s first democratic election, and we will have the opportunity to see that first hand. We will travel back to Chapel Hill at the end of June and spend another few days debriefing on what we have learned.
During the month of July we will have some time to rest, as well as spend time reading Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper. Then in August, we will begin the final portion of the program.
During the fall, the Fellows will be focusing on how to live missionally at home and in whatever career path they choose. We will be serving with some of our local mission partners in the Chapel Hill/ Durham area, as well as reading and discussing regularly. Readings will include The Economics of Neighborly Love by Tom Nelson, The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark L. Russell, and How The Should We Work by Hugh Whelchel.
How can you help?
Not only have I worked hard in forming and implementing this program, I will also be participating in it throughout the year. I am so excited to see how God will use this program in the life of our church and how he will use these experiences to transform and grow each of the Fellows to follow after him. My prayer is that this experience will shape their view of the world and will have a profound impact on each of their walks with Christ for years to come.
Below you will find a link to our church website and a page where you can donate to the fund which will allow us to buy the educational resources we need as well as pay for travel expenses. We would greatly appreciate your financial contribution and support. We also would love your prayers in these specific areas:
- Pray that we will have a greater understanding of what God is doing in the world and how we can each work towards making his name known among all peoples.
- Pray that our interactions with each other and with the missionaries we are partnering with will be full of grace and humility
- Pray that we will have a greater understanding of how to use our skills and work to glorify God and expand his kingdom, no matter where we are