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Intern learns to lead at Glorieta

GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)–Tessa Morrell is the “head honcho.”

After years of participating in LifeWay Christian Resources’ Fuge camps as either a camper or staffer, Morrell, 23, now finds herself in charge, thanks to a new internship program at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center.

“It is really cool because I’m getting to serve others and gaining a lot of practical experience in the process,” the Decatur, Ill., native said. “I’m getting to be responsible for a lot of things people my age don’t always get to try.”

Morrell was at the forefront of Fuge Winter Camp in March at Glorieta. Basically, she handled much of the event’s planning and coordination with input from Jim Strickland, Glorieta’s program manager. Morrell’s opportunity is made possible by LEAD (Leadership Education And Discipleship), a year-long internship program based at Glorieta.

LEAD offers recent college graduates, seminary graduates or students sitting out a year during college the opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn concepts inherent to Christian camping, be part of a team, grow spiritually, live on campus with others involved in ministry and lead others in ministry.

“I’m excited about this for many reasons,” said Hal Hill, manager of LifeWay Glorieta. “The year-round impact those involved in LEAD have on student campers and the growth opportunity it provides for them in a ministry context are extremely tangible. Our interns also bring an enthusiasm and maturity that supplements our summer staff.”

LEAD is just one of several opportunities for ministry involvement at one of LifeWay’s two conference centers. Both Glorieta and Ridgecrest (located near Asheville, N.C.) are accepting applications from college students looking for summer employment between May and August. Job opportunities vary widely, and both conference centers accommodate extensive opportunities for volunteer service as well.
Chris Turner is a media relations manager at LifeWay Christian Resources. For more student employment information specifically related to the two conference centers, go to Lifeway.com/Glorieta or Lifeway.com/Ridgecrest.