White Sulphur Springs is a dynamic and busy place, with retreat groups and ministry happening virtually year-round. We work hard to provide some consistency to the schedule for the interns to have as much predictability as possible, with the understanding that some weeks are “non-typical” due to the dynamic nature of the conference center ministry. September through May, a typical week looks like this:
• Monday: Day off (for personal time, reading, study and academic preparation)
• Tuesday: Discipleship and/or apologetics classes are held in the morning, followed by a team lunch. Afternoons are reserved for reading and reflection, weekly or term writing assignments, counseling with the EXSEL Director or other ministry team members, and some time for constructive solitude. Interns enjoy dinners on Tuesday evenings in the homes of WSS staff members.
• Wednesday-Saturday: Vocational program, with each intern working alongside their ministry team mentors in their assigned departments.
On Wednesday evenings, interns have dinner at the EXSEL Director’s house.
Sunday: 1/2 of the EXSEL team will attend a local church with the EXSEL Director in the morning and return to WSS in the afternoon to join the other 1/2 who will be working to serve the weekend retreat guests. This will alternate between weeks so that each intern will have an opportunity to participate in corporate worship with a local church body at least twice a month.
June through August, the interns become part of the Senior Staff in support of the various adult and youth programs offered. Each will have one day off each week and will be working long hours and pretty consistently every other day of the week.