Opportunity for discipleship is just about as close to what the first-century church experienced as you can find. Interns join the White Sulphur Springs community, where we work, serve, eat, play, and “do life” together.
Through this immersive environment, relationships are formed. From these relationships, discipleship blooms. EXSEL interns are provided “formal” opportunities for spiritual growth through directed readings, seminar-style discussions, journaling, and reflective papers and presentations.
The weekly formal discipleship training covers relevant topics such as: Christian worldview and apologetics, knowing and understanding God’s will, prayer and meditation, marriage and relationships, engaging our culture with a biblical perspective, financial stewardship, and servant leadership.
Discipleship happens throughout the rest of the week in one-one-one discipleship relationships with a member of our ministry team, by working and serving shoulder-to-shoulder with the ministry team on a daily basis, and in our homes as we welcome them as part of our extended families.
Interns will have the opportunity to work and serve as members of the White Sulphur Springs team, gaining valuable experience across a wide variety of vocational areas.
Opportunities exist to serve in areas such as guest services and hospitality, marketing, youth programs, horse program, facilities and maintenance, food service team, housekeeping, and programs and operations.
Regardless of where you serve, each intern will receive practical skills training in a face-to-face mentoring relationship with their ministry team leader. Through the course of the program, interns will advance from observer/server to learner/server to practitioner/server to leader/server, in a context reminiscent of the close relationships of the “trades” over a century ago.
The EXSEL model of “experience, serve, lead” comes together in vocational training, in which interns apply their accumulated spiritual, vocational, and academic experience through the year to serve and lead in the servant-leadership model of Jesus Christ.
Due to the vocational demands of EXSEL, members have a limited opportunity during their off-time to participate in academic activities. To the extent they are able, they may enroll in distance study programs which support their personal goals and are consistent with their academic progress and abilities.
Interns wishing to get a head-start on future college plans—and those wishing to add to their undergraduate education—may enroll in the distance-learning programs of their choice. However, we recommend they limit themselves to a minimum number of hours during the fall semester so they can become more familiar with the demands of the discipleship and vocational programs.
Those without plans for college may use their off-time, and are encouraged, to develop individual reading and study on topics or skills of interest to them that will help them develop and grow towards their future vocational interests and calling.