Why The Capital Region?
There is a tremendous opportunity here! Recently, The Barna Group published a study where they polled 96 US cities with questions that we would hold as fundamental Biblical truths such as; "Do you believe in God?", "Do you believe faith is important in your life?", "Have you prayed in the last year?", "Have you ever made a commitment to Jesus Christ?", "Do you agree The Bible is accurate?", and "Do you agree that Jesus was sinless?". Fifteen questions like these were asked in order to measure irreligion. Albany, NY came in #1 in the nation, in terms of measuring irreligion with 63% of the people polled disagreeing with at least 9 or more out of these 15 questions. Considering the current spiritual climate in The Capital Region, we have an obligation to reach them with the good news!
Traditionally, internship programs require full time enrollment. Students often feel frustrated because of the financial limitations that puts on them. In addition to the financial limitation, being placed in a learning environment like an internship program but getting little opportunity to put what you are learning into practice, can leave interns feeling underutilized. Uncommon is a really unique internship because it allows students to get trained and lay a firm foundation that will aid them the rest of their lives, all while remaining engaged with their college or university, work environment and extracurriculars. Essentially, the best of both worlds. Uncommon is also unique from a technological standpoint. The days of clunky three ringed internship binders are over. At Uncommon each student will receive an iPad mini with their resources such as books and applications preloaded onto them, that you will utilize throughout your internship experience.
Is There Structured Discipleship Time?
Yes, there is! We realize that this is one of the most important aspects of this internship program. Our expectation is that each week, we will spending 90 minutes of one on one time with you. This will be your time. You'll have our undivided attention to talk about life, develop relationship, ask questions, and establish accountability. Consistent times together will certainly be a staple in the diet of an Uncommon intern.
Is Uncommon Manageable With A College Schedule?
Uncommon was developed with an enrolled student in mind. We expect that the scheduled time commitment from each internship student would be that of a 3 credit course (8-12 hrs of weekly time commitment). Having said that we also have the expectation that you are living the life of a committed Christian outside of the internship i.e. daily devotional time, intentionally developing relationship with other students on your campus, attending church, having mentorship time with a leader in your life weekly, and that you are personally developing. There will be structure in place to help you accomplish all of these things with the goal of making Christ the center of your college experience, character, campus and career. Having been through higher education, we know that you will make time for what is important to you.
How Will I Afford Uncommon?
We firmly believe that if God is calling you to participate in Uncommon, He will be the source of provision. Each student enrolled in Uncommon will read Funding Your Ministry by: Scott Morton in order to understand the Biblical model of support raising. Sure...you'll contribute some of your own money, so that you are invested. We wouldn't want it any other way. But, once you've finalize your summertime read, you will be assisted during the creation of a support letter, using beautifully crafted design templates. Not only is Funding Your Ministry built into the cost of the internship, so is the cost of printing your support letters and postage. By the time we are done, you'll hit the ground running, in order to allow others to partner with during your time as an Uncommon intern and as you seek to make Christ famous in The Capital Region.