|Greetings to you in Christ Jesus!
We are grateful to you for your partnership in the education of future pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The purpose of internship is to provide pastoral candidates a learning environment in which they can both engage in the practice of ministry and reflect on the quality of their involvements under the direction of a supervising pastor and lay internship committee. Internship provides congregations a way to enhance and extend their ministries through the gifts of an intern. At the same time, internship brings the additional responsibility of providing honest and compassionate evaluation of an intern's abilities.
The handbook has been prepared to guide supervisors, interns, and lay committee members through the internship year. We are indebted to other ELCA seminaries for sharing material with us in the preparation of this handbook. All material and forms may be freely copied and duplicated.
We want you to see yourselves as partners with us in providing excellent theological education for our church and its future pastors. Please call or write as questions or problems arise. We thank you for the investment of time, energy, and money you devote to Wartburg's internship program.
Rev. Dr. Craig L. Nessan