University of Iowa Wesley Foundation

Student interns develop skills and expand ministry at the University of Iowa Wesley Foundation. Located in downtown Iowa City right next door to First United Methodist Church, UI Wesley is an extension of our local churches supported with apportionment gifts from across the state.

For decades UI Wesley pioneered in developing student faith leaders through what was called Peer Ministry. Peer Ministers practiced and shared their faith, built up community, and led small groups and events. Their leadership connected to other students as peers.

This year Wesley tweaked the Peer Ministry program to create a five-person Campus Ministry Intern Team. These Student Interns still practice and develop spiritual leadership, but they also work in specific areas of campus ministry, including social media and communications, graphic arts, teaching, and religious programs. Their campus ministry internship develops not only their leadership, but specific skills for future work.

Interns work 10 hours per week and receive stipends. They participate in individual mentoring with a campus minister and work collaboratively on the team. Everyone does outreach to new students for Christian community and helps draw out the leadership of other students.

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