Saturday, July 18, 2009

Practicum Experiences Take the Classroom to the World

After their junior year, every youth ministries major must complete a 400-hour guided practicum in the type of ministry they intend to pursue after graduation. These focused ministry opportunities take place under the guidance of both an approved site supervisor and a member of the youth ministry faculty. Lauren Irlbeck ’10, a native of Canyon, Texas, has taken on a practicum at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock, Colorado, ministering to middle school and high school students.
She has been involved in Bible studies, campouts, weekly meetings and a mission trip to South Dakota, sharpening her skills in leading and discipling young high school women in their faith. During his site visit, Bob Whittet, youth ministries faculty, was thanked by the senior pastor of New Hope. “Lauren has been a blessing to the young people and to the congregation as a whole," the pastor said. "She is very talented and brings a true servant’s heart.”
Lauren is one of a number of Gordon College students doing ministry this summer, in locations from nearby Hamilton, Massachusetts to Modesto, California.

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