WHAT IS IT?
Having seen the successful graduation of our first year RICE Interns we are excited to open up applications for the next round of those wishing to immerse themselves in a RICE Internship experience.
The RICE Internship experience is a year long*, part time** ministry apprenticeship within which interns have the opportunity to learn, while simultaneously shaping the future of the RICE Movement.
It is our hope that the successful applicants will have the opportunity to be trained in ministry skills, to develop in spiritual maturity and to be strategically placed to serve in different parts of the RICE Movement and grow into culture changing leaders of God’s church wherever He may take them.
WHY DOES THE PROGRAM EXIST?
Since its inception, the RICE Movement has been birthed, carried, developed and owned by young people. Fourteen years on, the Movement has matured, the founding leaders now have things to teach and pass on, and we believe it is time to invest in a generation of young leaders who will take the movement forward into its next season. For 2016-2017 we are opening a small number of internship positions who, with the second year interns, will form the nucleus of a team that sets them and our movement on a trajectory that (God-willing) will propel us into all that He has for our Movement’s future.
If you are a successful applicant what should you expect to experience?
THE MINISTRY TRAINING EXPERIENCE
There are three aspects to the ministry training:
Interns will regularly meet as a team. In these meetings the group will sharpen each other, be taught from the word, receive foundational training from the RICE Training Team. For example, we believe that even though we are an event based ministry, theology of why we do and what we do is important, so training will include theology as well as ministry skills.
There will be opportunity for the interns to access on a one-on-one basis members of the RICE Training Team. These sessions will function to both assess the Intern’s natural gifting and passions and hone specialised skills (eg. event planning or preaching to high-schoolers, depending on the gifts and opportunities each intern has).
Like any true apprenticeship much of the best learning is caught not taught. The intern should expect to be learning as they serve in the RICE Movement and as they experiment with different ways they can best use how God has made them.
THE GROWTH EXPERIENCE
At RICE we see that central to serving God with our talents is growth in christian character, maturity and faith. The intern should expect to grow as they are immersed in God’s word, as they spend time in prayer and worship as a team and as they are cared for in one-on-one discipleship. The RICE Training Team will seek to see evidence of growth in the intern’s spiritual life over the course of their internship.
THE SERVING EXPERIENCE
Each intern will be attached to one area of the RICE Movement where they will focus their energy, and will also have responsibilities that span across the Movement as a whole. Feedback on their ministry in these areas will be given to encourage them to grow, develop and mature into the leader God wants them to be.
Furthermore, opportunity will be there for any intern to take the initiative in bringing a fresh and new idea into the movement, adopting their own ‘project’ that they birth, develop and establish as God leads. This will be done in conjunction with a trainer.
THE FUTURE EXPERIENCE
We hope each intern will finish their time with a more robust and confident understanding of how they best function and work in God’s community. Some interns might find a role longer term within the RICE Movement, but others we suspect will move on to do great things for God wherever they go. We are prayerful that the skills acquired will put them in good stead for a lifetime of serving Jesus, in RICE, in their churches, at home and abroad.
INTERN LIFE TOGETHER
All interns will be taken on all-expenses-paid retreat where they will bond, worship, pray and kick off the year. This year’s internship retreat will be at beautiful location on the Central Coast and is compulsory for attendance, to be held on September 16-18. It will a time of refreshment (rather than work) and it is designed to be the perfect start to the internship.
THE RICE INTERN TRAINING TEAM 2016-17 (2017-18 trainers to be confirmed)
The backbone of the internship will be provided on a regular basis by the RICE Training Team (supplemented by specialist guests who are leading experts in their field, invited in on an occasional basis).
The Training Team is as follows:
Pete Ko. Lead Pastor at South-West CCC, Chairman of the RICE Board
Brings his sought-after skills as an experienced intern trainer to the mix, by using his gift in teaching to offer mentoring, theological development and discipleship. He will offer one-on-one access to interns and act for them as a source of wisdom and as a resource to learn the skills of handling and teaching scripture. He will lift the foundational theological base of our interns by leading regular teaching modules to the group.
Steve Chong. Founder & Director of the RICE Movement
Brings his proven skills in leadership, entrepreneurialism, preaching, and empowering others. Interns will have one-on-one access to Steve as they together with him develop the best way to use their gifts for God and as he seeks to develop them into culture changing leaders for God’s glory. Steve will lead the RICE Intern Team, use his teaching gifts to feed the team from the word and will steer the group towards a space where God can best use them for His glory.
Naomi Chong. Theologically Trained, Ministry Experienced, Mother of Four
Bringing her passion and experience in leading young women into a deeper and more vulnerable walk with Jesus, Naomi will use her 3 years of theological training, her passion for mission, and the skills she has learnt as a youth worker, preacher and wife to bring focus to ensuring our female interns are flourishing spiritually as they serve. Having limited time as a mother of 4 young children, she is offering rare access to her schedule for one-on-one mentoring and will bring bible teaching to our intern team as a whole.
Eugene Hor. Lead English Pastor at GracePoint, RICE Board Member
Eugene is a sought-after mentor/coach on church planting, preaching and ministry having gained significant experience through the leadership of a church which he and his wife helped plant in 1999. Eugene is the leader of multiple teams and brings expertise in leadership, management, vision casting & theology. He has spoken at numerous Katoomba Conventions, co-authored a book on Ezekiel and is a sought-after trainer internationally in countries like the Philippines. His passion is to see people find their significance, identity and place in God’s great story as it centers on Jesus and His saving work, because nothing will bring them more joy and nothing will bring God more praise. He has particular insights into working with and within Asian communities, and is most excited about being involved with the RICE internship program as he believes it is investing in the next generation of leaders for the church in Sydney and abroad.
Pauline Hor. Mother of Two, Theologically Trained Ministry Wife
Initially trained at SMBC and more recently Christ College, Pauline is someone who brings some significant experience to the training team having been involved in church planting for 17 years alongside her husband Eugene. Having worked in the IT industry for over a decade Pauline has thought through the issues of women, career, ministry and motherhood. Her main ministry has been in 1-1 discipleship of younger women, and also currently serves as a Geneva Coach to church planter wives, and she is most passionate about evangelism. However it is not just her work or ministry experience that she brings, but the wisdom she has gained in raising two teenage kids that sets her apart as a great mentor to younger women. It is rare for a woman this busy in ministry and motherhood to invest time into younger lives, and so we are thrilled that she will bring this expertise to the training team.
Michael Nhieu. Lead Pastor at Chapel Hill Rozelle, RICE Board Member
Michael’s greatest passion is to inspire courage in leaders to lead with great vision and conviction to serve and grow God’s Kingdom. Michael seeks to develop courage and conviction in Interns through a coaching framework that develops personal gospel renewal and transformation for Interns. Michael also brings practical skills and experience in youth ministry, RICE ministry and church planting. He will be an empowering mentor, a passionate Bible teacher that can help integrate leadership, ministry and preaching with theology and above all a good friend that will genuinely care and love Interns. Michael is married to Amy and they love finding new cafes, Asian food and are very excited to be mentoring enthusiastic and gifted RICE interns.
Amy Nhieu. Church Planters Wife, Theologically Trained, Missionary Kid
Having been a Christian her whole life, Amy grew up in a missionary family living in Ukraine for 12 years, completed Bible college and is now married to a church planter (Michael). Growing up in a missionary family has shaped her heart to have a desire for ministry, and has also helped her to have a realistic view of the strains that ministry can have on marriage. But above all it has shown her that pursuing a life lived for Christ is definitely what she wants, a key principal that she is keen to instill in young women. She is passionate about encouraging, hospitality and just spending time together with God’s family. Amy has a heart for meeting young women one-on-one, and being a great listener, this makes her perfect for this kind of role. Her first hand understanding of overseas mission combined with her nationality being half-Australian, half-Maltese (whilst speaking Russian) and marrying a Chinese-Vietnamese gives her a unique multicultural perspective that she will bring into her discipleship of young women, and she is looking forward to investing deep into the lives of RICE intern girls.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The first requirement is that you love Jesus. You want to see Him made known and others know Him better.
If this is you (and you have graduated from high-school) you are welcome to apply! Ideally we’d like you to demonstrate that you are someone who has been part of the RICE Movement in that you have been blessed by attending its events or been involved in some volunteer capacity.
This role would nicely complement someone who has a university load of 3 days (or less) and therefore has at least 2 days (or more) open in their week. It would be an ideal option for a gap year if you have just finished Year 12. Or it would be a great opportunity for someone who has finished uni but is only working part time currently, or it will be perfect for someone who is in between jobs.
IS IT A VOLUNTEER ROLE?
The RICE internships are (in general) volunteer roles. That being said, the investment that the RICE Movement is committed to the applicant is in the form of training and discipleship and we hope that investment is valued and the motivation for the application. However we encourage interns to seek an outside source of income and if an intern wishes to fundraise support for their internship we would provide advice, a framework and proactive help for this.
HOW DO I APPLY?
We are interviewing now for positions. (We are keen to get started***)
Applications close Monday 28 August 2017 at 5pm. We will have interview panels on Friday 1 September 2017.
Please scroll down below and click on “FORM” to proceed to the online application form. Any questions can be sent to [email protected].
Sadly, even though we would have really loved to, we could not accept everyone who applied last year. If there is a similar amount of applications, dependent on the capacity to train, we may not be able to accept all applicants. Either way, we encourage you to go through the application process.
INTERN RETREAT DATES
Should you be a successful applicant, you will be required to attend a compulsory Intern and Staff retreat on Friday September 15 – Sunday September 17 2017.
The internship begins 1st October 2017 and finishes end of September 2018.
*year long: one year is the minimum commitment, with an option for second year to be discussed during the course of the internship
**part time: the internship is minimum 2 days (equivalent) but can be as many as 5 days. Specific times and days negotiable.
***start date: Because RICE’s signature event (RICE Rally) tends to fall in August, our RICE calendar year is generally Sept-Aug; the internship will follow this pattern and start from October 2017 through to September 2018 (negotiable).