WHAT IS IT?
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 in 2002, the RICE Movement has been birthed, carried, developed and owned by young people. In 2015, the internship program was birthed with an understanding of the mandate to see young people trained and raised up with skills in Christian ministry. Three years on, the vision is still the same, and even more so with the desire to see a generation of young people impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, living lives boldly for Him, bringing His love and influence into every sector of society.
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 retreat where they will bond, worship, pray and kick off the year. Accomodation and food will be covered. any necessary flights need to be fundraised personally by the intern, with the help and guidance of RICE movement. This year three cities Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney will be running the Internship program, and each city will host local retreats on the weekend of September 21-23 for Auckland and Sydney, and a date tbc for Melbourne. It will be a time of refreshment (rather than work), and it is designed to be the perfect start to the internship. On 19-21st October, the global staff and interns will gather in Wollongong, NSW for a global staff conference, so please note these dates in your diary.
THE RICE INTERN TRAINING TEAM 2018-19 (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 Core Training Team is as follows: