Summer in Ministry Fellowship

The Summer in Ministry (SIM) Fellowship of The North Texas Annual Conference is a holistic experience in which college students (Fellows) can “try on ministry” through a meaningful pastoral Fellowship, a taste of seminary, accountability to spiritual practices, and reflection within a supportive network of peers, mentor pastors, “Fellow Friends,” and the Bishop.

The SIM Fellowship is designed to challenge and nurture young adults as they explore their vocational and baptismal calling. SIM is intended for those young adults who are genuinely open to God’s calling as they discover whether their own gifts and graces match the needs and requirements of ordained ministry within the Church.

Individuals interested in the Summer in Ministry Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

• Between 18 – 24 years of age

• Completed at least one year of college (two semesters) with a minimum 2.5 GPA

• Are interested in exploring the ministry as a career

• Active in a church or campus ministry at the time of their application

Qualified candidates must submit the following materials:

• Completed application form

• Video Cover Letter (2 minutes in length)

• Three letters of reference including at least one from the pastor of their home congregation or any campus ministries with which they have participated

Application Process:

Application with resume, Video Cover Letter, and Reference Letter Due: February 15, 2018

Interviews with prospective candidates: March 2018

Notification of selection for Fellowship: March 2018

Video 1 Cover Letter Example (click to view)

Video 2 Cover Letter Example (click to view)

Video 3 Cover Letter Example (click to view)

Applications and More Information

Fellow Application

Host Church Application

Printable Fellowship Brochure

Printable Flyer

For Additional Information Contact

Kelly Carpenter

Faith Formation

Center for Leadership Development

North Texas Annual Conference

500 Maplelawn Drive

Plano, Texas 75075


Sample SIM Dates

Week 1 – Mentor Pastor Orientation & Opening Retreat*

May - Monday before Memorial Day

SIM Fellows will be introduced to their Mentor Pastor at the NTC Ministry Center in Plano and develop a Learning Covenant for their time spent in their Host Church.

May - Tuesday before Memorial Day

At Local Churches

May Wednesday - Friday before Memorial Day

SIM Fellows will get to know one another and explore spiritual practices and self-understanding at Prothro Retreat Center on Lake Texoma.

Week 2 – Host Church Intro & Taste of Seminary*

Last Sunday of May

SIM Fellows will be introduced to their host church on Sunday.
Tuesday - Friday following Memorial Day

SIM Fellows will participate in seminary level courses taught by Perkins faculty.

Week 3 – North Texas Annual Conference*

First Sunday of June through Tuesday
SIM Fellows will participate in all business meetings, worship services, and workshops of the Annual Conference with their Mentor Pastor and Host Church. SIM Fellows will be commissioned along with other North Texas Interns during Opening Worship on Sunday evening.

Weeks 4-9

SIM Fellows will shadow their Mentor Pastor in all aspects of ministry. Each SIM Fellow will be invited to preach and teach an adult study at their host church. The Mentor Pastor will meet weekly with the Fellow to explore key ministry activities and learnings.

Week 10

Last Sunday of July

SIM Fellows will spend their final week at their Host Church leading up to their farewell Host Church worship experience on the last Sunday of July

Week 11 – Capstone Experience*

Last week of July/First Week of August

SIM Fellows will travel together for a week to explore church History, Spirituality, Social Justice as well as debrief from their summer experience.

SIM Fellows will gather together to lead a worship experience and celebrate a fellowship lunch with their Mentor Pastors, Fellow Friends, and members of their Host Church who have supported and guided them through their SIM journey.

Friday Ministry Experiences*

As an additional part of their discovery and discernment process, SIM Fellows will participate in Friday Ministry Experiences with various extension ministries and local churches in the NTC. Following each Ministry Experience, SIM Fellows will gather for a time of Covenant Group sharing and learning.

*Any Young Adult Interning or working with a North Texas UMC related non-profit or local church is welcome to attend these events (Opening Retreat, Taste of Seminary, Annual Conference, Friday Experiences and the Capstone Experience). Some may include a cost to be covered by the Young Adult or their sponsoring organization. 

SIM 2015

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