Word of Mouth

Stephen Nobles, Johnson Intern Program

I was first told about the JIP last September by a good friend of mine, who is also a past JIP intern, Daniel Cenci. Daniel was a parish intern at my church and we became good friends. He is going into the Episcopal priesthood, as I also want to do, and he gave me his definite recommendation to apply for the JIP. In our church’s ordination process, a year of service before seminary is not required but preferred as a part of our discernment. It’s especially encouraged for young single people who have the time and freedom to do so. After hearing about the JIP, I couldn’t think of a better service internship to apply to. When I visited the interns in the Spring and talked to them about their experience in the program I was glad I applied.

The JIP really appealed to me, because it combined intentional community living with spiritual growth and enabled interns to work in placements of social justice and community service. I knew that the program would help me learn how to live out my faith in practical worthwhile ways and give me time to realize if a life of service and ministry was what I truly wanted to pursue.

So far I love my placement at a local senior citizen center. I’m learning so much there. Also, intentional community living with seven other people has been challenging to say the least. However, it’s been rewarding and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The friends I make here will, hopefully, be with me for life. I’ve learned so much from each of them already and I know we will continue to grow together throughout the rest of our internship. Last, but not least, I have fell in love with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. It feels more like home everyday.