The mission of Earl Palmer Ministries includes an internship/study assistant component that is modeled on St. Paul’s ministry in his words to Timothy:
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believe…so that you may be equipped for every good work…[and] carry out your ministry fully.” (II Timothy 3&4)
A major goal of EPM is to have a positive impact on young theologians as they seek direction for Christian service in their lives. To be a part of a young person’s journey during the “gap” year after graduation from college and before moving into the workplace is taken seriously. The fundamental concept is that through immersion in ministry outreach the Study Assistant/intern is able to experience what the role of being a pastor entails and to use this experience in making future decisions related to “a call.”
The idea is to learn by “seeing” and by “doing.” The Study Assistant participates in every aspect of program planning and implementation specific to all EPM events – Kindlings Muse; Theological Dialogue and Word and Worship Services. Through the ongoing ministry of Earl Palmer, the Study Assistant is provided supervision, training, caring and intentional conversation in both informal and formal settings. He also travels alongside to speaking/teaching engagements locally, nationally and sometimes internationally. In addition, each intern is expected to have a leadership role in active ministry of his own choosing outside the scope of EPM. These ministries range from leading a Bible study with a core group of university or high school students to an active role in a local church. This experience allows the intern to carry out ministry beside that of a seasoned pastor with the benefit of interaction while doing so.
Chris Thurton, (2013-2014) describes this role in his own words:
“The role of the Study Assistant is a two-way street. The position allows the Study Assistant to walk alongside Earl Palmer, and through observing and interacting we are able to learn from him. At the same time the position provides a place to learn and to grow for young theologians as we are called on to help with the day to day aspects of ministry that allow Earl Palmer to focus on his study and writing.”
Current Study Assistant: Landon Bennett
I was initially approached about working in this capacity last spring. I didn’t know much about the role, but everything I had heard about Earl made it obvious that spending a year working with and learning from him was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I couldn’t be more excited to step into this role and help more people hear the wise words that Earl is filled with.
I grew up in Redmond, Washington, and am finishing up my degree at the University of Washington this fall. I have been privileged to be a WyldLife (Middle School YoungLife) leader at Eckstein Middle School in Seattle for the past three years, and will continue in that ministry this year. The students I lead will be freshmen at Roosevelt High School this school year.
In addition to leading locally, I recently finished up my second summer as a Mountain Guide at Beyond Malibu, a YoungLife backpacking camp in British Columbia.
This was one of the most exciting, challenging experiences of my life. I’ve learned a lot about what it means to follow and serve God in the past few years, due in large part to the nature of these positions.
I feel very lucky to serve, watch, and learn from a man like Earl in this coming year, as I am further shaped and challenged by the Lord.