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Birmingham City Mission Internship opportunity
Birmingham City Mission’s one-year training programme in Christian evangelism and social work has been running since 1972. The internship offers hands-on experience in urban mission. The wide range of experience on offer includes children’s work, youth work, schools work, city centre and estate evangelism, work with the homeless and elderly, cross-cultural engagement and overseas mission experience. There are seminars and a study programme to train those taking part. The one-year programme requires no fees, and accommodation, food and bus pass are provided.
The Internship runs from early September to late July. Hundreds of people from every continent and walk of life have gone through the programme over the last 49 years. The majority of interns feel called to Christian work, but are not sure in what area of ministry they should engage. Many come to test their call. Ex-BCM interns can be found serving the Lord as pastors and vicars, while others are missionaries. Some of them work for their churches as evangelists. A number have gone into secular work, where they use their training to reach their work colleagues. Some of BCM’s staff members have come through the Internship programme. While BCM wants to reach as many people as possible with the gospel, its greatest concern is that the spiritual life of all participants is deepened, their faith in God is strengthened and their skills discovered and developed.
Former intern Will King says, ‘I have learnt and grown so much as an intern at BCM. Before arriving at the Mission, I found the prospect of doing things such as street outreach or working at the Care Centre incredibly daunting, to the point that I thought I would not have done them in a million years. I have been asked to write about the highlights and challenges of my year. However, looking back I can see that the challenges and the highlights were the same. Through the difficult things I have had to face, especially during a year heavily disrupted by Covid, the Lord has brought me much closer to him, helping me to rely on him more. That was my prayer at the start of the year, and I am so thankful that God has answered that. When I started, I was terrified about doing street preaching. Now I really relish the opportunity to proclaim Christ in the streets of Birmingham. That is not to say I no longer get nervous as I am about to preach, but I step onto ‘the box’ rejoicing that Jesus has saved me and will go before me as I tell others about the greatest news ever. Next year I am going to Bible college to learn more about God and his Word. Please pray for me as I do so, that it would not just be an academic study but that I would continue to draw closer to God and be conformed to the image of his Son. Ultimately, may my life glorify Christ and may he use me to increase his kingdom.’