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Vision & Call Internships

Vision & Call is a Murdock Trust initiative in leadership development that helps faith-based organizations across the Pacific Northwest develop ministry internship programs for young adults, typically traditional-aged college students and recent graduates. Our vision is to help give interns the opportunity to consider their vocational direction while gaining meaningful work experience in a special nonprofit setting.

Vision & Call’s purpose is three-fold: to provide a transformative learning experience; to increase the pool of talented emerging leaders entering the workforce; and to educate and empower a commitment to young leadership development on the part of Christian organizations. Once a Vision & Call internship program is approved, the Trust shares costs with each organization, which may participate for up to six years. (We expect that the programs will continue beyond our initial support.)

The Murdock Trust funds summer, part-time and full-time internships, and each internship program is expected to feature:

  • A careful intern selection process
  • The involvement of experienced leaders in mentoring
  • An “apprenticeship” model of learning
  • Intentional conversations concerning “vocation and calling” and giftedness
  • A significant ministry experience in the organization
  • Opportunities to integrate with a larger movement of emerging leaders in the Pacific Northwest

To learn more about Vision & Call, watch the video and explore the resources below or email Mary Hill at the Murdock Trust. 

Vision & Call Advisor Forum

Save the date | April 30, 2019 | 10:30am – 4:00pm

Be our guest to what we guarantee will be an informative and value-added experience to hear from Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks on the dynamics of mentoring and developing the leadership potential of today’s twenty-something generation.

Parks is the author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams:  Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith.  For over forty years she has taught, studied, and worked with young, “twenty-something” adults, and she gives us insight into this “stem-cell” moment in the human life span. She is a graduate of Whitworth University, and early in her career she served at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle and returned to Whitworth as an associate chaplain. Later, after completing her doctorate, for over sixteen years she served in faculty and research positions at Harvard University in the Schools of Divinity, Business, and Government.

Parks is currently a senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute, and has taught leadership and ethics at Seattle University.  She teaches and consults nationally, and she is a senior fellow at the Murdock Trust.  Her writings include also:  Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World and Leadership Can Be Taught:  A Bold Approach for a Complex World.

Vision & Call Resources

Vision & Call Training Videos

We are producing a series of training videos that go into each of the six program essentials we have identified as being critical components of an exemplary internship program.

  1. A careful selection process of interns
  2. The involvement of experienced leaders in mentoring
  3. An “Apprenticeship” model of learning
  4. Intentional conversations concerning “vocation and calling” and giftedness
  5. A significant ministry experience in the organization
  6. Opportunities to integrate with a larger movement of emerging leaders in the Pacific Northwest

Leadership Videos

  • “Investing in Others” Terry McGonigal of Whitworth University demonstrates the mentoring model of Jesus among his disciples. The impact of faithful mentoring has lasted throughout the life of the church and into today’s Christian organizations.
  • “Looking Under Rocks” Annie Jones-Barnes of Northwest Leadership Foundation believes we must search anywhere and everywhere to discover new leaders. Traditional models of leadership development do not necessary find leaders who bring true transformation.
  • “Mentorship is Discipleship” Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Theological Seminary suggests that the cultural affirmation of busy-ness is an area Christians should challenge. Perhaps senior leaders in Christian organizations should be people who are never too busy to invest in the next generation of leaders and disciples.
  • “Over the Shoulder and Through the Heart” Steve Garber of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture talks about the importance of mentors letting young leaders observe the mentor in action, try their hand at he work, and then make it their own.
  • “Ride Along” Steve Moore, Executive Director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, describes his experience—as a student—of accompanying a mentor throughout his day, the gift of being able to learn from the mentor, and the impact it had on their relationship.
  • “Sherpa Style Mentoring” Sarah Baldwin, Vice President of Student Development at Asbury University, uses the metaphor of a Sherpa to describe how mentors come alongside interns to help them along the way. Interns must “climb the mountain” themselves, but a good mentor will serve as a guide.