The purpose of Wooddale Church is to honor God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ.
Developing the next generation of church leaders is the focus of Wooddale’s Apprentice Program. Students from fourth through twelfth grade are selected to participate in a two-year program that introduces them to various aspects of church ministry, including many “behind the scenes” aspects. During the first year, apprentices receive a broad overview of the many ministries that make up the church. In their second year, apprentices choose a specific ministry area in which to serve. This provides an opportunity for students to develop specific ministry skills.
An apprentice, shadowing a greeter, may have greeted you one Sunday as you entered the church building. Perhaps you were part of a LOVE IN[DEED] work team that was led by a Wooddale apprentice. Over the past few months, apprentices have also served as assistants in Children’s Ministry, participated in an intercultural prayer time, helped with worship service preparation and led a worship service at an assisted living facility.
Ministry Mentoring Pastor Julie Faltinson says, “We hope some of our apprentices will grow up to be pastors, missionaries or ministers, but we pray all will at least be involved lay leaders in the church.”
What do the apprentices think of the program?
• “I would say being an apprentice has really helped me learn about Wooddale and what the church does in our community and in our building itself and for each individual person. I’ve also learned what it means to be a leader and I’ve made some great friends through the program.” – Sydney Dejongh, 12th grade
• “Being an apprentice has helped me understand the more technical aspect of the church organization. Things don’t just happen. People who are interested or have that certain skill set apply themselves to further the Kingdom of God.” – Tyler Strobel, 10th grade, 2nd year apprentice.
• “The Apprentice group has let me do more activities that honor God. I enjoyed the Global Partner Breakfast and learning about all the missionaries.” – Bryn Stewart, 4th grade
Wooddale apprenticeships run during the school year. Applications for next year will be taken in May and June, with orientation taking place each August. For more information on the Apprentice Program, contact Julie at 952.944.6300.