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Expanding the perspective of
young people to the potential life
of bi-vocation worship leadership

Church crowd signs along to music

WELCOME TO EZRA

The Ezra Worship Initiative is a paid summer worship internship for college aged students with an interest in bi-vocational or full time music and worship leadership. The mission of Ezra is to develop musically gifted individuals into leaders who can serve with the pastor to shepherd the church in rich congregational worship.

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Program Objectives

objective one

To recruit student worship leaders to a creative community of personal and spiritual development

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Growing personally in Christ
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Working and living with a team of other like-minded interns
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Personal mentorship and spiritual development
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Collaboration together on original music and ideas
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Various intern community building events
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End of internship evaluation and guidance
objective two

To provide rich theological instruction combined with hands-on experience in all areas of worship leadership and technology

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On site experience with Decatur Presbyterian Church
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Worship band and worship leadership participation
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Musical and liturgical service planning with the pastors
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Basic hands on experience with live stream and FOH mixing, lighting, camera, presentation, recording and multitrack software
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Weekly class instruction with credit toward a Certificate of Worship from Birmingham Theology Seminary (BTS)
objective three

To provide an opportunity to serve the broader church and local community.

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A one week international mission trip to the Dominican Republic
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Meeting with other worship leaders and thinkers in ministry
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Opportunity to serve other church and community ministries with music:  Vacation Bible School, Neighborhood Christian Center, Young Life leadership, College Community Bible Study

The Ideal Candidate

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Maintains a strong testimony of following Jesus Christ
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Holds an interest in Christian ministry as a bi-vocational or full time calling
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Desires to grow in his/her calling in Worship leadership
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Is humble, teachable, dependable, creative, and able to work with a team
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Is the age of a rising college sophomore, junior or senior
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Supports the mission and vision of The Ezra Worship Initiative and the host church
Young woman plays guitar at her computer