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Columbia Seminary Participates in Presbyterian PLSE Internship Program


Decatur, GA.— PLSE, the Atlanta-based Presbyterian Pastoral Leadership Search Effort, exists to identify and cultivate gifted young people interested in exploring ministry as a vocation. It is a lay-inspired joint initiative with The Fund for Theological Education. PLSE is offering a summer internship at Columbia for Master of Divinity students. Students can earn two units of credit for a full-time internship. Under the direction of Columbia’s Supervised Ministry Office, the internship will include preaching and teaching on “vocation,” as well as ministering to PLSE’s on-line community and writing curriculum for its vocational programs. Lee Carroll, associate professor of supervised ministry at Columbia, says, “The PLSE internship offers theological students an excellent opportunity to think through their own vocation, while at the same time helping others consider new forms of Christian service into which God might be calling them.” Columbia Seminary Board of Trustees member John Aldridge, who is also an elder at Atlanta’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church, founded the PLSE initiative in 2003. He developed the project in consultation with a wide variety of Presbyterians—including seminary and denominational staff, pastors, and elders—as a way to address the shortage of pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For more information about the PLSE internship, contact Rhonda Weary in Columbia’s Office of Supervised Ministry at 404-687-4519 or e-mail Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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