Welcome to website of IX12, the internship programme for Cumbria, run by The Carlisle Diocese. On these pages you will find information about what we do, what placements are available, and what you will learn, as well as what you can do with God in your year with us.
Have you ever thought about where mission is the hardest?
Did you know that one of the hardest places to mission is in your own back yard? Cumbria has a tremendous need for young people to partner with us in pioneering new work/ministry/churches, growing disciples. Coming here for a year to serve would almost certainly ensure that your extreme lifestyle is for God.
You have a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ and a desire to learn and grow in your ministry skills and gifts.
You are willing to serve in areas outside you ‘comfort zone’ and wanting to make an eternal difference.
You are a team player, willing to work with and for others, but also able to take on independent responsibility for projects, events or groups.
You are aged 18 – 30ish and available from September to July.
Many people today feel very distant from church and in Carlisle Diocese we are taking this seriously. Since 2010 we have started 9 new Network Youth Churches for 11 – 18 year olds. Young people are given a space to ask on their own terms “How do you become a Christian?” Through Bus Projects, youth cafes, retreats and Prayer Spaces increasing numbers of teenagers are now connecting to Christian Communities.
In 2013 we launched an exciting new church called ‘The Way’. It is aimed at university students and all 18 – 30’s living in Carlisle. With lots of food, conversation, fun and friendship young adults are being introduced to loving community of disciples.
Carlisle Diocese has set up a chain of Op Shops to minister to people and communities where life is a struggle. Through practical support but most importantly through showing the love of the Lord Jesus Christ we are seeking to make a difference and introduce people to a living God.
If you are looking for something a bit different, love building relationships and have a heart for mission, pioneer work might be for you.
Messy Church, Coffee and Chat, a peaceful Eucharist, T@4, pastoral visiting, worship leading… the list of ministries that happen day by day, week by week in our churches around Cumbria is huge and growing. Carlisle Diocese working with our ecumenical partners has a mission – To Grow God’s Kingdom in Cumbria’.
We have small and beautiful rural churches with small but warm and faithful congregations that are central to village communities, and we have larger town churches with outreach projects.
Whether your heart is for pastoral ministry – you’re a great listener and carer. Or you are musical and love leading worship, or you love getting messy with kids there are opportunities for you to explore your gifts and calling.
All the interns come together every other month, there are also three residentials, for training, worship and fellowship.
Interns do some personal study and writing, and can take a qualification. The training is focussed on discipleship and leadership.
Every intern will have the opportunity to develop their own project of which they can take ownership.
Interns will Blog or Vlog to help them process their experiences and to communicate what they are doing to others.
If you have any questions at all or would just like to say hi and let us know you’re interested. Then please drop us a message.
If you’re already sold and just want to sign up then you can download a form below but why not send us a message so we can send you more info as well?