Interning with the ARUMC: A Retrospective

Over the past couple of months, I have had the opportunity to be an intern at the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, a statewide organization composed of all the churches in Arkansas that call themselves United Methodist. Specifically, I was an intern in the Center for Technology, the group responsible for IT and communications for the Conference. As a part of that group, I had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas, including “Communications and Social Media Strategy, Audience and Branding Development, Storytelling, Video Recording and Post Production, IT Helpdesk and End User Management, Website Development, Arkansas United Methodist Newspaper Production Assistance, Graphic Design, Email and Application Systems Development, and Worship Arts Technology”.

However, I like to think that my internship was more than just a crash course in IT work for a religious organization. It was an opportunity to truly experience how technology has applications in ministry, an idea that I’ve struggled with for a while now. And in the end, I would say that if I had to sum up how the internship affected or changed me, I would do it in three points:

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