Thursday, June 03, 2010

First & second day on internship



In the past two days, besides met up with one of my supervisors, I punched holes on payment vouchers, highlighted the total amount on them, sorted out used envelopes, sorted out photocopied song sheets, drawn line on used printouts, and helped shifting some A4 papers from shelves to other shelves.

Such internship is required in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Divinity. I have done all that in my previous working experience. If it is the experience that counts, I don't have to do all this. But of course, it is not the experience that counts. It is the euphemistic "ministerial exposure." Whatever that means. But even if it is "ministerial exposure," I already worked in a para-church organization for five years prior to my studies.

9 comments:

SHWong said...

If you come to Jubilee, we will make you meditate in absolute silence for days until God speaks to you.

Sze Zeng said...

SHWong,

That sounds awesome. Okay, what if God doesn't speak? Have to wait until he does? Or punch holes on payment vouchers while waiting? :D

reasonable said...

1. Should have done internship in my office then... ha...

2. If God decides not speak to one's mind after the mind waiting for a long time, the mind may start to pose as God to speak to itself (read: unintended sub-conscious self-deception). After such sincere self-to-self communication, one might then stand on the stage to proclaim "the Spirit spoke to me and this is God's message for this congregation..."

gweek said...

So even TTC uses the Shaolin way of training novices! I'm sure that there's wisdom in the method. LOL Hang in there.

Steven Sim said...

Should have done intership at SERI!

Duhhhhhhh....I am sure you'll get to do some socio-economic research, and maybe some religion-related ones!

Steven Sim

Kar Yong said...

Should have done internship with me - I have tons of stuff that I could do with some help from a research assistant (not to mention that there is apossibility of a Cambridge experience being thrown in)

And if "ministerial experience" is needed, you can preach on my behalf also :-)

Catch you when I am back in KL.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi reasonable, the "unintended sub-conscious self-deception" sounds much like John Sung's and Joseph Smith's experience. Yes, that is the danger though we cannot also deny that there are real encounter.

Hi Li Sui, ya... Shaolin way... At least I don't have to chant sutra or scripture for hours here :p

Hi Steven, cannot go SERI la. I don't think they will want to accept me.

Hi Kar Yong, aiyo... should have think of that earlier! Okay, catch up when you are back :)

Cheat Grace said...

Sze Zeng, was't it Brother Lawrence who said "Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God"? Maybe punching holes can also be an act of worship accordingg to Brother Lawrence? :)

Wilson Tan said...

HAH! good point, Cheat Grace. The little things in life are what makes or breaks a man, even a man of God.

We preached on the silence of God in Jubilee recently from the book of Esther. It was unbelievably fulfilling.

side: I look forward to reading roland's article on horror movies. I grew up watch tons of it. I found them "entertaining" and predictable. The ones by Americans should be categorized under comedy. I made it a point to predict what comes next. Most of the time, I was right. I am scared of the Asian ones, esp. the ones in Thai or the locals. Maybe they're too close for comfort?