internship varies a bit from that of a typical college student.Instead of fetching coffee and making copies, the 26 year old spends his
days counseling church members, attending Bible studies and preparing a semi-weekly sermon.
...Semovoski, a third-year student at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), is spending the next 11 months at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in North Naples learning to become a minister.
After two years in seminary, Semovoski
has hit the ground running in Southwest Florida.
"I deal with the needs of the congregation," Semovoski
said, "whether that be helping someone prepare for a funeral or just simply helping out with whatever needs to be done that day.I do pretty much everything a normal pastor would do.Every day is a little bit different."
To become a Lutheran pastor, every student is required to complete a one-year internship during the third year of seminary.Semovoski, the 11th intern Christus Victor has had from Gettysburg, started Aug. 1 and will be with the church until July.Semovoski
is from a military family, so he
moved frequently while growing up.He
graduated from a high school in Manassas, Va., and his
parents currently live in Haymarket, Va. Semovoski lives by himself in a house provided by the church during his
is learning hands-on what it's like to be a minister.The only things the seminary student can't do is perform weddings or give communion.
So far, Semovoski
said Christus Victor
is the perfect place to learn the ropes of serving God.
"They really try to foster that environment of trying to help interns learn about what it really means to be a pastor in a church," Semovoski
"(Semovoski) is a good fit for our congregation," Slater said.