Explore Summer Ministry Intern Highlight: Anna Cheek, Intern at West Market Street UMC, Greensboro


Anna Cheek, a junior at Pfeiffer University, interned at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC.
One of Anna’s majors, Religion and Practical Theology, grew out of her love for seeing the ways people interact with one another and seeing how God works through people in a church setting.
Anna says, “I feel as though my call story will never fully be written because as I have learned through this internship and a previous class, vocation is defined as where your deep gladness and the world’s needs meet, and as we have seen through the past year and a half the world’s needs change. Although I might not know my exact calling, this internship has affirmed the direction I need to follow. I love teaching and sharing the gospel to others, and I feel that best with kids, youth, and young adults. Whether it is through teaching in a public or private school setting, being a director of children or youth ministry, or being a campus chaplain, I know the direction God has called me to.”

Anna is thankful for her mentors at West Market, Rev. Jill Alventosa-Brown, Associate Pastor and Rev. Beth Crissman, Lead Pastor, “I know that as I continue to discern and narrow my calling down, I will have these amazing people to help guide me and just be present in my life’s journey.”
Experiences that stood out for Anna was getting to see first-hand what goes into planning a funeral, preparing a sermon, and helping plan vacation bible school. Anna reflects on her summer, “I know that moving forward in my life as I discern my calling further this will be one of the biggest steppingstones. Going into my junior and senior year of college I will be able to use this experience as a resource to help me grow into the person God has called me to be….”

Anna preached during the July 25, 2021 Traditional Worship at West Market Street. If you would like to hear her sermon you can us this link Facebook

The Explore Ministry Internship is for young adults, ages 18-25, interested in exploring ordained ministry through 10-week summer internships in United Methodist settings within the Conference. All interns are placed in a context where they can explore their gifts and particular aspects of ministry in a safe and encouraging environment. Each intern is matched with an ordained clergy mentor, and they get to shadow their mentor to do all the things pastors do. 

If you would like to learn more about the WNCC Explore: Summer Ministry Internship and how you might support the ministry please contact Rev. Annalee Allen, Associate Director of Ministerial Services, at aallen@wnccumc.org

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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