The Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative is an urban leadership development program/internship, which seeks to provide sound theological training, character development and assessment of calling and gifting for urban, multi-ethnic leaders in the context of the local church.
- By the grace of God, our aim is to disciple men in following Christ and to raise up indigenous leaders from the city, particularly minority leaders (Matt. 28:19-20).
- Interns will be personally mentored by the Elders of Jubilee Community Church.
- There will be a high emphasis on Biblical Manhood.
- The Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative is a 12-24 month internship.
Jubilee exists to glorify God by enjoying Him forever, to grow in maturity in Jesus Christ, and to go in the power of the Holy Spirit with the message of the Gospel. The vision of Jubilee is unique. The neighborhoods of Philips and Powderhorn are also unique. We are seeking to blend together in partnership the resource of many people and some existing ministries to accomplish the end of seeing a vibrant church reaching out and bringing about change in this challenging environment. This is an area that is economically challenged and negatively labeled by society at large. This is a people who are ethnically divided. By God’s grace we are pursuing the impossible, and as he works through many, the many will glorify him as God of this city.
One way of pursuing this vision is through the Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative, which aims to be training urban church leaders to make disciples through crossing cultures, doing deeds of mercy and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Where our interns are now…
Class of 12-13
Beyond Jubilee, Kevin did a brief pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. After this Kevin finished his academic thesis and Kristy finished her pregnancy; the end result was a Master’s degree and a beautiful baby boy, Caedyn Canon McClure. Kevin is beginning a new role as an associate pastor in Northeast Indianapolis, where he hopes to glorify God through living out the Great Commission with his family.
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Class of 13-14
Since his internship with JUL Initiative Elias has continued to work at The Marie Sandvik Center where they teach K-8th graders the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s also a blessing to disciple his son Miguel according to the Gospel. He is continuing his schooling at Minneapolis Community and Technical College to pursue the calling that God has on his life.
Matthew is a PhD candidate in seventeenth century British and Colonial political and religious history at the University of Leicester where he also teaches European history. His is also a researcher at Tyndale House, Cambridge UK. He works on the relationship between religion and warfare with particular emphasis given to Puritan justifications for war against the English, Scottish, Irish and Native Americans. His research can be found at https://leicester.academia.edu/MatthewRowley.
Frank and his wife Alyssa live in South Minneapolis and are glad to be part of the family at Jubilee. After Frank’s internship, he began as a student at Bethlehem Seminary. The shepherding care of the Jubilee elders, the investment of his professors and classmates, and the opportunities to serve in a Missional Life Group, Barnabas Team, and the Jubilee Youth Center are sweet blessings during this season of preparation for pastoral ministry.
Class of 14 -15
Eric Chavoustie is married with children. And he loves it. He currently works full time for a youth mentoring program in South Minneapolis and has served there for the past 5 years. Eric hopes to see the local church raised up and equipped to mentor urban youth for the Glory of Jesus.
Jon Crappel has completed his time at Bethlehem as their Event Coordinator and is now working as a Project Manager at a software company in Bloomington. He and his family are thankful for the brothers and sisters of Jubilee Community Church. Jesus’ words in Mark 10:29–31 have become precious to him:
“Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
He’s planning on sticking around Jubilee for the next 12–18 months as he and his prepare for their next move and pray about joining City of Joy Fellowship in East St. Louis. Please pray for them during this time, that they would count the cost of following Jesus, wherever he may lead them!
Dana and his wife Artena currently live close to Jubilee and minister to youth in downtown Minneapolis through the Jubilee Youth Center. Dana is entering into his second year of a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (distance program) and Artena is a Lead Software Engineer at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, MN.
Lewis Guest IV
Lewis and his wife Elizabeth, recently married as of October 2015, hope to serve the local church and see Christ exalted through pastoral ministry. Lewis recently graduated from Bethlehem College and Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and is currently serving as a pastoral resident at Jubilee Community Church. Lewis has served in various youth ministry contexts for over 12 years.
Jens’s internship morphed into a full-time job with Hidden Treasures Thrift Store which ministers to and employs people who have a history of destructive behavior that makes obtaining employment difficult. Here he continues to support the ministry by proclaiming and promoting the gospel in word and work, building relationships in the community, and helping with day-to-day store management. He recently welcomed his firstborn son, Otto, into the world with his wonderful wife Katie. They reside in South Minneapolis and are praying that God would reveal the hope of Jesus through their humble little family to all those around them.