She’s famous on HU’s campus for her wacky get-ups and giant personality. Laura Stuckey’s sense of whimsy and fun is exactly what is needed for children’s ministry — and her position during her PRIME internship.
Stuckey, a senior children’s ministry major, worked as an intern at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale in Florida. She helped facilitate large-scale events and created and led ministry programs for an early childhood class. She also counseled for the church’s middle school summer camp, and was involved in parenting classes and weeknight services for elementary students.
“Calvary is actually one of the top 10 largest churches in America, which is so much different than I’m used to in little Midwestern towns, but I love it,” she said.
Stuckey first heard about Calvary Chapel from seemingly random acquaintances while she was doing an internship in Cleveland. A mutual friend then connected her with the children’s pastor, and after visiting in December, it was decided that she would go to Calvary for PRIME.
The PRIME (Practical Research and Immersion for Ministry Effectiveness) internship program prepares students to enter the field of ministry after graduation. Participating students are mentored by experienced ministry leaders.
This PRIME experience has helped Stuckey to grow and to learn more about ministry, but she also has found a heart for Calvary Chapel and the people of its community.
“This is also the best church family I have ever had,” she said. “I love attending services and connecting with the people here. I feel like a real part of the staff, and I am really able to use my gifts and talents here.”
Through this internship, Stuckey has realized how valuable PRIME has been to her growth in ministry.
“I know for sure that I want to be involved in full-time ministry,” she said. “I want to be involved in family ministry of some sort, whether working with parents, children or youth. This is helping me know that I can do ministry on a long-term basis — not just a summer or semester.”