Women’s Ministry Internship

Years ago, while I was in seminary I had to find a woman that had my dream job, a woman that was doing what I hoped to be doing once I finished my degree, and ask to shadow her for a semester. I had a desire to write and teach bible studies as well as lead and shepherd other women through a scripture based ministry that crossed generational lines. I needed to find a woman in my church that was leading, teaching, and writing bible studies and I couldn’t find one. Not one.

There was not one woman in my church doing what I believed God has made me to do.

I never want that to happen again as long as I live. I want my generation and the generation behind to be able to find lots of women living out their calling and serving the LORD in these ways. I want the women behind me to see women using their gifts, dreaming, serving, advancing the Kingdom, and spreading the Gospel!

That is why I have created an internship for anyone wanting to be equipped in ministry. This internship is a 2 semester commitment and will be 5-10 hours a week September-November 2018 and January-April 2019. The time will be made up of weekly attendance in women’s bible study both semesters as a leader or coleader, cohort meetings twice a month, reading assignments, podcasts, personal reflections, and meeting with other women in leadership or discipleship relationships. We will meet once in August to get to know each other and go over the expectations and syllabus for the year.

The goal of this internship is to spend the first semester focused on your own spiritual formation and growth, while the second semester will help equip you in specific areas of women’s ministry.

If you are interested in applying for this internship, you can fill out the application here by August 15th.

To apply click here: Women’s Ministry Internship

The tentative dates and topics are listed below:

If you have any other questions or want more information, you can email me melissa@thewellcommunity.org.

I look forward to growing in Christ with you this year!




Proverbs 30-31: Wisdom Fulfilled {Week 9}

Insecurity plagues women in our generation. We are inundated with images of beauty and perfection like no other generations before us in movies, on TV, on Instagram and Pinterest, and in magazines at the grocery store checkout counter. Everywhere we go, someone wants to show us or tell us the kind of woman we should aspire to be, and our character is hardly ever mentioned.

Without the steady foundation of our identity as a daughter of God, it is easier than ever to stake our identities on something as fleeting as our appearance or what other people think of us. We can consult all the cultural metrics for worthiness and value, but what does God’s Word say about what a godly woman should be like?

We start this week in Proverbs 30, reminding us that we are absolute dust compared to the Maker of all. We are reassured that every word of God is flawless. We can trust God because He is sovereign and eternal. And yet He cares for us tenderly enough to point our eyes to the true womanly standard, as written by the very Creator of all women. Certainly, this is a standard we can embrace.


Proverbs 25-29: Wisdom in Friendship {Week 8}

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. – Proverbs 25:11-12

Don’t we all wish to be the deliverers of words fitly spoken and wisdom to listening ears? Yet how will we become that kind of messenger unless we study the very words of wisdom written by the inventor of wisdom in the book of Proverbs?

May we begin this week with the introspection and humility required for heart change. May we continue with the discipline and commitment it takes to live a life that pleases God.

Lord, open our hearts to your words. May they sink in deeply and change us from the inside.

Click the link below to watch this week’s message on our words and friendship.

Proverbs 22-24: The Way of Wisdom Panel {Week 7}

This week we had a panel of women discuss multiple topics we have covered in Proverbs:



Money & Debt



Work/Life Balance

Sexuality & Purity

While there are certainly more topics we could’ve covered and definitely ran out of time for all of the questions submitted, we hope you are able to glean some wisdom from the panels.

AM Panel (Molly DeFrank, Cori Derksen, Jenny Ratzlaff, Tammy Daily, Valerie Watts)


PM Panel (Ashley Ploen, Rose Torres, Melissa Costa, Ashley Berry, Lisa Roberts)

Proverbs 16-21: The Way of Wisdom- Surrender {Week 6}

While traveling through Israel, following behind a Hebrew tour guide who had walked this road many times, we were anxious to see where he was taking us. The road was unfamiliar to us, but he knew it like the back of his hand. We walked with him, followed, and listened to his instruction. As we went, we had to trust where and how he was leading us. Sometimes the walking led us to shade and water, and when you are in the 120-degree Middle East desert, nothing is more refreshing.

Once in a while, he would walk on paths that made us frustrated or nervous. We were confused and were not given much explanation. At other times, the road led us to the most amazing sights or ruins that were being excavated. Occasionally, he led us right up to enemy territory, where we stood inches away from a border, looking out to tanks and military watching our every move.

Solomon is leading and guiding us in a similar way through these chapters of Proverbs. It feels like we are on a walking tour with a guide who knows his way around the back roads, has lived more life than we have, and has learned some lessons the hard way. Though we may be confused by where he is going or think there seems to be no rhyme or reason to his sayings, he is leading us to see God and know wisdom in a new way.

There are parts of these lessons that seem to speak to the simple and mundane parts of life, while others speak to deeper things like death and destruction. Some of these proverbs from the wise, old sage are direct and repetitive, while others are refreshing and encouraging. With others, you may have to dig for meaning and understanding. Either way, stay close, keep your notebook out, and keep a mirror out, too, for self-reflection.

Proverbs 10-15: The Way of Wisdom-Righteousness {Week 5}

These first few weeks of studying Proverbs has really been about nine chapters of warning. The main warning has been regarding why we need wisdom and what we need to run away from in order to stay the course. We will now shift into the section of the book that comprises actual proverbs—the short, pithy, punchy sayings we tend to be more familiar with. You will need your chart from pages 291-294 handy each day, as we will begin to fill in what this book has to say regarding specific themes or topics in skillful living.

It will be tempting as we study actual proverbs to see a list of ways we need to change or improve, a way to be more moral or righteous. However, the danger in studying proverbs is that we become more moral, but not more in love with Jesus. Or we become more disciplined and righteous, but not because it’s the righteousness of Christ in us, working through us.

The last thing we want after this study is a bunch of moral, self-righteous people. We want people who walk in the way of wisdom because Christ’s love flows through them and His Spirit works in them. So as you study these proverbs, be sure to do so not in your own strength or for self-righteousness, but do so in the strength of the Spirit because Christ’s righteousness is already in you.

Proverbs 8-9: Wisdom Personified {Week 4}

In these final two chapters of the long introduction of this book (Proverbs 1-9), we find the father’s final plea to his son to marry wisdom: follow wisdom, listen to wisdom, to choose the path of wisdom. These chapters show us 4 things about wisdom:

The Appeal of Wisdom

The Attraction of Wisdom

The Origin of Wisdom

The Fullness of Wisdom

Does not wisdom call?
     Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
    and my cry is to the children of man.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
    O fools, learn sense.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
    and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
    there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to him who understands,
    and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels,
    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
    and I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
    and perverted speech I hate.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom;
    I have insight; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign,
    and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,
    and nobles, all who govern justly.[a]
17 I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me diligently find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
    enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
    and my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
    in the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,
    and filling their treasuries.

22 “The Lord possessed[b] me at the beginning of his work,[c]
    the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
    at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
    when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
    before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
    or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established[d] the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30     then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his[e] delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the children of man.

32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
    and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
    watching daily at my gates,
    waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
    and obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;
    all who hate me love death.”