Kevin learned something at Hartland that proved to be vital for effective ministry.
by Gillian Bethel
When Argentinian student Kevin Condori went to Queens, New York, for his internship, he wasn’t expecting to be an associate pastor in a three-church district with full responsibility for a new church. Working under a mentoring pastor with over 20 years of experience, Kevin finds himself giving Bible studies, preaching, teaching, leading small groups, visiting members and non-members, assisting in meetings and church boards, helping the youth department, and more.
“My favorite part is the human part— being with the people, listening to them, helping them, counseling them,” he says. “As a pastor, God has given me the opportunity to see the people’s necessities and reach them in a more effective way.” For example, Kevin relates his experience studying with an 8-year-old boy: “After going to his house, I realized he was going through a tough situation. His parents are divorcing. God is using me as a pastor, father figure, and friend for him, and has given me the opportunity to help him through this hard situation. Last week he told me, ‘Pastor, we only have four more lessons, and after that I want to be baptized.’ What a joy in my heart to see that even while the devil is trying to destroy his family, he is making a decision to give his life to Jesus.”
Did Hartland prepare Kevin for this kind of internship? He answers, “I have used everything I learned at Hartland. Many times I thought, I will never need this in the future. But here God puts me in different situations and places where I use even the things I thought I would never need! In preaching, teaching, and even talking with people, I use the knowledge I learned at Hartland.” Even beyond this, being at Hartland prepared Kevin in a vital way: “The self-discipline and time management I learned at Hartland has been key in my experience in New York,” he says. This key has helped turn a busy and demanding internship—which he describes as “squeezing me”—into an experience “helping me to develop my abilities and qualities to the utmost.”
His vision beyond graduation? “To serve God, the church, and the people as a pastor.” This internship is certainly a good start!