Meet Jesse Hanvey, Our Pastoral Intern!
My Passions in Ministry
Hello! My name is Jesse Hanvey and I am a seminary student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and pastoral intern at Cornerstone. Some of you may not have realized Cornerstone has a pastoral intern. This is because most of my internship responsibilities are related to working with the students and young adults at the church. Unless you are somehow involved with the students or young adults, there is a good chance you have not ran into me yet. If this is you, I want to encourage you to meet me! If you see a 5’8” white male with curly hair in their twenties at Cornerstone, it is probably me. You will see me around on Sunday morning and at various church activities. I am always glad to meet another person in the church!
Since you may not know me, I want to share with you what makes me passionate about ministry. There are three main things that drive me in ministry:
Gospel-Centeredness. The reason I do ministry is because of my relationship with Jesus Christ that is given through the gospel. Because of what Jesus has done in my own life, I desire to spread the good news about Jesus to those who have not heard of it yet. I want all people to put their faith in Jesus Christ. Because of this, when given chances to teach, I focus on cross and what it means for our lives today. I believe that teaching about wise ethical living may be helpful, but unless these topics are intertwined with the grace of God seen in Jesus Christ, such teaching remains sub-Christian.
Missionally Oriented. I believe that Christianity should be spreading at all times by everyday Christians. Everyone in the congregation should be involved in ministry and outreach (Matt 28:18-20, Col 4:5-6). This means church staff members are not primarily there to do ministry, but rather to equip the congregation to do it. In the missional mindset, the church is not focused upon building new programs to attract members to the church, but is focused on building relationships with those in the community. These relationships are where the gospel can be communicated and life transformation occurs.
Life Transformation. When we put our faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit works in us making us a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). This is the power of the gospel to change lives. I am passionate to spread the gospel because I have seen how God has changed lives—including my own. When the gospel spreads more lives are impacted and whole communities can be transformed. Many of society’s problems
(racism, poverty, war, etc.) cannot be solved by new laws or better education because their root is evil hearts. Society needs to be transformed starting with the human heart. This is only possible when a person has put their faith in Christ and has the Holy Spirit moving in their lives. I hope you can see some of my heart for ministry. I could say much more about all of these things, but this blog post is probably not the best place to do it. If you want to hear more about what makes me passionate about ministry, it is best to hear it in person. I am always open to talking so if you see me at Cornerstone feel free to talk to me about anything!