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At Koinonia, we consider it one of our ministries to welcome people to walk our path for a period of time. Our Community Intern program offers people a chance to live at Koinonia for 3-4 months, go through orientation together, have spiritual and work mentors, and participate in the life of the community. Interns receive food and lodging (which may be a room shared with another intern) and, if needed, a stipend of up to $15 per week. An internship at Koinonia is often a life-changing experience, and Community Interns enrich our lives by rejuvenating community life and helping in our labors.

Koinonia does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, beliefs or any other difference that has been used to prevent people from coming together and sharing their lives. We have seen a broad diversity of people over the years and welcome all faiths, but interns are invited to explore elements of the Christian faith in our ongoing programs.

At Koinonia, we live together, learn from each other, resolve differences, and work for the good of our community and the rest of the world. An internship is also the first step in the process of becoming a long-term member of the Koinonia community.

Work for community interns

Interns “try out” various types of work around the farm, and usually center in on a project or two for the duration of their stay. Interns work where most needed, often outside their area of expertise. But Community Interns are encouraged to bring and share talents, interests, skills, and gifts with the community. Areas where interns contribute include:

  • Gardening & farming
  • Repair and upkeep of our buildings
  • Bakery work (see Products)
  • Care of our pecan orchards
  • Helping with the Koinonia Community Outreach Center’s youth and elder programs
  • Seasonally: harvesting pecans, blueberries, grapes, etc.
  • Shipping our baked goods, books, etc.
  • Office work
  • Keeping our residences cleaned for guests
  • And much more!

A typical internship week includes...

  • Daily devotional times
  • Work
  • Meeting with other interns to maintain the community-within-a-community
  • Sharing with community members on issues of faith, justice, and peace
  • Discussions of books and audio recordings of Clarence Jordan and others
  • Community meals
  • Social events, both planned and spontaneous

Koinonia is a drug and firearm-free community.
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Koinonia is a Christian farm community founded in 1942 by Clarence Jordan,
author of the Cotton Patch Gospels. Birthplace of Habitat for Humanity

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