This summer, 39 Life Pacific interns served a variety of roles, here in the U.S. and around the world. Some served with Foursquare minister Bob Horn in Bothell, Washington where they experienced God’s transformation firsthand.
By: Rod Light
Bob Horn, Community Life Pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell, Washington, thrives on shepherding college interns as they explore God’s plan for their lives. He welcomes Life Pacific interns each summer for a 10-week crash course in church leadership and loves seeing them succeed and define God’s call on their lives.
This summer, he enjoyed watching LPC senior Chase Dean work with children and youth during Vacation Bible School. Chase came to Bothell intending to grow as a youth leader. He was tapped to work with the children’s drama team and, “The dude just lit up on stage,” Bob says. “God turned up a knob on his giftedness as he tapped into previous experience with drama.” Chase recognized that God was opening a door for him to pastor children as well as youth. Bob says it was quite a revelation.
Although Bob’s oversight of the intern program in Bothell is relatively new for him, he first noticed Life Pacific interns while serving at a children’s camp some 17 years ago. He was impressed with their commitment and by the way they lived out their faith in front of the kids and other leaders. “It’s a privilege to interact with Life Pacific interns as they discover God’s plan for their lives,” Bob says.
“It’s a privilege to interact with Life Pacific interns as they discover God’s plan for their lives,” Bob says.
Students earn college credit while serving as interns. They pay college tuition and meet course requirements. Bob says it’s a highly structured experience that exposes students to nearly every facet of church leadership at Eastside. Every week for 10 weeks interns rotate among different departments of the church in Bothell serving with different ministers and staff from the senior pastor to the church’s tech crew. The variety keeps interns on their toes and allows them to consider areas of ministry they might never have considered serving in before.
“We don’t find busywork for them,” Bob adds. “We invest in them relationally and give each of them the opportunity to find a mentor among our staff.” They attend staff meetings, engage with church members and the community, and enjoy hands-on ministry experiences.
Bob recalls how Cindy Crowell, a senior at Life Pacific, discovered the gift of hearing God’s voice this summer. “It was remarkable how quickly Cindy caught on and how open she was to the Holy Spirit,” Bob says. In preparation for community outreach, Cindy and other interns prayed for the Lord to show them who He wanted to reach. “As we ministered, Cindy recognized an individual and said, ‘That’s the person God wants to reach,’” Bob says. She had seen the person in a vision and knew just what God wanted to say through her.
On Thursdays, Bob and his team of interns took a road trip each week during which Bob introduced them to one of his own mentors. Foursquare pastors Burt Smith and Jon Cobler, and district supervisor Dave Veach and a host of others interacted with the students, sharing and imparting their own motivations to Christian service. The road trips included visits with church planters as well as serving among the destitute at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. Interns distributed blankets to homeless people on the street and served dinner to residents at a local women’s shelter.
Bob hopes our interns return to campus with a wealth of personal disciplines that will see them through the rest of their lives. Their internship in Bothell included a daily 90-minute session of personal worship, devotion, and journaling bringing each student closer to Jesus.
To help pastors like Bob connect with prospective interns, Life Pacific hosts an annual intern fair each February. “Some 400 students learn about several ministries represented at the fair, and we usually interview prospects the same afternoon before selecting anywhere from 4-8 interns for a summer session,” Bob says. He appreciates the opportunity to visit the campus and interact with students personally. “The campus feels like an extension of our local church,” he says. “We value the partnership with LPC that allows us to engage students for a summer of discovery, learning and growth.”
“Some 400 students learn about several ministries represented at the fair, and we usually interview prospects the same afternoon before selecting anywhere from 4-8 interns for a summer session,” Bob says. He appreciates the opportunity to visit the campus and interact with students personally. “The campus feels like an extension of our local church,” he says. “We value the partnership with LPC that allows us to engage students for a summer of discovery, learning and growth.”
The only downside of the intern program is when Bob has to say good-bye. “Summer interns bring life to our congregation and our community. They bring vitality and spiritually empowered energy. I hate it when they leave,” he says. “In fact, I schedule my vacation immediately afterward so I can do something fun and avoid being depressed because they are gone.”
Bob encourages other pastors to consider hosting interns at their church next summer. He says it’s a joy just hearing them share their hearts, to observe their passion for the Lord, to learn how they arrived at LPC, and hear how they hope to serve the Lord in the future. “It’s worth the investment to see these young men and women flourish and become what God has called them to be,” he says.
We invite you to connect with the Life Pacific Office of Calling and Vocation to learn how you can host summer interns.