The Great Land Christian Church of Anchorage, Alaska is looking for interns for a completely out-of-the box ministry internship. This internship guarantees a new perspective on what it means to be a minister of the gospel. It will strengthen and stretch your faith in entirely new ways. It will get you far outside of your comfort zone.
It will push you toward a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God and with your fellow interns. And it will empower you to take home what you've learned and be more effective for God in your local church. We invite you to apply for our summer internship program for the summer of 2017.
What is it?
The Great Land Christian Church, in cooperation with the Alaska Chapter of HOPE worldwide, operates a new, unique agricultural camp near Talkeetna, Alaska, called the Gateway to the Arctic Camp. The mission of the Gateway to the Arctic Camp is to develop the character of our campers through education and engagement in sustainable agriculture. Participants will grow in their knowledge of agriculture, sustainable and responsible living, empowering service, and effective leadership, all while experiencing an unforgettable summer camp.
Our interns will be responsible for several aspects of the camp's operation. They will play a major role in construction activities for maintenance and improvements, planning and implementing youth camps, coordinating volunteers, and more. In addition, they will help lead the two HOPE Youth Corps programs that will serve at the camp during the summer. Throughout the internship program, interns will be trained to think more deeply about their faith, to challenge their notions of ministry, to share God's word in new and practical ways, and to learn to connect to God in everything they do. Ultimately, interns will gain new insight into what it means to make a meaningful difference in this world for God.
Who are you looking for?
We are looking for interns who have the heart to serve and the willingness to learn and apply. Interns must be willing to live off the grid with limited electricity and running water. Construction skills and program management experience are preferred, but we will work with anyone who is willing to get out of his/her comfort zone and commit to a summer of service in Alaska. Interns must be available for the majority of the summer, preferably mid-May to mid-August. However, dates are flexible based on the individual.
What are the benefits?
Training: Interns are guaranteed to walk away from this internship with a new perspective about what it means to be a minister. Training will include topics such as evangelism strategy, church leadership, self-examination, and connectivity to God. In addition, interns will learn several technical skills that are applicable in various aspects of life. This includes training in the use of power tools, construction applications, volunteer recruitment, volunteer management and leadership, and more.
Housing: Interns will receive FREE room AND board (that's right, all of your meals) for the duration of their service.
But the real benefit: Being part of an incredible, meaningful experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Our summer 2016 interns assisted with four camp programs, helped lead three HOPE Youth Corps, served over 100 youth, and helped grow over 2,000 pounds of produce that was donated to the needy. They also made several major improvements to our lodge and cabins. And along the way, they built lasting memories, unbreakable friendships, and an unshakeable faith. Take a look at what some of last summer's interns thought about the program:
"Interning at Gateway to the Arctic Camp this past summer was by far the most rewarding and fun summer I've had. In this internship there were countless opportunities to serve in so many different ways. Throughout the summer I developed a strong passion for serving God and His people. On top of that, we got to help lead the HOPE Youth Corps participants which challenged me even further to be worthy of imitation in this area. In the midst of some great days and some challenging days, I learned what it means to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually tough. The relationships I built were by far one of the best parts. They are my family and the memories we made are ones that I will never let go of. Alaska became another place I call home and I would go back in a heartbeat. If you're considering this internship and are up for a challenge, do it. You won't regret it." – Alyssa Schaub, Nashville, TN
"The internship prepares you to make connections with God through 'real life situations'...That helped me see that God is not limited to a quiet time in the morning or Sunday service. God is everywhere... If you are considering about applying for the summer internship at the Gateway to the Arctic camp, be prepared for a roller coaster ride of spiritual highs and lows. I'm not trying to discourage you, but preparing you that there's nothing you can prepare for this internship besides a heart to learn. Having a heart to learn will help you grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally at this internship. As it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, God's power is made perfect in our weakness." – Byron Corral, Anchorage, AK