Guest Post by Pete Kelley
In Luke’s account of the Last Supper, Jesus tells his disciples in his parting address, “I am among you as one who serves.” This statement not only redefined power and greatness in a way that went against everything in the Roman empire, but also gave his disciples a glimpse into the upside-down nature of the kingdom of God: the Creator and Redeemer of the universe washes the feet of sinners.
This summer, a couple dozen 20-somethings will be following Jesus to Bend, Oregon to live among us as ones who serve.
Now in its ninth year, the Antioch Summer Internship program has drawn nearly 200 students from colleges and universities all over the U.S. and Canada who give an entire summer to serve alongside our church community in Bend. The Internship program is an immersive discipleship experience in which 18-24 year old students gain skills, knowledge and values that contribute to their formation as disciples of Jesus and helps prepare them for kingdom work in which every sphere of society, wherever in the world they end up.
The interns have the opportunity to do real ministry while they are in Bend, both in the church and toward the city. One of the largest ministry initiatives Antioch has birthed, The Justice Conference, was actually originally inspired and launched by a group of Antioch interns. In that sense, interns not only have the opportunity to participate in God’s mission in the city while they are here, but they also have the potential to be involved in the formation of kingdom work that will last long after they are gone.
In a city that many look to for what they can get out of it, we follow a King who himself came into the world “not to be served, but to serve”.
In a Northwest culture that is largely post-Christian, non-churched and religiously-unaffiliated, a group of young people showing up and asking how they can live among the people of Bend as ones who serve is a powerful signpost to our city that there is a new king in town.
While many are worried about the future of the Christian faith in this country, we at Antioch have seen first hand and celebrate that the King is on the move and he’s raising up young people across the world who are devoting their lives to the work of his kingdom in Bend and around the world. If you’d like to join us, check out more information and apply online (by May 1st) here!