“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” -Luke 10:2
Serve on Staff.
Alaska Ministry Internships
CYAK's Alaska Ministry Internship program is geared for young adults from Alaska. We hope to see CYAK interns flourish through a guided practical learning experience, growing in their gifts and their sense of call to ministry as the local church benefits from their service. Below is a PDF internship application. If you are interested in learning more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER SERVE: Serve on a Work Team or at Camp
There are several ways you can serve in Alaska on a short-term basis during the summer. A few opportunities include:
Covenant Bible Camp in Unalakleet: Covenant Bible Camp is a ministry of CYAK and serves over 400 campers each summer from across the state. Other than CYAK Staff, camp is run on a volunteer basis, primarily by Alaskans! We do have volunteers serve each summer from elsewhere as well. Camp runs the month of June.
Chickaloon Retreat Center: The Chickaloon Retreat Center is an 80-acre property located approximately 75 miles North of Anchorage in the community of Chickaloon. CRC is used for small group retreats throughout the year. Serving at CRC would largely be maintaining and developing the physical camp.
Aarigaa Discipleship House in Anchorage:
CYAK Youth Worker Testimony
Matthew Carlson, Youth Worker in Mekoryuk
I never thought I’d end up here, as a youth pastor in rural Western Alaska, specifically in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island. I have never had any training in preaching or teaching the Word or working with youth populations and limited cross-cultural and missions experience. However, I prayed that God would use me and that I would know His call. I heard His call and thankfully followed His leading.
That call was ministry with CYAK as a youth pastor in Mekoryuk, AK. I arrived in September, it was windy, rainy, and cold and I did not know a soul on the island. My first few days were difficult, but it was not long before I began my ministry with the help of Pastor Nathan and the church board. When I allowed God to work through me in Mekoryuk, the change was evident. Soon, the youth group was growing, we were adding activities, and even had a mission trip to Guatemala planned. Something that made this time so enjoyable has been the community. The longer was there working with youth, the more the community got excited and joined in the ministry. Devoting their time, money, food, and most importantly their prayer and support.
I have struggled, I have flourished, I have been blessed, I have been tested, and I have grown. I have experienced things I never even imagined possible (e.g. reindeer wrestling). The Spirit has been active in helping me adjust to a new culture and way of life and I have come to love living and working out here. God is at work in Rural Alaska and it has been tremendous to be a part of that work.
Below is a journal entry from shortly before I was officially accepted as Youth Pastor. Details pretty well how I feel God is working here.
“This is my last entry in Mekoryuk as a candidate for the youth worker position here. So now I should reflect on the past month and see what God tells me I’m supposed to be doing. …there were a couple of instances early on that made me reconsider, but I think satan may have been taking advantage of the situation to fill my head with doubt and fear. It is pretty great though, the way that God can come into a situation, fill you with confidence and show you that He is indeed the creator of the world, and even better, that He loves and cares for me and His plan for me was written in Love and my name is graven on His hands! How can I be afraid or anxious?! He literally brought me to Alaska and even if the plan is a somewhat difficult or painful one to follow, I know that I am doing His will and that if I can show a scrap of faithfulness that He will be there with me and see me through it. He won’t present any situation that I cannot handle and He will not leave my side. Forever I can have the confidence that I can count on Him and His leading and protection. Even if my finite mind can’t wrap my head around it, I have the assurance that it is a plan that will not harm me, but I will prosper. What a relief to not have to rely on myself, because I fail and I fail often.”
Covenant Youth of Alaska | PO Box 203356 | Anchorage, AK 99520 | phone: 907.625.1525 | fax: 888.583.4124 | email@example.com
A ministry of the Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church