A word from our Director - Trevor Meier
Over the past 26 years of ministry, Mel and I have had the opportunity to be a part of several powerful moves of God that many deemed, “Revival”, and rightfully so. These were amazing seasons of Holy Spirit outpouring and many believers were “Revived” in their relationship with Jesus. During these seasons of Revival we saw many saved, healed, and delivered. We love Revival!
Many years ago I heard a great definition for Revival, “Revival is the in-rush of the Holy Spirit into a body that is threatening to become a corpse.” We’ve been dubbed “Revivalists” by many people. I don’t want to belittle or diminish the term but over the years I’ve noticed that Revival is an amazing season of refreshing, recalibrating priorities, and people falling deeper in love with Jesus, but Revival doesn’t always lead to the transformation of society.
In 2015 I felt the Lord challenge me with this question, “Why would you settle for Revival when My desire is to see REFORMATION?” I was challenged to say the least! My paradigm began to shift. I do believe that believers should be living in a constant state of Revival to the point that we aren’t waiting for another “move of God” or another “Revival” but that WE ARE THE MOVE OF GOD! I believe the Lord is shifting paradigms in this season. Rather than asking Him for another Revival, I’m believing for a REFORMATION. Reformation, as seen in the 16th Century, didn’t just have the fruit of more freedom in Christ, Holy Spirit outpouring, more healings, but it transformed society and changed culture!
I believe we are coming into a season of Reformation where believers are going to be AWAKENED to their identity in Christ, the reality of God’s Kingdom, and the mission to expand His Kingdom in the earth! This looks different than the church being “revived” as seen through history. This REFORMATION will begin to transform culture and the culture of the Kingdom of Heaven will invade the culture of this earthly kingdom. This is what we are giving our lives for and ultimately why YEG INTERNS exists! We believe that God has called us to raise up Reformers to bring Reformation in all spheres of society, whichever sphere He has called you to!
“Why settle for Revival when His desire is REFORMATION?”
You will be required to fill out all applicable areas below. Once you have filled out and submitted your application, we will require a Badge application (See Below), as well as a Pastor's Reference. You can download the Pastor's Reference below.
Badge, Photo and Pastoral Reference
Once your application has been submitted, please email YEG INTERNS at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
Your First Name
Your Last Name
A Photo of Yourself
The primary purpose of your photo is to help the YEG INTERNS staff recognize you. Please do your best to ensure your photo:
- Is a head and shoulders photograph
- Is in color
- Is a photo of just you and does not include friends/spouses etc.
- Is in the aspect ratio of 3:4 (see example avatar). You can crop and resize your photos using online resizing tools such as www.picmonkey.com
- Does not include head coverings or hats
Your photo does not have to be a passport photo - it just needs to be easily recognizable as you.
You will also be required to print off, sign, and give a Pastoral Reference to your local Pastor/Christian Leader for them to fill out, and send back to us. You will find a link to the Pastoral Reference Form below.
"A reformer is a believer who is focused and passionate, willing to pay any price to live in community, purity and power".
We are asking you to "pay the price" of transparency and trust as you answer the following very personal questions. We don’t mean to highlight sin, as we know believers are forgiven and are new creations in Christ, but it is helpful for you to seriously consider our expectations in order to know if you will thrive at YEG INTERNS. We have a core value of being vulnerable and to protect that, what you share is confidential and only seen by those necessary for the application and interview process.
The freedom of the YEG INTERNS environment demands a high level of self-control and it works best when this sort of self-management is already being demonstrated before you come as we are not a recovery or a discipleship school. If you are still trying to figure out your commitment to Christ or to personal holiness and wholeness, we are not the school for you. If this is the case, God has a different assignment for you at this stage of your life.
Please read the following expectations to determine if you should continue in your application to YEG INTERNS.
If you are in agreement with our expectations, then continue to fill out the application. We have found that honest answers to these questions are mutually helpful in deciding if YEG INTERNS is a fit for you at this time; and leads to a more effective application interview. Having had setbacks or struggles in these areas does not automatically disqualify you from being accepted as a student.
We aim to establish a healthy lifestyle and culture within you. The following is a practical expression of choices and behaviours that flow from your core mission of becoming a revivalist. We have found them very helpful in creating an atmosphere that advances the Kingdom. These are the characteristics of a revivalist.
We expect you to grow in the truth, come to love it, deeply enjoy its value to save and transform, and ultimately, to radically live it.
Peter McWilliams truthfully states, “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.” Focus is key in accomplishing all that God has called you to become.
When we are passionate about something, our whole being is engaged. As you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you will tap into His passion for yourself, His Church, and the lost.
Willing to Pay Any Price
YEG INTERNS is not just a “Monday through Thursday” school. Rather it’s an eight-month training centre and it costs far more than money to attend here. We are dedicated to raising up the ones who are willing to pay this price.
We are not our own; we have been bought with a price and placed in a family and our behaviour deeply affects others. Community is one of God’s most powerful tools for changing us into His likeness.
The Lord asks us to walk in purity because it is life giving. YEG INTERNS environment of freedom requires a high level of connection to God and community along with self-management.
The Good News without power is not good news. Paul was glad that his preaching wasn’t with persuasive words but demonstrations of power (I Cor. 2). One of our goals is that every student would know how to cast out demons, heal the sick, and preach the Gospel.
Loved by Him
“We work from love, not for love.” —Kris Vallotton. Let the primary focus of your life be to fall more in love with Jesus with each passing day.
Transforms Lives & Cultures
Jesus has called us to go into the nations and be the salt and the light of the world. Learn to reproduce yourself by “teaching [others] to obey everything Jesus Christ has commanded us” (Matt. 27). Like Paul says, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”
Reformer's Code of Conduct
REFORMER’S CODE OF CONDUCT
When you are in different environments you are often wondering, “What are the rules?” because you need to know them so you’ll know when you’ve scored a goal or when you’ve stepped out-of-bounds. Well, at YEG INTERNS our rules are buried beneath the values we are trying to get you to adopt. In other words, we’re more worried about you breaking our values than our rules–but we still have rules. It’s how we corporately respond, if and when they are broken, that is key.
God has called you to YEG INTERNS and our mission is to develop the reformer in you.
REFORMER: a person who makes changes to something in order to improve it. A believer who is focused and passionate, willing to pay any price to live in community, purity and power because they are loved by God, whose manifest presence transforms lives and cultures.
Over the years, we have learned the important truth that who we are becoming is both expressed and affected by simple choices and behaviours. These choices and behaviours produce a lifestyle. Based on your call to become a reformer, we have a set of expectations that we want you to adopt as your own.
Ultimately, we want your choices to flow from who you are. However, some things are first learned from the “outside in.” In other words, we adopt them before they feel quite natural or necessary because they help shape our inner world. School is often an “outside in” experience. For example, we didn’t know the English language, but we imitated and adopted a set of behaviours, principles and exercises and eventually learned it.
The following is a practical expression of choices and behaviours that flow from your core mission of becoming a reformer. We have found them very helpful in creating an atmosphere that advances the Kingdom. Let’s break down the definition of “reformer” and demonstrate the choices and behaviours we believe naturally flow from it.
“Believer”— We expect you to grow in the truth of God’s Word, come to love it, deeply enjoy its value to save and transform, and ultimately, to radically live it. So, among other things, being a “believer” is expressed in the following simple behaviours:
● Spend time learning and understanding the foundational values we will be teaching. Let them build a strong foundation
for your beliefs and transform the way you live out your life.
● Do the homework that you have been assigned with faithfulness, knowing that God can use it to transform your mind.
Turn assignments in on time in order to be ready to discuss and integrate the truth they contain into your life.
“Focused”— “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.” Focused people make a “To Do” list and a “Not To Do” list. Students with focus have a “yes” in their spirit so strong they can say “no” to distraction and compromise. Focus is key in accomplishing all that God has called you to become. So, at the very least, focus is expressed by the following:
● Come to class on time and participate. Unlike college, we expect you to be in class. Our leaders will address you if you are
not in class.
● Quiet down immediately when someone begins to address the class.
● Give whoever is speaking the honour of your full attention. Which means not being on Instagram, Facebook, etc. or the
web or your phone, or texting during class. Studies have proven that multi-tasking (splitting your focus) harms your
learning. Unplug from the culture of distraction for 4-5 hours 4 days a week for 8 months and enjoy the growth
you’ll experience. We know you will manage yourself, but leaders might help by instructing you to close your computer or
devices in order to refocus.
● Please get enough rest so you are able to enjoy being in class.
● Always turn your chair and/or body to face the speaker.
● Turn your cell phone ringer off and don’t answer it in class. Return calls at the break or after school.
(This radical reformer behaviour is actually quite refreshing for everyone.)
“Passionate”— When we are passionate about something, our whole being is engaged. Our mind, emotions, bodies and energy are all directed at the “thing” that has captured us. Obviously, the Lord Himself is the One we encourage you to direct your passion towards. As you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you tap into His passion for His Church, the lost, and yourself. Imagine a “passion continuum” or scale; in other words, you might say, “I’m a 2 on the passion scale of ‘1 to 10.’” Then this year will be a great success if you become a “6” by year’s end. We don’t expect everyone to be a 10— though many will be—but we do expect growth. At the very least, the core value of passion is expressed in the following:
● Worship with your whole being. Worship is not free time, nor a time for conversation, or necessarily “soaking” time. It is a
vital sacrifice we bring to the King every day. It is a step beyond convenience. It does take a purposeful heart to worship
every day with joy, but He is so worth it! Allowing yourself to become disconnected or uninvolved is not a healthy option,
and leadership will address it if we see this in your life.
● Allow your passion to be revealed in excellence. Some of the work you are asked to produce is only viewed by you and
God. That should be enough for you! If you find yourself trying to cut corners or “beat the system,” you are missing the
whole point of this program.
“Willing to pay any price”—You are already well aware of what it has cost you to attend YEG INTERNS. We recognize and value your sacrifice. Still, there is more. YEG INTERNS is not just a “Monday through Thursday” school. Rather it’s an eight-month school and it costs far more than money to attend here. If you’re unwilling to pay the price, we might have to say to you, “Okay, we accept your resignation; pray about coming back next year.” “Willingness to pay any price” looks like the following attitudes and behaviours at a minimum:
● We don’t want you to miss a day of school, but you are allowed 12 absences. Please don’t treat these absences as
something to “spend” to go snowboarding, extend vacation or take a day off. (This is exactly what we don’t want you to
do!) Excused absences are there are for crisis' and unavoidable situations that often arise. We expect you to manage these
12 absences so you will not require more— no matter what unexpected circumstances arise.
● You are responsible for managing these absences. If you come close to your limit, initiate a conversation with your leaders
before they talk to you and tell them how you will solve this situation.
● Don’t check in and then leave to have a conversation or get a coffee so your “on time” but not present.
● It is our expectation that you very seldom have to leave class early. If you must, please let your leaders know.
● Attendance at services, outreaches, conferences and other events is a large part of our school experience. So, we expect
you to faithfully attend on time.
● Don’t schedule an appointment during class.
● Leading with “a king’s heart and a servant’s hands” is one of the core values of a reformer. So, we ask you to serve a whole
lot. Be quick to volunteer whether it be helping to setup chairs or serving at a banquet. Your leaders have been setting an
example in this area for years. One important lesson they have learned is that “the seat of service often turns into the
throne of destiny.”
● YEG INTERNS is dependent upon your faithful payment of your school tuition. None of our money comes from the
church’s general fund. “Paying any price” looks like getting a job, diligently getting support from your home church, or
giving up something important or pleasurable (like a latte or a Christmas trip home) in order to keep your school tuition
“Community”—Our behaviour deeply affects one another. We are not our own, we have been bought with a price and placed in a family. We can help each other soar or knock the joy out of each other. As leaders, the poor choices of fellow leaders or our students are one of the most painful experiences in our lives. Community is one of God’s most powerful tools for changing us into His likeness. Learning to forgive, get along, confront, encourage, take responsibility for each other, and cultivating the desire to seek someone else’s “highest best” above our own is the definition of maturity. So, at a minimum let’s:
● Realize your Christian freedom is not an end in itself. It is not the goal; rather it is a tool for building something beautiful.
Freedom provides the space and opportunity to truly love. Will you love? Will you choose what is best for the beloved or
the family? Will you use your freedom to protect our connection and our hearts or for selfishness? “You my brothers
were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love” (Gal.
5:13). When you yell “freedom” in worship, we hope you understand the true definition and purpose of this freedom.
● Confront one another in love. If someone is doing something scary or destructive, then tell them. If they don’t make a
change quickly, bring in another believer, and if they still don’t respond tell your leader. Help each other by speaking the
truth in love. You are responsible to confront fellow students making poor choices. If your roommate, friend or classmate
is making poor choices regarding school responsibilities (outreach, attendance, etc.), alcohol or sexuality, confront them.
Tell them, “You need to get help from your leader or I’m going to get help for you.” Turn on the lights! You would be
saddened at how many painful things needlessly happen because someone “looked the other way” until it blew up. If
someone is making poor choices, talk to them about your concerns. When someone confronts you, welcome his or her
input. You are not perfect you need this input. They care about you. Our culture of freedom exists because we freely
confront and call out the greatness in each other, not because we pretend not to see peoples’ poor choices or sin. Polite
society lies and implies it is none of our business but God says we are our brother’s keeper. We have an honour code
around here. “I love and honour you too much to let your poor choices go unchallenged by love and holiness.” Here’s how
to start, “I am concerned when you ________ because ________ so could we agree to _______. And let’s keep checking in
with each other because _______.”
“Purity”—A good definition of grace is “the underserved love of God and His power to change me and situations.” The Lord gives us grace to walk in purity. Holiness is really wholeness. The Lord asks us to walk in purity because it is life giving! Sin hurts you, other people, and God. Not only that, it makes people crazy. Really, sin makes you crazy. You may hear it a lot when we apply discipline because we believe it so deeply, but your leaders will say something like, “What were you thinking, because you are way too awesome to be behaving that way!” Christians should never take a “break” or “vacation” from our character or the core values of Scripture. Grace gives us the power to change and stay changed. If you find in your heart the thought that you need a break from holiness, it reveals a dangerous condition of your heart that
Father is ready and able to heal. YEG INTERNS environment of freedom requires a high level of connection to God and community, and self-management. We are calling out the royalty in one another, not just trying to abstain from sin.
● Do your homework well and with the right heart.
● Truthfully record your attendance and Bible reading, etc. Don’t mark down that you finished your reading if you haven’t.
Who you are becoming (a person of integrity) is far more important than short cuts, looking good, or avoiding conflict
over your choices. Your growing integrity is more important than graduating.
● Deal with your roommates with absolute integrity and service. How you treat the people in your home is deeply
important to God and, consequently, to us.
● SEXUAL WHOLENESS: Seek to "be imitators of God" with "not even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity,"
living as "children of light" and finding out "what pleases the Lord" (Eph. 5:1-12). This standard governs our private and
public life. Let your sexuality be expressed in a way that pleases God. The Father has blessed marriage with the gift of sex
and married couples are obviously expected to be faithful in body, heart and mind. All of us who remain unmarried are
expected to honour God and one another with our sexuality. Jesus never used another person for His own gratification
and called it love. Rather, His sexuality was a blessing to Himself and others around Him. Pornography is not Father’s best
for any of His children – those who view and/or engage in it. It objectifies, traps and degrades people. Viewing it
diminishes a believer’s confidence and voice and creates a painful “di-vision” in our heart. If the enemy is trying to get a
“foothold” and trap you in this temptation, get help and stay connected to friends and your leaders and find some
● SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TOBACCO USE: Of course, we expect students to comply with all local laws and regulations of
our government regarding substances that are legal and illegal. Marijuana use is not an acceptable choice for our
students. It may be legal, you may feel it is your right, but as a community we generally do not approve of it. For you,
“willing to pay any price” mean’s abstaining while a student. As for tobacco use, we encourage any Christian in our
congregation struggling with an addiction to tobacco to listen to the Spirit about the timing and grace to fight and win
this battle. However, for YEG INTERNS, the bar is higher. Those with an addiction to smoking are called to give it up NOW
for the glory of God as it limits the effectiveness of your ministry with us. We don’t empower people who smoke
habitually to be on the Ministry Team because, at the very least, the smell of the addiction is a distraction to the one
receiving prayer as they may wonder, “How can you help break me into freedom when you don’t possess it yourself?” The
solution is NOT to give up being on the Ministry Team but rather to give up the cigarettes! There is grace in this house to
succeed in this area. Also, be sober-minded concerning frequent, and/or public tobacco use in cigarettes, pipes and cigars.
You wouldn’t be the first to fool yourself in this area. You might not be as free as you think you are so check it out with
people who love you. You’re not just managing your behaviour. You’re managing your leadership.
● ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION: In the area of alcohol, we don’t make a strict rule concerning its use because Scripture
doesn’t— except to not be a drunkard (Eph. 5:18), and this is our expectation that you will never be drunk (from alcohol!).
There should be no parties with alcohol, as we want our younger brothers and sisters and those recovering from addiction
to feel right at home. One is legally considered drunk and may not drive with a .08 or higher blood alcohol content. We
obviously expect you to obey these laws but the spirit of the law is more important. From our perspective alcohol is not a
necessary key to fun, a party, a mood swing, relaxation, distraction or easing pain. Especially at these times, alcohol is a
counterfeit of something the Holy Spirit has for us. Our freedom is given to us so that we may serve one another in love.
Though Scripture has given us freedom to drink alcohol, this choice potentially impacts our church’s influence and your
individual influence when you are drinking regularly, publicly or at parties with one another. We don’t want the fear of
punishment to control us, but we do want honour, respect and wisdom to moderate our choices in order to protect our
influence and insure that it is positive. Carefully weigh how we may be a stumbling block to other Christians and even
unbelievers who may ignore our example to live a supernatural gospel because, of the choice to drink in excess (or even at
all). Consider your fellow classmates recovering from alcoholic addictions, leaving a destructive “party” lifestyle, or anyone
who may be tempted because of our freedom. All this to say that we are asking love, wisdom and honour to be foremost
in your heart as you weigh and perhaps moderate the exercise of your liberty in the area of alcohol. Embrace and guard
your role as an influencer as seriously as we do.
NOTE: On ministry trips, alcohol use is absolutely prohibited. There are just too many hazards where we can be hurt or hurt the local Christian community. This is yet another example of laying down our freedom for a higher good.
“Power”—the Good News without power is not good news. Paul was glad in I Cor. 2 that his preaching wasn’t with persuasive words but a demonstration of power. Throughout the year, you will have lots of opportunities to allow the power of God to be demonstrated through you. One of our goals for you is the same as Christ’s assignment for the Twelve in Luke 9—that every student would know how to drive out demons, heal the sick and preach the Kingdom.
● Make the most of your opportunities as you serve on the ministry team, children’s ministry, outreach team member or
mission trip team member, etc.
“Loved by God”—all of this we do because we are loved, not to earn the love of God. Pastor Trevor is says, “We work from love, not for love.” Jesus died so that He might have relationship with us; don’t let go of this in the swirl of activity that is YEG INTERNS.
● Let all other motives, be they a desire to change the world, to be a person of vision who’s “great for God,” or the drive to
please leaders and classmates, be secondary to your connection with Him.
● Life is busy. YEG INTERNS is demanding and there’s a danger of losing your connection to God in the midst of all this
ministry. Concentrate on maintaining your personal friendship with the Lord this year. This is why journaling, prayer,
soaking, and worship are so important. It is a mistake to let go of your primary connection with Him in this season of new
friends, new experiences and serving on His behalf.
“Transforms lives and cultures”— Christ’s mandate to us is that we make disciples of the nations as we are “going.” All of us should graduate with a humble confidence that we can reproduce ourselves by “teaching them to obey everything Jesus Christ has commanded us” (Matt. 28). Like Paul says, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” When we bring the Kingdom, we are bringing the righteousness, peace and joy of the Lord wherever we go and the presence of God changes lives. During school, you are learning how to enter into discipling relationships in which you bless and are blessed. When you graduate, we encourage you to continue forming relationships in your sphere of influence whether here or back home, and to continue to disciple as well as be discipled by mothers and fathers in Christ.