We seek to restore Christian influence in our society for the sake of the world. Our desire is to equip Christians to shape culture in business, government, education, arts, media, entertainment and the social sector. Advancing the kingdom of God ‘on earth as it is in heaven’… This is why the Institute for Faith and Culture exists.” 

ROBERT J. PACIENZA, Founder, Institute for Faith & Culture

10 WEEKS | MAY – JULY 2023

IDEAL INTERN: RISING COLLEGE JUNIOR OR SENIOR

PRACTICAL AND SPIRITUAL TRAINING

MISSION TRIP COMPONENT

A worldview is a comprehensive philosophical interpretation and explanation of reality. Everyone has a worldview, whether they are conscious of it or not. An individual’s worldview involves beliefs and assumptions about the universe and all the experiences of life. Worldviews shape and inform the way that we approach philosophy, religion, science, government, economics, education, and the arts. Though worldviews are as old as human history, all non-Christian worldviews stand in contrast to the Christian and Biblical worldview. The Institute for Faith and Culture is committed to equip you with the ability to understand your worldview in the context of scripture as your only “rule of life and faith”. 

Spiritual formation is a lifelong process with divinely intended goals for the believer that happens most effectively for the person in community. Spiritual formation is the divinely-human act that God uses to bring every believer into Christ’s image. Thus it has four parts:  it is primarily spiritual, it is a process, it is purposeful, and it happens within the context of community.

Interns will explore Biblical leadership principles as they develop their worldview. They will create a vision and outcome for their vocational calling and personal life. Interns will build a network of thought leaders in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

The Institute of Faith and Culture is designed to provide education and training in the areas of ministry and vocation. You will have the opportunity to learn through firsthand experience with mentors who are active in the public square, marketplace, church and non-profits. You will also have an international mission experience to Cuba. Part of the internship program will focus on classes in ministry design to help you plan a model of ministry that you can practically implement over the course of the summer. 

INTERESTED IN APPLYING?

The ideal internship candidate is a student that wants to do a deep dive on what it means to apply faith to all areas of life. This does not necessarily mean a career in vocational ministry. If this program sounds like something that aligns with your long term goals, please click below to apply!

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SENIOR LEADERSHIP

ROBERT J. PACIENZA, Founder, Institute for Faith & Culture

Rob Pacienza is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the President of D. James Kennedy Ministries, and the Founder of the Institute for Faith & Culture. He also serves on the council of the Gospel Reformation Network.

 Rob is a graduate of Samford University (B.A. ’03) and Knox Theological Seminary (M.Div. ’12). He is currently pursuing a D.Min. at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Rob’s final project will focus on developing a discipleship plan that equips the North American Church to recapture its prophetic voice in the marketplace and the public square. Rob is married to Jennifer and they have two children – Preston and Lydia.

LAUREN COOLEY, Executive Director, Institute for Faith & Culture

Lauren Cooley is the Executive Director of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church’s Institute for Faith & Culture. She is also the Executive Director for the Center for Christian Statesmanship and serves on the Board of Directors for Coral Ridge Ministries.

Lauren has appeared on TV and radio numerous times, including Fox News, Fox Nation, Newsmax, and more. Her work has been published in many outlets including USA Today, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, Townhall, the Christian Post, and the Washington Examiner where she previously served as Editor. Lauren is a graduate of Furman University (B.A. ’14) and is finishing her Master in Liberal Studies at the University of Miami.

LAUREN COOLEY, Executive Director, Institute for Faith & Culture

Lauren Cooley is the Executive Director of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church’s Institute for Faith & Culture. She is also the Executive Director for the Center for Christian Statesmanship and serves on the Board of Directors for Coral Ridge Ministries.

Lauren has appeared on TV and radio numerous times, including Fox News, Fox Nation, Newsmax, and more. Her work has been published in many outlets including USA Today, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, Townhall, the Christian Post, and the Washington Examiner where she previously served as Editor. Lauren is a graduate of Furman University (B.A. ’14) and is finishing her Master in Liberal Studies at the University of Miami.