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Serve Seattle.

an Urban Missions Institute

Why We Serve

Serve Seattle is the urgent response to a generation’s search for purpose and the outcry of our city. We believe calling, purpose, and direction are found when your eyes are on Christ, not oneself.

We provide you the opportunity to commit a year to emptying yourself by serving the city through a variety of internships with innovative ministries, while simultaneously being filled by Christ through Biblical training and discipleship. You will be transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ while meeting the needs of the city.

Who We Are

Intentional Community. Biblical Discipleship. Selfless Service.

Serve Seattle is a Ministry of Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. We are an intern discipleship program aimed at placing young adults (18-25 year olds) in an urban environment though our internship placement program in social justice ministry opportunities throughout the city of Seattle. Serve Seattle teammates are committed to living intentionally, caring for the vulnerable, and living out the gospel for the glorious name of Jesus.

How It Works

Fundraising Requirement

Year-Long Program: $8,000
September 10, 2018 - June 7, 2019

Spring IMMERSION: $4,500
January 29, 2018 - June 8, 2018

Summer INTENSIVE: $2,000
June 25, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Tuition costs cover housing, food, transportation, and team extracurriculars throughout program.

Service and Learning

We bring in influential speakers from around the country to encourage, equip, and inspire you. Through lectures, discussions, bible studies, nonprofit tours, and training sessions, you’ll grow in the word, learn how to better live and share your faith in Christ, while also understanding how to pursue justice in the urban core.

Learning meets action through service projects and intensive internships, where you’ll meet real needs and find yourself changed most by the people you came to serve.

Adventure and Exploration

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Seattle and the surrounding region. Seattle is located in the Pacific Northwest with access to lakes, oceans, mountains, and more. There are many adventures to be had, like hiking the Olympics, skiing Mt. Baker or Stevens Pass, or hopping on a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The opportunities to discover and admire God’s creation are endless.

Intentional Community

We are a family, a tight-knit community committed to laying down our lives to serve each other. We live, learn, serve, play, eat, pray, worship, grow, and love our city together. Bible studies, small groups, morning worship, and lifestyle discipleship will challenge you to move deeper in your relationship with Christ while being transformed by the radical power of the gospel.

Family meals, neighborhood outreaches, and genuine conversations foster deep friendships and will leave you with lifelong memories. No matter what age, race, tribe, or creed—we are a community of grace, pursuing transformation, reconciliation, and relationship for the greater glory of God.

Local Missions Program

Serve Seattle offers a local mission trip experience for groups. Each day, your group will split up into smaller groups and join existing organizations in serving the city in various urban ministries. Your group will be invited to stay in our Serve Seattle house, a 30,000 square foot mansion in the heart of Capitol Hill.

For more inquires regarding our Local Missions Program contact Kyle Reynolds, our Program Coordinator at;

Education Track

Pursuing a higher education is incredibly important, and we’ve heard your voices! Serve Seattle is proud to announce it has entered a partnership through Seattle's Union Gospel Mission and an accredited university to present a unique education track at Serve Seattle.

Serve Seattle’s Fall Program entry point tracks alongside a typical education calendar year. Through this, we’re presenting an opportunity for Serve Seattle team members to attend an accredited University throughout their time with us. This is a chance for our interns to gain transferable college credit to put towards an Associates or Bachelors Degree and grow even more throughout their experience!

Interested in applying?
Let us know.


Andrew Arthur

Andrew serves as the founding pastor of The Hallows Church, a church plant in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Andrew earned a PhD and a Masters of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School. Prior to planting the Hallows church, Andrew was on staff at Brook Hills church in Alabama.

Eugene Cho

Eugene is the founding and lead pastor of Quest Church and executive director of Q Cafe. He's also the founder of One Day's Wages, a non-profit organization focused on global poverty. Eugene is a keynote speaker at The Justice Conference, and some of his work has been covered through various media including the New York Times and Seattle Times.

Jeff Lilley

Jeff is the president of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and has a bold vision for Seattle and King County. Before coming to the Mission in 2010, Jeff was the Executive Director of Hume Lake Christian Camps in California, which reaches 45,000 campers each year.

James Noriega

James is the founder of The Light’s Home ministry which is a gospel-based recovery training designed to equip Christians to counsel one another. He has been a Biblical Counseling Pastor for over 10 years and has experience in counseling in the deepest, darkest forms of addiction and sin.

Jeff Vanderstelt

Jeff is the founding pastor and visionary leader at Soma Communities, an A29 church in Tacoma, WA committed to not merely going to church but being the church. He is leader of leaders and a coach and trainer for church planters.

Ray Bakke

Ray is world renowned as a minister and educator devoted to helping the church love the cities as God loves them. Bakke is author of "Street Signs": "A New Direction in Urban Ministry " and two urban ministry classics: "The Urban Christian "and "A Theology as Big as the City". He is also author of "The Expanded Mission of City Center Churches "and "A Biblical Word for an Urban World," Bakke has worked with a network of more than 100 urban-based church and missions leaders in many of the largest cities of the world. Currently Bakke is the chancellor for global urban ministry at Bakke Graduate University of Ministry.



Biblical Training, influential speakers, personal discipleship, worship and prayer.


Intern with those currently pursuing justice in fields of gang culture, at risk youth, homelessness, and sex trafficking—just to name a few.


Hands on city service and training.

Serve seattle staff

Serve Seattle Leadership

The Serve Seattle staff are committed to seeing lives transformed by the grace and truth of the gospel. They share a passion for justice, and they serve diligently, prayerfully, and sacrificially with true hearts for making God known in the city of Seattle.

  • Sam

  • Jeff

  • Kyle

    Program Coordinator
  • Elizabeth

    House Manager
  • Courtney

    Internship Coordinator
  • Ryan

    Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator

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Ready to serve Seattle?

We’re training a generation of young men and women committed to service in the name of Christ. If you believe in Serve Seattle’s mission, take the next step and contact us at 206 432 8417 or fill out the application.

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