A Week in the Life of an Extern

If you’ve been wondering what it looks like to be an extern at The Prayer Room DFW, wonder no longer! In a nutshell, my week consists of 24 hours of sacred trust in the prayer room, 12 hours of service, and 10 hours of class time. Here’s what any given week pretty much looks like for me:

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My week at a glance.

MONDAY is my longest day. I’m at the base for over 12 hours. I’m in the prayer room 9:00 to 11:00 for my first sacred trust set of the day, then I spend an hour doing some admin work, then I have a lunch break during which I usually like to practice piano. From 1:00 to 3:00 I work on my IHOPU classes, then the last six hours of my day are spent in the prayer room. I usher the 3:00 and 5:00 sets (which consists of greeting guests, leading rapid fire prayer, and relieving the worship leader if they need to step out), then I lead worship for the 7:00 intercession set for the ending of abortion.

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My week at a glance.

TUESDAY begins for the first six hours the same as Monday: prayer room, admin, lunch, class. At 3:00 I lead worship for a devotional set, in which I play piano and sing by myself for two hours. (TPR has a loop pedal, so I can rest my fingers as often as I like!) I always spend at least one 15 minute chunk of that time singing through a passage and meditating on it through spontaneous singing. At 5:30 we have staff meeting, which is a really important time to connect about how things are going for the base and what God is saying to us as a corporate body, as well as to handle announcements and admin stuff. At 7:00 I have small group with four other lovely ladies! We have a great time hanging out, laughing and praying together.

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My week at a glance.

WEDNESDAY is my day off. Sometimes I hang out with people in Fort Worth or just do stuff around the house. Now that Doctor Who is back for series nine, I have a weekly date with Lauren to watch the newest episode. 🙂

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My week at a glance.

THURSDAY begins at 9:00 with singing on a “worship with the Word” team using the harp and bowl model. We’ve been singing through Song of Solomon 1:2-4 and I love it! Then I have an admin meeting with the woman I’m assistant to, then lunch and class time. At 3:00 I go into the prayer room, and I worship lead a devo at 5:00.

FRIDAY I section lead the mid section. A full day in the prayer room is divided into three sections: 5:00-11:00 am, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, and 5:00-11:00 pm. The section leader doesn’t have to be in the room the entire time unless they have a concurrent responsibility such as ushering or worship leading, but they are the primary point person for anything that happens during that period. On Friday afternoons, it’s usually three of us (Me, Caslin, and Lisa) rotating as usher and worship leader for all three sets. I worship lead at 11:00, I have class time at 1:00, and I usher at 3:00. At 5:00 I have my externship meeting with Lisa, the staff member serving as my supervisor. Lisa is amazing at asking me how all facets of the externship are going and answering my questions. She’s been using this time to go over the staff manual with me and explain in detail some of the base policies, so I have deeper understanding on a practical level of how to run a house of prayer.

SATURDAY begins with sleeping in a little bit before my sacred trust in the prayer room starts at 11:00. Around 1:00 I go over to the new building to help Brad remodel it until 3:30 (or sometimes 5:00). It’s a veeerrryyyyy slow process, but it’s coming along! At 6:30 I head to the prayer room for Encounter service! Brad always teaches on something related to the end times, and I often do the slides for worship. People often go out to eat together afterwards.

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My week at a glance.

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My week at a glance.

SUNDAY I have sacred trust in the prayer room from 11:00 t0 1:00. Since the church we rent from is doing their own Sunday service at this time, we move our prayer room to the small multi-purpose room to keep the fire on the altar. At 1:00 I’m supposed to have class time, but as often as I can, I try to squeeze these two hours in earlier in the week so I can have the afternoon free. Finally, my week wraps up with church at Forerunner Fellowship from 4:00 to 6:00. Brad pastors a small church mostly composed of prayer room people that meets at another church building. We keep this church as organisationally separate from The Prayer Room as possible; Forerunner Fellowship is a staunch supporter of everything The Prayer Room does, but The Prayer Room will never mention or promote Forerunner Fellowship.

And that’s what a standard week as an extern looks like at The Prayer Room! I really could not have chosen a better location to do my externship. I love the hearts here for prioritising the prayer room as our number one ministry, for training and investing in others to strengthen and sustain the prayer movement, and for building community together more genuinely than anywhere I’ve ever been. TPR is a beautiful, beautiful place, and it is my honour to be a part of it.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda
    Oct 02, 2015 @ 15:47:40

    I love this! You’ve blessed me with a peak into the life of the intercessory missionary when a HOP is more fully functioning. Yay! 🙂

    I’ve always longed to be apart of a prayer room doing more hours than ours, and always wondered what their days were like as intercessory missionaries, especially since mine is (in a nutshell): Su: worship service / M: day off or worship set (by myself!) / T W Th: Work (non-related), except W: 7-8pm worship&prayer set / Fr – worship set / Sa day off or sometimes a worship set at a neighboring prayer room. Trying to fit things in on the 3 days I work is near impossible, especially adding in the hour drive both ways. 😦 One day, one day! 😀

    Reply

    • Caitlyn
      Oct 02, 2015 @ 18:45:07

      You’re so welcome, Amanda! I’m so glad that my blog can be a blessing to you. Before I came to IHOPKC in 2012, I found a blog of someone who had blogged through almost every day of her internship there, and I spent hours and hours reading all her posts. I understand how good it can be to read about somewhere you want to be!! If you ever come to Dallas, I really hope you’ll make time to check out TPR. If you come while I’m here, let me know and I’ll get you hooked up! 😉

      I’m so amazed at people like YOU who have jobs and a “normal” life and yet believe in the prayer movement enough to spend their precious free hours in a prayer room. And an hour drive!! Girl, that’s SUCH a beautiful sacrifice to give to Jesus. He is so delighted in you. He knows your heart, and He knows you’re giving all you can – like the widow’s mite. Your hours are GOLD to Him. 🙂 Bless you!!!

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