About One Thing

The Holy Spirit is raising up a generation who love God with all their hearts, minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and impact others. It is not enough to simply hear the call. The “yes” in the heart must be combined with real preparation for this great journey—through practical instruction, personal encounter, and spiritual impartation.

Stories We Love

  • I made wonderful friends who pushed me forward, provoking me to righteousness and loving God with all my heart. Coming to the internship shifted the course of my entire life, because I discovered the one reason I was created: to bring pleasure to His heart.

    Matt Gilman

    One Thing Alumnus

    Worship Leader

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A Young Adult Internship

The One Thing Internship is a six-month program where young adults can seek the Lord together in the context of a like-minded community. The central place of this internship is our 24/7 prayer room. Interns will also spend time in classes, serve in various capacities around the missions base, participate in small groups, and receive discipleship.

The goal of our structure and schedule is to give interns the opportunity to grow in confidence of God’s love for them, as they go deeper in the Word and in prayer. In a generation that is seeking purpose and belonging, we invite you to join others in seeking the “one thing necessary”—to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His voice. While each internship has a distinctive age group, length, and schedule, they all share the same core training components:

Encountering Jesus in Prayer and Worship

Come experience something historic: over twenty years of unceasing prayer and worship, contending for a breakthrough and more of the presence of God in our hearts, our city, and nation. Come take your place and add your voice, as we reach for the heart of God together.

Experience Powerful Teaching and Messaging

From intimacy with Jesus to His beauty and majesty, to the end-time drama of His glorious return, our messaging is designed to fuel prayer and passionate pursuit. Come discover the power of a heart awakened in a fresh way to the person and presence of Jesus.

Express the Love of Jesus and the Power of His Spirit

Come spend a season growing in the gifts and the work of the Holy Spirit in dynamic ministry and service as we experience the dynamic relationship between prayer and mission together.

Engage in Preparation of the Heart for Jesus' Unfolding Plans

We love the thousands of testimonies of personal transformation and spiritual growth we have received over the years after spending a season of time here with us. Our team believes that an awakened, transformed heart is poised and more able to engage with what the Lord is doing across the earth in our generation. We take your season here seriously because we take the future seriously.

Engage in Passionate Pursuit with Passionate People

Come discover potential lifelong friendships with like-minded believers like you, who see the first commandment as non-negotiable and share a common ache to lay hold of a heart that burns for Jesus. Together, you’ll give one another permission to run as deep into the heart of Jesus as grace will take us.

Enjoy a Season to "Reset" Your Heart and Rediscover Jesus

There are few things more profound and powerful than connecting with the Word of God with others, allowing those truths to go deep, and then singing and praying those truths together in His presence. Consider joining our family for a season to discover what’s possible when we give an extended season to prayer, scripture, and the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our life and our hearts.

Program Details

Upcoming Dates
August 25–November 20, 2020
January 15–June 19, 2021
July 23–December 18, 2021


Singles, ages 18–25 (no dating during the internship)


6 months

Interns who successfully complete the One Thing Internship may apply to join our staff or IHOPU (the One Thing Internship is equivalent to one semester of full-time credit in our Forerunner School of Worship or Forerunner School of Ministry).


Domestic Interns

International interns

A nonrefundable deposit of $400 is due two weeks after your notification of acceptance. This is to confirm your acceptance and reserve a place for you in the program. Remaining tuition is due by the first day of orientation.

Cost Includes

All internship teaching, books, exclusive OTI internship T-shirt, activities, housing, utilities, and three meals per day.

Meet the Directors

Nathan & Rachel Steel

One Thing Internship

“Over ten years ago, as eighteen-year-olds, we both moved to Kansas City to do the OneThing Internship and IHOPU. Our individual experiences in OTI and IHOPU deeply shaped our confidence before God and how we viewed our part in His story. This season set us on the trajectory to give our 20’s, and now 30’s, to being ‘set’ as watchmen in the House of Prayer. We were married in 2014 and have been leading together in various capacities in the One Thing Internship, now with our two precious daughters. It is our desire to see young people experience the love and affection that Christ has for them and come to find their sense of purpose, meaning, identity, calling, and confidence in Him. What a privilege it has been over our years to get a front row seat in seeing Jesus change lives and set hearts on fire. He has done it again and again for hundreds of incredible young men and women.” –Nathan & Rachel

Frequently asked questions

  • The One Thing Internship is a consecrated season of encounter with God and saturation in His Word in the context of 24/7 prayer and worship. If any of that makes sense to you, you belong here. The internships are also the best way to get trained and integrated into the values and community of the broader IHOPKC family and ministry, as well as an on-ramp into our University (IHOPU) or Staff.

    So, whether you are looking to take a “gap year” before or during college, or you are wanting to move here to plug into our spiritual family and ministry long term, the One Thing Internship is a great fit for you. Come encounter Jesus, have your prayer life transformed, and go deep in the Word of God with other like-minded young adults from all over the world.

  • At IHOPKC, prayer is at the core of who we are and what we do. Specifically, within the One Thing Internship, it is our deepest desire to see young people learn to pray both in the secret place and with one another. All of our classes, assignments, and small group conversations are built to help young people grow in prayer and deeper understanding of the Word, all in the context of keeping a 24/7 prayer and worship sanctuary.

    Throughout the program, you will also engage in different service activities within our church, ministry, and at times the larger Kansas City area. By the end of the program you will have successfully read through the entire bible, strengthened your prayer life, have grown in godly friendships, and gained a more biblical understanding of prayer and God’s desire for it in the individual lives of His people as well as corporately in the nations of the earth!

  • The One Thing Internship is designed to fill a full-time schedule that is not conducive to outside work.

  • Permission must be received from the Internship Director for anyone arriving late or leaving early.

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