The Office of Calling & Vocation exists to support LPU's greater mission to transform and develop students into leaders, prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace and the world. Our department resources our students and partners in the following ways: Career Development, The Ministry Formation and Spiritual Development Program, Foursquare Pastoral Licensing and providing opportunities to develop Life Skills.

You can download an overview of our department HERE.

 


Meet The Team


 

Photo of Kristina Stover

Kristina Stover
Director of Calling and Vocation

Email: kstover@lifepacific.edu

Josh Ortega
Program Coordinator

Email: jortega@lifepacific.edu
 

 


Student Story

   

“When I was concerned about my next steps after graduation, OCV helped me write my cover letter and resume, and got me connected to a local pastor of the same church I had been led to attend. Even though I didn’t speak the same language, I felt called, and through that connection, I now am hired on at the Foursquare Central Offices and the Bible Institute at my church campus! It’s amazing how God uses relationships to build us up, strengthen us, and establish our footsteps. Thank you OCV!”

Rachael Edler, Class of 2020
 

 


Career Development


 

We ultimately want our students to be employable! To that end, we provide Career Development opportunities throughout the year that includes workshops, experiential learning (internships), events, 1-on-1's, resume tune-ups, life coaching, career assessments, Life Skills training and more! These resources are free and offered to our traditional undergrad students and alumni, in order to cultivate life skills to meet current marketplace demands. We utilize our career platform called Handshake to resource and connect our students with employers and the job and internship opportunities they have.

 

JOB PLACEMENT

Utilizing Handshake and networking, we support the graduate to career transition, working hard to help place our students in the fields they desire. By posting a job with us, we give positions visibility, extending to all LPU students (East and West campuses, undergrad, graduate and online) as well as our alumni and ministry leaders within the Foursquare Denomination.

Handshake is a modern career platform and was created to ensure that all college students have equal access to meaningful careers. Since 2013 the network of university and employer partners—and the impact for students— has grown exponentially. Within a few years, Handshake has become the leading early career community in the US. With 7M+ students, 1,000+ colleges, 500,000+ Employers including 100% of the Fortune 500 companies, we are excited to utilize this platform to serve our students and partners better. All LPU Students and alumni/ministry leaders can sign up.

Want to post a job with us?

For Employers:

  • If you have an open job or internship position, we would love to promote it with our students and alumni!
  • Begin the process here: Getting Started with Handshake: Employers
  • Then, click HERE for additional resources
  • Once we approve you on our end, you can post positions, connect with students, attend events and even see resumes.

Looking for a job?

Are you an alumnus or ministry leader looking for a job? Feel free to set up your profile today and browse open positions:

For Current Students:

For Alumni/Ministry Leaders:

  • Alumni/Ministry Leaders can begin here: https://lifepacificuniversity.joinhandshake.com/register
  • It asks to enter your .edu address, but you can enter a personal one since many will not have that.
  • Connect with LPU by selecting “Life Pacific University”, setting a password, and answering a few questions. Then submit it.
  • Then on our end from the OCV Career Center, we will see the request and “approve” you. After approval, you are then able to see available jobs, internships, and connect with employers and attend events.

Questions? Email OCV@lifepacific.edu for more information.


Internships


 

OCV partners with our degree programs to help students connect with practitioners in various fields who can offer rich, experiential learning in healthy environments. In turn, the purpose is to also bring additional value to the internship site organizations, as ambassadors of Christ and LPU. Students serve and work in their field of study in order to develop marketable skills, grow in leadership and relational skills, apply their education to real-world contexts, and to grow their professional network. Internship experience greatly increases a student's employability and allows students to develop a better sense of the career path they may want to pursue after graduation.

Are you interested in having LPU interns at your organization? Email us at OCV@lifepacific.edu.

 


Yearly Events


FALL

LPU CONNECT

Each fall during New Student Orientation, the Office of Calling and Vocation (OCV) hosts LPU Connect for parents and new students to get plugged into LPU’s campus and our local community. LPU Departments along with local businesses each have a booth and present resources and connection points for students and their families. We love the personal touch this event provides in supporting our new and returning students to our community. If your business or department would like to get involved, email OCV@lifepacific.edu.
 

HEART MY CHURCH

It is a value of LPU to encourage students to get plugged into a local church and we want them connected with healthy, growing churches. Heart My Church is an event designed to be a bridge between our students and our amazing local church leaders, in order for students to find a church home they love. Making that personal connection makes all the difference! If you’d like your church to get involved and are local to Southern California, email us at OCV@lifepacific.edu.
 

GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR

Each fall we host our annual Graduate School Fair during a chapel hour to highlight several graduate schools in order to help students think about next steps for their careers. We invite schools that pair our varying degree offerings and resource our students with opportunities to get applications started. If your admissions team would like to join this event, please email us at OCV@lifepacific.edu.

 

SPRING

CAREER WEEK

Each Spring we host our annual Career Week, where students are given multiple opportunities throughout the week to develop and prepare for their careers! Highlights of the week include:

  • Professional Headshots
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume Tune-Ups
  • Job Shadow Applications
  • Network Building with Processionals and Alumni
  • Career Assessments & Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • And our largest event of the week, the Internship and Career Fair

 

INTERNSHIP AND CAREER FAIR – DURING CAREER WEEK

One of our favorite events at LPU is the Internship and Career Fair! This networking event connects students with employers who are offering job and internship opportunities. Beyond the value of these initial personal connections, students get to exercise and develop skills during the event itself. Students are expected to dress in business attire, bring their updated, current resume and even interview for positions if applicable. OCV also partners with the San Dimas Chamber on this event to host the city’s annual Job Fair on our campus as well. With over 55 employers, spanning all degrees, this event is a staple we don’t want our students or partners to miss! Email OCV@lifepacific.edu to get involved.


MINISTRY FORMATION & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM


 

The Ministry Formation and Spiritual Development Program at Life Pacific University is a required program for all traditional undergrad students. Since LPU is a biblical institution of higher education existing for the transformational development of students into leaders, prepared to serve God in the church, the workplace and the world, the Ministry Formation and Spiritual Development program supports our university mission.

In that, LPU values our students being part of an honest community, growing in a local church, deepening their faith and serving others. The Ministry Formation and Spiritual Development program allows students to practice these values and provides accountability in these areas. Students at LPU fulfill these requirements through weekly chapel attendance, completing outreaches to our community, regular involvement in a local church, retreat attendance and reflecting on their growth in these areas.

To view requirements and the student learning outcomes of this program, download the Ministry Formation & Spiritual Development Resource PDF HERE.

For more information, or for students with any questions, email us at MinistryFormation@lifepacific.edu


FOURSQUARE MINISTERIAL LICENSING & COURSE


 

LPU is unique in that we are the flagship university of the Foursquare Denomination. With our rich heritage, history and partnership with Foursquare, we offer the opportunity for students to pursue their ministerial license through the denomination if desired.

OCV faculty facilitate the Foursquare Culture & Doctrine class which focuses on five components of the Foursquare Denomination: Heritage, Identity, Doctrine, Polity and the Practical Life of the Minister. Students receive coaching from seasoned leaders, hear instruction from practitioners in the field and build strong networks of support, all the while working toward becoming recommended ministers at the end of the class.

If you’d like more information, reach out to OCV@lifepacific.edu.