Zac Nelson

Summer 2020 Finance Intern

8. 07. 20

What did I learn this summer? I would say the biggest lesson I uncovered is that I’ve already got what it takes. That probably sounds a little prideful, but that is definitely not my intention nor the actual lesson I’ve learned. When I say I’ve already got what it takes, I mean that I’ve already got what it takes to go be a light for Christ in a dark world. I’ve spent this summer as a finance intern, but in no way does that mean I’m less qualified than a ministry intern. I’m not a theology or other faith-related major, but that doesn’t mean I am prevented from speaking in authority and truth. After all, the qualifications for ministry aren’t determined by man’s degrees or internship tracks or titles or any kind of worldly designation. What does qualify me? Christ does. Each one of us is uniquely positioned to reach the mission field around us in everyday life. I’ve felt confirmed that my role is not “less than” because I’m not going to work for a church or a ministry like Pulse. In fact, I have come to realize more fully that without people who go out into the world, into the contexts where Christ is not known and present and accepted, the people who do have those formal positions within the church are powerless to do their job. If I’m not meeting my coworkers in the workplace and inviting them to church or just showing them a different life and spirit than the world offers, how else are they ever going to get the idea that there might be something more for them? Early this summer, we read Nick Hall’s Reset book, and I’m reminded of his words about this sense of transcendence that all humans feel. Transcendence is that feeling of something “beyond” ourselves, something that goes past anything we could imagine, fully comprehend, or accomplish. When we interact with people who have experienced and embody transcendence, that wakes them up to the idea that there has to be something more. I would say that ultimately, this is how God has shown up in my life this summer. He has helped show me through my interactions within and experience at Pulse that I am being empowered, equipped, and enabled to go be a model of transcendence for people. In a world full of despair, bring hope. In a world full of division, bring unity. In a world full of pain, bring healing. In a world full of hate, bring love. The world is a terrible place, filled with terrible things and captive to terrible sin. Any of these positive emotions aren’t justified if we look at the world, but we have not set our sights on the world. We look at what is above, what is yet to come, what was won and offered to us two thousand years ago when Jesus conquered death and provided a way, the only way, to truly be free from sin and therefore reunited with God in a beautiful restoration of relationship. If that’s not beautiful and worthy of recognition, I don’t know what is.

7. 20. 2020

Lately, the finance team here at Pulse has been hard at work preparing for our audit at the end of July/beginning of August. With the fiscal year end, it’s been quite a rush putting the final touches on all the different documentation and processes so that Pulse can officially close the financial book on another successful year. In this time it’s been incredibly powerful to see all the different moving parts come together. With any organization, there are so many details that are ironed out behind the scenes among administrators, fundraisers, coordinators, etc. and it ultimately comes together as this one big puzzle. Over the course of this last year, all the regular reconciliations and reports the finance department generates come together as little pieces that slowly reveal the bigger picture, and now I’ve been able to enjoy that really satisfying feeling similar to when you have a few puzzle pieces left and they are all fitting perfectly in the spots you have left to finish.It’s times like these that help me to realize that we serve a God of order and organization in addition to His other attributes like creativity and love. Even looking at Jesus’ ministry, we interns have had a chance to learn from Luke’s gospel about the overarching structure of Jesus’ ministry and how He and His disciples prepared the means and channels through which the message of Christ would flow. Nick Hall started Pulse with an incredible message to share, a message that urges us to put Jesus at the pulse of our lives, the central thing that powers all other aspects of our life. Today, Pulse continues to share that same message, but I love how God continues to reveal Himself not through just that message but through the incredibly diverse array of talent and individuals that it takes to help that message be heard and understood.

6. 29. 2020

I first heard about Pulse during my senior year of high school when my mom handed me a copy of this book called Reset. She explained that a Bible study friend of hers was distributing them because her son, Nick, was the one who wrote the book, and she thought I should read it before I left for college. If I had been wiser, I would have taken her advice, but the book remained unread by 2018, when I was a freshman in college and heard of this huge event at U.S. Bank Stadium that was being hosted by the same ministry behind the book that was still sitting on my shelf. That event was a powerful moment for me that showed just how easily someone from a small-town background like me could reach millions of people, and I began to have an itch in the back of my mind that there must be something more in store for my life. Fast-forward two years from that event, and I had a calling on my heart to pursue an internship with Pulse that would allow me to combine both my academic and professional goals in business and to not compartmentalize my faith away from the other parts of my life.

The Pulse internship has been nothing like any other internship or summer job I have experienced. While the coronavirus pandemic has complicated things and kept us apart physically, I have felt incredibly valued as an individual, compared to other organizations that treated me just as a short-term employee who was there to produce work for a few months. In the first week, we have been growing closer and learning more about each other, we have been diving into the mission behind Pulse’s existence and into the reason each of us have been chosen for our intern roles, and we have been working out together and building ourselves into whole and holy people. The most powerful way I feel I can sum up my experience with Pulse so far is that they understand many, if not all of us, will be going at the end of the summer, but it’s a “going out” instead of a “going away.” Pulse has been one of the most selfless employers I have known, and they understand the concept that when you are focused on developing leaders and world-changers, you will ultimately be sending those individuals into the world like little sparks to start raging, life-changing fires for Christ.