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Dr. Andrew Le and Matt Brown, ministry minor

The Center for Ministry Studies (CMS) is dedicated to encouraging life-long Christian commitment in the context of the vibrant liberal arts learning community which is Hope College.

Our work is characterized by:
  • Biblical and Theological Formation: Cultivation of a biblical and theological understanding of life and ministry.
  • Church Involvement: Significant connection with the historic, local, and global Church.
  • Vocational Discernment: The exploration of callings in the context of Christian learning communities.
  • Cultural Engagement: Discerning engagement with culture through faithful reflection and action.
Informed by these core commitments, CMS provides programming and resources for students, faculty, practitioners, and congregations.

Upcoming Events 2015-2016

Faith and Scholarship Discussion Summer Series 2016

Each week a member of the Hope College faculty will lead a discussion about the integration of faith and scholarship in the context of vocation. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a broader conversation about these critically important issues. Coffee, juice, and bagels will be served.

Thursday, June 2, 8-9am ~ SCICTR 1118

"Seed Planter" - Kendra R. Parker

Kendra R. Parker (English): In the Spirit of Sankofa: Recognizing My Call as ‘Seed Planter’ - As a teacher-scholar who identifies as Christian, theorizing about how and why I have embraced the call of “seed planter” means placing my calling within a blend of historical, social, and spiritual contexts. How did I, as a black woman, recognize my calling as seed planter? What method is the most appropriate way to approach my understanding of my “call” that bridges faith, personal background, and historical contexts? As a scholar of African American literature, I chose to frame my discussion in Sankofa, which is generally familiar to many African Americans as the process of fetching knowledge or wisdom from the past to use in the present or to influence the present. Using “seed planter” as a trope for my calling and Sankofa as my methodology, I will share what informs and shapes my calling as educator, scholar, and servant.

June 2: Kendra Parker (English)
June 9: Darin Stephenson (Mathematics)
June 16: Jessica Hronchek (Library)
June 23: Daniel Woolsey (Spanish)
June 30: Anna Bonnema (FACES)
July 7: Melissa Bouws (Nursing)
July 14: Tony Donk (Education)

The Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series is part of a vision for Hope College as a community of faithful Christian scholars. In order to build this, we—faculty, staff, and students—need to meet with one another in fellowship to discuss how the breadth of meaning inherent in terms like “faith,” “scholarship,” and “vocation” creates a depth of their possible integration. We are not chairing the discussion of faith, scholarship, and vocation here at Hope College—no one is. The point is neither to impose a particular view nor to require anyone to learn, teach, research, or serve a certain way. If there is a reason for the discussion, it is to help build a community of Christians faithful to the mission of integrating the lives of the mind and of the spirit, a community whose members are comfortably vulnerable about how they define and live out these terms and their relationship to one another, and a community that enacts and models the virtues of civil discourse for all to see.

The Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series began with a Professional Development Award from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), of which Hope College is a charter member, and the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship.