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Studies in Ministry Minor

  • Do you think you might be called to some form of Christian ministry?
  • Are you currently involved in ministry opportunities?
  • Do you enjoy youth ministry?
  • Or helping to lead worship in a local church?
  • Are you interested in missions or in local community development?

Then we invite you to consider being a part of the Studies in Ministry minor which began in the fall of 2007.

Youth Ministry Interns in Action

Information Sessions during 2014-15

FALL Info Sessions for Freshmen & Sophomores
  • Monday, October 20 @ 4 PM - Schaap 1116
  • Tuesday, October 21 @ 11 AM - Van Wylen #222, Granberg Rm
SPRING Info Sessions for Freshmen only
  • Thursday, March 26 @ 11 AM - Van Wylen #222, Granberg Rm

The Studies in Ministry minor is dedicated to preparing students, theologically and practically, for entry-level ministry positions in churches and Christian organizations. It aims to provide students who are discerning a call to Christian ministry with the theological framework, practical experience, spiritual disciplines, and mentoring guidance necessary to embark upon a lifetime of involvement in Christian ministries. Through coursework, year-long internships, and relationships with each other and mentors, students in this minor will be prepared for possible future theological education and various non-ordained ministry positions in churches and organizations - locally and worldwide.

This program will prepare students for such ministries as:

  • youth ministry
  • worship leadership
  • leadership within community development, missions, and social agencies
  • lay ministry within the church
  • where appropriate, future seminary training and theological education

The minor has three different tracks:

  • Youth Ministry
  • Worship Leadership (with two sub-tracks: Pastoral and Musical)
  • Social Witness

The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, meaning that it involves courses from a variety of disciplines, from Religion to Psychology to Communication to newly-created Ministry courses. It combines theory with practice, so that students are doing an internship at the same time as they are in class together, integrating their practical experience with a theological understanding of Christian ministry and discipleship. It is concerned with spiritual formation; students meet with mentors, practice spiritual disciplines, and are encouraged to let their theological learning and ministry experiences shape them in significant ways.

We hope that you will consider being a part of this new minor.

Please contact the director of the minor (via if you have any questions.

Orientation for those admitted to the minor in Spring 2014:

  • First week of classes: August 28, 2014 (TH) 11.00 AM / Van Wylen #222, Granberg Rm

Orientation for minors admitted from Spring 2015 MIN 201:

  • March 24, 2015 (Tues.) 11.00 AM / Van Wylen #222, Granberg Rm