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Equipping students for effective lay and professional ministry

You may be called to full-time ministry in the church. Or you may not.
Whether you're called to be a pastor, an organic farmer, a sociologist, a teacher—or just about anything—you're an essential part of the life and work of God's church.

The congregational and ministry studies department aims to provide opportunities for classroom learning, research and apprenticeships to help students critically examine how every other major and program in the college contributes to the life of the church and its ministries. Along with other contributions in culture and society more broadly, academic preparation for knowledgeable contributions to the church is crucial. The academic study of lay ministry is grounded in the Reformed tradition’s emphasis on the role of all people in ministry and in the emerging vitality of ministry studies as an academic field.

Consider a Ministry Leadership minor to explore how your calling intersects with the work of the church in service of God's kingdom.

Learn about the department from an interview with Professor Todd Cioffi.

Read "The Church Goes to College."

Learn about the John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows Program.