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Pre-Ministry: Events and Resources

Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Annual Seminary Fair

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Library Lobby)

Representatives from 30 seminaries and divinity schools, from a wide variety of denominations and traditions, come to campus to talk with interested students about their schools, degree programs and the path to professional ministry. Here is the list of schools currently scheduled to attend the fair:

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Asbury Theological Seminary
Baylor University's Truett Seminary
Bethany Theolocial Seminary
Calvin Theological Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
McCormick Theological Seminary
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
New York Theological Seminary
North Park Theological Seminary
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
University of Dubuque Seminary
Westminster Seminary California

If you have any questions about these Pre-Ministry events, contact Professor T.R. Thompson or Kary Bosma.

Formed in 2009, the congregational and ministry studies department aims to provide opportunities for classroom learning, research, apprenticeships, and conversations about professional ministry, in order to help students critically examine how every other major and program in the college contributes to the life of the church and its ministries. In addition, the department is a focal point for faculty scholarship and professional development in this field of study.

Useful Links

The Fund for Theological Education

An organization committed to helping young people explore and respond to God’s call in their lives; offers fellowships for undergraduates considering careers in ministry and seminarians studying for the ministry; includes an array of helpful resources for the task of discerning a call to ministry.

Association of Theological Schools

The major accrediting body for seminaries and divinity schools in the United States; the webpage includes a useful directory of seminaries and divinity schools (which can be searched alphabetically, geographically, by denomination, or by degree programs offered).

Transition into Ministry

A Lilly-funded program that offers resources to pastors in the earliest years of ministry. While not its direct purpose, this site also provides insightful food for thought for students thinking about the possibility of a call to ministry--it helps to answer the question: What will a life of ministry look like?