Christian Ministries at Messiah College
Are you interested in becoming a church pastor? A youth worker? A missionary?
Are you eager to grow and share your own faith but also to understand the faith practices of others around the world?
At Messiah we offer three Christian Ministries (CM) concentrations- Congregational Ministries, Cross-cultural Ministries (Missions), and Youth Ministries - as well as a wide range of specialized courses. As a CM major you’ll be required to do field work and a practicum in a local church or ministry setting. And you will also participate in “spiritual formation” (mentoring) groups during your sophomore and senior year as part of the requirements for your CM major.
If you are interested in missions, there are many courses available in missions training, world religions and world Christianity.
Christian ministries major distinctives
As a Christian Ministries major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Dive into foundational Bible and theology courses
- Take an in-depth look at the various Bible texts including Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetical and Wisdom Literature, Gospels, Paul and His Letter, Revelation
- Sign-up for specialized courses in areas of particular interest to you
- Study abroad and participate in a cross-cultural practicum outside the United States
- Put your classroom knowledge to the test through an internship with one of our many partners, including Young Life and the Mennonite Central Committee
- Immerse yourself in biblical Greek or biblical Hebrew
- Design an independent study program with your professor
- Learn about Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and world or non-western Christianity
- Pick up a minor in church music, business, adventure education, counseling, psychology or perhaps Spanish
- Study with professors who publish books and scholarly articles, conduct ongoing research, are nationally recognized as experts in their fields, and lead cross-cultural trips to places like Turkey, Ghana and Kenya
Career options for Christian ministries majors
As a graduate of the Christian ministries program, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
- Youth ministry
- Children's ministry
- Worship ministry
- Parachurch work
For more information on career planning for the Christian ministries program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for Christian ministries majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of Christian ministries internships. A few examples include:
- Bethesda Mission
- Camp Hebron
- Camp Hill United Methodist Church
- Christian Life Assembly
- First Church of the Brethren
- Grantham Brethren in Christ Church
- Kenbrook Bible Camp
- Mennonite Central Committee
- New Hope Ministries
- Salt and Light Youth Ministries
- West Shore Evangelical Free Church
- Young Life
Learn more about the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies is housed in the School of the Humanities. Learn more about the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies (BRS) has 13 tenure-track faculty members, all with terminal degrees.
- Professors hold Ph.D.s from a variety of prestigious institutions, including University of Chicago, Emory University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Drew University, Southern Methodist and Hebrew-Union.
- The BRS faculty have produced a range of books from prestigious publishers including University of Indiana Press, Oxford University Press, T&T Clark, Baker Academic, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Fortress/Augsburg, and Westminster John Knox.
- Faculty research and interests include topics such as hermeneutics, theology and pop culture, Muslim-Christian relations, the Bible in the 19th century slave narrative, reading the Bible non-violently and Amish culture.
- Faculty lead cross-cultural trips to destinations such as Turkey, Israel, Ghana, and Kenya.