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 College, a nationally ranked Christian college in Pennsylvania, we offer three Christian Ministries concentrations- Congregational Ministries, Cross-cultural Ministries (Missions), and Youth Ministries - as well as a wide range of specialized courses.
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
- 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
Practicing Christian ministry
As a Christian ministries 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 Christian ministries degree.
Within the Christian ministries major you will take foundational Bible and theology courses, and take an in-depth look at various Bible texts, including Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetical and Wisdom Literature, Gospels, Paul and His Letter, and Revelation.
If you are interested in missions, there are also many courses available in missions training, world religions and world Christianity.