Outreach, Service, Ministry Opportunities

Messiah is an academic community profoundly committed to worshipping God.

And as we stand before God and hear His voice, we feel strongly called to care for those who struggle.

As a Messiah student, you participate in a truly remarkable network of service connections that reach around the world and that respond to many different human difficulties: hunger, illiteracy, illness, loneliness, disability, delinquency, exploitation and abuse.

Through participation in Outreach Teams, Service Plunge Days, ministry groups and community agencies, you start to realize something. Not only do you give to others, but others give back to you. The blessing travels in both directions.

Service opportunities

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Each year, Messiah students collectively volunteer more than 124,000 hours to community service — locally, nationally and globally. The Agapé Center for Service and Learning provides service and learning opportunities for you in and out of the classroom and offers service-learning resources to all our faculty.

Service learning programs include:
  • Human Rights Awareness Week
  • International service and missions programs
  • Local Community Service Outreach teams
  • Service trips
  • World Christian Fellowship
  • Service Day — a day where teams of students, faculty and staff fan out into the local community to do service projects such as painting, construction work, preparation of meals, landscaping, packing food bags, cleaning, playing and working with children and adults in the community
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Engagement Day
  • Into the Streets — a day of local service for all first year students during Welcome Week

Spiritual growth experiences include:

  • Twice-weekly chapel and worship services
  • Mid-week Powerhouse, a student-led praise service
  • Dance ministries
  • Discipleship groups
  • Ministry outreach teams
  • Community service
  • Mission trips
  • Issachar’s Loft, a discipleship program that provides leadership opportunities and weekly fellowship
  • Koinonia

A Sampling of Student Ministries at Messiah:


Abba’s Place
Acclamation Dance Ministry
Allison Hill Tutoring
Amnesty International
Best Buddies
Bethesda Mission
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Club
Capital Area Therapeutic
- Riding Association (CATRA)
Catholic Worker House
Central PA Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity
I’m Worth Waiting For
Institute for Cultural Partnerships
International Justice Mission
Klowns for the Kingdom
Migrant Education
Morning Star Pregnancy Services
Mt. Pleasant Hispanic Center
Saint Barnabas Center for Ministry
Schaffner Youth Detention Center
Urban Young Life
Women’s Rights Awareness Group


"Service learning at Messiah allows me to see that faith is also about promoting social justice, and working for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. My service experiences pull me out of my comfort zone. And I realize that the world is larger than my own small circle.”  —senior


Klowns for the Kingdom is a student ministry that brings the Word of God to all ages through skits and comedic interaction. The Klowns are available for performance or even to just twist balloon animals at large events or small gatherings. They strive to break down the Biblical concepts presented through their skits so children can understand the truths and apply them to their lives.