Helping students think vocationally and prepare practically is a vital part of a Messiah College education, and our department provides several ways to help students prepare for life after college.
Our Christian Ministry students participate in the Fitness for Ministry program, which spans their four years in the department. These students write vocational essays, participate in mentoring groups with off-campus ministers, compile necessary background checks for work in churches and para-church ministries, and collect letters of recommendation. Upon graduation, they are equipped with a complete portfolio that demonstrates their readiness for ministry and our confidence in them as graduates of our department.
Additionally, the Christian Ministry students complete a practicum experience as part of their educational program. These experiences give the students real-world exposure in their chosen areas of ministry, and many of our students enter employment with their practicum organization after graduation—some even before.
Our students in Biblical and Religious Studies begin thinking vocationally in their second semester, and start asking career- and graduate school-related questions by the fall of their second year. We help them develop resumes, collect letters of recommendation, and work with the career and internship centers to augment their classroom education with practical and experiential learning directly related to their career goals. You can see how the career center works with our students by looking at the BRS career plan here.