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Agapé Center

Agapé Center

“Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”


International Service Trips

Spring Break 2016, May 2016

Travel internationally with the Agape Center! If you're interested in service and would love to travel abroad, sign up for our 2015-2016 International Service Trips! This Spring Break, we will be sending students to Northern Ireland and during the Summer, we will be sending students to Nicaragua. To learn more, click here or contact Emily Callon!

International Team Leader Applications (due Wednesday, September 16)

Interviews for Team Leaders (Thursday - Friday, September 17-18)

International Members Applications (due Friday, September 25)*

Upcoming Events

Nicholas Kristof Lecture Discussion

October 6th, 2015 (Tuesday), 4PM

Boyer Atrium

Join Human Rights Awareness (HRA) and Messiah faculty on October 6th, at 4PM in the Boyer Atrium for refreshments and reflection on Nicholas Kristof's lecture. Nicholas Kristof is a Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist who will be coming to campus on October 5th to talk about his most recent book and documentary series A Path Appears at 7:15PM in Parmer Hall. This book and series highlights possible solutions to sex trafficking, poverty and violence. Tickets are required for the lecture but can be reserved for free at the Ticket Office (located downstairs in the Eisenhower Campus Center, next to Dispatch). Tickets are not required for the following HRA event.

Salt & Light Chapel

October 1st, 2015 (Thursday), 9:30AM

Parmer Hall | Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson is the Pastor of Discipleship & youth Ministries for the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church. Hank was born in Liberia and has lived in Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, and New Jersey. He graduated from Messiah College in 2004, and he also completed a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014. He currently lives in Harrisburg with his wife and their daughter.

Hank will be examining biblical text to discuss what it means to be global Christian.


Barnabas Award

This award, in association with the Barney II and Moore Foundations is named after Barnabas, a servant leader in the Bible. It serves as an efficient instrument to the entire educational community through the promotion of the ideals of service that substantially benefits others. This award is made available by the Agape Center and will be given out to one current student and one current employee at Messiah College.

Click here to learn more about the Barnabas Award!

Internal Grants Program

This Service-Learning Faculty Grant is designed to encourage faculty to integrate service learning into the curriculum. This grant can be used for the advancement of two purposes: faulty scholarship in the area of service-learning or integration of service learning into existing coursework.

To learn more about Internal Grants click here.


In 2012, The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced Together for Tomorrow, a new initiative to spotlight existing and spur new community engagement in turning around persistently low-performing schools. Messiah College was one of 31 organizations honored as a winner of the "Together for Tomorrow" initiative. Our local initiate is a collaboration between Messiah College and Downey Elementary School.

Find out about "Together for Tomorrow" here

For more information to learn how to get involved, please check out our blog or see our brochure.

Click here to see our video.