Faith and service
Spiritual growth is an essential part of a Messiah College education. We incorporate our shared Christian faith in the classroom, through residence life, at chapel, on sports teams, through the arts and in clubs and organizations. Our motto, "Christ Preeminent," shapes every experience you'll have as a student here.
At Messiah, we see ourselves as partners in your spiritual journey and are committed to helping you prepare for whatever vocation or service God has called you to. We don't want you to feel like you have to have it all figured out when you come to Messiah though. Our hope is that through your time here, you'll explore, discover and commit to your own personal faith perspective and beliefs--guided through strong Christian convictions--and leave with a strengthened heart for service, a commitment to common good, a faithful intelligence, and a passion for community and justice.
By the Numbers
90% of Messiah students studied or served in off campus programs in 2016
629 students served or studied abroad in 45 countries
60 denominations represented in our student body
Grow your faith
At Messiah, we want you to grow in your faith and have a passion for Christian community. Join a small group. Find a personal mentor. Challenge yourself in a campus ministry role. From the first day you step on campus to your last, we hope your time at Messiah is a time of growth for you spiritually and academically, and a time where you’ll learn to explore and deepen your core convictions and Christian beliefs. The Office of College Ministries coordinates many programs and resources to help you take the next step in your faith journey at Messiah.
Small Groups and Bible Studies
Messiah is committed to equipping you for a life of service and there are plenty of opportunities to hone your passion for service during your time here. Each year, Messiah students collectively volunteer thousands of hours to community service—locally, nationally and around the globe. The College’s Agapé Center for Service and Learning is the coordinating hub for service organizations and opportunities both on and off campus.