The Center for Ministry Studies encourages life-long Christian commitment in the context of Hope’s vibrant liberal arts learning community.

Dr. Andrew Le and Ministry minor student discussing material.Our work is characterized by:

  • Biblical and theological formation: Cultivation of a biblical and theological understanding of life and ministry
  • Church involvement: Significant connection with the historic, local and global church
  • Vocational discernment: The exploration of callings in the context of Christian learning communities
  • Cultural engagement: Discerning engagement with culture through faithful reflection and action

Informed by these core commitments, we provide programming and resources for students, faculty, practitioners and congregations.

Studies in Ministry Minor

The Studies in Ministry minor prepares students, theologically and practically, for entry-level ministry positions in churches and Christian organizations. It aims to provide students who are discerning a call to Christian ministry with the theological framework, practical experience, spiritual disciplines and mentoring guidance necessary to embark upon a lifetime of involvement in Christian ministries. Through coursework, year-long internships and relationships with peers and mentors, students in this minor will be prepared for possible future theological education and various non-ordained ministry positions in churches and organizations — locally and worldwide.

Discern Your Call to Ministry
 Faculty Programs
Special Programs for staff, students and faculty
Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series Brown Bag Lunch Discussions 

Whether we work in an office, travel the world, write books or make films, care for the poor, offer leadership or fulfill unspectacular tasks, the question is not “What do I most want?” but “What is my vocation?”

Henri Nouwen