Competent. Caring. Creative. Prepared.

In a time where there is yearning for both tradition and innovation, we think our primary responsibility is to help prepare the next generation of students for engaging the postmodern culture as competent, caring, and creative individuals. We invite you to join the movement that integrates ministry and creativity in everything we do. This program empowers students to become skilled professionals, seek emotional health for themselves and others, and use creative problem solving and design thinking in ministry.

The Ministry Program recognizes the need for specialization and allows each student to focus on a particular ministry interest. Therefore, students choose a specific ministry emphasis where all their coursework and projects will be directed. We offer a focus in youth, children, camping, sports, women, parachurch, young adult and urban ministries. Click here to see a sample 4-year plan.

What distinguishes Cornerstone's Ministry program?

Benjamin Seward '18 | Major: Youth Ministry

"As a Ministry major, I have been taught how to effectively share the Gospel to our youth. My professors have shared first-hand experiences with me to better understand the opportunities and challenges of the field. They guide me spiritually as well as academically to make the most of time here at CU. There are a number of opportunities for getting in the ministry of local churches that have a relationship with professors."

What can I do with a major in Ministry?

  • Design and deliver a hermeneutically sound, experiential, participatory and communal lesson to any age group in any setting
  • Take a ministry in new directions using creative problem solving (CPS) and design thinking processes
  • Articulate a philosophy of ministry from a practical and theological perspective
  • Improve the emotional wellbeing of individuals and families using developmental, personality, and family system theories
  • Evaluate strategies currently used to foster transformation in impoverished areas.

"Through the youth ministry department, I have become a healthy and whole person. The professors have come along side me to guide me on a journey of living the best possible life for God's sake. I am confident that I graduated with the tools and education that will help me fuse the Bible and youth ministry in a good, true and beautiful way for years to come."
-Elizabeth Wing ('09)

You will be prepared for any of the following fields:

  • Youth ministries
  • Camping ministries
  • Urban ministries
  • Parachurch organizations
  • Children’s ministries
  • Young adult ministries
  • Sports ministries
  • Seminary/theological studies
  • Urban Ministry

What are some interesting classes I may take?

  • Poverty and Justice
  • Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Relationships in Ministry
  • Counseling Families
  • The Art of Ministry
  • Creativity, Innovation, & Problem Solving
  • Internship II: Teacher and the Teaching Task

What internships and partnerships are available for students in the Ministry program?

Grand Rapids has a plethora of internship opportunities in the local church and in inner-city, camping and parachurch ministries. Each student is required to complete one year of internship. These internships also include a one-hour-a-week mentoring experience that prepares you for the real world of ministry.

  • Alpha Women's Center
  • Blythefield Hills Baptist Church
  • Degage Ministries
  • Lake Ann Camp
  • Mars Hill Bible Church
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Urban Family Ministries
  • SpringHill Camps
  • Vineyard Church
  • Wedgewood Christian Services
  • YMCA

What are graduates of the Ministry program doing now?

Noah Filipiak | Teaching Pastor, Crossroads Church
Josh Bishop | Congregational Care Pastor, Mars Hill Bible Church
Miah Collins | Missionary, J-Life Africa
Josh Andrews | Pastor of Youth Ministry, Galilee Baptist Church 
David McGovern | Director of Youth Ministry, Ridge Point Community Church
Aaron Brown | Program Director, Beechpoint Camp

"Every week I am blessed with the chance to sit across from students and parents that believe in very different things. The more I sit and talk with them, the more thankful I am for my degree from Cornerstone. It may be obvious to others, but I never realized how much my education at CU prepared me for the job that I have taken on. From knowing how to correctly write a lesson plan for club gatherings to wrestling through how the Trinity "works" with an 8th grade student, my time in the BRM department gave me resources that I will never take for granted. I am thankful I pursued Ministry and Bible majors because it has empowered me to fulfill God’s calling in my ministry with Youth for Christ."

Who can I contact for more information on a major in Ministry?