Art of Ministry

Competent - Caring - Creative

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 Art of 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. 

By the time you complete the program you will have the expertise to…

  • 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)

What can I do with this major?

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
  • Women’s ministries
  • Seminary/theological studies

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 or partnerships are available with this 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.

Below are a few of the many opportunities available:

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

What are grads doing now?

Noah Filipiak - Teaching Pastor, Crossroads Church
Josh Bishop - Student Ministries 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

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