Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Grand Rapids
Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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to Lead Faithfully

Ministry

A degree in ministry from Cornerstone University will prepare you to enter the ministry field as a purposeful professional devoted to sharing the story of God’s grace. You will be able to engage the global culture of ministry and remain true to the heart of Christ’s teachings—to love God and love people.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Bible, Religion & Ministry Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of Bible, Religion & Ministry Divison graduates from the class of 2018 were employed, continuing their education or choosing to volunteer at local organizations within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Find Purpose In
Your Vocation

At Cornerstone, we take a holistic approach to ministry training. You’ll be inspired by your professors. You’ll be spiritually fed by your peers striving alongside you. And you’ll be challenged in your own personal time of reflection and worship. All of this will serve you to lead God’s people faithfully in the future.

A calling to ministry is no small thing. It takes a heart that is willing to open up and pour out love to those who need it. It takes a spirit willing to take on challenges of any size. And it takes a level of tenacity that most people only dream of achieving. Your professors and peers in the ministry program will stand by you and prepare you for a future of purpose. You will receive sound biblical training, comprehensive cultural studies and meaningful communication skills to forge your future in the mission field.

Careers

Our graduates find themselves all across the globe serving the body of Christ, and no ministry is too large or too small to benefit from their insight. Alumni of the ministry program find themselves among diverse church and parachurch ministries, where they serve faithfully and wholeheartedly.

Opportunities

  • Urban and suburban parachurch organizations
  • Seminary or theological studies
  • Church-based children's, youth and young adult ministries
  • After hours tutoring programs
  • Homeless ministries
  • Sports ministry
  • Camping ministries

Internships

To prepare you for a life of ministry, your student internship will provide you with valuable experience and insight into how ministries of varying sizes operate. Cornerstone has partnered with churches, camps and global missions to provide students with these beneficial opportunities.

Opportunities

  • Berkley Hills Church
  • Crossroads Bible Church
  • West Michigan Youth for Christ
  • Ada Bible Church
  • Matthews House
  • Urban Family Ministries

Course List

The ministry program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Ministry majors have the opportunity to qualify for advanced standing at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. This gives you the option to apply up to 24 of your bachelor’s degree credits towards a master’s degree in divinity, ministry, biblical studies or counseling. This is a useful way to complete up to 25% of your master’s degree before graduating from Cornerstone.

Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

CMI-150 Introduction to Ministry

Designed for those interested in any level of ministry. This course introduces the field of practical theology as it applies to the fundamental aspects of ministry. We will explore contemporary tensions, both personal and professional, that exist within the field of ministry and the students will be exposed to a wide variety of ministry applications.

CMI-151 Lifespan Development

A survey of physical, cognitive, emotional and moral development and current sociological issues related to adolescents and adults. Students will analyze lifespan development with the intent of developing ministries that meet the specific needs of those they will serve.

CMI-221 Learning, Liturgy and Technology

A study in learning theory, liturgical practices and the use of technology in ministry. Students will design lessons with special consideration for ways to communicate biblical truths through a variety of creative teaching methods. Students will analyze current curriculum, learn basic hermeneutical skills and create curriculum that is experiential, interactive, multi-sensory and communal.

CMI-334 Spiritual Formation

Provides a biblical foundation for spiritual development. Special consideration is given to the history and practice of spiritual disciplines, scriptural meditation, contemplative prayer and spiritual listening.

CMI-336 Integrated Leadership for Ministry

An examination of leadership as it relates to the development of individuals and organizations. The emphasis on leadership will include such issues as personal character, styles of leadership, vision, creativity and teamwork. Students will also analyze, interpret and build theories on leadership. The focus on administration will cover issues including finances, correspondence, conducting meetings and planning events.

CMI-381 Internship I: Career Development

Designed to help the student discover their gifts, talents, calling, interest and abilities as they relate to ministry and parachurch settings. A minimum of 120 hours in supervised ministry is required.

CMI-382 Internship II: Teacher and the Teaching Task

Designed to help the student develop the skills necessary for teaching. Emphasis on writing objectives, preparing lesson plans, using creative illustrations, storytelling, gestures and delivery. Students will be teaching in the class and in a field setting where they will be video recorded. A minimum of 120 hours in supervised ministry is required.

CMI-418 Capstone: Art of Ministry

An interactive framework that allows students to investigate distinct philosophical and ecclesiological views regarding how ministry relates to the church at large. Each student will design his/her own philosophy of ministry within the context of the local church and parachurch ministries.

Program Electives (6 credits)

Choose two of the following:

CMI-222 Poverty and Justice

This course will equip students for urban ministry in the cities of North America and around the world. With an emphasis on race and class, students will develop a biblical, historical and sociocultural foundation for understanding poverty and justice while engaging different strategies for effective relationships and Christian community development.

CMI-383 Internship III: Specialization

Designed to help the students study and experience specialized topics that relate to ministry or parachurch settings. A minimum of 120 hours in supervised ministry is required.

CMI-375 Church in Transition

Today’s North American culture intersects with the body of Christ (church) in a variety of institutions. This course explores the theological convictions of what it means to be the church (an identity in Christ) while expressing itself as an important entity in society. We will look at our recent history, current challenges and potential models of ministry within our North American society.

CMI-480 Current Issues/Critical Concerns

Designed to address current issues or critical concerns that relate to ministry. Studies will specialize in various topics. May be taken two times with different emphasis.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our ministry program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

The Bible professors at CU challenged me to figure out what I believe and why I believe in the context of theological issues. In both my personal life and spiritual life, I grew immensely.

Regan Billings (’16)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

Cornerstone offers a variety of Bible, religion and ministry programs. Discover how God wants to use your gifts in one of our ministry-related programs.

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Hours

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SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.