Common Career Paths

  • Education
  • Pastoral and youth ministry
  • Bible translation
  • Missions
  • Christian camping
  • Counseling
  • Military chaplaincy
George Fox Christian ministries majors study at a top Christian college.

Sensing a call to serve God and others in full-time Christian service? George Fox University’s bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries enables graduates to succeed in ministry, whether in formal church settings, Christian camping, youth ministry, missions, education or parachurch organizations, or in service-related professions like nursing, counseling or social work.

Possible fields of emphasis include educational ministry, missions, youth ministry and church recreation.

At the center of the program is the conviction that the Christian faith is relevant to all of life. Our professors draw from the best of George Fox’s evangelical and Quaker heritage. Their research includes historical social justice issues; theological and historical studies in the Wesleyan tradition; and Christianity and culture.

Choose from two concentrations:


Students interested in serving with a missions organization have the option of taking courses that include Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach, World Religions and Issues in Contemporary Missions as part of a missions concentration within the Christian ministries major. Students may also customize their study, choosing from among courses that include Christian Discipling, Perspectives in Christian Education and Theological Foundations of Christian Ministry.

Youth Ministry

Students within the Christian ministries major can focus their studies on youth ministry by opting for a concentration that offers four classes specific to this field: Foundations of Youth Ministry, Youth Culture and Ministry, Counseling, and Field Experience.

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Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Christian ministries majors are known by name by their professors.

Job Outlook

Christian ministries majors will find themselves both qualified and sought after for positions in churches, including youth and educational ministers, associate pastors and other pastoral roles. They have frequently enjoyed positions in camping and recreational programs, and will also find an easy transition to training in counseling at the certificate or graduate level.

  • Night Ministry, Portland Rescue Mission
  • Nurse, Sisters of Providence
  • Youth Minister, 2nd Street Community Church
  • Dentist, La Clinica
  • Translator, Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Chaplain, United States Air Force
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Notre Dame
  • Missionary in Indonesia, Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Principal, Newman Catholic Middle/High School
  • English Teacher in Rwanda, Rwanda Yearly Meeting of Friends
  • Gordon-Conwell Seminary
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Yale Divinity School
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Eastern University
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Portland, School of Nursing
  • Oregon Health & Science University, School of Dentistry
  • George Fox Evangelical Seminary
  • Mission Year
  • 2nd Street Community Church, Newberg, Ore.
  • Dundee Covenant Church, Dundee, Ore.
  • Love, INC, Newberg, Ore.
  • Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg, Ore.
  • Minuteman Community

Points of Distinction

  • Faculty members have real-life ministry experience.
  • Our programs prepare students for a life of service, not only “professional” ministry positions.
  • Our faculty is gender-inclusive.
  • Programs include perspectives on social justice issues, peace and reconciliation.
  • Students are prepared for graduate and post-graduate studies.

Why George Fox?

  • Christ-centered community
    Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.
  • Global opportunities
    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!
  • Small classes
    Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.
  • National recognition
    George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.
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Christian Ministries Student Experiences

Frances Bunday (’13)

“I spent two years doing ministry with the safety net and coaching of my professors. I experienced some majorly challenging moments in ministry that continued even after I graduated, and to know I still had professors I could call on to meet and to problem solve was huge for me. They helped me understand how God had been working over the course of my life to show me what his calling on my life would be, and they gave me the tools I needed to do the work God has for me.”

- Frances Bunday (’13)
Children’s Minister, Willamette Christian Church, West Linn, Oregon

Mat Hollen (’09)

“I was taught to think critically and faithfully about the message of Jesus and how it impacts our lives, and I saw that truth lived out daily in my relationship with my professors. George Fox has left a lasting legacy on my spiritual life and my desire to do excellent biblical and cultural exegesis in order to demonstrate just how compelling Jesus is. But more than anything else, God has taught me to trust and to follow and to take care of myself in order to better care for others. I learned the skills of self-care in my time at George Fox. I am confident that I am a healthier, better-adjusted follower of Jesus because of the foundations I received in my time there.”

- Mat Hollen (’09)
Pastor, St. Thomas Covenant Church