George Fox's Christian ministries major features a course curriculum that highlights the importance of holistic ministry, placing equal emphasis on spiritual formation, the development of ministry theory and practical ministry experience. Christian ministries majors may select concentrations in cross-cultural ministry (missions), vocational ministry (shared praxis) and youth ministry.
At the center of our program is the conviction that following Christ is relevant to all of life. Whether you are interested in pursuing graduate studies or are considering full time, bi-vocational, or cross-cultural ministry, our program works to equip you to serve your communities and world in culturally relevant, dynamic and thoughtful ways.
Choose from three concentrations:
This concentration equips students interested in serving in cross-cultural ministry contexts in the United States and overseas. Within the missions course sequence, students explore foundational topics such as the biblical theology of mission, the historical development of the global church, issues and trends in contemporary mission, and contextual methods for cross-cultural ministry.
In addition to the core courses, students engage in practical cross-cultural ministry experiences through the semester abroad program and via ministry internships in local churches, nonprofit organizations or parachurch organizations. Graduates of the missions emphasis enter into professional fields such as international relief and development, medical missions, urban ministry, international missions work, Bible translation, pastoral ministry and teaching English as a second language (TESOL).
The Shared Praxis concentration forms students into reflective practitioners, able to think deeply about the theological and practical implications of their vocational calling. Over the course of four consecutive semesters, students participate in a cohort learning community, called shared praxis, that invites them to explore their personality, spiritual formation, theological commitments, their relationship to God, the church and the world, and real-life application of these areas to contemporary critical issues.
Cohorts are comprised of Christian ministries majors and those majoring in other disciplines who wish to explore the depths of applied theology. Entry into a shared praxis cohort is by application and interview, open to rising sophomores and juniors, and is a two-year commitment. New cohorts begin every fall.
In the Youth Ministry concentration, students are prepared for ministry with adolescents in either church or parachurch settings. Its four-course sequence gives students tools for ministry that include theological and philosophical foundations for ministry; tangible and practical skills for leading small and large groups; theologically reflective skills for engaging with adolescents and pop culture; and fundamental tools for counseling.
With the conviction that practical field experience in ministry is the best way to develop ministry skills, cultivate a sense of calling and enhance future employment opportunities, the youth ministry concentration places a high priority on field ministry in church, parachurch and youth social service settings. Finally, throughout the concentration, an emphasis is placed upon spiritual formation, and the development of personal theological faith commitments.
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