Student Ministries Philosophy, Purpose, and Objectives
Purpose & Objectives
The primary purpose of the Student Ministries Department is to provide "hands on" experiences to train students for a lifetime of fruitful ministry. Student Ministries is an integral part of the total academic program. It functions under the supervision of the Academic Dean and is administered by a team of qualified faculty and staff.
Students serve consistently in ministries while being mentored directly by field mentors and indirectly by our department. Students should complete one Student Ministries credit every full-time semester, beginning with the first semester, and continuing until they have completed their graduation requirement (part-time students should plan to complete one ministry credit for every two part-time semesters).
To fulfill its purpose, the Student Ministries Department has five (5) objectives. The following objectives specify how the department has determined to meet its mission:
- To develop in students a heart for intentional ministry of love and service to God and people.
- To communicate a comprehensive program that provides students with meaningful opportunities for practical ministry experience.
- To offer ongoing interaction, encouragement, and prayer with like-minded ministry peers.
- To provide coaching and evaluation of students as they reflect on their ministry experiences.
- To assist students to determine their personal ministry strengths and abilities.
- To love and serve God and other people.
- To develop ministry skills and determine personal ministry strengths and gifts.
- To receive specialized ministry training.
To effectively build into students a heart for ministry, reflected in a missional life, requires certain principles. These theologically, educationally, and ministry-oriented principles provide the foundation for determining the actual procedures and policies of the Student Ministries Department. Our department has the following philosophical and Biblical priorities and beliefs:
- All committed Christians will love and serve God and other people. Ministry is an act of loving and serving God, resulting in a missional life. (Matt. 22:34-40; James 2:14-24; 1 John 4:19-21)
- God's primary ministries agency is the local church. (Matt. 16:18)
- People learn best by "doing." (Luke 6:40)
- Practical education is an integral part of a complete academic program.
- Personal and ministry skills development is most effective when it is intentional, systematic, progressive, and related to personal or vocational goals.
- Personal and ministry skills development is most effective when guided and stimulated by personal accountability, mentoring, and evaluation. (Prov. 27:17)
Student Ministries Snapshot
- Required of all Multnomah University students
- 6 non-academic credits *
- Accountable to the Student Ministries Department
- At least 2-4 hours per week, or 35 hours over a number of weeks per semester, of an approved ministry
- Encouragement, supervision and evaluation by your ministry mentor, along with reporting to the Student Ministries Department
- Credit/No Credit status determined by Student Ministries Department, based on mentor’s evaluation and your fulfillment of all the Student Ministries requirements
- Provides overall ministry skills development within a field of interest
- You need at least one year of ministry that is in or through a local church.
- You need at least one year of ministry that correlates directly with your academic major/minor (during your junior year).
To contact this department:
phone - 503-251-6744
email - firstname.lastname@example.org