Theological Studies and Christian Ministries Minor


Do you want to pursue a career in the church as a pastor or lay leader? The Goshen College Theological Studies and Christian Ministries (TSCM) minor will help you focus on your convictions and provide a community of fellow students who are passionate about worship and service.

Pursue a Career in Christian Ministry with the Goshen College TSCM Minor

The Goshen College Theological Studies and Christian Ministries (TSCM) minor is designed for students interested in a vocation in Christian ministry. Wherever your path may lead you, be it teaching, writing, music, or entrepreneurship, you will find that the TSCM minor will help you focus on your Christian ethics and provide practical ministry experience.

Get the Training Needed to Lead in the Church

The program validates with academic credit the broad variety of experiences and leadership opportunities that students gain while at GC, whether it is:

  • Working with campus ministries as a worship assistant
  • Serving as a ministry leader (ML) for your peers
  • Spending a summer with the Ministry Inquiry Program to work with a congregation of their choice

The TSCM minor is open to all students, regardless of their major. The biblical studies coursework covers Old and New Testament topics, Christian theology, ministry, and leadership.

Learn From Professors Who are Passionate About Theology and Ministry

Our Bible & Religion department faculty are committed to walking with theology minors on their faith journey. You will have the opportunity to learn from professors passionate about their scholarship and who care about each student as an individual.

In addition, the Theological Studies and Christian Ministries Program offers regular events, such as lectures, discussion groups, service projects, and retreats, that provide opportunities for students to deepen their faith and explore how it intersects with the world.

Choose From a Variety of Courses that Will Help You Grow in Your Faith

  • Classes will give you a biblical, historical and theological foundation to become a competent ministerial leader and prepare you to share the Good News of God’s desire for shalom with people from varied backgrounds.
  • You will grow toward spiritual and personal maturity and be challenged to clarify your pastoral identity.
  • Besides taking courses such as Jesus and The Gospels, Christian Theologies, and Congregational Ministries at GC, you will be able, if you wish, to take a course or two at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart as part of your GC tuition.

Build Community With Other Students Who Share Your Interests

The TSCM minor is an excellent opportunity to get to know other students who share your interest in theology, the Bible, and Christian ministry. You will have the chance to build relationships with classmates and professors that will last long after graduating.

So if you feel called to pursue a career in the church, consider the Theological Studies and Christian Ministries minor at Goshen College. It is a great way to get the training you need to lead in the church while also building community with other students who share your interests. For more information, fill out the form below to get started. Financial aid is available.

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