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The Goshen College theological studies and Christian ministries (TSCM) minor is designed for students interested in a vocation in the church as a pastor or lay leader. 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 convictions and provide a community of fellow students who are passionate about worship and service. The program validates with academic credit the experiences that you gain while at GC, whether it’s working with campus ministries as a worship assistant, serving as a ministry leader (ML) for your peers, or spending a summer with the Ministry Inquiry Program to work with a congregation of your choice.
Your 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’ll 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.
Nathan Vader graduated in 2013 with an English writing major and a theater and Bible, religion and philosophy minor. On the side, he edited for the campus newspaper, The Record, authored a book, acted and directed plays.
Ammon Allen-Doucot was a 2016 Bible and religion graduate from Hartford, Connecticut. He was active in Social Reform Club, PAX Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club and worked at the Campus Center for Young Children.
"I love walking alongside students while they are on this quest for authentic meaning and -- for some -- honest faith. I truly see my teaching, especially at a place like Goshen College, as my calling."
After taking four years off after high school, Leanna Teodosio '14 visited the GC campus and learned about the core values. Right away, she knew she was in the right place--so much so that she stayed an extra year.