Inquiry Programs

service inquiry

The Inquiry Programs (Camping, Ministry, Service) of Goshen College give GC students the opportunity to spend three months in a camp, congregation, or service agency with the goal of exploring the intersection of faith and vocation, while also developing skills for leadership.

These goals are achieved through active participation, observation of others, intentional reflection and the tutelage of an on-site supervising mentor.

Read about the 2015 Inquiry Program participants

Learn more about the following programs:

Over the years host sites and mentors have expressed appreciation for the fresh energy, passion, and gifts they have received from the GC students who joined them through inquiry programs. The collaborative nature of these programs builds strong connections among the college, the host site and the student.

Registration Deadlines:

Though we would love to provide placements for all students who apply, we are only able to accept 5-8 applicants per Inquiry Program. There are two deadlines: early-bird (Dec. 1) and final (Jan. 31). Students who complete their applications by the early-bird deadline will be processed (accepted or not accepted) first. Depending on the number of applicants in a given year, the possibility exists that all slots might be filled even before the final deadline. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the student to apply early!

Also, please note that you DO NOT need to have finalized placement before applying.  First step is to apply to an IP.  If you are accepted, then we will identify a potential host site.

Bob Yoder

Bob Yoder

Campus Minister



Student Quotes

I had one of the most rewarding, life-changing, fantastic summers of my life, working as a rotational summer staff member at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan.”
Tasha Friesen, CIP

“I am grateful for my Service Inquiry time at Patchwork Central and would definitely recommend this program to others.”
–Annabeth Tucker, SIP

“The MIP experience has deepened my belief in the value of church and given me a clear sense that I have a lot to offer it – and a lot to receive from it. ”
Justin Yoder, MIP