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There’s a strong sense of community at Bethel. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It’s hard not to feel like you belong here.
Erica Buller ’12

Bible and Religion Features

Discerning a call to ministry?

Participation in the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP) provides students with leadership opportunities in a host congregation where members and pastors have agreed to involve the student in a variety of pastoral ministry experiences. These internships in a church provide students with a viable opportunity to test their pastoral gifts and interests in a welcoming congregational context.

MIP is administered jointly by Mennonite Church USA, Bethel College and the other four Mennonite Church USA colleges and universities in the United States. In most cases, funding is provided by Mennonite Church USA, area conferences, the college and the cooperating congregation, as well as the student’s home congregation.

For more information, or to make arrangements for MIP participation, contact Peter Goerzen, director of church relations.

Who is God calling us to be?

The Vocation Seminar is an informal gathering around a common meal of people who want to explore the meaning of Christian vocation or calling. Who are we called to be – in relationship to God, ourselves, other people and the cosmos?

Students with all kinds of interests are welcome to join the seminar, which is particularly designed for those:

  • with interests in religious studies;
  • committed to nurturing their Christian faith;
  • who want to dialogue with people with similar interests;
  • interested in serving in the life of the church as a lay person;
  • considering full time professional work in a church vocation;
  • who are Bible and religion majors or minors, or are considering a Bible and religion major or minor.

Vocation Seminar meeting time

Every other Monday evening during the supper hour (5:30–7 p.m.) in one of the seminar rooms in Schultz Student Center.


Students receive 1/2 hour credit per semester. Auditors are welcome.