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Bethel College students explore pastoral ministry during summer

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College juniors Scott Janzen and Hannah Klaassen are learning about pastoral ministry this summer. Their participation in the Ministry Inquiry Program (MIP) is providing them with leadership opportunities in host congregations where members and pastors involve the students in a variety of pastoral ministry experiences. Scott Janzen, Henderson, Neb., is participating in a Ministry Inquiry Program assignment at Albany (Ore.) Mennonite Church with pastor Matt Friesen. Janzen is from Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, Neb.

Hannah Klaassen, Whitewater, is part of the Ministry Inquiry Program with pastor Debbie Schmidt at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson. Klaassen is from Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater.

This program is administered jointly by Mennonite Church USA, Bethel College and four other Mennonite colleges and universities in the United States. In most cases, funding is provided by Mennonite Church USA, area conferences, the college, the cooperating congregation as well as the student’s home congregation. Dale Schrag, Bethel College’s director of church relations, made arrangements for the Bethel College MIP participants.

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