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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College student is exploring congregational ministry this summer through the Ministry Inquiry Program.

MIP is a joint program of Mennonite Church USA and the MC USA-affiliated colleges to help college-age young adults consider pastoral ministry as a vocation. Students do not have to be Mennonite to participate although they are placed in Mennonite congregations.

MIP allows students to experience ministry first-hand under the supervision of an experienced pastor. They also receive up to $2,000 in scholarship funds to be applied to tuition, and the host congregation supplies housing and pays other living expenses during the 11-week term.

Nathaniel Yoder, junior from Kalona, Iowa, and a member of Kalona Mennonite Church, is serving in his home congregation with pastor Scott Swartzendruber. Bethel College has had at least one student in MIP every year since the program’s inception – at Bethel – in 1987.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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