NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel College students are 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.
Mayeken Kehr, a senior from Goshen, Ind., and a member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, is serving at Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind., with pastors Larry Rohrer and Amanda Yoder. Daniel Klaassen, a junior from Whitewater and a member of Grace Hill Mennonite Church in rural Newton, is serving at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita with pastors Lois and Tom Harder.
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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.