(non)courses for college ministry

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been chatting about graduate-level Collegiate Ministry courses. But such courses are pretty few and far between.

So what’s a future (or present) college minister to do? Are there courses – in undergrad or grad school – that might not be specifically “Collegiate Ministry” but can still help prepare us for our specialist work?

Sure! If you’re in seminary, college, or know someone who is, here are some courses that might provide a helpful college ministry foundation. (And importantly, we could study these topics on our own, too…)

1. Missiology

As you know, this is the new lens with which I am viewing Collegiate Ministry. And the two missiology courses I took in seminary were some of the best learnin’ I’ve had.

2. Logic and Hermeneutics

Both secular logic and practical hermeneutics are helpful for college ministry. Very often our need to protect college students from unsound doctrines, poor arguments, bad Bible readings, and secular “trends” requires these skills. Further, we should be able to teach these truths to our students.

3. Generational differences, the Millennial Generation, or various other Sociology courses

For a few more years at least, many college ministers will be less “Millennial” than the students they shepherd. But Millennials will be the norm in Collegiate Ministry for a decade or more.

Of course, sociology, social psychology, and similar fields can always help us understand people a little better. (Social Psych was the best undergrad course I took.)

4. Ecclesiology

Forming one’s own ecclesiology is one of the biggest needs of any college minister. Reflection on the Bible’s principles and rules regarding involvement in local church – even though good people disagree – is essential for church-based and campus-based college ministers alike.

More tomorrow, including some more courses that could be offered at secular colleges, too.

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