Grow the Church and Shepherd Souls: Join the Ministry

Majoring in ministry is a great way to advance your spiritual life and pursue a career in the church. Education in ministry will not only bring you closer to God, but help you learn the tools and techniques to help others in their religious life. As a church leader, you’ll have a hand in helping congregations in their faith and become a valuable member of the community.

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  • Ministry: In general, education in ministry will equip you with the tools to be a member of church leadership. You’ll learn about the Bible, discipleship, the history and theology of various Christian traditions. In addition, you’ll learn the communication skills necessary to shepherd your congregation.
  • Theology: Specializing in theology will give you a solid theoretical foundation of your faith tradition. Theology draws on the history of Christian thought to reason about the nature of God, the Bible and how faith ought to be practiced.
  • Youth Ministry: Every church organization needs those to look out for the spiritual interests of young people and children. Education in youth ministry is similar to general ministry, but with a focus on the struggles and concerns of the young.

Careers in Ministry

  • Church Administration: Churches are necessary institutions for many communities. However, they still require management and investment in order to thrive. A major in ministry can help you leverage administrative skills into a career within the church offices.
  • Clergy: Many who major in ministry see themselves as members of the clergy. This can take different forms depending on your faith tradition, but your education will ensure you have the skills necessary to succeed.
  • Missionary: Christians are called to spread the word of God. As a missionary, you’ll travel the world doing good works and sharing your faith with those in need.

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How to Prepare for Success

All interested in ministry should be immersed in their faith tradition. Supplemental knowledge in history, theology or communication will greatly enhance your success.

UNCF Schools to Consider

Three UNCF-member schools offer programs for students wishing to work in the field of ministry, including:

Professional Organizations

Since ministry often takes place within a specific faith tradition, ministerial professional organizations often take the form of a clergy. Consult the leading institutions within your denomination for organizations specific to your faith. However, there are some general ministry organizations that may be of interest. A sample list includes:

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Several scholarships are available through UNCF. The UNCF General Scholarship Awards are an excellent opportunity for any student going to a UNCF-member college, regardless of their major. The UNCF/Koch Scholars Program offers scholarships, mentorship, academic support and networking opportunities to undergraduate African American students. The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program awards a $10,000 scholarship to one exceptional HBCU senior each year who has demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and unmet financial need.

(Please note: UNCF scholarships have opening and closing application times; a scholarship application may not be available when you visit.)

Students should also check with each college or university to see if there are other scholarships available to study ministry.

Reach out for guidance by submitting a major interest form if you are interested in a career in ministry. Submit the form on our website to get started. And follow us on UNCF social media channels to receive notifications about our scholarships and member HBCUs. Reach out today!