The academic field of ministry or ministry studies is as wide and varied as the ministry scholarships that may help you fund your education. This line of study is related to the fields of theology or religious studies. It can represent everything from Bible study to the study of sacred music. Continue reading to find out more.
What separates this major from similar fields such as theology is that it often serves as the educational training for a career as a minister or religious leader. Some colleges offer it as a major, while in other schools it consists of more of an advising program for students planning to continue their religious studies at a divinity school or seminary.
Another major differences among college ministry programs is the denominational emphasis of the program. Some programs study a range of religions and have as their academic emphasis comparative religion. Other programs are affiliated with a particular religion and study only the tenets, rituals and history of that faith. The type of program you select will depend on your educational and vocational goals and expectations.
Common coursework for ministerial studies includes Western philosophy, ethics, world religions, homiletics, Bible studies and intercultural communication. Your courses will most likely consist of lectures and seminars in a traditional classroom environment. However, you'll also most likely engage in field work and internships. These experiences will allow you to gain first-hand perspectives about the kind of problems you'll face as a religious minister.
These types of programs are relatively few in number. Generally, to pursue ministerial studies at a seminary or graduate school, it is not necessary to have a ministry bachelor's degree. With most programs, any bachelor degree from an accredited institution will be good enough. At the same time, this type of program can provide you with a broad range of experiences and allow you to glimpse the religious life of a minister.
Career prospects for religious leaders should be strong over the coming decade. Employment prospects should be most robust for students with a graduate degree. Also, those individuals willing to work in urban areas and traditionally under-served areas should face the best prospects.
Listed below are a host of ministry scholarships that may help you realize your goals.
Requirements to become an FTE Doctoral Fellow
Applicants must be:
Of African descent
A U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
Enrolled full time in an accredited Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies
Finished with the course work stage of their doctoral program by the beginning of the fellowship year
[If at dissertation stage] Prepared to write full time during the fellowship year
Applicant’s dissertation committee must have approved the dissertation research proposal and writing plan, and given the student full approval to proceed before submission of an application for the fellowship
Students enrolled in Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs are ineligible for this fellowship
A student may be awarded an FTE Doctoral Fellowship a maximum of three times during his/her matriculation as a doctoral student
The recipient’s institution shall provide a full-tuition scholarship or remission, as a condition of the award
As a condition of the award, the recipient’s institution shall host a visit (virtual or in-person) from FTE to assess the student’s needs and experiences. Each visit will include conversations with the student’s advisor and institutional leaders. Details of institutional visits will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
This scholarship is for United Methodist students who are pursuing a career in Pastoral Counseling or hospital chaplaincy. Scholarship amount is $1,500. For more information, contact: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry - Division of Ordained Ministry - Section of Chaplains and Related Ministries (United Methodist Church). http://www.epaumc.org/BfScholarGrantsPartOne.asp
The Gregory S. Taylor Scholarship Fund- offers financial assistance to Orthodox students pursuing a graduate education in the areas of theology, religious studies, or pastoral training.
Candidates for this scholarship must be a campus minister with an MDiv. doing advance studies and planning to stay in campus ministry. Must have 3 years of experience in campus ministry and have been a member of the United Methodist Church for at least 3 years.
This scholarship is given to an international student from a developing country whose ministry plans include returning to their home country after completion of their program. Preference is given to students from China.
Awards of $2,500 each are made to ministerial students - one woman and one man - who, in addition to meeting the requirements for general financial aid, choose to submit as part of their general financial application a paper, sermon, or other special project on some aspect of Universalism.
This endowed fund in recognition of the outstanding ministry of Norman Vincent Peale is intended to assist with the financial needs of second or third year School of Theology students preparing for the local church ministry. Students must be recommended for this award by professors in the Department of Preaching.
Eligibility Criteria:•Applicant must be a graduating senior of Reed City or Shepherd Community Schools. •Demonstrate academic ability with a minimum 3.25 GPA.•Demonstrate positive attitude toward school and community.•Demonstrate strong community involvement and volunteerism.•Have an interest in pursuing a career in public service (i.e. careers in the fields of education, health care, social services, ministry or political science)
Awarded to anyone pursuing a career in Baptist missions with an emphasis on, but not limited to, the chaplaincy or U.S. based missions. Application Deadline February 1 / Awarded in April
Criteria for All Scholarship Applicants: Our primary mission focus is to assist Baptist students and/or entities, with activities that further the cause of Christ around the world. To be eligible for an MK scholarship, applicants must show that their parents are affiliated with a Southern Baptist-related entity.
Amount varies depending on fund performance to a junior or senior student with academic excellence and good character, studying for ordained ministry.
This scholarship is given to an international student from a developing country whose ministry plans include returning to their home country after completion of their program.
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