The Church Leadership, Pre-Ministry and Ministry Connection at Southwestern is designed for students who are exploring a call to ordained ministry, lay ministry and other forms of church leadership and ministry. Students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds, churches and theological outlooks. They often have special interests in children’s ministries, youth ministry, camp and out-door education ministries, and pastoral counseling, in addition to worship leadership, music, preaching and teaching.
Students may participate in any or all of the following activities to strengthen their skills for ministry and to explore the meaning of Christian discipleship, service and calling.
- Regular meetings with the chaplain
- Spiritual formation groups
- Destination: Service
- National Church and Society Seminar Program
Scholarships from 1,000 -10,000 are available on an annual basis for qualifying students in the program.
The David Knox Porter Award in Pre-Theology is given to students who excel in academic and religious life and who plan to attend seminary after graduation.
Other programs and fellowships are available through national organizations such as The Fund for Theological Education, the Festival of Young Preachers and denominationally related programs.
Students interested in “Ministry Connections” are encouraged to contact the University Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones at email@example.com or calling 512-863-1527 to make an appointment.