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Ministerial Missions

  • Available as major (B.S. degree)
    Worshipping with the poor at a mission in Thailand. Praying with grieving parents at a clinic in Papua New Guinea. Sharing the smile of an inner city Chicago girl as she realizes who Jesus is. A career in missions is all this and more.

  • What impact will you have on the world for Christ? What will your life count for? If you have a passion for reaching the world with the Gospel, we are here to help you pursue that calling.

    With a career in missions, God will ask you to leave your comfort zone, crossing many barriers — cultural, geographic, language — to share the Gospel. You will be on the frontlines of the Great Commission. Your strongest witness will be your own life and commitment.

    Serve with a church body’s mission board, a social service agency or a Christian nonprofit organization. Connect with people in the context of their own culture. Share the Gospel in ways that speak directly to them.

    You may find yourself in a culture you once knew nothing about. As you seek to share the Gospel, you may also be providing the most basic services, along with personal encouragement, to hundreds or thousands of families and individuals.

    Let Olivet prepare you for what God has prepared for you.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Study missiological foundations, world religions, cross-cultural ministry, ethnic relations, cultural anthropology, Christian education, Christian worship.
    • Volunteer to serve on inner city or overseas mission trips.
    • Learn from the experiences of professors who have served in missions.
    • Meet and interact with missionaries home on furlough or retired from the field.
    • Be part of MuKappa, a campus organization that serves our students from international missionary and military homes. Help provide the encouragement and support these students need. 
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    A cross-cultural ministry field experience is a degree requirement. This gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom.

    Study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

    Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America as well as in the U.S.


    A ministry career in missions may be for you if you are:

    • passionate about reaching the world for Christ
    • a reader, learner, listener, networker
    • creative
    • open to new ideas
    • a people person who is a strong communicator with large groups, small groups, and one-on-one
    • organized
    • goal-oriented
    • open to and excited about cultural learning
    • fluent in — or anxious to study — one or more non-English languages
    • a person who enjoys travel

    Possible careers include: chaplain, nonprofit mission organization staffer, overseas missionary, global radio broadcaster, mission trip director, professor, evangelist, sports ministry director, church planter, trainer of Christian workers, world missions representative, missions coordinator

    Ministerial Missions is within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry