“It is a privilege to learn from Jesus here … and we believe many seeds have been planted. We take opportunities to tell stories about Jesus, pray with sick friends, and love people with the love God freely gives us. And through this process I am learning more each day what it means to follow our Lord. It is in the following that we are transformed.”
– Grace Prasetyo, 2011 EMU graduate of the Bible and religion program. In the slum outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Grace and her husband Yugo live and serve among the poorest of Asia’s people. They run a free preschool and afterschool program named Rumah Harapan (House of Hope).
About the Bible and Religion Program at EMU
Our exciting curriculum
The Bible and religion department offers unique and challenging courses in the following areas:
- Anabaptist Biblical perspectives
- Bible and religion
- Biblical studies
- Church studies
- Peacebuilding and development
This is a comprehensive list. These courses are not offered every semester or even every year.
Explore ministry: Ministry Inquiry Program
The Ministry Inquiry Program is an exciting opportunity of the Mennonite Church USA for college-aged young adults to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers the opportunity to experience firsthand what ministry is and to test your own gifts and sense of call. Participants work under the supervision of a pastor and are involved in many aspects of a minister’s life and work. Effort is made to place you in the congregation or congregational setting of your choice — urban, rural, large or small.
Make a difference: Peace Oratorical Contest
The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest offers students an opportunity to discuss peacebuilding and social justice issues on campus. The intercollegiate competition is administered by the Peace and Justice Ministries of Mennonite Central Committee. Undergraduate students from every Mennonite and Brethren in Christ college in North America are eligible to participate.
Connections to seminary
EMU also has a seminary that connects with undergrads in the following ways:
- Bible and religion majors and minors can take elective credits at the seminary
- Bible and religion majors can fill language requirements in seminary courses like Hebrew
- Seminary students provide spiritual direction to undergrads
- Seminary students intern with campus ministries and work with residence life as res hall directors
- Some scholarships are available to Bible and religion majors to continue their education in seminary