• MIP students 2016 2016 MIPers - Adrienne Derstine and Christina Hershey Read more...
  • 2015 MIPers 2015 MIPers - Wesley Wilder, Daniel Barnhart, Rachel Schrock (Jeremiah Knott not pictured). Read more...
  • Students who participated in the 2014 summer Ministry Inquiry Program: Hanna Heishman, Evan Knappenberger, Chris Parks and Nathanael Ressler. Read more...
  • Summer 2013 students who participated in the Ministry Inquiry Program: Nathanial McKnight, Andrea De Avila and Jordan Luther. See their reflections...
  • 2012 MIPers More EMU students who participated in summer MIP. Read more...
  • Andrea at Conference Andrea at Central Plains Mennonite Conference in Ashland, Mont. Read more...
  • MIP Bekah Bekah served with an outreach church for the homeless and impoverished population of Washington D.C. Read more...
  • MIP Jossimar Jossimar served with a Spanish-speaking church in Harrisonburg, Va. Read more...
  • MIP Erika Erika served with a multi-ethnic congregation in Philadelphia, Pa., whose primary membership is made up of Indonesian immigrants. Read more...
  • MIP Rose Rose had a one-time unique experience mentoring staff, organizing worship and sharing the word of God with campers. Read more...
  • MIP Application Form

    Ministry Inquiry Program

    Thinking about ministry? MIP is for you!

    The Ministry Inquiry Program is an exciting opportunity of the Mennonite Church USA for college-age young adults to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers you the opportunity to experience first hand 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. For students of mission, an overseas assignment can be considered.

    The Ministry Inquiry Program also offers pastors and congregations a specific way to be involved in helping students experience leadership in the church. Pastors serve as mentors and examples. Students learn by both observing and doing. At the conclusion of the summer, all participants and the pastor or supervisor submit a report and evaluation of the program.

    Read reflections from MIP participants!
    Hear podcasts of chapel presentations.
    See a list of congregations that have recently welcomed EMU students.

    How does the program work?

    “Through this program, students experience first-hand what ministry is, and they test their gifts and sense of call.”

    Carmen Schrock-Hurst, director

    The Ministry Inquiry Program is designed to be a summer service-learning experience for college students. It calls for full-time involvement for 11 weeks. The student will receive a scholarship of $2,000 to be applied to college or seminary tuition during the next academic year. The money comes from the following sources:

    • $500 from the Mennonite Church USA
    • $500 from the area conference of either the student or congregation served
    • $500 from the home congregation of the student
    • $500 from EMU

    In addition to the above, the congregation in which the student works provides $500 cash for living expenses. The congregation also provides housing for the summer, and any other benefit they may wish to provide.

    The program is especially geared to students who will have completed two to three years of college. Seniors who plan to enter a Mennonite seminary may also be considered. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Arrangements can be made to earn academic credit for certain EMU programs that require ministry or mission practicums.

    I’m interested. What do I do?

    If you are an undergraduate student and would like to apply for the summer internship, please contact as early as possible regarding questions and complete the online MIP application to ensure that the assignment and resources may be arranged.

    Ministry Inquiry Program Director
    Phone: 540-432-4263
    Office: Roselawn 301