• Three students participated in the summer 2013 Ministry Inquiry Program: Nathanial McKnight, Andrea De Avila and Jordan Luther .
    See their reflections...
  • 2012 MIPers
    Five EMU students participated in the 2012 Ministry Inquiry Program. 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.
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  • MIP Rose Rose had a one-time unique experience mentoring staff, organizing worship and sharing the word of God with campers.
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  • 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.

    On October 18 Andrea De Avila and Jordan Luther shared experiences. If you missed it, listen now!
    On January 24 Matt Naugle and Jacob Lester shared their experiences. Listen now!

    Read the reflections from the 2013 MIP participants!.
    Read reflections by MIP participants from previous years!.
    See a list of congregations that have recently welcomed EMU students.

    How does the program work?

    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: Blosser House 200

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