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NPU Launches Major in Christian Ministries Studies

The new degree melds academic and experiential education, says Beth Seversen, associate professor of Christian ministries studies.

CHICAGO (Feb. 25, 2020) – North Park University’s new Christian Ministries Studies (CMS) major will give students a greater opportunity to grow as disciples while focusing on specialized ministry areas of interest.

The curriculum includes studies in local church ministry, global ministry, camping, intercultural and youth ministry leadership, church planting, and next generation ministries.

“The heart of CMS is the formation of disciples of Christ Jesus that in turn make disciples, that in turn make disciples,” said Beth Seversen, North Park’s associate professor of Christian ministries studies.

In addition to helping students develop inward character, the major will be designed to develop intercultural competence, which includes practicing skillful communication while embracing and committing to diversity, inclusion, and social justice, she said.

Courses will combine classroom and practical experience. “They will be mentored by expert practitioners who will be teaching them and also pouring into their lives,” Seversen said.

The curriculum can be completed in two or three years, allowing transfer students and students coming in from junior colleges to complete the CMS major.

Throughout the CMS program, students will be matched with ministry internships in their specialized areas of study.  Most of those opportunities will be within the ECC.

“Earning a Christian Ministry Studies degree at North Park University is perfect for students who want to go deeper, and wider, in their understanding of the church and ministry world,” said Tim Ciccone, ECC director of youth and young adult ministry.

Applications to North Park’s CMS program are now being accepted.