1.10.2012

An unintentional review of Bethel College's Youth Ministry program

I just got around to reading the Bethel College alumni newsletter and was pleasantly surprised to see an interview with a fellow youth ministry major and former classmate of mine. After serving in vocational ministry for a year and a half, Kelsey and David are now active in a grassroots kite boarding ministry that came out of Kelsey's interest in the sport.

Looking at the ministry majors I graduated with [I'm counting the class ahead of mine and behind mine because we were all together at some point], we've got people all across the map- teachers [both in the states and globally], youth pastors, interior designers, associate pastors, kite boarders, counselors, children's pastors, public speakers, hair stylists, nurses, some incredibly creative stay-at-home moms, camping ministry folks, and on and on and on... and everyone is putting his or her degree to good use.

One of my favorite quotes [that you've probably seen here before] comes from St. Francis of Assisi: "Always preach the gospel. If necessary, use words." The youth ministry majors and alumni of Bethel College are living out the gospel in all corners of the earth, and it's a testament to how adaptable our education is. Our class load contained leadership and administration, effective teaching, counseling teens in crisis, disciple-making, evangelism, multicultural youth ministry, theology- we were given the tools needed to go and do [see Matt. 28:18-20], wherever "go" and whatever "do" meant. We all had the same training, yet I'm not sure any of our ministries look similar. It's a testament to the diversity of the program and the needs in the body of Christ that all of these ministries are thriving.

I'm proud to be a part of the Bethel Youth Ministry Alumni, and I'm happy to point anyone interested in ministry towards their program not because of alumni pride, but because what I'm able to do as a result of my time there. For more info on the program, check out the Bethel Youth Ministry's program overview or talk to this guy [Tom went through the program and can tell you all about it].

2 comments:

Erin said...

Wow Kara! Thanks so much for the kind words about Bethel and for writing your unintentional review. :) I work in the marketing and communications office (we write the stories for the enewsletters) and it is so much fun to find out what Bethel graduates are doing, you guys make it easy to find great stories of alumni who are making a real difference in the real world! Thanks for all you do in your ministry and for being one of the many graduates we are so proud of, keep up the great work!

Erin Kinzel
Assistant Director of Marketing
Bethel College

brittany said...

Hey kara, hope you are doing well! Just found your blog on Terrys blogroll, i look forward to reading more. Take care! Brittany (Weaver) Hartman