For those who weren’t called into ministry immediately out of high school, transitioning to such a position later in life can be a challenge. Huntington University’s adult degree programs is helping meet that challenge with an associate of arts degree program in christian ministry
“There are more and more people called to ministry leadership roles later in life,” says Dr. Luke Fetters, associate professor of ministry & missions
. “These people often find themselves in staff positions or even as pastors of local churches, and they feel inadequately prepared in relation to several of the skills that impact ministry success.”
The associate of arts in christian ministry program offers the opportunity to develop and strengthen skills necessary to successfully practice ministry—all in a convenient one-night-a-week format.
In addition to those serving in full-time ministry, the program is a valuable resource for those who desire to become more effective volunteers. Many churches heavily rely on the service of volunteers to lead many essential programs, Fetters explains.
Among its advantages, the program offers an environment where students can feel comfortable sharing their ministry challenges and can benefit from both professors and peers.
“For students to interact about their own faith ideas in small classes with folks at various levels on their spiritual journeys in a safe and affirming environment is healthy for all involved,” Fetters says.
The professors in the program have expertise not only in ministry but also in adult learning. Fetters holds a doctorate in adult and community learning, and two other professors – Dr. Karen Jones and RuthAnn Price – also have experience and education in adult learning.
“Faculty are approachable, accessible, responsive and helpful,” Fetters says. “There is kind of a natural interaction between departments, including the traditional undergraduate ministry program and the adult degree programs. As with the faculty, you will find that the staff will get to know you and become personally involved in your success.”