Exploring Ministry Program
A comprehensive path toward a career in ministry
Take the first steps toward seminary or a variety of ministerial careers
If you are considering entering the ministry, Simpson College has one of the most comprehensive programs in the region to help you decide. With paid internships, off-campus retreats, chapel internship positions, extensive ministry and mentoring experiences and seminary visitation opportunities, the Exploring Ministry program is designed to give you a broad, yet thorough look at the profession.
Experiences and opportunities
Meals and Conversation Around Vocational Issues - Twice a semester, you will share a meal and conversation with staff members from the Chapel, Career Development and the Religion department. These relaxed evenings allow you to reflect on the sense of vocation and calling you may be experiencing.
Exploration - Every two years, Simpson will pay most of your expenses to attend Exploration, a three-day event sponsored by the United Methodist Church. where you can explore your sense of calling to the ministry.
Seminary Visitation - As you get closer to your decision to continue into the ministry, you will receive financial support to visit seminaries.
Engaged Alumni - We are proud to welcome back to campus Simpson alumni who have pursued careers in ministry. They will sit down with you and share their stories, from their decision-making process to their current careers, and you can ask them questions as well.
Divinity programs with recent Simpson graduates
Simpson graduates who choose to proceed to seminary have an excellent track record of acceptance into the some of the finest programs in the country. A few include Brite Divinity School, Chandler School of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Drew University Theological School, Duke University Divinity School, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Iliff School of Theology and Perkins School of Theology.
There is more to learn
Many Simpson students pursuing other majors take a religion course and become fascinated by all there is to learn and how the topics discussed relate to challenges facing us today. See all the opportunities the Department of Religion has to offer.