Christian Formation and MinistryBachelor of Arts

Change Your Mind. Change Your Heart. Change the World.

The Christian Formation & Ministry Major is more than just an academic program. As a student your professors will challenge you to deepen your life with God, to grow in your own faith life, and to engage in spiritual disciplines and other life changing practices which can radically reshape you as a person. Yet, the end goal is not solely your own formation in Christ. Our goal for you is to become more Christlike in every aspect of your life so you can articulate your faith to others in both your words and your actions. In this way you become an actively engaged participant in God’s work in our shared world.

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Program Highlights

Grow in Christ with a degree in Christian Formation & Ministry

Actively participate in God’s work as you re-shape your formation in Christ and show your faith to others in both words and actions through a practice based approach.

Service to the Community

Students engage in service projects that encourage growth and understanding of how spiritual practice aligns with practical issues of life through available internships and opportunities to serve in Campus Ministries.

Practice Based Approach

The degree curriculum is practice focused. Students participate in ministry in their local faith based communities and engage in spiritual formation activities that help to reshape their thoughts, hearts and actions.

Leave a Legacy

Develop your faith story as you explore your faith at Friends University. Learn to articulate your belief system through conversation, writing and ministry.

A Christ-like Approach to Formation and Ministry

This unique program of study lies at the heart of the Mission of Friends University. For over three decades, Christian spiritual formation has been part of the DNA of Friends. Dr. Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, and Dr. James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God, began teaching at Friends University in the 1980s and 1990s. In fact, Foster and Smith founded the world renowned spiritual formation ministry, Renovare, at Friends in 1988. Dr. Smith established The Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation in 2009.

The Christian Formation & Ministry degree serves as a pathway to a profession in ministry fields. While some of our graduates pursue advanced degrees at seminary and graduate school, many others begin careers in ministry settings in churches (as pastors, youth pastors, spiritual formation or discipleship pastors) and in para-church ministries and other Christian organizations.

The program in Christian Formation & Ministry is structured to pair easily with several other areas of study at Friends. A student wanting to pursue another degree yet still engage with our professors can select a Second Major or one of three Minors we now offer, namely, a Minor in Christian Formation & Ministry, a Minor in Philosophy, or a Minor in Biblical Studies.

Featured Faculty

Jacob Cook

Dr. Jacob A Cook

  • Assistant Professor of Religion; Apprentice Institute Events & Programs Coordinator
  • Theology & Humanities
  • B.A., Friends University; M.Div., Mercer University; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Jeremy Gallegos

Dr. Jeremy Gallegos

  • Professor of Philosophy and Ethics – General Education Assessment Coordinator; Division Chair Theology and Humanities
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.A., Wichita State University; M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Purdue University
Stan Harstine

Dr. Stan Harstine

  • Professor of Religion
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.S., Kansas State University; M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University
Chris Kettler

Dr. Chris Kettler

  • Professor of Theology & Religion
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.A., Friends University; M.A., M. Div., Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Jim Smith

Dr. Jim Smith

  • Associate Professor of Religion; Dallas Willard Chair for Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Christian and Liberal Studies
  • B.A., Friends University; M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary

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