MODELS OF MINISTRY transform the way students and the broader community view ministry and vocation by providing alternative models and viewpoints. Our experience and history reflect that within the black church, the definition of ministry is often limited to preaching.

Models of Ministry

Our aim is to broaden students’ perceptions of ministry, calling and vocation through exposure to diverse ministry models.


Through a series of forums following Sunday Chapel services, nationally known speakers engage in reflective dialogue with students are about how spirituality and ethics inform and shape vocational discernment, leadership, world events and social responsibility.


These discussions expose students to leaders who integrate their faith with the competing demands of the workplace, marketplace, and public life. Lecturers share how spirituality and ethics informed their career choice, impacted their decision-making and discuss the attendant struggles.


A small, diverse group of students and faculty advisors explore interfaith communication, challenges, and world realities through readings and monthly dialogue. This group plans and sponsors programming that fosters interfaith dialogue, understanding and civility. It exposes students, faculty and staff to interfaith and ecumenical traditions.


This learning lab provides opportunities for students to gain practical experience in their disciplines through the planning and implementation of a creative, contemporary worship service. Students offer and develop their gifts in administration, planning, theatre, arts, graphics, video editing, photography, dance, vocal, exhortation, spoken word and other areas. Services are student-led, student-run, student-planned and wholly reflective of the many creative gifts students desire to share and expand on campus.

These contemporary worship services have resulted in a campus explosion, as students who are exploring ministry as a vocation can see their peers and other young adult role models in ministry as guest preachers and organizers. Services are held every third Wednesday at 6:45 PM in Rankin Chapel. Highlights of a recent WNL service are below.