Christian Educational Ministries Department
The Christian Educational Ministries program is difficult academically, but you already know that. You’ve probably heard of our distinctions and rankings. What you will experience when you come on campus is our intentional, purposeful pursuit of YOU. Our professors go deep, intentionally building relationships with you so that they can help you discern your calling, and so they can prepare you for where God wants you to go. They aren’t just preparing you for 4 years of work; they are preparing you for 40+ years of ministry, investing in you so your discipleship will flourish and you will build more disciples wherever you go.
As part of your studies at Taylor, you will grow professionally outside the classroom through:
- Conferences: Youth Conference, EMPWRD, Honors Conference, NSLC, etc.
- Practicum: Summer, full-time experience
- Research projects: Ministry and scripture engagement
- 2 Semesters of departmentally approved ministry
- Local Missions and Campus Ministry: Chapel programming, chapel music ministries, Taylor World Outreach, Residence Hall Bible studies, Red Barn, Inner-city ministry, Para-church ministry (evangelism)
- Mission trips: Taylor provides the opportunity for you to go on mission trips during January term with our Lighthouse program, on Spring Break, or in the summer. These trips take place all over the world.
Off-Campus Programs and Opportunities
The CEM program highly encourages students to be involved in off-campus programs. Faculty advisors help students work with their academic schedules to provide time to study/serve off-campus. Some of the most popular off-campus programs include:
Semester Long Study Opportunities
- Israel - Under this program the student spends an entire semester (either fall or spring) at Jerusalem University College. A wide variety of classes are offered ranging from courses on the Israel of the Bible to modern issues in the Middle East. The current catalog is available at http://www.juc.edu/. Depending on the course, students can get credit in several areas including General Education, Bible, or History. For further information contact Dr. Michael Harbin.
J-term Academic Study Trips
We have an informational meeting early in the fall semester and began taking applications for these trips right after that.
- Footsteps of Paul (Greece/Italy) - This trip is jointly led by one of the Bible Department professors and Dr. David Sparks and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a native Greek from Berea who delights in sharing her native land with us. The travels begin in Thessaloniki where we tour the modern open air market before walking to the excavated market place from the time of Paul. Sitting in the small theater we study Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Highlights of the trip include visiting the jail where Paul and Silas sang before the earthquake in Philippi, climbing part of Mount Olympus, walking the streets of Delphi, studying Acts on Mars Hill in Athens, partaking of communion at the Bema (judgment) seat in Corinth, studying Peter’s letters on suffering in the coliseum in Rome, and ending the trip at the site of Paul’s execution just outside of Rome. The course provides credit for Bib Lit 2 (BIB 210).
“My trip to Greece and Italy in January changed the way I read the Bible. No longer was it just history in a book, but as I walked in the footsteps of Paul, the Bible came to life right before my eyes. Several times on the trip I remember thinking, ‘I am standing where Paul was!’ And now when I read the Bible, they’re not just faraway places, but places I’ve been to and culture I’ve experienced. Words cannot even describe it!” - Danielle Urbanowicz, Senior
- Intro to Holy Land Studies at Jerusalem University College (Israel) - This trip begins in Jerusalem on the campus of Jerusalem University College just outside the Old City. The trip begins with a walk through the old city where we visit the traditional locations of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. While we cover a lot the academics on campus, the heart of the trip are the field trips where we visit places such as Bethlehem (home of David and birthplace of Jesus), Beersheba (key location for Abraham), Nazareth, Caesarea Philippi near the location of the Mount of Transfiguration, and Caesarea Maritime where Paul was imprisoned before his trip to Rome. This course can be used for credit for either Bib Lit 1 (BIB 110) or Bib Lit 2 (BIB 210) credit. It may also be used as a Bible elective.
“Jerusalem was an unforgettable experience. The trip showed me just how real the Bible and its stories and locations actually are.” - Heath Moser, Sophomore
- Revelation and the Seven Cities (Turkey) - This is a hybrid course which begins with a week of classes on campus, and then travels to Turkey where it explores the sites of the seven cities of the book of Revelation. In the process, the trip covers the sites for the first seven church councils which formalized the key issues of Christian doctrine that all Christians believe. This course can be used for Historic Christian Belief credit or can serve as a Bible Elective.
Students are highly encouraged to participate in a J-Term Lighthouse trip. These 3-week missions trips go all over the world. Students engage in service projects, compassionate ministries, community development, teaching English, performing arts, leadership development, evangelism, discipleship and other ministries under the direction of faculty sponsors and international hosts. Two dozen recent Lighthouse destinations include: India, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, Singapore and Thailand.