Exploration of Vocation and Ministry Furman University

Do you think a career in professional ministry is for you? The Exploration of Vocation and Ministry will give you the opportunity to explore the idea of a faith-based career. You’ll get a seminary-style experience, complete with internship fieldwork, guest lecturers, group discussions, and the chance to lead worship services. It’s a great opportunity for students of all faiths to develop new skills and discover different career paths under the guidance of the chaplains. At the end of each year you’ll meet with us to discuss the program and decide if you want to continue.

We’re asking for a big commitment from you. That’s why we offer a $5,000 annual scholarship for being in the program. The scholarship will help offset some financial costs and help you focus on your academics.

Program requirements

  • First year students agree to participate in weekly classroom sessions led by the chaplains. You’ll also plan and participate in University Worship during your first year in the program. Students of different faiths can meet with the chaplains to discuss an alternative to the University Worship requirement.
  • All students agree to model a life of faith through appropriate lifestyle choices.
  • All students agree to participate in weekly gatherings of the Exploration of Vocation and Ministry program.
  • After completing the year-long orientation seminar, you'll participate in an approved internships in the areas of urban ministry, hospital chaplaincy, congregational ministry, or other setting approved by the chaplain. In order to expose the student to a variety of settings, internships will change at least annually. You're expected to devote five hours per week to these internships.
  • Students agree to actively participate in a community of faith, either on or off-campus.
  • Students commit themselves to satisfactory academic performance.

Internships

After your first year in the program we’ll discuss your personal and professional goals with you and work together to find a supervised, off-campus internship that will help you realize those goals. We’ve worked with over 150 churches, non-profits, social agencies, and other organizations around Greenville. Sure, we’ve had students working in churches, but we’ve also had students helping with mediation in a lawyer’s office, working with social justice non-profits, and even working with the chaplain at a prison.

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