Seminaries are looking for proven leaders who are intellectually supple and can thrive in multicultural settings.
Regardless of major, a broad liberal arts education is the best preparation for future leaders in religious communities. There are some basic skills and knowledge sets that students looking towards careers in religious leadership should possess.
Monmouth College has a variety of courses, clubs and programs that help students gain those basic skills and knowledge and also help grow them spiritually. The following are course and co-curricular recommendations for pre-seminary students. Alterations can and should be made for students seeking theological training outside of a Christian context.
Chapel Services are held every Monday during the academic year in Dahl Chapel from 12:10 to 12:40. A variety of music and a meditation on scripture led by a member of the faculty, staff, the College Chaplain, or a student are offered during Chapel Services. Everyone is welcome to attend these worship services.
The Dahl Chapel and Auditorium is the college's oldest building which contains the Louise DuBois Kasch Performance Hall, rehearsal rooms and dressing rooms. Most musical events at Monmouth College are held in the Auditorium, a 600-seat facility. Its warm acoustic environment has been praised by visiting artists.
Monmouth’s Presbyterian Heritage
Monmouth College was founded in 1853 by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who wanted to train a well-educated clergy and encourage a comprehensive, liberal arts education for all.
Honoring this Christian heritage, Monmouth College maintains its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and reflects the PCUSA’s commitment to ecumenism and diversity by valuing students and faculty members from all denominations, faiths, religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Lux Church and Religious Leadership
Lux is a distinctive program developed by Monmouth College to nurture and equip students to be servant leaders. Lux prepares students of faith for church and religious leadership through internships, ministry experiences, service opportunities, educational trips and retreats.
Each year the Chaplain selects students to serve as Religious Life Interns. Interns gain experience in worship planning and leadership, program and group development, and teaching. Each intern’s experience is tailored to their interests. They also spend time reading, writing, and reflecting on their vocation.
Students identified as interested in ministry or religious leadership are invited to catered dinners featuring a prominent religious leader, usually of national stature.
The Chaplain recruits a group of students to help plan and lead the weekly chapel services, special worship services, and church services within the community and the presbytery.
The Class of 2013’s baccalaureate speaker was Dr. Rodger Nishioka, who holds the Benton Family chair in Christian education as an associate professor at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He is one of the most sought-after and inspiring preachers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
An international experience and an internship or volunteer experience in a religious community is also recommended.
Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to be immersed into new cultures and customs. Often students encounter new and interesting religious beliefs and practices as well. These sorts of first-hand experiences are invaluable in studying religion.
There is an annual faith-based alternative spring break trip that provides students with a wide-range of experience in areas such as urban, interfaith, and border ministry, disaster-relief work, poverty immersion experiences and international service.
The town of Monmouth has many churches and a number of them are within walking distance of the college which provides students numerous opportunities to volunteer.
- Ordained Ministry
- Christian Education
- Social Justice
- Social Work
Recent Pre-Seminary Graduates
Erin Musolf ’05
Teaching Elder and Hospice Chaplain
Aurora Visiting Nurse Association
Jason Rittenhouse ’06
Geneseo United Methodist Church
Ian Smith ’12
Master of Divinity degree
Lincoln Christian University.