Service that is pleasing to God demands that we take all our gifts, abilities, and skills, our mental and physical strengths, and teach them, train them, discipline them, bring them under our control and the control of the Holy Spirit in order to serve Christ and His Church. At AIC we minister while learning to minister. You will learn how to take principles learned in the classroom and use them effectively in practical service. Through student ministry, you will come face to face with real world tensions and problems, sin and sorrows, struggles and conflicts. You will discover and begin to develop the spiritual gifts and abilities God has given you for serving Him. You will become experienced at applying the truths of the Word of God learned in the classroom. These experiences will stimulate further interest in your participation and learning in the classroom. You will learn faithfulness, flexibility and cooperation with others. You will learn submission to authority, how to better deal with difficulties in the ministry, and how important it is to completely rely on God in your life and ministry.
Your life of ministry does not begin after you complete your college training and receive your diploma.
It begins the moment you are born again and continues throughout your lifetime on earth. Ministry is all about honoring and glorifying God through serving Him with all that you have and all that you are. It is the natural outflow of your love for God, His church and the lost. It is the natural expression of your Christian life. Because we believe that all Christians are called to serve the Lord, the Church and the lost, we make no significant distinctions in our Student Ministries requirements based on your academic program. Whatever is your major, you are called to serve, and you will have plenty of opportunities for service while you are here.