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While studying one of the five areas of Christian leadership – children’s ministry, youth ministry, church administration, world mission and church planting – students will be taking courses designed to open their hearts and expand their minds; and simultaneously are encouraged to have a little fun.

There are more than 50 clubs, teams and organizations on campus which are open to all, and multiple groups specifically for those who seek a Christian atmosphere.

Where to begin?

Campus activities/clubs:

  • Weekly campus-wide worship
  • Fusion: a United Methodist Church service held on campus every Sunday
  • Bible study groups
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Koinonia – weekly dinner/meeting of the minds at the campus pastor’s house
  • Universities Fighting World Hunger
  • Mission trips – past locations have included work in the United States and international locations such as Mexico, Peru and Tanzania. For more information, click here.

Watch a video now to learn why some DWU students chose Christian Leadership!

Why choose a major in Christian leadership? 

  • Unique – Coursework is designed for each student’s particular emphasis.
  • Entrepreneurial – This program offers distinctive training in entrepreneurial leadership within the ministry setting.
  • Marketable – There is a market for graduates of the Christian leadership program – in youth ministry, church administration, worship arts, church camping and church based counseling.
  • Small Groups – All students with a Christian leadership major or minor will participate in a discipleship/accountability group of three or four individuals. Small-group discipleship was critical to the early success of the Methodist movement, and it continues to play a central role in the development of Christian disciples. In addition to this robust curriculum, Dakota Wesleyan has a long-standing commitment to its spiritual heritage through cocurricular activities. For more information, click here.

For more information, contact: 
JOEL ALLEN, Department of Religion and Philosophy Chairman 
joallen@dwu.edu or 605-995-2632


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