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Church Service Covenant Grant Essay

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The Church Service Covenant is awarded to students preparing for a vocation that will serve the church. This can be done by entering any of these roles:

• congregational pastor (either full time or bi-vocational)

• administrator in a church agency including a seminary, denominational or judicatory office

• teacher of theology and religion in an institution of higher learning

• formalized missionary or evangelistic work internationally or in marginalized domestic communities

• specialized ministry, including chaplaincy, campus ministry, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction or camp administrator

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Monica Rice
Master of Arts

MonicaWhen my vocational calling led me to consider a seminary education, I visited Bethany out of a sense of Brethren obligation. Growing up in a Brethren family and congregation, attending a Brethren college, and then participating in several years of Brethren Volunteer Service, I felt a strong commitment to Brethren institutions. However, I felt ready to experience a different faith community for graduate study. I made plans to attend an urban Chicago seminary, but chose to visit Bethany to know that I had considered it as an option.