Life Christian University

What is Ministry Practicum?

Students are required to serve in their local church as:

  • A volunteer minister of helps (e.g., as a greeter, usher, Sunday school assistant, youth worker, nursery attendant, etc.), or;
  • A paid staff member

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are required to serve a minimum of 72 hours during each of their 9-course programs of study. Ministry practicum hours must be valid volunteer work sanctioned by the student's local church providing training for the student and helping that church. Functioning in a paid ministerial capacity at that local church also qualifies. It does not include student ministry independent of a local church. This service, verified by a church leader, earns the student 3 credit-hours.

Seniors must fulfill their ministry practicum requirement in a function related to their major. These hours can be fulfilled either as volunteer work or as paid employment.

Masters students are required to serve in their local church and/or community for a minimum of 176 hours during their program of study and that service must be related to their major. These hours can be fulfilled either as volunteer work or as paid employment.

Doctoral students have no ministry practicum requirement.

Students must properly document their ministry practicum hours throughout the school year with an LCU Ministry Practicum Activity Log. Failure to submit such a log at the end of each school year will preclude graduation.

NOTE: Ministry Practicum credit will only be granted after a student has completed 9 courses at Life Christian University.