Christian Service

Central encourages her students to use their various talents in some form of ministry or service. Our goals include encouraging every student to be actively involved in service to the Lord’s kingdom while enrolled at Central, then continuing to serve Christ in ministry after leaving the college.

Every student attending Central is required to participate in Christian service for an average of four hours per week (or 60 hours per semester). This participation is monitored by the Academic Services Office.


Students have a wide variety of service opportunities to choose from. Christian Service includes both volunteer and paid ministry, so it is possible to earn money for school while completing your service requirements. Any compensation is between the student and the church or organization. The college does not negotiate pay or expense reimbursement for its students.

Eligible service includes ministry done through the local church, through the college, and through community service organizations. The Director of Student Services is available to assist students in finding meaningful service opportunities. Some examples of Christian Service might include the following:

Through the Local Church/Community:

  • Preaching minister/Supply preaching
  • Associate/Youth minister/Youth sponsor/Music minister/Worship leader
  • Elder/Deacon/Bible School teacher/Church Secretary
  • Hospital visitation/Nursing home ministry
  • Campus ministry/Prison ministry
  • Public & Private Schools/Tutoring services
  • Missions Organizations/Committees/Forwarding Agents/church mission trips and/or teams
  • Childcare for Faculty & Staff as well as families within the community

Through CCCB:

  • Officially Recognized StuCo Student-led Ministry Groups/Other Student-led groups approved by the Director of Student Services
  • Volunteer College Department Groups (Business, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Academics, Student Development, Events, Athletics)
  • Ensembles/Outreach teams/Chapel activities
  • Tutors/Resident Assistants/StuCo members
  • Paid College Employees (student workers may use ½ of their paid hours towards Christian Service hours).
  • Student Athletes/Managers (student athletes/managers may use their participation in that sport only in the block in which the sport is actually being played – practice does not count)

More information is available in the following documents:

Student Handbook Academic Catalog.