Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries

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Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries is threefold. First of all, it is designed to prepare pastors, evangelists, church planters, church workers, mission administrators, traditional and tent making missionaries including OFWs and missionary candidates to be more effective communicators of the gospel in both multi-cultural and cross cultural contexts, particularly in Asian and 10/40 window countries and urban centers. The students will develop a spirituality that integrates Biblical/theological perspectives into a framework for doing missions ministry. They will become theologically informed and grow personally, professionally and spiritually. Using a series of seven Bible and Theology courses the M.A.core curriculum will ground the students in the Scriptures. Second, the program is designed (primarily through the Plan A, thesis track) to give qualified missions students extended time to analyze a current or future mission strategy, or a particular mission problem, that will result in enhanced current or future missions strategy. Third, it is designed (through Plan B, non-thesis track) to give Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries students options for further Biblical studies and missions coursework.

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries gives students the opportunity to earn a degree while at the same time getting them to the field of service within an expedient time frame. This program builds upon the Graduate Diploma in Intercultural and Urban Studies. In addition to

classroom studies, Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries students are required to complete one Pre-requisite Course of internship program and participate in care groups for two semesters.

Plan A - Thesis Track

Courses
Credit Units
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (pass or fail)

0
CORE COURSES
Hermeneutics and Theological Reflection (HTR) (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration. Concurrent or Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible)
New Testament Exegesis 1 or 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 1 or 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Spiritual Formation and Professional Growth (Must be taken during student's 1st. Year of registration)
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Theology 2 or 3 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
21
FOCUS COURSES
Cultural Anthropology
Major World Religions
World Missions (Must be taken during student's first year of registration)
Principles of Cross-Cultural Church Planting
Urban Missions Ministries
Doing Theology in Context
Focus Elective
21
RESEARCH COURSES
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Research Methods and Statistics 2
6
PRACTICUM
Counseling Graduate Seminar/Comprehensive Exam (No Credit:Pass or Fail)
3
Thesis
6
Total Units
57

Plan B - Non Thesis Track

Courses
Credit Units
PREREQUISITE COURSES
Introduction to the Bible (pass or fail)
Writing Academic Papers (pass or fail)

0
CORE COURSES
Hermeneutics and Theological Reflection (HTR) (Must be taken during student's 1st year of registration. Concurrent or Prerequisite: Introduction to the Bible)
New Testament Exegesis 1 or 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Old Testament Exegesis 1 or 2 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Spiritual Formation and Professional Growth (Must be taken during student's 1st . Year of
registration)
Theology 1 (Prerequisite: Hermeneutics & Theological Reflection)
Theology 2 or 3 (Prerequisite: HTR)
Transformation Theology (Prerequisite: Theology 1)
21
FOCUS COURSES
Cultural Anthropology
Major World Religions
World Missions (Must be taken during student's first year of registration)
Principles of Cross-Cultural Church Planting
Urban Missions Ministries
Doing Theology in Context
Focus Elective
Open Elective 1
Open Elective 2
27
RESEARCH COURSES
Research Methods and Statistics 1
Research Methods and Statistics 2
6
PRACTICUM
Integration Seminar/Comprehensive Paper or Exam (Non-credit: Pass or Fail)
Internship
3
Total Units
57
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