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Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures

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The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural or international ministry through an emphasis on missional discipleship—the making of and living as disciples of Jesus Christ within the larger context of God’s redemptive mission to the culture and the whole world. The degree equips students to engage with and minister in a variety of cultural contexts in light of the challenges of globalization, urbanization, and religious pluralism.

THREE DEGEEE TRACKS

The MARC offers three degree track options. All tracks cover the same essential core material but each also allows for specific emphases depending on the student’s area of interest and concentration.

  • The MARC General Track offers a broad biblical foundation for ministering in cross-cultural or international contexts.
  • The CMI Missional Discipleship Track, offered in conjunction with our City Ministry Initiative (CMI), prepares students for the particular challenges involved in ministering the gospel in city/urban settings.
  • The FSI Cultural Apologetics Track, offered in conjunction with our Francis A. Schaeffer Institute (FSI), gives students the tools for developing a deeper understanding of the culture(s) around us to communicate the gospel more effectively.

MARC CMI and FSI FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Through the generosity of our donors, the MARC program is able to offer up to 8 Fellowships per year in the CMI and FSI MARC tracks. These Fellowships include a tuition scholarship of up to 50 percent and the opportunity to serve a wide-ranging, practical ministry internship with either CMI or FSI, or approved affiliate ministries, depending on the student’s degree track.

WAYS TO PURSUE THIS DEGREE

Students may pursue the MARC in several ways: full time, part time, day or evening on-campus study, and part time through online education. Up to 23 credit hours may be taken online; the remaining 25 hours must be completed through regular semester classes and/or intensive weekend, January term, and summer classes.

PRACTICAL MINISTRY COMPONENT

For CMI and/or FSI Fellows, this program requires commitment to a Formation Group that meets weekly in the first year, as well as a commitment to attending and assisting with hosting CMI/FSI events.

For all MARC students, the program requires a minimum of 150 hours of mentoring-in-ministry experience, such as that gained by serving in approved church or other ministry settings.

MDIV CMI MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP FELLOWSHIP OPTION

MDiv students may augment their degree by pursuing the MDiv CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship option, which requires the student to take 9 credit hours of courses from the CMI Missional Discipleship curriculum—6 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives (see the MDiv degree pagfor details).

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