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 degree program currently offers three 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 MARC 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 MARC 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 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Through the generosity of our donors, the MARC program is able to offer up to 16 scholarships per year in the CMI and FSI MARC tracks. These need-based scholarships are for up to 50 percent of the student’s tuition.
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
The MARC 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.
The program also requires a minimum of 150 hours of mentoring-in-ministry experience, such as in the context of our second-year City Ministry or Cultural Apologetics practicums.
MDIV ENHANCEMENT THROUGH CMI MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP OR FSI CULTURAL APOLOGETICS OPTIONS
- CMI Missional Discipleship Option. MDiv students may augment their degree by pursuing the MDiv CMI Missional Discipleship 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 page for details).
- FSI Cultural Apologetics Option. MDiv students may augment their degree by pursuing the MDiv FSI Cultural Apologetics, which requires the student to take 9 credit hours of courses from the FSI Cultural Apologetics curriculum—6 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives (see the MDiv degree page for details).
SEE MARC DEGREE PLANS IN PDF FORMAT:
- MARC General Track
- MARC CMI Missional Discipleship Track
- MARC FSI Cultural Apologetics Track
- MARC – All Tracks
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