Meeting the contextual needs of urban 21st Century America, and the needs of the LCMS, the Cross-cultural Ministry Center provides academic and practical training, forming Pastors and church leaders for urban, multi-cultural ministry.
- Certification for ordination into the pastoral ministry of the LCMS
- A Master of Arts degree in Theology and Culture
The certification portion of the curriculum includes 48 semester hours of classroom work as well as 4 years of concurrent vicarage experience.
The MA portion of the curriculum includes 31 semester hours of coursework.
The entire program is typically completed in four years.
||MA in Theology and Culture
|Old Testament Isagogics
|Old Testament Book Option
||Ministry in Cultural Context
|New Testament Gospel Option
||Survey of Historical Theology
||Polity, Leadership and Team Ministry
|Pastor as Counselor
||Biblical Theology and Exegesis
|Pastor as Missionary
|Homiletics I & II
||Theology and Ethics
|Lutheran Worship and Cultural Context
|Ethnic/Urban Church Planting
|Systematics I, II & III
Four years of in-field vicarage experience is a part of the certification requirement. This work runs concurrently with the coursework. In the early stages of the program, candidates carry out basic practicum activities at a local Lutheran Church. Then, after working through a year of internship, candidates plan and finally launch a new ministry in the community. All of this is coordinated with the guidance of a local congregation, a pastor mentor, district facilitators and the Program Director.