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The Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) is an MDiv equivalent program offered online.

The following table provides a comparison of the CMC at Concordia University, Irvine and the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Concordia Seminary offers a number of other programs, some of which complement the SMP program. For more information, please visit their website.

  MDIV (Residential) Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program (not including GPC)
End of goal (telos): General pastoral ministry Missionary-pastor launching and developing new culture-crossing ministries to the unchurched Specific ministry within existing congregation
Curriculum focus: General ministerial formation Intentional missional focus (in courses & vicarage) General ministerial formation
Roster Status: General Pastor General Pastor Specific Ministry Pastor
Degree Conferred: M.Div. MA in Theology (Theology & Culture) - modeled after the M.Div. No degree
Educational Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree (liberal arts preferred) Bachelor’s degree (liberal arts preferred) Degree not required (but should have ability to work at Master’s level)
Semester Credit Hours: 74 semester hours
(total coursework excluding languages & vicarage)

77 semester hours
(total coursework excluding languages & vicarage)

32 semester hours
(total coursework excluding vicarage)
Biblical Language Prerequisite: Greek (6 semester hours)
Hebrew(6 semester hours
Greek (6 semester hours) No biblical languages required
Foreign Language Prerequisite: No modern language required 6 semester credits or equivalent (targeting culture of new ministry start) No modern language required
Vicarage: 12 month vicarage (3rd year) 4 year concurrent vicarage (new culture-crossing ministry start to the unchurched required) 4 year concurrent vicarage

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