CMC vs. SMP
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.
| ||Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) ||Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program |
|History ||Established 1995 ||Established 2007 |
|End Goal (Telos) ||Missionary pastor facilitating and/or planting a new sustainable ministry ||Specific ministry within existing congregation |
|Curriculum Focus ||Intentional missional focus (in courses & vicarage) ||General ministerial formation |
|Roster Status ||General Pastor ||Specific Ministry Pastor |
|Degree Conferred ||MA in Theology (Theology & Culture) ||No degree |
|Admission Process ||CMC and CSL joint admission ||Recommendation of district president |
|Educational Prerequisites ||Bachelor’s degree (liberal arts preferred) ||No degree required (ability to work at Master’s level) |
|Biblical Language Prerequisite ||Greek (6 semester credit hours required = 9 quarter hours) ||No biblical languages required |
|Foreign Language Prerequisite ||6 semester credits or equivalent of modern foreign language (based on missional context/need) ||No modern language required |
|Quarter Credit Hours ||116 credit hours ||48 credit hours |
|Call and Ordination ||At conclusion of program ||After two years |
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