LCMC TRACK of the Cross-cultural Ministry Center
Introducing the LCMC TRACK
Working in collaboration with the Ministry Board of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
(LCMC), the Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is pleased
to offer a M.A. Track (M.Div. equivalent) recognized by LCMC as a seminary pathway for
pastoral formation leading to certification and ordination by LCMC.
The Cross-cultural Ministry Center offers LCMC students a four-year, 106 semester credit, online, affordable program leading to a fully
accredited enhanced M.A. in Theology (with an emphasis in Theology and Culture).
The CMC approaches theological and pastoral education in a rather unique way. We specialize in forming missionary pastors and leaders who are equipped to faithfully bring God’s Word to the increasingly multi-cultural
contexts of 21st century America. In other words, we do everything from a missionary perspective.
Our program attempts to integrate and emphasize two things:
- Intentionally shaping one's theological thinking by delving deeply and seriously into
confessional Lutheran theology at a Master's level; and
- Intentionally shaping missionary habits in the church leader by a program-wide missiological
emphasis, specific mission-oriented courses and an internship (arranged by the student and
supervised by an LCMC mentor pastor) that involves the planning and actual launching of
a new "culture-crossing" ministry to the unchurched.
Both of these elements working together make our program the equivalent of an M.Div. and satisfy
LCMC certification requirements for ordained ministry.
Ten advantages of the LCMC TRACK
- Lutheran. Embedded in a conservative Lutheran university, the CMC builds on its Lutheran
heritage to offer theological education steeped in Reformation theology and anchored in
justification by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Master’s Degree. Students receive a M.A. in Theology (Theology & Culture emphasis) enabling
our graduates to pursue doctoral studies if so desired. The program is equivalent to the M.Div. in
breadth and depth. See our curriculum.
- Accredited. The CMC is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Online. CMC classes are mostly online to accommodate students engaged in bi-vocational
ministries with families and day jobs. To foster CMC community building, students come
together at CUI every summer for three weeks to get to know their fellow classmates through
intensive courses and other community building activities.
- Affordable. The CMC is very affordable for a high quality program. Tuition is approximately
$11,000 per year with the candidate’s approval for the CUI Church Career Grant.
- Missional. The CMC has a strong and unique missional emphasis in pastoral formation and
identity, equipping pastors and leaders who are skilled in evangelism and outreach.
- Cross-cultural. The CMC’s multicultural and ethnically diverse emphasis equips pastors and
leaders to build bridges into our increasingly multicultural communities.
- New Ministry Start. About halfway through the program students take a series of courses
leading them to plan and actually launch a new culture-crossing ministry to the unchurched in
their surrounding community.
- Logos. Each CMC student is provided with a personal licensed copy of Logos Bible Software
(valued at over $700).
- LCMC Community Building. An online cohort, organized and led by an LCMC pastor,
allows LCMC students to become familiar with their church body (e.g., history, structure,
certification, medical-health-retirement plans).
CMC – LCMC Relations
Concordia University Irvine believes that a student body made up of students who represent a
variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives provides a rich environment for dialogue,
debate and learning in the context of mutual respect. Accordingly, the Cross-cultural Ministry
Center and the Ministry Board of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ have developed a
working relationship while also mutually recognizing certain theological differences. Both have
agreed that for certain courses special arrangements may be made specifically for LCMC students.
There are three “start” times in the CMC program:
- June (application deadline: March 15) – preferred (allows students to become immersed in
the program through an initial 3-week on-campus summer session)
- Late August (application deadline: June 15)
- Early January (application deadline: October 15)
For more information and/or to enroll, please contact:
Dr. Glenn Fluegge, Director
Prof. Mark Siegert, Program Coordinator