Our Gift to You
It gets my adrenaline going to think about the opportunity the leaders of the Center for Great Commission Studies have developed for church planters. Remember this degree name: the Master of Arts in Church Planting. If you are reading this, and this degree doesn’t necessarily apply to you, PLEASE keep reading. Bring to mind the missionary that has been in the field for a long time, the church planter that has never received formal training, or the faithful brother that took over a dying church and can’t attend seminary. We need your help spreading the word about the MACP.
I picture an International Mission Board missionary in India coming into their place of living from a long day in the markets; I picture a church revitalizer coming into their home from a long day of hospital visits; I picture a mom and wife whose husband is a church planter; these people have full lives. It would take a major shuffling of the cards of life to get them to a seminary campus. The MACP is perfect for these brothers and sisters because it is fully available online!
Notice what is said and what is not said: It’s a Master of Arts, not a Master of Divinity degree. Let’s be honest, an 81-hour degree can be a bear (a beautiful, wonderful, necessary bear! Every person I would label “sage” in my life advocates for students that plan to enter pastoral ministry to complete the M.Div). For even the busiest missionary and pastor a 36-hour degree is doable! The degree only requires the MA Core, which is eight classes, and four classes of electives.
Take a peek at the degree description: “It is designed to prepare students for missionary service focusing on church planting.” Not just North American church planting. Not just International church planting. Both are in view. It’s a degree that seeks to equip God’s people for fulfilling the Great Commission in every context. It’s not going to drill a mile deep, but it will take you a few hundred yards deep into a specific topic.
I want to give one exhortation and one encouragement to those in the MACP, or are considering it. Let the MA core minister to you; allow going through Old Testament surveys and Pastoral Ministry classes wash over. You can consider it homework or an act of worship. You can consider it a grade or you can consider it faithfulness. Graduate level work is meant to be tougher than undergraduate studies. Treat every lecture, every threaded discussion, and, yes, even papers as an opportunity to worship. Growing into a deeper knowledge of Yahweh is grace.
Here is my encourage: get in touch with us at the CGCS! Dr. Mike Dodson manages the MACP degree, and he works closely with Dr. Mathias on the IMB side of missions. We set up this degree solely to serve students, specifically the busy. Also, we have a scholarship JUST for MACP students! As it stands, you can get up to two classes paid for in an academic year! Take advantage of this opportunity to study church planting. Let us serve you well for the glory of God.