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Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries (M.A.I.M.) is a 48-hour degree designed to form leaders with a thorough understanding of God’s mission for the Church and the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills essential for productive ministry in cross-cultural settings. The program helps students integrate anthropology, psychology, sociology and theology to inform the task of world evangelization and the planting and nurturing of the Church. It also trains missionaries and other cross-cultural workers for roles in theological education and the development of leaders.

Degree Components and Requirements

For courses successfully completed as an undergraduate, a student may substitute an advanced course. See the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree for examples.

 

Mission of God in World Christianity (9 credits)1
BTH/MHT 501 The Mission of God in Biblical and Contemporary Contexts 3
HIS/MHT 556 World Christianity I 3
HIS/MHT 557 World Christianity II 3
 
Bible and Theology (15 credits)1
BIB 532 Hermeneutics 3
BNT 530 New Testament Introduction* or BNT Book Study 3
BOT 530 Old Testament Introduction* or BOT Book Study 3

THE 511

Christian Theology 3
One of the following: 3
  BTH 529 Foundations of Biblical Theology  
  BTH 530 Old Testament Theology  
  BTH 532 New Testament Theology  
 
Missions (Required: 9 credits)
MHT 635 Pentecostal Theology of Leadership Development 3
MCS/MHT 642 Contextualized Theology 3
MCS/MHT 643 Anthropology and Communication Theological Perspective 3
 
Practicum (3 credits)
MSS 641 Practicum in Intercultural Ministry I 3
 
Electives (12 credits)1
Electives in Global Missions 12
 
*Required course unless appropriate substitution approved by adviser.
1See M.A.I.M. Advanced Standing guidelines.
 
Concentrations (12 credits)
Students may choose from four concentrations in missions studies: Intercultural Ministries, Global Missions, Member Care and Islamic Studies.
 
Intercultural Ministries Concentration
This track consists of twelve credits of electives chosen from courses numbered with the prefixes MCC, MCS, MHT and MSS. It provides a solid academic basis for ministry in a missions context or for further missions studies at the doctoral level. A student in the M.A.I.M. who wishes to apply for AG credentials may take HIS 532 History and Polity of the Assemblies of God as a missions elective.
 
Global Missions Concentration (GM)
The GM concentration permits students to pursue a significant portion of their degree outside the context of normal, on-campus studies, allowing them to live, learn and develop ministry skills in a cross-cultural setting (whether in a foreign country or the United States). The experience is designed to guide the student in developing the cultural fluency necessary for effective ministry in today’s globalized and multicultural world.

Students must complete twelve credits of graduate-level studies in an AGTS-approved institution which can be transferred back to fulfill the degree requirements at AGTS. The courses taken under the GM Special Studies Progam may be in fields of study other than Intercultural Ministries, but require the prior approval of the assigned AGTS mentor in consultation with the academic dean of AGTS.

In addition to classroom curriculum, the student is expected to be involved in the fullest possible range of campus, student life and student ministry activities. The host culture(s) is to be experienced and learned through participation. The student will be encouraged to risk moving away from his or her cultural comfort zone to explore the adventure of getting into the “skin” of another culture. The GM student journal student journal should reflect an intentional involvement in and engagement of the cross-cultural experience.
 
Member Care Concentration
PTH/MCS 561 Foundations for Family Ministries and Soul Care  3
PTH/MCS 565 Interpersonal Helping Techniques with Diverse Populations 3
Choose two from the following:                                                                      6

 

PTH 610 Psychological Disorders and Addictive Behaviors                        
  PTH 615 Human Sexuality and Marriage Counseling                                   
  PTH 618 Ministry in Trauma, Crisis and Grief Contexts                              

 

PTH/MCS 654 Pentecostal Perspective on Justice, the Church and Society          
 
Islamic Studies Concentration
Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions, with over 1.4 billion adherents— over one-fifth of the world’s population. While Islam advances at an alarming rate, it remains resistant to the gospel. The Church must address this challenge. The Islamic Studies Concentration provides the opportunity to develop competencies essential for effective ministry to Muslims. Islamic Studies courses are taught in a modular format—usually one or two weeks—on the AGTS campus and at selected extension sites. Professors will be members of the AGTS faculty, Global Initiative and visiting professors of Islamics. Required courses are:
 
MCS 545 Engaging Islam 3
MHT 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues 3
MSS 643 Church Planting in the Muslim Context 3

One of the following:

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  MCS 552 Women in Islam
  MCS 553 Islam in the United States
  MCS 554 Folk Islam and Power Encounter
  MSS 641 Practicum in intercultural Ministry I*
*Practicum must be completed in a Muslim context.
 
Practicum (6 credits)

This is a cross-cultural practicum. Students who choose the Islamic Studies concentration must complete their practicum in a Muslim context. This practicum requires a pre-session orientation, a post-session assessment and an approved, supervised cross-cultural involvement. The practicum will usually be completed in a two- to four-week time frame and should normally be scheduled during the summer recess. An exception may be granted to allow the practicum to be scheduled during the course of a regular semester.

In addition to appointing an on-field supervisor, AGTS will assign an in-house mentor to prepare the student for the practicum, and facilitate the understanding and synthesizing of the experience. The student is required to keep a daily journal of experiences. This journal will be utilized in the writing of a reflection paper which the student will present in a final debriefing session at AGTS.

The length of time required for securing AGWM approvals, communicating with a mentor, getting immunizations and visas and raising funds for Global Missions participants affects the application deadlines for intercultural practicums (see Resident Academic Calendar). Late applications will be approved or denied at the discretion of the GM Committee.

Prior to registering for the cross-cultural practicum, the student must have completed the following four courses: BTH/MHT 501, MHT 635, MCS/MHT 642 and MCS/MHT 643. For an exception, the student must petition the GM Department

 

M.A.I.M. Advanced Standing

Students who have earned a significant number of credits in religious studies from approved colleges and universities may request exemption from certain required courses in the M.A.I.M. degree program, thus granting them Advanced Standing. Life experience does not qualify for advanced standing. (See registrar for further details.)

The following rules apply to M.A.I.M. Advanced Standing:

  1. Advanced Standing cannot exceed nine credits.
  2. Advanced Standing is considered for undergraduate courses with satisfactory parallel content, provided the equivalent collegiate courses are double the credit value of the seminary's courses. A minimum grade of B is required and the student must be able to demonstrate competency in subject matter by presentation of an Advanced Standing Portfolio for each course for which advanced standing is desired. A fee of $50 per course will be charged for each portfolio that is evaluated, regardless of whether or not the advanced standing is granted.
  3. Advanced Standing must be requested prior to enrollment but no later than the end of the student's first semester of study at AGTS. Requests should be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
  4. Partial course advanced standing will not be granted.
  5. If the student later takes a course where advanced standing has been granted, the advanced standing would be nullified.
  6. Advanced Standing may be granted for a course from "Bible and Theology," a ŚWorld Christianity? course and a ŚMissions Elective? course.
  7. In an area where a student demonstrates competency but the criteria preclude Advanced Standing, a substitute course may be allowed if approved by the faculty adviser and the Academic Dean.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for graduation, the student must submit an acceptable student portfolio and pass a comprehensive examination based on competencies in key areas within the disciplines of missiology. Students who receive a grade of “unsatisfactory” may retake the examination following a 3-week study period.

Policy for Retakes

Students failing the retake must fulfill one of the following options:

    1. Officially audit a course covering the competency in which the student’s performance was “unsatisfactory.” Retake and pass a comprehensive question dealing with that competency.
    2. Take the course for credit by directed research or in residence. The course will be graded satisfactory, marginal or unsatisfactory

Distance Learning

A limited number of courses may be taken through directed research or distance learning.

Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:04 PM

 
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