ACU’s new Master of Arts in Global Service offers a unique combination of features among distance education and ATS accredited degrees. Students learn in the context of their choice with a group of peers and skilled mentors. They deepen their spiritual rhythms and missional discernment to serve and lead among a global mosaic of peoples.
The MAGS aims to equip students for service and leadership across a wide range of settings. It is an ideal degree for anyone who desires to increase their competence to work beyond their own cultural context. It can serve well anyone who wishes to:
- Engage in emerging types of Christian ministry (simple church, house church, emerging church, neo-monastic communities)
- Lead in social justice work, development, or peace-making work in a different culture
- Work in a missionary setting: whether to North America or anywhere in the world
- Bring a Christian perspective into an existing business or organization in cross-cultural contexts
- Grow intercultural and theological capacities to bring into a church, parachurch, or marketplace
- Work with a non-governmental organization
The overall goal of the MAGS is to provide three specific competencies:
Students integrate the biblical, historical and theological perspectives foundational for contemporary Christian practice, learning the heart of Christian theology in order to be able to integrate it into their work and translate its importance into other cultural settings.
Students demonstrate an understanding of the mission of God and their place within it as individuals and members of the global Church, learning to discern God’s call and to act on that discernment in concrete ways.
Students learn to live, work and communicate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts, utilizing the disciplines of communication theory, anthropology, and sociology, to understand both cultural Others and communicate effectively in intercultural contexts.
The MAGS curriculum addresses the actions of the mind, heart, and hands. Our approach brings together the highest academic excellence with supervised ministry mentoring and deep spiritual formation. It is a degree that addresses relevant challenges, combining learning and being formed in context. Our hybrid approach that combines online course work with focused face-to-face learning creates an incredibly flexible educational experience.
One unique feature of the MAGS is what we call the “Learn-While-Doing” 1-Year Global Service Residency. We believe that excellent equipping for service occurs when action, academic study, active reflection and guided mentoring take place simultaneously. This involves a 1-year period of cohort learning, classes, and guided supervision. This experience consists a year of synchronized
- Scheduled classes (combination of face-to-face and online)
- Focused assignments that connect with active ministry and service
- Guided mentoring
- Reflection in a dynamic online learning cohort
There are two tracks for learning-in-context residency locations.
▪ TRACK 1-GO: The first option places students in partnership with one of our 7 MAGS supervised service sites. These are:
▪ New York
▪ Chiang Mai
▪ Mexico City
In these contexts students will learn from one of our approved site supervisors as they mentor students while they study online, learning together in a cohort with other MAGS students who have elected to serve in one of our partner sites.
TRACK 2-STAY: This second option allows students to engage in a local ministry or service opportunity, and join an online cohort of learners who are each pursuing the year while remaining in their current location. This cohort receives expert supervision from one of ACU’s professors.
Students, in consultation with the MAGS advisor, determine the choice for TRACK 1 or TRACK 2. Both track options provide MAGS students with rich, holistic, guided apprenticeships that engage learning-while-doing.
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