Global Frontier Missions has partnered with Covenant Theological Seminary to offer Associate, Bachelor, and Master of Ministry in Intercultural Studies degrees. As long as MTS students attend all classes, complete all coursework, pass all tests, and do their ministry hours, they will be able to earn their Bible degrees during the five month program which is incredible!
Global Frontier Missions developed a lot of the curriculum for the Covenant Theological Seminary Intercultural Studies program. In exchange for developing the degree program, CTS graciously allows GFM missionary training school graduates to transfer their credit from the MTS to their institution for credit. The missionary training school actually includes all of the material from the following CTS courses:
[+] SA 5103 Could You Not Tarry One Hour (3 hours)
[+] IS 0723 The Missionary Task (3 hours)
[+] IS 0733 The Missionary Call (3 hours)
[+] IS 0743 Church Planting Movements (3 hours)
[+] IS 0753 Money and Missions (3 hours)
[+] IS 0763 Cults and World Religions (3 hours)
[+] IS 0773 Orality and Storytelling (3 hours)
[+] IS 0783 Revival and Community Transformation (3 hours)
[+] IS 0793 Community Development (3 hours)
[+] IS 0803 Missions in a Pluralistic, Postmodern World (3 hours)
Many people ask how we are able to offer degrees in such a short period of time. Students will receive 30 hours worth of credit for the coursework mentioned above. It is fairly intensive as each of these courses has two books that go along with them, so you end up reading about 26 total books during the five month missionary training school which is little more than one per week. There are also assignments and tests, so students are basically carrying a double 15 hour work load in one semester. Students will also receive 30 hours worth of Ministry Portfolio Credit for their 12-15 hours per week serving among internationals. So, you receive a total of 60 credit hours of undergraduate credit (30 hours for post-graduate) total during the five month missionary training school!
Covenant Theological Seminary Degrees
Students that go through the GFM missionary training school with no prior higher education and successfully complete all required coursework will earn an Associate of Ministry in Intercultural Studies degree.
Students that already have the equivalent of an Associate’s degree (60 hours) from previous education and successfully complete all required coursework during the GFM missionary training school will earn a Bachelor of Ministry in Intercultural Studies degree.
Students that already have an undergraduate Bachelor degree (from another educational institution) and successfully complete all required coursework during the GFM Missionary Training School will earn a Master of Ministry in Intercultural Studies degree.
Students are required to get proof of prior education in the form of official transcripts and send that to the Covenant Theological Seminary office in order to be awarded a degree.
During the missionary training school, all Global Frontier Missions students will be required to fill out the Covenant Theological Seminary student application as well as the online application for degree form.
Global Frontier Missions charges $600/month for the five month missionary training school (plus $150/month for those wanting to live in GFM housing) which will be paid directly to GFM. The degree transfer fees are not included in the cost of the missionary training school. That will be paid directly to Covenant Theological Seminary at the end of the missionary training school based on the following structure:
Associate of Ministry in Intercultural Studies Degree – $300
Bachelor of Ministry in Intercultural Studies Degree – $600
Master of Ministry in Intercultural Studies Degree – $900
Payments can be made online at the Covenant Theological Seminary website.
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This degree meets the requirement that a lot of missions sending agencies have (20-30 credits of undergraduate Bible courses) which is the main reason that we started offering this option. Several alumni have found the Bible degree helpful for getting on staff with churches and campus ministries as well.