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About the Program
ACU’s online Master of Arts in Global Service is designed to equip you for ministries that require living, working and communicating in the intercultural contexts typical of today’s global society. Drawing upon theology, sociology, anthropology, history and communication theory, the M.A. in Global Service challenges you to analyze contemporary global concerns, formulate Christian perspectives and explore solutions to intercultural challenges.
All the Details on Your Degree
In our innovative online global service degree, you can complete all of your course work in an online format or experience face-to-face learning with optional residential courses in Abilene.
Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
Philosophy of Religion
Reading & Engaging Contemporary Cultures
Witness in Global Contexts
Upcoming Start Dates
May 1, 2023
August 21, 2023
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Chris Flanders, Master of Arts in Global Service
Dr. Chris Flanders is a professor and program director for the Master of Arts in Global Service program. He received a BA in Biblical Text, an MS in Missions, and an MDIV at ACU and completed his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Chris grew up in the midwest, eventually settling down in northern Minnesota. He is married to Cara (Duvall) who works as a supervisor in ACU’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program and a therapist in the ACU Counseling Center. Their two children, Autumn and Ethan (both born while they were serving in Thailand), are a huge part of their lives.
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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:
- Integrate the biblical, historical, and theological perspectives foundational for contemporary Christian practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the mission of God and their place within that mission as both individuals and members of the global Church.
- Learn how to live, work, and communicate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts.
To be considered for admission, students must:
- Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
- Submit an official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate 3.0 GPA or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
- Submit two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application).
- Author a personal statement of interest.
- Submit an academic writing sample.
The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, an organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theological disciplines.