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Cumberlands Announces New Curriculum for Missions and Ministry

Williamsburg, Ky. - Commencement has already occurred for the 2011-2012 academic year at University of the Cumberlands (UC) but the faculty of the revamped Missions and Ministry Department is already looking forward to the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year.

The new curriculum of the Missions and Ministry Department includes majors in Missions, Church Planting, Youth and Family Ministry, Christian Studies, and Christian Ministries. All majors are 31 semester hours (11 courses) to enable students to major in another field as well in preparation for international missions or bi-vocational ministry.

Minors in the department now include Missions and Ministry, Missions, Church Planting, and Youth and Family Ministry. Minors are 21 semester hours (7 courses).

The department has revised all courses and added five new courses.

"Understanding Cultures" will examine cultures in the United States and internationally to help prepare future ministers for engaging the many cultures in today's world with the gospel.

"Introducing Church Planting" and "Planting a High Impact Church" will provide the skills and strategies to plant growing, faithful, and ministering churches in the United States and internationally.

"Examining Marriage and Family" and "Ministering to Individuals and Families" will prepare students to nurture individuals and families in their relationship with Christ and with one another.

The General Education Program at University of the Cumberlands requires students to take one Integrated Studies course in which students engage in cross-disciplinary research, thinking, and writing. The Missions and Ministry Department already offers "Religion and Film" and will offer "Examining Contemporary Christian Music" in the fall of 2012.

Dr. Bob Dunston, Chair of the Missions and Ministry Department, says this about the changes, "When I arrived here in 1983, I joined a department that was committed to training ministers and missionaries to spread the gospel and to disciple Christians. Our new name, new majors, new minors, and new courses underscore our continuing commitment to that mission. We are proud to join with Kentucky Baptists in reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, helping them mature in their Christian faith, and preparing them to serve Christ in whatever way He calls them."

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.