Cross-Cultural Ministry Practicums


Recognizing that all Christian ministers need to experience and be educated in cross-cultural ministry, Beeson Divinity School requires all M.Div. students to participate in Cross-Cultural Ministry Practicum (CCMP) where they have the opportunity to reside and minister in a culture different from their own while being supervised by on-site mentors. Students may apply for Global Center travel grants.  

Cross-cultural ministry is no longer exceptional but normative for Christian ministers. Communities across the United States are increasingly multi-cultural, and opportunities for mission involvement internationally are rapidly expanding. Competent ministry leaders in the 21st century must be prepared to cross cultural boundaries in the course of (and for the sake of) sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is an objective of the cross-cultural ministry requirement that such preparation might begin for some and be advanced for others.

Options for CCMPs 2017

Brooklyn (Mosaic Baptist Church) • Chicago (MissioDei) • Memphis, TN Czech Republic • Ecuador (Reaching and Teaching) • Mexico • Central Asia • Germany • South Asia • Liberia • North Africa • Washington (Sacred Road Ministries)

Click here for detailed descriptions of these trips.

Please remember the changes in the CCMP curriculum for MDiv students that began in Fall term 2013:

Students who took a 2 credit missions course may take CCMP for either 1 or 0 credits. Students who are taking (or will take) a 3 credit missions course will take CCMP for 0 credits. If you took a 2 credit missions course and don’t think you need CCMP for 1 credit, we encourage you to contact Donna Harless to see if you need the 1 credit in order to satisfy your needed 93 credit hours. If taken for 0 credits, a student will not have to pay tuition, and the course is graded as a simple Pass or Fail instead of a letter grade. Most students will now take his/her CCMP for 0 credits. All MDiv students are still required to fulfill the CCMP requirement before they graduate. 

Also note that there has been a change in the amount of travel grant offered to MDiv students completing their CCMPs. For ministry practicum travel to Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia, or Europe, the maximum funding available to a student is 50 percent of his/her expenses up to $800 per student. For ministry practicum travel in North America, maximum funding per student is 50 percent of his/her expenses, up to $350 per student. Not having to pay the $215 tuition during Jan or summer terms for tuition (0 credit hour CCMP), helps off-set the reduced amount of the travel grant offerings. Please see the Global Center for any questions.

Photo Gallery Click on the thumbnails below to view photos from past student CCMP trips.
  • China
  • France
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Kenya
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • New Mexico
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela