Missions

Reaching the world

Maranatha is intensifying its efforts to train the next generation of Christian leaders to reach out to an increasingly global society in creative, God-honoring ways. Maranatha’s missions program includes a Bible core curriculum that emphasizes core doctrines and biblical literacy and also teaches students to deal with competing philosophies, current trends, and cross-cultural issues. In response to challenges from urbanization, technology, pluralism, and restricted access countries, the missions program includes a strong linguistics curriculum and an emphasis on understanding worldviews.

“Now is not the time to be passive about world missions." - Brian Trainer, Dean, College of Bible and Church Ministries

Short-term missions

Assembled during an eight-hour span from the evening of Nov. 1 to the morning of Nov. 2, 2013, a missions team from Maranatha spent two days helping Bethel Baptist Fellowship in Brooklyn after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The men performed cleanup work in the flooded church building and, with the help of their fellow students, provided clothing, food, and other essential items for distribution to the Sheepshead Bay community. Read more about their trip to New York.


Our faculty knows missions

"To be involved in Christian ministry is an utmost privilege, a solemn responsibility, a divine stewardship, and an extreme joy. Our desire is to train individuals who understand and appreciate the opportunity of being vocationally involved in handling the Word of God," Brian Trainer.

Read more about our Bible faculty.



Global Encounters

Each summer, more than 100 Maranatha students see God change their lives as they travel overseas to places like South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Global Encounters is Maranatha’s strategy to mobilize faculty and students to partner with local churches worldwide and reach into the needy regions of the globe with the gospel. “We want to do that with passion and ultimately for the glory of God,” says Brian Trainer, who directs several summer mission teams. Since the program began in 2006, more than 100 students have traveled internationally every year. Click here for more information on Global Encounters trips.


Your potential career

  • Missionary
  • Assistant pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Camp worker
  • Christian education director
  • After-school program worker

Your potential schedule (Men)

Fall Spring 
Old or New Testament Survey3New or Old Testament Survey3
Pastoral Theology2Pastoral Theology2
Introduction to Missions2Theology of Missions2
Language Requirement3Language Requirement3
English Composition 13English Composition 23
The Modern World3Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Fall Spring 
Christian Life and Leadership3Biblical Interpretation3
Baptist Heritage3Acts3
Pastoral Theology2Pastoral Theology2
Language Requirement3Language Requirement3
Comparative Religions2Introduction to Sociology3
Music Appreciation?2
Fall Spring 
Theology 13Theology 32
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Homiletics2Homiletics Practicum2
Methods in Mentoring2The Christian Home2
Math or Science Elective3History of Baptist Missions3
Introduction to Philosophy2Math or Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Theology 42Theology 23
Dispensationalism3Fundamentalism3
Bible Elective3Pastoral Theology2
Pastoral Theology2Missions Seminar3
Ethics2American Studies Elective3
Literature Elective3Apologetics2
Summer 2 
Cultural Anthropology and Communication3
Church Planting3
Summer 3 
Missions Internship2
Linguistics3

Your potential schedule (Women)

Fall Spring 
Old or New Testament Survey3New or Old Testament Survey3
Introduction to Missions2Theology of Missions2
Language Requirement3Language Requirement3
English Composition 13English Composition 23
The Modern World3Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Music Appreciation2
Fall Spring 
Christian Life and Leadership3Biblical Interpretation3
Baptist Heritage3Acts3
Language Requirement3Language Requirement3
Comparative Religions2Introduction to Sociology3
Minor3Minor3
Fall Spring 
Theology 13Theology 32
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Methods in Mentoring2The Christian Home2
Minor3History of Baptist Missions3
Math or Science Elective3Minor3
Introduction to Philosophy2Math or Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Theology 42Theology 23
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Minor3Missions Seminar3
Ethics2Minor3
Literature Elective3Apologetics2
American Studies Elective3
Summer 2 
Cultural Anthropology and Communication3
Summer 3 
Missions Internship2
Linguistics3

"Global Encounters will change your life as long as you are open to God’s calling," - Amber Campbell