Maranatha’s mission is to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.”
How does Maranatha go about accomplishing this mission? The spectrum of answers is probably “more than you expect.”
Maranatha still produces pastors, missionaries, music ministers, youth pastors, and other workers for full time vocational Christian ministry, just as it has since the College was founded in 1968. Fulfilling that mission, however, is also accomplished by producing Christian accountants, teachers, coaches, doctors, lawyers, scientists, nurses, and military officers.
Graduates called to full time vocational ministry can receive outstanding training through the College and Seminary. Those called to other careers will find their training to be just as effective. Maranatha has a program for anyone—more learning options than you probably expect. Let’s explore some reasons your expectations of a Christian college should change.
The traditional model
Colleges offering religious training have been part of American education almost from the country’s foundation. During the second half of the 20th century, Bible colleges were established that offered a unique singular focus for those studying to enter some type of ministry.
There is still a place for the traditional Bible college. Young men are still preparing to be pastors and missionaries. Those young men still need wives dedicated to supporting those works and raising children who will carry that burden through the next generation. As our world has become more complex, however, so have our ministry options.
Today, college students combine cross-cultural studies with business or education majors to help land jobs in restricted-access countries where they can plant churches. Some study technology to assist missionaries and Christian organizations in being able to more effectively present their work. Some study business to help church leaders become wiser stewards of their resources.
Maranatha is unique among Bible colleges because the wide scope of its academic programs prepares both types of students. Consider our breadth of majors and minors and compare it to courses of study offered at traditional Bible colleges. There really is no comparison.
You might not expect a Bible college to offer the academic quality and accountability that can be found at Maranatha. Maranatha has been regionally accredited since 1993, a great advantage for its graduates.
What has regional accreditation meant to Maranatha? It has meant academic accountability. The Higher Learning Commission’s process is meant to ensure that Maranatha is keeping its promise to its students. A consistent system of evaluations and reports shows that actions are being taken to help students receive the best possible educational experience. Accreditation doesn’t affect Maranatha’s emphasis on ministry, its standards for student life and conduct, or the fervency with which it proclaims the gospel.
Accreditation has also meant greater opportunities for alumni.
Education graduates can become certified to teach at any school in Wisconsin (and most other states). An accounting major can become a fully licensed CPA. ROTC cadets can go on to officer training. Graduates in all majors can confidently apply for entry into any graduate school in the country. The opportunities are there—and more of them than you might expect for Bible college graduates.
The product is the proof
Maranatha diligently measures the academic progress of its students. Those measurements have consistently produced positive results.
The Class of 2011 was no exception. Maranatha’s graduating seniors scored well above national norms in nearly every category of the Educational Testing Services proficiency exams.
The Class of 2011 scored in the top 15 percent nationwide on the Measures of Academic Proficiency and Progress test. Subscores in Humanities and Writing were in the top 4 and top 7 percent and Maranatha seniors were in the top 11 percent in critical thinking. Business (top 15%) and Biology (20%) also scored very well in ETS testing.
Graduating Music Department majors ranked in the top 5 percent nationwide on the ETS Major Field Test. Their subscores included the top 10 percent in listening comprehension and written theory and the top 5 percent in written history.
Even more to come
Maranatha continues to expand its academic offerings. Accounting (CPA) and Sport Management majors were added in 2010. This fall, we are pleased to announce that Maranatha Baptist Seminary
has added a sixth degree program, a Master’s Degree in Music. Maranatha Online continues to grow, offering an outstanding learning experience to high school and college students—and those who haven’t been to school in a while.
We think you’ll agree that Maranatha is more than you expect from a Christian college of our size and perspective. Here’s the good part—in the future, you can expect even more.