We at MCUTS have entered a season of bold steps. On July 1, we officially begin a new partnership with Lancaster Bible College (LBC), an accredited Christian college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1933, Lancaster has more than 1,600 students across six campuses, one of which, the Center for Urban Theology in Philadelphia (CUTS), served as a model for MCUTS’ founding in 2000. Our new partnership with LBC will allow MCUTS to grow and strengthen our programs, and will ultimately allow MCUTS to pursue independent accreditation.
After much deliberation and prayer, the leadership of MCUTS and Belhaven University believe God is clearly leading our organizations to move in different directions. As of March 31, 2014, our relationship with Belhaven ended. Pending final regulatory approvals, MCUTS will begin offering courses through LBC in the fall.
As a part of this transition, we will move to a new location at Memphis Leadership Foundation in midtown Memphis in June. The new space will allow for our own classrooms, a library, and a common area for our students to congregate and study. We believe this new facility will help develop an even greater sense of community and foster an environment of learning and collaboration within our student body.
The MCUTS staff and faculty will remain in place and are fully committed to seeing our existing students through this transition and guiding them through the process for optimal completion of their degree program. Belhaven plans to continue offering a Bible and ministry program for adult students, so our current students will have the option to stay with Belhaven or transfer to the new MCUTS@LBC program.
As God leads us into this new phase in the life of MCUTS, we are confident that He will give us the wisdom and guidance we need to best serve our students and Memphis. The last five years have been challenging, and as the recent closing of Victory University shows, times are changing in higher education. We want to clearly communicate to you that MCUTS is in a position of strength as we make this change. We are grateful for our time in partnership with Belhaven, but are convinced that God is calling us in a bold direction for the benefit of our students and Memphis.
As of this writing, 75 of our 140 students have chosen to move to the new MCUTS@LBC program with us, and we anticipate more will follow. Please pray for our ministry, and if you’d like to help support us financially in this transition, click here to donate.