Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “redemptive change agent?”
The terminology derives from the uniquely Christian language of redemption, namely, the “buying back” of human beings who have been previously enslaved by their sin. Similar language is utilized in relationship to human slavery, when slaves who are purchased in order to provide their freedom are described as having been “redeemed”.
Thus, a redemptive change agent is one who fosters a particular kind of change, namely, that which releases or liberates people from a sinful human reality through the investment of time and/or money, and does so on the basis of a Christian worldview. Examples are endless, but one could think of a law school graduate who goes back to his home country to help rewrite a legal code which is manifestly unjust. Or, the graduate who seeks to develop a high-quality Christian school in a poverty-ridden rural area would be considered a redemptive change agent. Whatever the situation, the redemptive change agent is always concerned to help create the conditions that foster human flourishing and deep respect for the Triune Godhead.
Will students receive credit for their participation in Wilberforce Academy programs?
The MARD curriculum is designed to be utilized as an extra-curricular program, that is, to supplement students’ existing coursework. Thus, academic credit will not be likely, unless students can arrange for it under an “Independent Study” option in their higher education institution.
It should be noted, however, that the stand-alone courses which will be developed by Wilberforce Academy staff and which will supplement the MARD curriculum will be accredited by the institutions that agree to offer our courses.
Will students receive a degree or certificate for participation in the MARD?
As envisioned, students will receive a certificate upon completion of the requirements of this extra-curricular program.