Mansfield School for Professional Studies

MACU and the Mansfield School for Professional Studies are excited to offer degree programs, new continuing education courses and certificates for today's leaders. This new learning partnership with Mansfield allows for a variety of degree programs and serves as a great pathway to many opportunities. As part of New Beginnings partnership with MACU, you can also take full degree programs in over 140 fields of study. These degree programs are offered in a variety of formats to help you learn best. Whether you prefer to learn in a traditional classroom setting or 100% online, we offer multiple flexible options to fit your busy lifestyle. MACU has many scholarships available, but act now because they are limited.

This partnership also provides the opportunity for certificates to train individuals in theological knowledge and practical skills that can be used within local and global settings. These courses can also turn these certificate classes into college credit. This is a great way to dip your toes into the topic and pursue a degree at MACU.

Grow your leadership earning certificates that provide you with…

· Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professions;

· The opportunity to turn CEUs into college credits toward Bachelor’s degrees;

· Relevant and applicable theological and congregational care training;

· An education presented in orthodox Christian theology that is understandable and applicable for preaching and teaching within local congregations;

· Courses taught by highly credentialed faculty with decades of experience in congregational and academic leadership


The Phygital Church I

April 7 through May 11

Students are introduced to the hybrid modality of church in the 21st century. The Church will always have physical expression because it is a movement of people. Discipleship requires life on life. The sessions offer the ability to increase effectiveness in the social space. The students will better understand how to use websites, online services, and social media, to strengthen discipleship and enable their churches to grow in the digital age. 

When students complete this course, they will be able to: 

  • Define the 5 jobs every church must do to make disciples who reproduce disciples and apply this mission in the physical and digital gatherings.
  • Construct a digital strategy to move beyond broadcast to engagement.
  • Create and curate digital content
  • Close the social media loop from likes and views to build relationship and participation
  • Develop spiritual pathways and discipleship journeys

The Phygital Church II

May 12 through June 15

Students learn how to move beyond a digital presence to build authentic community. Grow your reach at the same time you deepen relationships. Evangelism, teaching, caring and discipleship require closing the digital loop to ensure multiplication. Move from local to global discipleship.

When students complete this course, they will be equipped to: 

  • Make disciples that reproduce in the digital space.
  • Incorporate digital tools to create spiritual growth journeys.
  • Care and support growees using digital tools and processes
  • Move and grow beyond physical and geographic limitations
  • Develop a plan to resource volunteers and staff to maximizing leadership.

Enrollment will be open in the future for these two certificate courses, Exploring Wesleyan Theology 1 and Exploring Wesleyan Theology 2, taught by Dr. Cliff Sanders. Dr. Sanders is a field expert and ordained minister for more than 43 years. He currently serves as Chair and Professor for MACU’s School of Ministry.

These two courses will cover a variety of theological topics including: 

  • Theological tenants and their application to Christian living
  • The basis for determining truth: Scripture, tradition, reason and Christian experience
  • An investigation into the nature of God and how your view of God affects everything in your life and in your human relationships
  • A deep dive into the nature of humankind and our capabilities within a relationship with God
  • The work of Jesus and its impact on humanity

Each course is offered 100% online and lasts just 5 weeks! To make these much needed courses affordable and accessible, MACU is charging just $195 plus textbooks and shipping. 

A $100 scholarship for each course is available for qualified participants. For the first 25 participants, you will also receive Dr. Sanders’ books shipped to you for free. If you register for two or more courses at a time, you will see even further savings!

Are you looking to convert these courses to college credit? No problem. Each of these courses is offered at a reduced for-credit rate to allow you to receive college credit.

Additional certifications will be made available in the future on topics such as expository preaching, Bible studies, pastoral care, mental health issues and addictions, social media and more. You will learn from scholars and experts.

Space for these courses is limited. For more information or to enroll today, please contact Lisa Allen at [email protected].

About the Mansfields

Reverend Dr. Richard A. Mansfield

Richard Mansfield was born in El Paso, Texas to Mexican-American parents. In 1974, he received a music scholarship to the University of Texas at El Paso, where Richard obtained his degree in Business Administration. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, on October 27, 1978. They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they both accepted the Lord.

Richard studied religon at Howard Payne University, Abilene Christian University, Mid-America Christian University and Vision International Seminary. He has a Master’s in Pastoral Leadership from Vision University and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the American Christian Theological Seminary and Mid-America Christian University. He was the Associate Pastor of Iglesia de Dios (Spanish Church of God) in Corpus Christi for two years under Dr. Gilbert Davila.

Currently, Richard is the Senior Pastor of the New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has served from July 1982 to Dec 1995 and from July 1999 to the present. He served as the Director of Campus Ministries/Campus Pastor for Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City and as the Director of the Southwest Ministry Center in Houston, Texas from 1996-99.

He is the Chairman of New Mexico Prays, a ministry of congregations from throughout New Mexico that pray 24/7/365 for the state of New Mexico. He co-founded God’s Warehouse Homeless Ministry in Albuquerque. He serves as Treasurer and co-founder for Gospel Music Festival of Albuquerque. He co-founded Micah Fellowship in Albuquerque, which ministers to judges, lawyers and those serving in the judicial system. He served as the chairman for the Impact World Tour in Albuquerque, as chairman of the National Day of Prayer event in Albuquerque 1988-2008, as a volunteer Police Chaplain for the Albuquerque Police Department for the past 25 years and received a commendation for saving someone’s life as well as being named Chaplain of the Year in 2001 and 2010. 

He presently serves on the New Mexico Family Council Pastoral Advisory Committee and served on Albuquerque Mayor’s Advisory Committee to Mayor Martin Chavez and currently serves Mayor Tim Keller. He served on the N.M. Governor’s Gang Task Force under Governor Toney Anaya, as President of the Spanish Ministerial Assembly in Albuquerque from 1983 to 1996, on the National Board of Christian Education of the Church of God from 1984-1994 and as National President for the Hispanic Concilio of the Church of God in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for ten years. He serves as Chair for the New Mexico/West Texas Ministerial Assembly and the Credentials Committee. Richard preached at the International Convention in 1991, 1998 and 2002. He received his N.M.A.D.A.C.A. (New Mexico Alcohol Drug Addiction Counseling Association) certification in 1987 and established the “Living Free” Christian 12 Step Recovery Program in Albuquerque. He works with the N.M. District and Metropolitan Courts of Bernalillo County and other agencies to help inmates and their families in their transitional journey.

Richard hosted a 1½ hour live television program for KNAT, TV 23, Trinity Broadcasting Network and his 30-minute “New Beginnings” television program is on four television stations serving New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Colorado. He is a frequent guest on KCHF, Channel 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and KAZQ, Channel 32 in Albuquerque. He also hosted a one-hour Spanish TV program from 1990-1996 for All-American Network called "Gloria a Dios". Richard hosted a 2 1/2 hour Spanish Radio Program called "Esperanza Viva", which means "Living Hope", from 1983 to 1996, on the Family Life Radio Network, syndicated to New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern Colorado and in Mexico. Richard has also appeared on The 700 Club, AlmaVision, JCTV, Behind the Scenes (TBN) and on a Bill Gaither Video. He has taught regional seminars for the HNRB (Hispanic National Religious Broadcasters). In May 2002, he was invited to the first Hispanic Pastors Presidential Breakfast in Washington D.C. and was invited to pray in the White House as well as leading the Invocation for a Presidential Rally in NM.

He has been married to Cindy for 42 years and they have two children: Ricky, age 38, and Ashlie, age 34; grandsons Isaiah, age 15, Daniel, age 14, and Tony, age 3; and granddaughter Gabrianna, age 4.

Reverend Cynthia D. Mansfield

Reverend Cynthia D. Mansfield is an ordained minister of the Church of God, (affiliated with Anderson, Indiana), where she’s served as a Home Missionary with her husband, Richard at Southside Church of God in Albuquerque, NM and New Beginnings Church for a total of 38 years. Cynthia studied Secondary Education at the University of Texas at El Paso, was the recipient of a music scholarship where she was in the UTEP marching band drumline and was also a member of Tau Beta Sigma sorority.  She pursued additional studies at the Abilene Christian University and the University of New Mexico. 

After teaching high school Spanish at Evangel Temple Academy in Albuquerque, NM, she was inspired to move to a whole new career in mass communication where she got her start at Family Life Radio, KFLQ 91.5FM as their Spanish announcer and producer of a syndicated program called, “La Hora Vespertina”. She was approached by KNAT-TV and went from a career in radio to a 30-year career in television with TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) at KNAT-TV23. Cynthia began her journey as Public Affairs Director where she produced and hosted, “Albuquerque Today”. In their employment, she was promoted to General Manager, as well as TBN’s Southwest Regional Manager. Upon her departure, she was awarded by the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.

Cynthia is currently employed by New Beginnings Church as the Executive Pastor, where she is able to apply her skills and resources in leadership, management, and administration and is enthusiastically looking forward to the future serving God at her home church. She that she has been called to, “fan the flame”.  II Tim 1:6, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of hands.” She has a passion to see women step up and fulfill the call that God has placed on their lives and works diligently in helping to equip and educate women at her church and beyond who are called to the ministry as she is currently the Director of Women’s Ministries at New Beginnings Church and is also the New Mexico/West Texas State Association secretary for the Credentials Committee.

Cynthia has had the privilege to serve in numerous roles within the Church of God locally and nationally. Cynthia served the national and local boards for both the WCG/Christian Women Connection.  She served as the Director of Spiritual Life and liaison to the Concilio (Spanish American Council of the Church of God). Additionally, Cynthia served the greater church as the liaison to the Concilio Hispano (Spanish Council of the Church of God) for Mujeres de la Iglesia de Dios (Women of the Church of God). She was the Chair of the Christian Women Connection Concilio Hispano Initiative: a joint venture with Hispanic and Spanish-speaking sisters within the U.S. and around the world. The Concilio Hispano Initiative Committee creates opportunities for partnership and affiliation with the Christian Women Connection. Her skills and experience in television production permitted her to become the production director and stage manager for several of the national women’s conventions with the CWC (Christian Women Connection). Cynthia is a nationally-known speaker throughout the Church of God and her community and has had the privilege of speaking at the School of Theology at the University of Anderson, Anderson University which opened more doors opportunity to speak for several of the women’s retreats locally and nationally.

Cynthia was born in El Paso, Texas and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband Dr. Richard A. Mansfield, Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church. They have two adult children and four grandchildren: daughter, Ashlie and her husband Robert, their sons, Isaiah (15), Daniel (14) and Tony (3) and son, Ricky and his daughter, Gabrianna (4).

Favorite Scripture: Galatians 6:9, “And let us not get tired in doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”  

Just for fun: In addition to serving the Lord, she enjoys spending time with her family, the arts, watching classic movies, scented candles, fresh flowers, and eating popcorn. 

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