Intercultural Ministries (INT)
This course is a study of the major contemporary religions of the world including Abrahamic religions, Eastern religions, and other religions. The course covers religious texts, historical background, and current beliefs and practices. Emphasis is given to the ideological foundations of a Christian worldview, a comparison of worldviews, and the application of worldviews within a global society.
Christianity in a Global Context
This writing intensive course is a survey of global Christianity that examines the mission and purposes of God and His people among the nations. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of recent mission movements, best practices for mission strategies, and contemporary trends in global Christianity. Prerequisites: HTH-201 and HTH-202.
Evangelism and Discipleship
This course prepares students to listen carefully to a person of another religion or worldview in order to effectively tailor a gospel presentation that accurately presents the claims of Christ and respectfully considers the hearer. For individuals who are responsive to the gospel, it provides sound practices for continuing and deepening the new believer’s relationship with Jesus.
Anthropology for Cross-Cultural Ministry
This course examines principles of anthropology within the context of missiology for the purpose of developing a tool kit that will enable students to analyze and engage people groups living within various cultural contexts. Attention is given to multiple dimensions of human culture as well as issues related to social justice and biblical mercy. Prerequisite: INT-244.
Christianity and Culture
This course examines principles and methods for faithfully ministering within the Late Modern context in a way that is meaningful to people from diverse backgrounds. Attention is given to the influence of Christianity on culture and vice versa during the 20th and 21st centuries as well as issues related to social justice and biblical mercy. Emphasis is placed on North American cultural engagement with apologetic concern and sensitivity to contemporary values.
Biblical Foundations of Urban Ministry
The course provides a biblical foundation for urban ministry and equips students with an overarching understanding of basic principles for effective urban ministry. Students develop understanding of the crucial position of the local assembly of believers, the history, and the various best practices for culture transformative urban ministry. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.
Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Ministry
This course is a study of the opportunities and challenges of ministering cross-culturally and multiculturally. Students will consider domestic and international settings.
Christian Worldview and Mission
An introduction to the biblical, historical, and theological bases for the cross-cultural contextualization of the Christian worldview with attention to sound missiological practices. Special emphasis is placed on cross-cultural communication and ministry in light of contemporary topics and practical exigencies. This course is taught in residency.
The Christian Faith and World Religions
This course is an investigation of major world religions and ideologies from an evangelical perspective with the goal of building bridges cross-culturally. Attention is given to historical backgrounds, religious texts and traditions, contemporary belief and practices, and careful consideration of the appropriate Christian response to non-Christian religious systems.
This course examines principles of anthropology for cross-cultural ministry including analysis of symbols, social structures, customs, thought forms, and social norms.
Multicultural Ministry and Contextualization
This course introduces students to the basic competencies needed for ministry in a multicultural setting. Students explore social services, community building, holistic ministry strategies, and how to contextualize the Good News of Christ without compromising its integrity. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.
Issues in Urban Ministry
This course is an examination of how the church’s mission expresses itself in the urban setting and the ethical implications for decisions made in urban ministry. This course requires supervised ministry hours. Practicum/field experience hours: 45.
Contextualized Church Planting
This course is a study of theories, models, and practices for planting and developing self-sustaining churches that are authentic to the culture within international contexts.
This course is a historical, theological, and missiological study of global Christianity that examines the mission and purposes of God and His people among the nations. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between historical developments and current trends with a view to the implementation of prudent strategies for contemporary cross-cultural ministry.