This course seeks to increase the student’s understanding of the role of the local church among peoples and nations, and the need to apply a biblical ecclesiology to cross-cultural, social, economic and political experiences. The course further seeks to probe the dual aspects of what the local church is by nature and how that informs its tasks.
Category Archives: World Mission (WM)
This course serves as a biblical and missiological introduction to God’s mission and how the nature of the church informs its role in mission today. Students will examine these concepts from a theological and missiological perspective, and apply them to the context of the church’s varied ministries.
This course seeks to increase the student’s understanding of individual and group characteristics, identity/world view (e.g. ethnicity, race gender, class) and their knowledge of traditions of various groups in North America and around the world. Students will examine their role as incarnational representatives of Christ and His church in a culturally diverse world.
This course seeks to increase the student’s understanding of individual and group characteristics, identity/world view (e.g. ethnicity, race, gender, class) and their knowledge of traditions of various groups in North America and around the world. This course requires one or two short cross-cultural mission trips outside of class. Past trips have included the Red Lake Indian Reservation and the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis. Students will examine their role as incarnational representatives of Christ and His Church in a culturally diverse world.
A Study of origins, histories, and teachings of the major non-Christian religions of the world with a view to understanding these religions on their own terms, learning from them and dialoguing with them from the perspective of a Christian worldview. These include Basic Religions (formerly Animism), Hinduism, Buddhism,, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Islam, Judaism, Marxism, New Age and Secularism.
This course introduces students to the histories, teachings and practices of major world religions and contemporary religious movements with a view to understanding these groups on their own terms and dialoguing with them from a biblical perspective. Included in the study are Basic Religions (Animism), Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religions, Shinto, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and varieties of secular and New Age movements.
This study deals with an understanding of the indigenous culture of people groups around the world. This class will help the student know how to approach these groups in such a way that will lessen the possibility of becoming an offense or being rejected by these people of a different culture. Though this course is aimed primarily at the overseas missionary, it will also help the pastor who remains in the U.S. to be aware of cultural differences between congregations and geographical areas and how to adjust to them. This class will make God’s workers more effective in communicating the way of life to people both at home and overseas.
Directed readings are pursued under the guidance of the professor in the department of instruction. One credit a semester may be earned in this way, with a maximum of three credits.
This is an introductory course designed to give the student a clear understanding of Christian mission. This includes the theological, historical, and practical reason for mission. Several areas which are often misunderstood are dealt with, such as what are the present responsibilities of the missionaries, the relationships of the mission with the emerging indigenous church, missionary children, etc. The life and development of the missionary and his/her own spiritual survival and growth are important aspects to this course.
This course is foundational to the entire mission enterprise as it deals with the Scriptural basis for mission. It traces God’s purpose for the nations through both the Old and New Testaments. The entire Scriptural reason for missions is included in this course.