A study of the expansion of the early church from Pentecost continuing into the 20th century. Several questions will be considered, such as the following: Is the work of missions, as traditionally carried on, a thing of the past? Has the evangelical message, as traditionally preached to the nations, been in error? Have the methods of establishing churches with converted people been wrong? What are the present policies for the mission churches in assuming full responsibility for themselves? These and many more current trends and methodology will be covered.
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The first semester will focus primarily on Ethno-theologies, that is, theologies which have arisen predominantly in the Third World and which are generally a reaction to or a response to religious, cultural or political situations. While many of these theologies have their roots in the work and teachings of missions, most often they have deviated far from orthodox Christianity and moved into a mixture of Marxism and liberal theology.
The second semester focuses on various other issues, such as syncretism, totalitarianism, ecumenism, contextualization, holistic mission, worldview, and power encounter.
This course traces the history of the overseas mission effort in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, focusing on the Lutheran Brethren World Mission’s current ministries and outlines its goals for the future.
What do nearly one billion (1/5 of the world’s people) believe about God? Christians? The Bible? Why should you know? Islam is more than a religion; it is a way of life. Muslims may be the second largest religious group in the U.S. Wherever one goes these days, Islam is demanding attention. The face of Islam is changing, and it will affect our communities and country significantly in the next decade. This course will inform you about Islam, its history and beliefs, what the Koran says and most importantly, practical ways you can share your faith with a Muslim.
This course will give students supervised extensive, documented ministry experience in a cross cultural ministry environment. The experience must be approved and sponsored by the professor of mission and evangelism. The student will, with the professor, determine the academic goals for the experience and decide how these goals will be met and demonstrated. Credits are determined depending on the length of experience and the extent of academic work completed.