Academic Departments

Courses in World Missions and Intercultural Studies

  • WM101 Intro to World Missions
    A study of the biblical meaning and purpose of missions, missions agencies and instruments, and missions accomplishments, trends, needs, and possibilities. (3 hours)
  • WM205 Cultural Dynamics in Ministry
    A consideration of the dimensions and manifestations of culture as they influence ministry with special attention given to specific skills for exegeting a cultural setting for ministry. (3 hours)
  • WM210 Intercultural Communication
    The development and assessment of a theoretical model of intercultural communication and an exploration of communication strategies for creating understanding interculturally. (3 hours)
  • WM215 Dynamics of Missionary Develop
    A seminar for synthesizing intercultural principles from World Missions and Intercultural Studies courses and providing practical preparation for personal development, interpersonal relationships, and ministry effectiveness. Should be taken in last semester of study. (3 hours)
  • WM305 Ministry in African Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in African contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM310 Ministry in Asian Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in Asian contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM315 Ministry Latin American Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in Latin American contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM320 Ministry European Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in European contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM325 Ministry Multicultural America
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in diverse American contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM330 Ministry in Muslim Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in Muslim contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM335 Min in Roman Catholic Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in Roman Catholic contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. (2 hours)
  • WM340 Ministry in Chinese Contexts: Ministry In Chinese Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in Chinese contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. 2 Hours (2 hours)
  • WM345 Ministry in Jewish Contexts
    A seminar-style study of the cultural, historical, and religious characteristics of ministry in Jewish contexts and of the implications for ministry created by these characteristics. 2 hours. (2 hours)
  • WM405 CE in Intercultural Contexts
    A consideration of the theoretical, practical, and cultural issues involved in educational ministries in settings outside North America. May also be credited in the Department of Christian Education. (3 hours)
  • WM410 Theo Ed Intercultural Contexts
    A study of issues in educational philosophy, planning, administration, and teaching related to theological education in intercultural ministry settings. Students in the Academic Ministries track may substitute this course for CE215 Teaching in Christian Higher Education. May also credit toward the Ph.D. program (with approval from the director of Ph.D. studies). (3 hours)
  • WM415 Church Min in Global Perspective: by Independent Study
    Students will develop a philosophy and strategy for building local churches with global impact, including how to network with parachurch organizations to advance Christ's global mandate. (2 hours)
  • WM420 Mission Strategy for Unreached Peoples
    A study of ministry to unreached peoples and "closure strategy" in missions, with attention to identification, selection, and entry into modern unreached people groups; and the concept of homogeneous units as targets for evangelistic ministry. (2 hours)
  • WM425 Intercultural Church Planting
    A study of biblical principles behind church planting in the New Testament together with case studies and modern research relative to church planting in other cultures today. (2 hours)
  • WM440 Foundations of Christian Community Development
    (2 hours)
  • WM445 Business as Mission
    (2 hours)
  • WM450 Local Church and Social Outreach Ministry
    (3 hours)
  • WM505 Christianity & Non-Christ Relig
    (3 hours)
  • WM510 Theo Issues Contemp Missiology
    A study of theological issues affecting missiological thinking in relation to Christianity-the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a pluralistic world; soteriology-the eternal destiny of the heathen; anthropology-biblical absolutism and cultural relativism; pneumatology-signs and wonders, and other charismatic issues; and eschatology-premillennialism and society. May also be credited in the Department of Theological Studies. (2 hours)
  • WM515 Acts, the Church and Culture
    A seminar-style consideration of the formulation of transcultural ministry principles from sociocultural, theological, literary, and exegetical analyses of selected portions of the Acts narrative. Prerequisites: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics, WM101 Introduction to World Missions. (2 hours)
  • WM520 A Biblical Theology of Missions
    A study of the biblical foundations and purposes of missions, the nature of the missionary vocation, and the authority and scope of the New Testament in relation to missions. Students may substitute WM540 Applied Biblical Contextualization for WM520 A Biblical Theology of Missions. (2 hours)
  • WM525 Spiritual Warfare
    A course that prepares Christian workers to help themselves and others experience victory over spiritual opposition from the world, the flesh, or Satanic sources in their own or others' cultures. (2 hours)
  • WM530 Cross-cultural Apologetics & Worldview Evangelism
    A study of worldviews that confront Christians in various cultures and of apologetic methodology useful in evangelizing different people groups in their own religions and cultures. May also be credited in the Department of Theological Studies. (2 hours)
  • WM535 Theology & World Religions
    A study of comparisons and contrasts between selected areas of Christian theology and contemporary world religious thought, with a view toward understanding other religions and effectively communicating the gospel. May also be credited in the Department of Theological Studies. (2 hours)
  • WM540 Applied Biblical Contextualizatn
    (2 hours)
  • WM545 Chinese Historical and Theological Trends
    (3 hours)
  • WM550 Global Christian Theology
    A study of emerging Christian theologies in global perspective with a view to understanding, evaluating, and constructively contributing to such theologies from a biblical-historical framework. This course, offered in consultation with the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies, may only be taken once as either ST420 or WM550. Prerequisites: ST101 Introduction to Theology and WM101 Introduction to World Missions. 2 hours. (2 hours)
  • WM605 General Linguistics
    An overview of the systematic elements of the English language emphasizing syntax, phonology, and morphology to ensure competence in teaching the language. Students proficient in formal study of English may receive advanced standing through examination. (3 hours)
  • WM610 Introduction to TESOL: by Independent Study
    An introductory course which considers theories of language, language acquisition, and standard methods and techniques of instruction for teaching English to speakers of other languages. (3 hours)
  • WM615 Methodology & Practice of TESOL
    Teaching and techniques of TESOL, integrating the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course includes evaluation and testing techniques and instruction in curriculum evaluation. Prerequisite: WM610 Introduction to TESOL. (3 hours)