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)

WM220 - Preparing for Cross-Cultural Ministry
Designed for those preparing for a short-term, cross-cultural missions experience, this course enables students to develop skills of intercultural awareness of and contextualization for specific cultural settings. The course integrates classroom learning, interactions with people from other cultures, and engagement with short-term mission hosts. Not recommended for students in the M.A./CM program, the Th.M. Cross-cultural Ministries emphasis, or the Th.M. Evangelism and Discipleship ministry emphasis. Recommended prerequisite: WM101 Introduction to World Missions. Enrollment requires the consent of the professor. 2 hours (may be taken for 1 hour; contact the department for details). (2 hours)

WM270 - Historical Expansion of Global Christianity
An historical overview of Missions starting from Paul's missionary journeys until today. Selected turning points in world evangelization will be evaluated to give the student a better understanding of how missionshas changed within church history. (2 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
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 - Theological Education in 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)

WM412 - Ministry to Children at Risk
(3 hours)

WM415 - Church Min in Global Perspective
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
A study of foundations and principles for Christian community development as integral to mission in the majority world, with implications for effective practice. (2 hours)

WM445 - Business as Mission
(2 hours)

WM450 - Local Church and Social Outreach Ministry
An in-depth study of the kingdom-agenda approach to social outreach, with a focus on the creation and development of practical strategies for effective community impact through the local church. (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. (3 hours)

WM540 - Applied Biblical Contextualizatn
(3 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. (3 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
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)

WM901 - Indep Study in Missions
Independent research on some aspect of missions not specifically treated in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed four semester hours in any one subject of study. (4 hours)

WM902 - W.M. & Intercult Studies Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisers. Students will have one calendar year to complete the thesis. If the thesis is not completed by the end of a year, students will be registered in WM903. Enrollment requires consent of the department (3 hours)

WM903 - W.M. & I.S. Thesis Continuation
The thesis continuation course is required of all students writing a thesis who are beyond one year in the thesis process. Students must register for this course each fall, spring, and summer until completion of the thesis. (1 hour)

WM905 - Special Topics in World Missions
(3 hours)

WM909 - Mission Field Research
(2 hours)