Academic Departments

Courses in World Missions and Intercultural Studies

WM101 - Introduction 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 - Ministry 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 - Christian Education 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 in Intercultrl 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
An exploration of the biblical and theological basis for meeting the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of children at risk both in the U.S. and around the world. Attention will be given to issues such as divorce, abortion, adoption, foster care, poverty, child labor, and human trafficking as they relate to children at risk, as well as to orphans, refugees, and children of war. Opportunities will be provided to learn from guest speakers and organizations that are addressing and effectively ministering to children. (3 hours)

WM415 - Church Ministry 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
This course examines the intrinsic value of work, business creation, and employment generation from a biblical and practical viewpoint. Attention will be given to the historical and re-emerging role of business as a vehicle of mission in limited-access countries. Case studies are used to demonstrate how best to create, manage, and grow a business for ministry in other cultures. Enrollment limited to 30 students. (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)

WM460 - Disability and the Body of Christ
This course will help students develop a theology of disability with hands-on ministry experience. Students will be immersed in four eight-hour days of academic study, followed by one week of hands-on ministry at a Joni and Friends family retreat for special-needs families. The student will also have the option of adding an additional hour of credit for participating in an international hands-on disability ministry in Haiti the following week. (3 hours)

WM505 - Christianity and Non-Christian Religions
A study of the history of non-Christian religions, their major concepts, and the philosophical structures undergirding the non-Western world. It includes the interface of the uniqueness of Christianity in a pluralistic world. May also be credited in the Department of Systematic Theology. (3 hours)

WM510 - Theological Issues in Contemporary 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 and 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 and 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 Contextualization
A study of how to understand and apply the Bible faithfully and effectively in changing global contexts. Attention is given to biblical and historical bases and an evangelical hermeneutic and methodology for contextualization. Each student develops a biblically controlled strategy for contextualization and applies that strategy to one issue needing to be addressed from a contextual perspective. (3 hours)

WM545 - Chinese Historical and Theological Trends
A historical and theological survey of the Chinese church, with attention to the growth of the church in mainland China since 1980 after the Economic Reform. (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 and 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 - Independent 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 - World Missions and Intercultural 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 - World Missions and Intercultural Studies Thesis Continuation
The thesis continuation course is required of all students writing a thesis who are beyond one year in the thesis process. Thesis continuation is permitted for a maximum of one additional semester (for a 2-hour thesis, including summer) or two additional semesters (for a 3-hour thesis, including summer). (1 hour)

WM905 - Special Topics in World Missions
This course is designed for students who choose to participate in special conferences, training, or programs that are more formal in nature and require student participation other than a standard independent study. Approved special topics will provide expertise or training not specifically covered in the seminary curriculum. Credit is allowed proportionate to the required amount of work but is not to exceed four semester hours on any one topic. Enrollment requires consent of the department. (3 hours)

WM909 - Mission Field Research
On-the-field training and research, including twelve hours in pre-field analysis and orientation, six to eight weeks in another culture under the guidance of missions personnel, and the completion of a research project. (2 hours)