Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Missions & Intercultural Studies

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
96-98 $538 12 20 18 3 6 4 6 18 9-11

Overview

The emphases in Missions and Cross Cultural Ministry provides training grounded in a sound biblical and theological framework for effective intercultural ministry (in both local and international contexts) including cultural awareness and sensitivity, understanding regional and national theological issues, ethnicity and ideology, intercultural communication, and the like.

Goals

As a result of this program, students will:

  • Be able to exegete the social context in which they are called to serve.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Bible as a salvation history story that progressively reveals God as a missionary God.
  • Have a growing awareness of the missionary nature of the triune God and the missionary nature of the church as they integrate world missions into leadership.
  • Be able to prepare and present the message of the Bible in a clear, culturally sensitive manner, with sensitivity to storyform of God’s communication.
  • Demonstrate passion for world missions by advocating for world missions throughout their entire sphere of influence.
  • Demonstrate skills of integrating theological and missiological insights in ministry by engaging in specific cross-cultural tasks in course assignments and the field internship.
  • Discover their giftedness in cross-cultural adjustment, their ministry growth challenges and their own personal calling in the kingdom of God.

Emphases

Students may choose any one of the following concentrations within this program, or take any four of the following courses:

  • Anthropology (CL 501,503,507,520,556,561,702)

  • Applied Linguistics (ISAL 520,525,529,646,648,679,683)

  • Church Planting (CL 520,556,663,727,732,735,743,744,765)

  • Cross Cultural Education (CL 520,575,622,715,721,744)

  • Missiology (CL 655,722,724,747,750,752,755)

  • Urban/Multi-ethnic (CL 520,531,559,560,567,583,744)

Curriculum

Course Units
BE 517 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods 3
BE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
AN 507  Cultural Anthropology 3
TH 511 Theology I - Revelation & Nature of God 3
SF 501 Introduction to Spiritual Theology & Formation 3
SS 510 Theological Research Method 1
PT 591 Introduction to Field Education 1
BE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
CL 751 Theology of Mission 3
CL Concentration 3
NT 503 Introduction to Exegesis 3
TH 512 Theology II - Works of God, Angels, Man... 3
SF 503 Personal Foundation of Spiritual Formation 3
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction 0
PT 592 Field Education 0
CE 600 Educational Ministry in the Church 3
HT 505 Patristic/Medieval Theology 3
OT 603 Elements of Hebrew I 3
PT 609 Expository Preaching 3
SF 504 Spiritual Formation Vocation & the Disciplines 0
TH 613 Theology III - Christ, Salvation & the Spirit 3
CL Concentration 3
PT 691 Field Education 0
HT 506 Reformation, Modern Theology 3
NT 604 Exegesis in the Gospels 3
OT 604 Elements of Hebrew II 3
PT 707 Foundations of Past Care & Counseling 2
TH 614 Theology IV - The Church & Last Things 3
CL Concentration 3
SF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction 0
PT 692 Field Education 0
OT 705 Exegesis in Genesis & Selected Passages 3
CL Concentration 3
CL 791 Field Education 1
BE 726 Expos Method. in Dan./Rev. 3
NT 605 Exeg. in the Epistles & Acts 3
PH 602 Apologetics 3
CL 792 Field Internship 1
  Thesis Final Draft or Elective 5
  Total 96-98
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