Intercultural Ministry (B.S.) | 120 Credits
According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell University, by 2025, it is estimated the global population will crest 8 billion souls. Only 240 million of them (about 3%) will live in North America. Over 2.2 billion people (28%) will still be unevangelized. Global population is growing 20% faster than the population of Christian workers. Christian martyrdom will increase 50% to 150,000 martyrs per year. The global poor constitute 46% of the world population, including 1.4 billion urban poor and 500 million people on the verge of starvation. Based on current trends, the cost-effectiveness of Christian finances will be $1.47 million per baptism, up from $762,000 in 2012.
The world is a needy place full of needy people. It’s a harvest field full of Kingdom opportunities. It desperately needs the Gospel. The demand for creative, Gospel-soaked engagement with the world by evangelical believers has never been greater. Nor have the farthest reaches of the globe ever been more accessible due to the technology and resource advantages of modern Christ-followers. The Intercultural Ministry program prepares students to help engage those needs.
"Living in Haiti while getting my degree is a dream. I am now confident that I am living fully into what the Lord has called me to. Although I thought I had to compromise my hopes of getting a degree and being equipped in that way by moving to Haiti, God decided differently. I am reading books that not only are focused on things I’m passionate about but books that apply to my life in ministry right now. Even in how our weekly homework and classes are done, I see myself growing as a student week to week.
I have seen my personal ministry, The Young Lights, grow in just the short time we have begun our schooling. Because of how I am being trained, I am able to stay “one step ahead” as I teach our six Haitian leaders that lead the Young Lights. We are even in the beginning stages of planting another one of our missional communities and I can say with certainty that I wouldn’t be nearly as confident in this if it wasn’t for how I am being trained to then train others. It is an honor to be a part of this program, and I am ecstatic at the way this program has begun to mold my mind as I step into more roles in ministry and leadership. I am thankful that I am apart of a school that wants to see me win and be a better vessel for the Kingdom of God.”
-Brooke (BS Intercultural Ministry)
Upon completion of this program, students will minister effectively within an intercultural ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:
- Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
- Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
- Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
- Understand structural models for the governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
- Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
- Establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for ministering in intercultural contexts and develop basic skills and competencies for effective intercultural ministry.
- Understand modern global culture and its impact on world citizens and their worldviews.
- Establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in intercultural ministry.
- Effectively train those they lead to influence their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Professional Ministry Core (18 credits)
- Dynamics of Discipleship
- Principles of Ministry Strategy
- Developing Dynamic Teams
- Governance & Admin of Nonprofit Orgs
- Financial Mgmt of Nonprofit Orgs
- Risk Management of Nonprofit Orgs
Intercultural Ministry Focus (15 credits)
- Intercultural Ministry Philosophy
- Intercultural Communication
- Intercultural Evangelism
- Any two electives from YMN, CAM, URB