Bachelor of Arts, Intercultural Ministry (Missions)

Objective: The major prepares students to minister in a global cross-cultural setting. It provides a wide range of foundational knowledge and skills with specific focus in a mission worldview. The School of Theology and Christian Ministry will help students work through the appropriate steps leading to appointment as missionaries by the Church of the Nazarene or other mission agencies. The major does not meet ordination requirements in the Church of the Nazarene. However, students can fulfill ordination requirements by also taking the Christian Ministry minor. Seminary is recommended for further preparation.

Graduates of the Intercultural Ministry (Missions) major and ministerial standing will demonstrate the following program outcomes:

  1. Students will know the general content and purposes of the major divisions of the Bible and the relationship between the Testaments.
  2. Students will understand and apply principles of biblical hermeneutics by exegeting passages of Scripture, using forms of biblical criticism and relating their work to other theological disciplines and intercultural contexts.
  3. Students will value and relate Scripture to their own spiritual growth and to life situations in ways that demonstrate respect and sensitivity in intercultural contexts.
  4. Students will know and describe key themes of Wesleyan theology within the thought and history of the Christian Church: the attributes of the Triune God, Incarnation, the condition and hope for humanity and creation, the loving and saving nature of the divine-human relationship, the meaning of holiness, and the call to character and service for followers of Christ.
  5. Students will integrate Wesleyan theology with a biblical theology of Christian mission to construct and develop a theology of leadership and ministry in intercultural contexts.
  6. Students will serve as creative and redemptive agents by participating in the Church, by valuing intercultural ecclesial communities, and by valuing all persons and creation through practicing love and stewardship.
  7. Students will explain and construct philosophical arguments, both orally and in writing, critically evaluating arguments using principles of sound reasoning from both formal and informal logic.
  8. Students will know and develop biblical, historical, cultural/sociological, and theological principles for the practices of intercultural ministry: respectfully engaging with other cultures and religions; initiating and/or fostering intercultural relationships in conjunction with God's mission (missio Dei); partnering with those from other cultural contexts in responding to the needs of people (individuals and groups), a community, and/or a congregation.
  9. Students will compile the basic principles of the social sciences for the purposes of integrating them into living and the practice of ministry in an intercultural context.  This includes knowing and appraising the theories behind and best practices for ministry, and knowing how to contextualize such theory and practice to intercultural settings.
  10. Students will display a growing personal and spiritually transformed life valuing personal, social, and professional integrity in serving as an example of holiness of heart and life.

Requirements: 52 core credits, and 30 foundational credits which also meet general education requirements.

Foundational Required Courses: These courses from the general education offerings are required as foundational to the major:
BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
ECON3010. Personal Finance and Stewardship (3)
HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
THEO4530. Christian Theology I (3)

Foundational Electives:
COMM2030. Interpersonal Communication (3) or,
     CLTA2030. Intercultural Communication (3)

Choose one of the following:

ENGL2420. World Literature: The Ancient World to the Renaissance (3)
ENGL2430. World Literature: The Enlightenment to the Modern Era (3)
ENGL3420. Foreign Literature in Translation (3)
ENGL4270. Minority Voices in American Literature (3)

Core  Required Courses:
CHED1810. Christian Discipleship (3)
CHIS3620. History of Christian Tradition II (3)
CLTA2250. Issues of Developing Nations I (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
PRTH1710. Exploring Vocation and Call (1)
PRTH2400. Christian Missions (3)
PRTH2600. Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministry (1)
PRTH2960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH2960L. Personal Development Lab (0)
PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation (2)
PRTH3750. Compassionate Ministries (2)
PRTH4710. Missional Growth and Health (2)
PRTH4820. Pastoral Leadership (3)
PRTH4960. Internship in Ministry (3)
THEO4240. Theology of Holiness (2)
THEO4540. Christian Theology II (3)

Core Electives:
GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek I (3) and,
     GREK2120. Elementary New Testament Greek II (3) or,
HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew I (3) and, 
    HEBR2120. Biblical Hebrew II (3)

CLTA1550. Cultural Anthropology (3) or,
    CLTA2040. Ethnography: Exploring Cultural Scenes (3)

THEO3630. Exploring Western World Religious Traditions (3) or, 
    THEO3640. Exploring Eastern World Religious Traditions (3)

Additional 3 credits (beyond major and foundational course req) in business, economics, cultural studies, political science, or sociology (3)
One 4000-level course in BIBL, GREK, or HEBR (2)

For those desiring to complete the Course of Study educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, a Christian Ministry minor would also be required.