Global Missions Courses


 

GLOBAL MISSIONS COURSES


The following courses are part of the Kim School of Global Missions and include course work in Intercultural Studies, Missiology, Evangelism, Church Planting, and Urban Studies.

Golden Gate offers leadership training for church ministers intended to shape them to accelerate achievement of the Great Commission. Intercultural Studies offers courses to enhance understanding and capability in presenting the gospel and discipling believers with awareness and sensitivity to specific cultures and contexts. Students can acquire strategic thinking and implementation skills for church development wherever God may call them to serve.

Intercultural Studies

I1112 Cultural Anthropology
2 hours
An introduction to cultural anthropology with special emphasis given to the frameworks needed by the global professional in first experiences internationally. Students will make a study of significant people groups in an attempt to better understand other cultures.

I1113 Intercultural Communication
3 hours
This course is an introduction to intercultural communication with an emphasis on basic concepts of a variety of culturally specific perspectives and the practical aspects of intercultural relations. The course heightens intercultural sensitivity and intercultural mindfulness in order to develop conceptual roots and good intercultural theory in preparation for practicing Christ’s mandate.

I1114 Multicultural Ministry
3 hours
This course is designed to develop multicultural perspectives and sensitivity in overall areas of ministry contexts. Focus will be given to cultural formation and its powerful impact on personal, spiritual, leadership and ministerial formation in order to carry out the Great Commission in the 21st century and beyond.

I1121 Global Worldviews
3 hours
An exploration of the ancient rituals, traditions, and modern ideas which form the lives of two-thirds of the world’s peoples. The professional will become familiar with and equipped to interface with the assumptions, belief systems, and the cultural ways of the world’s religions that have produced profoundly different societies around the planet.

I1131 The City: Habitat of Humanity
3 hours
An introduction to urbanization and urban life-ways that orients the student to the global urban world with a historical, regional, and worldview perspective, integrating interdisciplinary materials from history, theology, and the social sciences. The unique roles of the kingdom professional are explored. An all-day guided urban experience is integral to the course.

I1412 Urban Committed Communities: Principles of Growth
2 hours
A course designed to explore the meaning of church growth and to prepare students to lead their churches to grow both numerically and spiritually. The study will focus on church educational tasks and structures and how these can be used to reach people. Emphasis is on the “how to” of implementing the Great Commission in a particular location. (Identical to E1411)

I1511 Global Leadership
2 hours
This course presents a framework of biblical and cultural leadership models, values and skills for leadership influence in multicultural settings by providing practical insights and tools that impact global leadership effectiveness in non-traditional, cross-cultural and multicultural contexts.

I2111 Narrative Communication: Storying
3 hours
A course for those working in a pre-modern and/or a postmodern setting. Drawing on new approaches in leading edge intercultural studies, this course is drawn from a proclamation style being pioneered in Asia and Africa. The Judeo-Christian worldview is unfolded chronologically from creation to consummation. Story sets for different worldviews are developed by students.

I2112 Culture and Lifespan Development
3 hours
A study of and introduction to the Biblical and theoretical basis of cultural/contextual specifics and their relationship on human life-span development from prenatal to the late adult stages. The focus is to identify and facilitate transformational ministries at each stage of life.

I2113- Intercultural Counseling
3 hours
This course will encourage students to look at various counseling issues that pastors and people in the ministry face in working with people of various cultures. Specifically, the course will examine selected topics from a cross-cultural perspective. It will encourage the student to become aware of cross cultural differences, accept one’s own limited perspective and apply new perspectives to become more effective in counseling people.

I2121 Roman Catholicism: The Latin American Experience
2 hours
An examination of Roman Catholicism within the context of Latin America. Special attention is given to Catholicism’s historical significance and its influence as a major shaper of the contemporary Latin American culture. (Identical to L2125)

I2122 Cultural Adaptation and Analysis
2 hours
A study of cultural adaptation/shock issues, time management, and relationship development with team members and their host culture relationships. Methods of city analysis and culture bonding will be explored, with an overview of the local culture focusing on history, politics, local behavior, religious and social patterns.

I2123 Hindu Worldview and Culture
2 hours
A course dealing with the origin and the historic and contemporary significance of Hinduism. It will focus on the religious beliefs and practices and best methods of transformational engagement to the Hindu person internationally and nationally.

I2124 Area Study: Africa
2 hours
A study of the cultural and religious background, historical development, and present situation in Africa. Emphasis is placed upon the most effective means of transformational engagement in this area of the world.

I2125 Area Study: Asia
2 hours
A study of the culture and worldview, historical development, and present situation in Asia. Emphasis is placed upon the most effective means of transformational engagement in this area of the world.

I2126 Area Study: Latin America
2 hours
A study of the culture and worldview, historical development, and present situation in Latin America. Emphasis is placed upon the most effective means of transformational engagement in this area of the world.

I2127 Area Study: Europe and Middle East
2 hours
A study of the culture and worldview, historical development, and present situation in Europe and the Middle East. Emphasis is placed upon the most effective means of transformational engagement in this area of the world.

I2128 Area Study: South Asia
2 hours
A study of the culture and worldview, historical development, and present situation in South Asia. Emphasis is placed upon the most effective means of transformational engagement in this area of the world.

I2129 Islamic Worldview and Culture
2 hours
A course dealing with the origin and the historic and contemporary significance of Islam that focuses on the teachings of the Qur’an, religious beliefs and practices, and the best methods of transformational engagement to the Muslim person nationally and internationally.

I2130 Chinese Worldview and Culture
3 hours
A course dealing with the origin and historic and contemporary significance of Chinese culture. It will focus on Chinese religious beliefs and practices and the best methods of transformational engagement to the Chinese nationally and internationally.

I2141 Spirituality in a Global World
2 hours
An intensive study of the primary documents of the Judeo-Christian worldview. The course is designed to provide a solid base for thought and action in cross-cultural settings locally and globally.

I2151 Spiritual Sources for Change
3 hours
A course drawing upon primary documents of the Judeo-Christian worldview and the insights of classical literature emphasizing areas of personal spiritual formation: prayer, the devotional life, faith, and the simplified lifestyle. Emphasis is on the development of spiritual life as the foundation for global service.

I2152 Exploring the Land: An Area Study
2 hours
An examination of interdisciplinary perspectives and methods for viewing and comparing major global worldviews. As an area study, it examines and compares the local host culture worldview and cultural relationships with that of the Judeo-Christian worldview. Attention is given to barriers and bridges for communicating truth within the framework of another’s world frame and to analyzing culturally appropriate essential outsider profiles for the host culture/worldview.

I2411 Race and Reconciliation
2 hours
An exploration of historical and contemporary socio-cultural racial tensions that have affected the growth of urban committed communities from an intercultural perspective. Domestic and international case studies are examined.

I2413 TESL Principles and Methods
2 hours
An investigation into the major approaches and methods used in second language teaching and the impact on second language acquisition. Methods are evaluated according to: historical development, theoretical foundations, influence on language proficiency, adaptation to cross-cultural settings, and suitability to exploring key truth issues in the classroom.

I2511 Public Communication in Intercultural Settings
2 hours
A practicum dealing with the complete analysis and performance of the speaking/preaching task in the intercultural setting. Primary attention will be given to the informative, persuasive, and actuation styles that reach a diverse population.

I3111 Capstone Project for MAIM
2 hours
The capstone seminar is the cumulative project course for students in the Master of Intercultural Ministry degree program. The course, accompanying project and presentation involves research in a specific area of interest to the student while demonstrating an assimilation of MAIM degree objectives.
 

 

Missions


I1211 Introduction to Missions
3 hours
This course is an introduction to missiology that seeks to develop in the student a creative understanding of missions as practiced in an international context. Emphasis will be given on helping students understand their own future ministry and how it can relate to global missions.

I2150 Missions & Spiritual Conflict
3 hours
An introduction to the spiritual warfare element of missions that arises whenever the gospel penetrates new territory. Attention is given to spiritual attacks aimed at the missionary as well as the spiritual bondage that exists in individuals and societies. Students are challenged to prepare for this conflict while reflecting on a biblical worldview as opposed to animistic or certain Enlightenment presuppositions.

I2210 The Theology of Christian Mission Seminar
3 hours
A theological evaluation of classical mission studies: biblical, historical and theoretical. Special emphasis will be placed upon current issues in missiology.

I2211 Short-Term International Internship
3-6 hours
A special course designed for Missionary Journeymen, US/C2ers, Mission Service Corps volunteers, or other short-term missionaries. The program combines field work under local supervision and written work to be submitted to the professor by mail.

I2212 Practical Missionary Anthropology
2 hours
An introduction to cultural anthropology with special reference to principles needed for the first-term overseas missionary.

I2213 Spiritual Sources for Mission
2 hours
A course drawing upon biblical principles and the insights of classical missionary devotional literature, emphasizing such areas as prayer and the devotional life, the Holy Spirit, faith, and the simplified lifestyle. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of the spiritual life as the foundation of mission service.

I2214 Biblical Basis of Missions
2 hours
An intensive study of the biblical basis of the Christian world mission. The course is designed to help provide a solid biblical direction for practical mission work at home and abroad.

I2220 Mission Strategy and Paul’s Paradigms
3 hours
An introduction to the concept of strategy and its importance in mission endeavor. Paul’s paradigm is used as a standard by which to develop and assess contemporary mission approaches. The class will explore Paul’s integrated approach to mission that included call, team, ministry focus, spiritual life, methods, and life investment.

I2221 Southern Baptist International Missions
2 hours
A study of the history of Southern Baptist international missions with emphasis on the nature of current work. The course will be designed to provide current information on Southern Baptist foreign missions both for the international missionary and for the minister in the U.S.

I2222 Southern Baptist North American Missions
2 hours
A study of the history of Southern Baptist North American missions with emphasis upon the nature of current work. The course will be designed to provide current information on Southern Baptist home missions both for the North American missionary and the local pastor.

I2223 Mission Principles and Practices
2 hours
An evaluation of historical and contemporary mission theory and practice in light of biblical and theological principles and the insights of other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and communication theory.

I2224 Working With Small Groups
2 hours
A course dealing with the biblical background of small groups and their role in Christian history. It will examine the dynamics of small groups and evaluate contemporary models of Christian house groups such as the House Church. The focus is upon how small groups have been used effectively in reaching people and beginning new work.

I2225 Principles of Continuous Church Growth
2 hours
A course dealing with sound theological principles of continuous church growth. It emphasizes the total theological-spiritual support system of vital practical faith which ensures healthy growth.

I2231 Islam
2 hours
A course dealing with the origin and the historic and contemporary significance of Islam. It will focus on the teachings of the Qur’an and the best methods of witness to the Muslim person in the U.S. and overseas.

I2232 Mission and World Religions
2 hours
A study of the major non-Christian religions of the world such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam with emphasis upon the problems Christians encounter on the overseas mission field and in the U.S.

I2241 Mission to Cultic and Occultic America
2 hours
A study of the major Christian deviations, such as Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, and of the recent cultic and occultic developments in the United States. Special use is made of the rich religious and cultic laboratory of the San Francisco Bay Area and the best methods of witness to cultic members.

I2242 Principles of Urban Church Planting
2 hours
A course dealing with the historical and current growth of the urban church. It focuses on how urban churches were planted in the New Testament period and in the major eras of church history. It emphasizes principles for urban church planting today.

I2243 The Mission of the Urban Church
2 hours
A course dealing with the life and mission of the urban church. It deals with the urban process and the urban way of life, emphasizing how the urban church both shapes and is shaped by the urban environment. It focuses on the special challenge of the urban church and the most effective urban church models today.

I2244 The Missionary as Church Planter
2 hours
A course dealing with the principles and methods of church planting in a non-Western context. It will focus upon the missionary as church planter.

I2245 The Mission of the Black Church
2 hours
A study of the historic and contemporary role of the African- American church in America with special emphasis upon its relation to the Black Renaissance and Black Theology. Emphasis is placed on effective models of African-American churches today.

I2246 Mission and the Minority Struggle
2 hours
A dialogue and clinically-oriented course on the minority experience in the United States. The course will seek a theoretical and clinical confrontation with the most crucial issues of the struggle and will seek to determine their implications for the Christian mission today. By special permission of professor.

I2252 Community Organization and Services
2 hours
A course dealing with the discovery and understanding of community needs and with the resources of the various types of community organizations and services which are designed to meet these needs. Emphasis is placed on how community organizations relate to the ministry of the church.

I2253 Urban Training Event
2 hours
A course providing a concentrated field exposure to the problems and issues of urban life and an opportunity for group reflection on their theological meaning and implication for Christian missions today and the Christian witness at home and abroad. (Pass/Fail)

I2258 Church Extension Seminar
6 hours
A supervised laboratory course on church extension. This course could be jointly sponsored by North American Mission Board and a state convention, association, or church. This course is a minimum of ten weeks, and is usually offered in a semester format. By special permission of professor.

I2262 Hispanic Culture and Religion
2 hours
A study of Hispanics in the United States, particularly in the Southwest, their religious tradition, practice, and needs. The problems of acculturation, economics, education, and language in a pluralistic society and the opportunities of Southern Baptists in ministering to Hispanics through ethnic missions are studied.

I2264 Reaching Unreached Peoples
2 hours
Covers the essentials for identifying, researching, adopting, interceding for, and laying strategies for reaching an unreached people with the gospel. A practical course, it guides students through the networking process of mobilizing a local church and Great Commission Christians to see a church movement in a particular people group.

I3200 Special Studies in Missions
1-3 hours (may be repeated for credit)
A flexible program designed to take advantage of unique opportunities and to meet the specialized needs of certain students. Among the possibilities are classes taught by visiting professors, reading courses, individual study, and special projects.

Evangelism

I1311 Basic Evangelism
2 hours
A study of evangelism, including the biblical basis, historical models, practical application, and principles for building an evangelistic church. The class lays a foundation for effectively sharing the gospel anywhere, including intercultural and international contexts.

I2311 The Acts of the Apostles: Evangelism in the Early Church
2 hours
An intensive study of the Book of Acts with special emphasis on portions having to do with outreach and growth in its several dimensions. Special attention is given to cross-cultural evangelism and the work and leadership of the Holy Spirit in relation to the rapid expansion and development of the churches.

I2316 Cross-Cultural Evangelism
2 hours
An investigation of the principles of cross-cultural evangelism with particular emphasis upon application in the homes and churches of a particular nation to be visited by the class. Features of the course include relating to missionaries, national pastors, and lay leaders in local churches, and preaching and personal witness to the un-evangelized.

I2318 The Ministry of the Laity
2 hours
An investigation of the people of God in the Bible and in history. Special attention is given to the demise and recovery of the idea of lay ministry, with a view toward sincere attempts to incorporate these concepts into our churches today.

I2320 Evangelism Practicum
2-6 hours
A field-oriented course designed to take advantage of unique and intensive opportunities for supervised field evangelism, outreach, and ministry.

I2330 Basic Evangelism and Collegiate Ministry
2 hours
A study of the biblical basis for evangelism, a brief historical survey of evangelism, and the principles and methods by which evangelistic churches are built. Particular emphasis will be given to evangelism and evangelistic issues as practiced among college students.

 

Church Planting


I2242 Principles of Urban Church Planting
2 hours
A course dealing with the historical and current growth of the urban church. It focuses on how urban churches were planted in the New Testament period and in the major eras of church history. It emphasizes principles for urban church planting today.

I2351 Introduction to Church Planting
2 hours
An intensive study of the essential aspects of church planting. Major attention is given to theology, methodologies, and models of new church starts, with emphasis on continuing growth.

I2352 How to Start a New Church
2 hours
This is an intensive study of current methodology in starting new churches with major attention given to the best ways to initiate new congregations and how to nurture these new congregations to become self-sustaining and reproducing churches.

I2353 Ministry and Marketing
2 hours
An investigation of modern marketing principles as they relate to the development of suitable church programs for specific target groups and communities.

I2355 Polity for Church Planters
2 hours
This course acquaints the student with polity issues related to church planting. It helps the church planter determine proper organization and structure for a church start. It seeks to help him/her develop a network of church leaders and supportive structures for the church. (Identical to E2318)

I2356, I2357 Church Planting Internship
2 hours each unit
A supervised internship involving a disciplined process of preparing to start a new work. A trained mentor will work with the student to develop the vision, strategic plan, and core group for a specific church plant selected by the student. All interns and mentors will meet together weekly for a shared learning experience.

I2359 Methodological Models of Church Planting
2 hours
An investigation of the similarities and differences between major methodological models of church planting. The class is team-taught by two instructors with experience in the various models and will explore the practical considerations involved in starting, sustaining, and reproducing each model.

I2360 Cultural Models of Church Planting
2 hours
An investigation of the distinctives of planting a church among various cultural groups (e.g. African-American, Hispanic, Asian, generational groups) and of the principles common to any targeted group. The class is team-taught using multiple tracks and cross-learning experiences.

I2361, I2362 Church Planting Apprenticeship
2 hours
A supervised apprenticeship in an approved new church plant. The student serves under a church planter as a part of the core or leadership team. Follows and satisfies requirements for Theological Field Education, P1121-P1122.

I3300 Special Studies in Evangelism
1-3 hours
A flexible program designed to take advantage of unique opportunities and to meet specialized needs of certain students. Among the possibilities are classes taught by visiting professors, reading courses, individual study, and special projects.
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