Intercultural Studies Major

The leadership major of the Masters of Divinity degree offers an additional focus in equipping leaders for the unique challenges of leadership within the church and parachurch. It equips leaders to develop healthy ministries and mobilize followers of Christ to impact their spheres of influence in society. Leaders are equipped in areas of pastoral leadership and care, organizational change, leadership communication, and multiplying leaders.

IS 410 Principles of Evangelism (Non-Credit)
Introduces the principles and methods of effective evangelism in conjunction with field experience. Also considers crucial elements like contextualization, audience analysis and the concept of Christian community dependency. Enables students to experience being part of a movement by sharing Christ effectively.
IS 510 Building Disciples in a Movement Context (2 credits)
This course focuses on the big picture issue of developing spiritual movements – the rapid multiplication of disciples in a people group or population segment. It is intended to help motivate and equip students to trust God to build spiritual movements wherever He calls them to minister. (Prerequisites: IS 410)
IS 520 Foundations in World Missions (4 credits)
Explores the Biblical, historical and cultural, and strategic issues in world missions today. Students are challenged to discover their God-given roles in fulfilling the Great Commission. (Prerequisites: IS 410)
IS 620 Cross-Cultural Expansion of the Church (4 credits)
Examines the world-changing, expansion of the church as it crosses cultures. The course emphasizes personalities, events, strategies and movements that have shaped the church and its growth (or demise) over the centuries. Students are encouraged to develop principles for effective cross-cultural ministry (Prerequisite: IS 520).
IS 630 Asian Religions and Contextualization (4 credits)
Explores the history, beliefs, and practices of the major world religions in Asia. Special attention is given to understanding ethnic religious contexts, humanistic/animistic perspectives, and the theological and practical similarities/differences of these faiths with the Christian faith. Seeks to develop a contextualized, apologetic approach to evangelization of Asian people groups. (Prerequisites: IS 510 and IS 520)
IS 640 Understanding Islam (2 credits)
Helps students acquire an understanding of Muslims and the teachings of Islam. This class responds to the challenges of world missions, particularly related to efforts in reaching Muslim communities and developing a movement in fulfillment of the Great Commission (Prerequisites: IS 510 and IS 520)
IS 660 Church Planting Foundations (4 credits)
Studies the why and the how a church is started and developed. The reasons behind church planting, the qualifications of church planters, the vision of a healthy church, and the phases of church planting are examined (Prerequisites: IS 510 and IS 520).
IS 661 Church Planting Movements (2 credits)
Examines the process of applying church planting principles to a movement context. Issues related to building, maintaining and establishing a church planting mentality are also examined. Also examined are the incorporation of biblical and anthropological/sociological insights for audiences relevant to one’s target ministry or ethnic/religious groups. (Prerequisites: IS 510 and IS 520)
IS 663 Urban Ministry (2 credits)
Reaching the world’s growing cities is key not only to world evangelization, but for providing the economic, moral, political, intellectual, and ecclesiastical resources to do it. This course also looks at the phenomena of cities, a Biblical philosophy of urban ministry and strategies for reaching them. The needs of Asian cities will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: IS 510)
IS 664 Marketplace Ministry (2 credits)
Discusses the marketplace culture and develops a ministry strategy of building Christian professionals to carry out the Great Commission in the marketplace using their influence as a ministry platform. Examines the example of a church having an effective and dynamic ministry in the marketplace. (Prerequisite: IS 510)
IS 670 Introduction to Community Transformation (4 credits)
Prepares Christian community development practitioners to use the biblical worldview as a resource or instrument to expose the false principles that imprison people living in poverty and hunger, and to create a framework for seeing through the lens of truth in order that a people may discover God’s vision for their community and nation. This course helps students build a knowledge and understanding of the concepts and approaches on development and community transformation that is grounded on the Word of God. It focuses on equipping learners with the basic principles on how to lead their churches and members in holistic ministry outreach to their communities, and eventually the nation. (Prerequisite: IS 510)
IS 671 Transforming Culture (4 credits)
Studies the basic aspects of a culture (and/or society) and its relationship to cross-cultural ministry, helping the Christian worker to serve and communicate the Christian message in a contextualized way with the goal of cultural transformation. The class helps students research on a target culture and address relevant issues in it. (Prerequisite: IS 670)
IS 672
Builds a thorough knowledge and understanding of skills and approaches on development and community transformation related to the Bible. This course focuses on equipping learners with basic skills needed to lead their churches and church members in doing holistic ministry outreaches to their communities. (Prerequisite: IS 670)