MIS6510EN - Strategies for Intercultural Mission

Course description

Examination of the current strategies deployed by missionaries pursuing church planting movements among unreached people groups within world religion cultures. Through discussion and reading assignments, the student will evaluate the best practices of current mission strategies in order to create a church planting strategy for a specific cultural context.

How this course benefits students

Students review the best practice strategies within interreligious encounters in order to understand which strategies would be most appropriate given a specific people group. The student will be able to apply strategy development processes in current and future ministry contexts.

Why this course is important

Missionaries have used strategy as a part planning from the time of the early church. New strategies, technology, and easier access to travel are developed on a regular basis, but they must be evaluated for different interreligious contexts. Students preparing for intercultural mission need to be aware of current and emerging strategies.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Mission Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. G. Phillip Smith, Professor of Urban Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

When we look at the lives of the members of the early church, we can see that they had a clear plan to make disciples of all nations. We will start with these biblical strategies as we consider best practices among strategies for today.

Missionally driven

This course will evaluate how one person or a team of people can be on mission using strategies from various mission sending agencies.

Contextually informed

This course will encourage students to evaluate best practices from other missionaries in the specific interreligious context in order to be equipped to engage an unreached people group strategically.

Interculturally focused

This majority of this course will deal with ministry among various religious cultures and the strategies used by missionaries and national churches to make disciples of all nations.

Practically minded

The students will have assignments that will prepare them to live and serve in an intercultural setting.

Experientially transformed

Student will gain experience from case studies and interviews from mission practitioners in the field that they can then take back to their ministry context.