Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies with a focus in African Christianity & Mission

Serving among African cultural groups in the mission of God

Why African Christianity & Mission?

The Graduate Certificate in African Christianity & Mission offers students an understanding of the history and growth of Christianity in Africa from antiquity to the present in areas that include: Christianity's relation to African political and social systems, the African roots of Christianity, African perspectives on biblical interpretation and theology, and African views of the relation between the gospel and African social issues. Through the certificate program, students gain the following abilities:

  • ability to develop a biblical and theological understanding of race and ethnicity and engage contemporary issues of racism, immigration, justice, and the refugee crisis on the African continent.
  • ability to assess important African personalities, theological works, and contemporary theological issues that shape the responsiblity, problems and opportunities that African theologians face.
  • ability to interpret theological understandings of the past, provide a missiological analysis of the present, and set a path forward for African Christianity in light of the significant social, political, and theological issues of the 21st century
  • ability to articulate the African roots of Christianity and their contribution to global Christianity from the early centuries.
  • ability to articulate the unique theological and missional contributions that African Christianity makes to the global Christianity community.
  • ability to investigate African contextual theology and missional practice and their impact on issues such as polygamy, apartheid, social unrest, poverty, urbanization, etc. in Africa and beyond.

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Africa is critical for the future of global Christianity because, in the next 10 years, Africa will likely grow to have the most Christians of any continent: 700 million. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) projects that by the year 2050, the population of Africa under age 18 could be greater than 1 billion. Most of them will identify as Muslim or Christian. Both Christians from other countries who serve in Africa as well as Christian leaders within Africa need a clear understanding of the current state of African Christianity in relation to 21st-century challenges and an understanding of the missional task going forward. The Graduate Certificate in African Christianity & Mission provides a framework for Christian leaders to make serious missional contributions to the future of the African continent.

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