DSP3120EN - Life and Work of the Missional Interpreter

Course description

Exploration of missional life patterns. The student will develop a plan for incorporating interpreting and/or translating into the normal rhythms of everyday life and work. Through readings, interviews, and case studies, the student will discover personal applications for utilizing interpreting and/or translating in life experience

How this course benefits students

One of the most difficult things for most Christ followers is joining their spiritual nature with the routines of life. Our work and life environments have been conditioned to separate the spiritual from the everyday. This course will help the student understand how their spiritual self is part of their normal rhythms and how to express that reality in the habitual routines that pepper their life and work.

Why this course is important

Most people struggle with being missional in their everyday lives. They develop work and life routines which often become ruts that create no real connectivity between their spiritual life and those things going on around them. As students experience opportunities to unify the two areas, they will begin to understand the power of the life-transforming Gospel.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Diaspora Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) states that as we are going through life we need to be sharing the Gospel. This course is based on the premise that each of us is called to make this a daily commitment to be implemented as we walk through the normal and routine rhythms of our life.

Missionally driven

Missional is not something we tack on to our lives

Contextually informed

it is our life. Finding ways to be missional as we live life is the goal for every Christ follower. The purpose of this course is to give the students the life skills necessary to make that a reality.

Interculturally focused

Living out Christian beliefs in the context of the student’s normal rhythms is the ultimate contextualization. This course challenges students to recognize and expand natural networks, interests, and opportunities.

Practically minded

Culture is inherent in our language. Therefore, in order for effective communication to take place, it will be imperative that students become aware of the cultures involved.

Experientially transformed

The course is designed to apply to the routines of life and how a profession like interpreting and translating can also be missional. Students will examine their daily activities and develop strategies for extending them to connect with people who need interpreting/translating services and a relationship with Christ.