MIS4500EN - Intercultural Living & Ministry

Course description

Investigation of aspects of living and ministering in a crosscultural context. Includes the following topics: preparing to leave, culture shock, language learning, team dynamics, and observation skills in order to learn about a new or existing context. Through reading, discussion, presentations and exams, the student will investigate strategies for living and ministering in a cross cultural context.

How this course benefits students

The bachelor level course is an introduction to aspects of living cross culturally and factors one will experience in a very short amount of time. The master's level will evaluate the differences between home and host culture so the student can determine potential risks and warning signs to avoid burnout. The student will be able to create safeguards prior to arrival to be set up for best success.

Why this course is important

From the time of the New Testament, believers have taken the Gospel to places where people have never heard the name of Jesus. Missionary attrition shows us that prepared missionaries not only stay on the field longer but also have more meaningful ministries. This course will address the issues and techniques that contribute to successful lifestyles and ministries in a cross cultural context.

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.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Both courses have a biblical understanding of intercultural living. This course on living and ministering cross culturally will expand the student's biblical understanding of ministering cross culturally.

Missionally driven

This course examines what it will be like for the student to live and minister missionally in a cross culture setting.

Contextually informed

Intercultural ministry requires discovering the various aspects of a given culture and learning the best ways to share the gospel in that given cultural context.

Interculturally focused

Students need to have adequate preparation in order to serve in a context that they are not used to. Students will learn ways to live and serve in a new culture.

Practically minded

The students will have assignments that will practically prepare them to live and serve in an intercultural setting. Some assignments may be as simple as taking a city bus for the first time.

Experientially transformed

Prior to living in a new culture, students can gain experiences through assignments and projects. These will help students share their worldview and develop the ability to live and minister in an intercultural setting.