MIS4510EN - Strategies for Intercultural Mission

Course description

Examination of the current strategies deployed by missionaries pursuing church planting movements among unreached people groups. Through discussion, reading assignments, and presentations, the student will explore the best practices of current mission strategies.

How this course benefits students

The bachelor's level of this course is an introduction of the strategies used by missionaries on the field today. The master's level will review the best practice strategies in order to understand which strategies would be most appropriate given a specific people group. The student will be able to apply strategies 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 ministry 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 cultural 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 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.