The Undergraduate Certificate in Intercultural Mission offers applicants to mission boards and agencies, candidates for missionary work, mission workers among culturally different peoples, and missional believers serving in their communities the following capabilities:
All believers have been sent by Jesus Christ to serve in the mission of God in the world just as He was sent by God - and thus should be involved in missional service wherever they are. However, for centuries, Christian churches, church groups, mission agencies, and non-profits & NGOs have sent out "missionaries" who are specifically tasked to share the gospel, start faith communities [churches] and to perform ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care, and economic development.
Intercultural mission takes this a step further. It acknowledges that missional believers as well as "missionaries" must first be culturally-engaged, that is, that missional service is relational, mutual, dialogical, open-ended, and creates space within which God’s missio dei [the mission of God] can be experienced. The Undergraduate Certificate in Intercultural Mission equips students to become missionally-driven, interculturally-focused, and contextually-informed so that they may confidently engage the complexity and diversity of cultural identities today.