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Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Intercultural Studies

The Doctor of Intercultural Studies Degree is intended to prepare individuals for positive and influential leadership, relationships of trust, and biblical ministry in intercultural contexts either in denominational or interdenominational structures through study and applied learning in the socio-cultural and theological disciplines of missiology. A Phd Intercultural Studies provides students with expertise in intercultural issues and missiological strategies and paradigms for effective biblical ministry and for developing cultural intelligence for relevant problem solving in receptor cultures.

The Doctor of Intercultural Studies program requires 10 courses and the Professional Research Project (38 hours) to complete the program. The six core courses are Intercultural Communication, Contextualization for Ministry, and Cultural Anthropology for Ministry, Biblical Theology of World Mission, Doctoral Research Methods and World Religions. The four concentration courses are Encountering Islam (hybrid seminar), Cross-Cultural Leadership Development, Directed Research and Writing (hybrid seminar), and Current Theological Issues.

Ideal Fit

The Doctor of Ministry Intercultural Studies is intended for students who desire further professional development as ministry leaders, missions pastors, church planters, and missionaries.

The Doctor of Ministry in Intercultural Studies is perfect for you if you wish to serve people in a cross-cultural context.

Intercultural Contextualization Missionary Evangelist

Career Opportunities

Effective cross-cultural ministry requires the application of an advanced understanding of the relationship of theological studies to cross-cultural morality and ethics and cross-cultural conflict management.

Those who serve well in a cross-cultural ministry demonstrate a complex perception of cross-cultural leadership skills in the areas of contextualization and administration.

  • Church Planter
  • Missionary
  • Missions Pastor
  • Missions Professor
  • Itinerant Evangelist
  • Adjunct Ministry Professor

Curriculum Examples

Modern Trends in Global Mission
Cross-Cultural Leadership Development
Directed Research and Writing
Cultural Anthropology for Ministry
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Course Overview

This course examines recent developments in Christian mission against a four-fold backdrop. First, God’s divine governance of his world is a foundational reality to be acknowledged.

Students learn to: (1)evaluate models on leadership development in the Bible, (2)distinguish factors that impact the development of effective leaders in a specific culture, (3)compare and contrast cultural leadership styles, and (4)design a leadership development process for a specific culture.

After an on campus orientation, learners will design and carry out an online research project under the direction of a D.Ics faculty member.

This course provides basic understandings in cultural anthropology for effective cross-cultural and multicultural ministries.

Doctoral Seminar Schedule

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for the Doctor of Ministry program, the applicant must have a Seminary MA or M.Div degree (3.0 GPA), and have full-time professional ministry experience (length varies depending on the degree).


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Admission Requirements

Grace Theological Seminary welcomes applications from all individuals who have a testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

To be admitted as a Grace Theological Seminary student, you’re asked to provide:

  • Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. (If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to

  • A spiritual life reference

  • International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.