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