Intercultural Studies, M.Div.
With our globalized world today, there is an increasing need to share the good news of the Gospel with individuals in other contexts.
The Master’s in Intercultural Studies equips students to step into diverse, cross-cultural settings with humility and compassion, preparing them to share their faith, meet the needs of those around them, and develop effective ministries to advance God’s Kingdom.
The Intercultural Studies concentration helps students to prepare more strategically for cross-cultural and multicultural ministries in missions or urban settings. Many ministries in today’s world, with its mosaic of cultures and worldviews, require tools and understanding that this curriculum in intercultural studies seeks to provide. (M.Div. Core plus 12 credit hours.)
The MDiv degree program provides an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study. There are eight concentrations: General Studies, Pastoral Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Ministry, Exegetical Studies, Intercultural Studies, Women’s Leadership, and Chaplaincy Studies. Advanced Standing credit may be obtained for up to 18 credit hours of the MDiv degree and 36 credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution. The combination of Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit is limited to 36 credit hours.
The MDiv in Intercultural Studies is specially-designed for students preparing for ministry and missions service.
An intercultural studies specialist is capable of performing ministry in a wide range of diverse domestic urban, cross-cultural, and international contexts.
Missions Agency Employee
International Aid Worker
Christian Non-Profit Organization Staff
Relief Organization Executive
Non-Government Organization (NGO) Staff
Urban Church Planter
A course on the biblical basis and theological framework for world mission showing how that endeavor is the purpose of God as he reaches out to his creation.
A study of the principles and processes of communicating effectively with people from a second cultural context.
The nature of man and how his culture affects him are explored with a view to how this, in turn, affects ministry in intercultural contexts.
This course prepares the student to fit evangelism, church planting, church development, and relief ministries into the social and cultural context of the receiving people.
This course examines culture. It explores the roots of culture as a foundational and overarching expression of humanities vocations as “imaging” of God in Scripture.