BA in Intercultural Ministries & Emergency and Disaster Management

Bachelor of Arts

By combining Intercultural Ministries with an Emergency and Disaster Management major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century with the recognition that our work is our ministry. This dual program will prepare students to work in disaster/emergency vocations for the purpose of making an opening for the Good News of Jesus Christ within a diversity of cultures around the world. The combination of these programs has a storied tradition dating back to the early church. It has been a natural way for Christians to establish good influence in cultures which may otherwise be hostile to the Gospel message.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the uniqueness of Christianity in relation to other religions and assess the cultural influences.
  • Apply the basic principles of cross-cultural communication.
  • Analyze adjustments needed to effectively engage with a culture different from one's own for the purpose of participating in emergency management and the ongoing ministry which can follow.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the fields of Emergency Management and Intercultural Ministries.
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of emergency management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies, and disasters.
  • Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is emergency management.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

CM204 Technology in the Church 2 credits

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the many different ways that information technology (IT) can be used to support individuals and groups in churches. The emphasis will be on IT for personal productivity, church communications, church operations, and enhancing worship.

CM301 Preaching I 3 credits

A study of the fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Sermonic literature is studied for content, form and style.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite(s):
SP200 Basic Oral Communication

Offered annually.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

An overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts followed by a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. The course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and how those currents are related.

Offered every fall.

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PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry or other vocations. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

RELIGION - 22 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite(s):
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite(s):
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite(s):
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH404 Theology Capstone for Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification is considered in the light of Scripture and other theological schools of thought. Various views in the Wesleyan position are studied. Formerly known as Sanctification Seminar.

Prerequisite(s):
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

GB201 Hermeneutics of the Old Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

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GB202 Hermeneutics of the New Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits

A study of the principles of biblical interpretation. An intensive examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic. The application of this method to selected biblical texts as well as other systems of Jewish and Christian exegesis will be historically surveyed and evaluated.

Prerequisite(s):
GB100 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing.

Offered alternate years.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES MAJOR - 31 Credits

MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis of Missions 3 credits

This course is an extensive study of the biblical/theological basis of missions as found in the Old Testament creation narratives, the history of Israel, Israel’s worship, the prophetic witness and in the New Testament, Jesus’ Incarnation, the great commission passages, Pentecost and Paul.

Prerequisite(s):
MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions

Offered alternate years.

MI421 Trends in Missions 2 credits

A seminar course which analyzes global Christianity, evaluates contemporary cultures, reviews new frontiers in mission theory and theology, and seeks to discern the direction of Christian missions.

Prerequisite(s):
MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis in Missions
Junior Standing

Offered alternate years.

MI422 Missionary Life and Work 2 credits

Readings and research into the internal, organizational and practical aspects of missions. Selections of candidates, funding, interpersonal relationships, family vs. ministry tensions, etc. Development of a personal philosophy of missions is considered.

Offered alternate years.

MI347 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits

This course outlines the principles of communication, describes the challenge of overcoming cross-cultural barriers to communication, presents the techniques and skills used within cross-cultural communication.

Prerequisite(s):
SO211 Cultural Anthropology

Offered alternate years.

SO211 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits

A study of the elements of culture and processes of enculturation. Special studies are made of primitive cultures in today’s world. An appreciation for the diversity of man’s way of living and an attempt at objectivity are two indispensable corollaries.

Prerequisite(s):
MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions
SO101 Introduction to Sociology

SO313 World Religions 3 credits

A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

MG277 Business as Ministry 3 credits

This course is designed to integrate the business principles of a profit-making enterprise and the opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Specific emphasis will be given to how transacting business can be a witnessing tool directly and indirectly. Further, this course will explore how business can be used for tent making opportunities where conventional missionary opportunities are not possible.

SO203 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality 3 credits

This course provides a survey of the basic family organization, from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home. A Christian perspective will be emphasized, as the course deals with these relationships, as well as developing the full potential of our human sexuality.

Prerequisite(s):
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered each fall.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAJOR - 30 Credits

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MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG302 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.