IS 0513 History of World Missions
Ruth A. Tucker
The story of missions from the days following the early church to contemporary times outlines the leaders, the legacy and the lasting impact of committed men and women of God throughout history.
(Textbook: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker)
IS 0523 Missions 101
Dr. Jerry Williamson
Missions 101 is a two part course. Part One: Global Pathway is designed, step by step, on how to prepare the local church to become a Great Commission Church which impacts not only the local area, but fulfills its mission to the entire word. Part Two: Steps to the Mission Field is a track for full-time missionary service, giving the process for every minister to grow into his/her ministry.
IS 0533 Mission Addiction
Dr. David Shibley
In this course you will discover a global Jesus generation that is creating discomfort in the church and change in missions worldwide. God is calling you to become part of a contagious epidemic of missions-hearted believers who will bring global fame to His Name.
(Additional book: A Force in the Earth by Dr. David Shibley) (Also MN 5443)
IS 0713 Intercultural Studies Ministry Practicum
Because the best way to learn about missions is by getting out and doing it, we require students to participate in a domestic or international cross-cultural missions trip with Global Frontier Missions. Students will spend at least forty-five (45) hours of cross-cultural ministry among Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. There will also be practical teaching, training, coaching, and debriefing as students get hands-on experience reaching out to people from all over the world. This is required for anyone desiring to obtain their associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s of ministry in intercultural studies.
IS 0723 Missionary Perspectives
This is an introduction to missions course helping students understand the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives in missions. Missionary Perspectives gives an overview of the who, what, when, where, why, and how missions has been done from the time Christ gave the Great Commission until today. Emphasis will be placed on the task remaining: the unreached people groups of the earth.
IS 0733 The Missionary Call
During this course, we will be learning about the call to missions as well as the motivation for going to the mission field. The ultimate reason that we should be going to all nations is God’s glory. Worship is both the goal and the fuel of missions. We will focus on the “why” of missions and the reason we go to the ends of the earth.
IS 0743 Church Planting Movements
This course teaches the universal elements of church planting movements. There are principles being used overseas that we can learn from where there is spontaneous, rapid multiplication of disciples making disciples and churches planting churches. We will study movements throughout the earth and talk about expansion of the kingdom.
IS 0753 Cross-Cultural Church Planting
This course teaches the process of planting churches among other cultures starting from stone clearing through leadership development. You will learn the different phases of church planting and learn concepts such as team formation, language learning, cultural acquisition, abundant gospel sowing, discovering people of peace, making disciples, planting churches, and raising up indigenous leaders.
IS 0763 Simple Church
During this course, we will talk about simplifying our definition of church. Jesus said that where two or three are gathered, he is there among them. In some ways, we have professionalized Sunday morning services and have developed a Western model of church that might not fit into other contexts. We will look at how simple and reproducible church can be by looking at the New Testament model.
IS 0773 Orality and Storytelling
During this course, we will talk about the most effective way to share the gospel with people of oral or non-literate cultures. We will talk about the power of storytelling and how chronological storying has been an effective tool in many missions contexts. We will also look at a lot of different audio and video resources that are being used overseas to disciple the nations. Storytelling is a tool that is being used all over the world in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
IS 0783 Cross-Cultural Evangelism
During this course, we will be looking at what our message is as we go overseas. Jesus said that “this message of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world and then the end will come”. So, we will focus on the message of the cross, the kingdom, and Christ. We will also look at Jesus’ model of taking a small group of disciples and pouring into them and then sending them out to do the same.
IS 0793 Cross-Cultural Communication
During this course, we will be learning about culture and how to communicate with people from other cultures. Missionaries have often been accused of exporting Western culture and values alongside the gospel. We will talk about how to identify what parts of our and other cultures are good, bad, and/or neutral. Many of the differences are not right or wrong, but simply different. We must have a good understanding of our home culture, the culture to which we are ministering, and the culture of God’s kingdom.
IS 0803 Discipling the Next Generation
During this course, we will talk about discipling the next generation of believers. We want to see people come to know Christ, but we also must make disciples who will in turn go and make other disciples. Paul instructed Timothy to take what he had learned and then to teach other faithful men who would in turn pass it on to others. We will be studying revival on college campuses where disciples are being multiplied quickly to the third and fourth generation and learning simple reproducible ways of making disciples.
IS 0813 Missions in a Pluralistic, Postmodern World
This course will be talking about church history because history tends to repeat itself and also because we can learn great things (good and bad) from our Christian heritage and missionary work from the past. We will also be talking about different forms (or wineskins) that the church has taken throughout history (house churches, traditional churches, mega-churches, emerging churches, etc.) Another major focus this week will be the shift in culture from a more modern to postmodern way of thinking and how that will affect the church, the mission field, and making disciples.