DSP4120 Launching & Leading a Diaspora Ministry

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Gary Fujino

Course Description:

Introduction to the implementation and practice of diaspora ministry. Theory and knowledge learned in other diaspora courses will be reviewed and then applied to the students work in this course. Students will pinpoint and reach out to a specific diaspora population, solidifying their vision, developing a plan, and putting it into practice.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Understanding and studying diasporas are one thing but what about doing diaspora? This course will train those burdened for peoples on the move on how to start, develop and lead a ministry that reaches out to and impacts diverse diasporic populations: victims of human trafficking, students, businessmen, immigrants, refugees, diaspora housewives and their families, workers on temporary visas, and more.

Why This Course Is Important:

Launching and Leading a Diaspora Ministry is a vitally important class and should be one of the “marquee courses” of the MU diaspora program. This is not because I am teaching it or because I want it to be so. Rather, it is because this class is the “laboratory” and “greenhouse” for trial and error and incubation of strategies and plans for nascent practitioners in diaspora ministry. With me, at least, all the courses I teach will have a strong practical emphasis but this course is the only one where practicum will be the primary and central focus.