MIS4500 Intercultural Living & Ministry

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. G. Phillip Smith

Course Description:

Investigation of aspects of living and ministering in a crosscultural context. Includes the following topics: preparing to leave, culture shock, language learning, team dynamics, and observation skills in order to learn about a new or existing context. Through reading, discussion, presentations and exams, the student will investigate strategies for living and ministering in a cross cultural context.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The bachelor level course is an introduction to aspects of living cross culturally and factors one will experience in a very short amount of time. The master’s level will evaluate the differences between home and host culture so the student can determine potential risks and warning signs to avoid burnout. The student will be able to create safeguards prior to arrival to be set up for best success.

Why This Course Is Important:

From the time of the New Testament, believers have taken the Gospel to places where people have never heard the name of Jesus. Missionary attrition shows us that prepared missionaries not only stay on the field longer but also have more meaningful ministries. This course will address the issues and techniques that contribute to successful lifestyles and ministries in a cross cultural context.