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Online Undergraduate Certificate Program in
Intercultural Mission

School: Missional College  //  Study Area: Serving Among Cultural Difference

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Intercultural Mission offers applicants to mission boards and agencies, candidates for missionary work, mission workers among culturally different peoples, and missional believers serving in their communities the following capabilities:

    • ability to relate the biblical and theological foundations of God's plan for global redemption throughout the Old and New Testament to the missional mandate within various cultures
    • ability to strategically mobilize, equip and engage Christians to join the mission of God by becoming culturally enaged in their communities
    • ability to develop strategies for living and ministering in intercultural settings including dealing with culture shock, team dynamics and observation skills
    • ability to employ current missional strategies to make disciples through church planting movements
    • ability to apply the principles and skills necessary to learn a second language/culture
    • ability to utilize basic tools of cultural anthropology to determine openings for global engagement through self-reflection and evaluation of key principles
    • ability to communicate a gospel witness in a new cultural context through applying principles arising from linguistics, contextualization, storying and the use of new developments in fields of technology

All believers have been sent by Jesus Christ to serve in the mission of God in the world just as He was sent by God - and thus should be involved in missional service wherever they are. However, for centuries, Christian churches, church groups, mission agencies, and non-profits & NGOs have sent out "missionaries" who are specifically tasked to share the gospel, start faith communities [churches] and to perform ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care, and economic development.

Intercultural mission takes this a step further. It acknowledges that missional believers as well as "missionaries" must first be culturally-engaged, that is, that missional service is relational, mutual, dialogical, open-ended, and creates space within which God’s missio dei [the mission of God] can be experienced. The Undergraduate Certificate in Intercultural Mission equips students to become missionally-driven, interculturally-focused and contextually-informed so that they may confidently engage the complexity and diversity of cultural identities today.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Bachelor completion program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving interculturally in the mission of God.

An investigation of the biblical theology of mission. The student will analyze three distinct but interrelated areas: The biblical and theological foundations of mission; the Kingdom of God as the theme of mission; and progressive revelation throughout salvation history. The student will be able to construct his/her own mission theological framework.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is designed around four vantage points or perspectives—Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. Each perspective highlights a different aspect of God's global purpose. Within the Biblical and historical sections, students will discover God's relentless work from the dawn of history until today. Study of the cultural and strategic sections will help students understand that they are in the midst of a costly, yet very doable commission.

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.

Examination of the current strategies deployed by missionaries pursuing church planting movements among unreached people groups. Through discussion, reading assignments, and presentations, the student will explore the best practices of current mission strategies.

Introduction to the highly relational nature of culture and language development. Students will explore principles and skills from observing children in a native acquisition environment and will apply the principles and skills to learning a second language/culture. Attention to formation and shifting of attitude and identity, critical period and giftedness, relationships between linguistic, mental, emotional, social and cultural learning.

Survey of the core terms, tools, and issues of cultural anthropology. Students have the opportunity to carry out and write up original research. They also practice self-reflection and evaluation of the key principles.

For effective and meaningful Christian witness to take place in the missional context of many languages and cultures, people need to have a deepening understanding of good communication principles. Communication Theory for Christian Witness builds upon the study of human communication with special attention to issues in linguistics, contextualization, storying and the use of new developments in fields of technology.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

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A Career in Navigating Cultural Difference

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International Missionary, International Church Planter, Cross-cultural Evangelist, Cross-cultural Discipleship Coordinator, Intercultural Leadership Development Specialist, Missionary Trainer, Small Group Evangelist, Mission Mobilizer, Ethnic Church Developer, Church Relations Associate, Global Director, International Project Officer, Faith and Development Manager, Missions Leader, Director of International Non-Profit Organization

 

 

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$295
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$885

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$236
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$708

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$177
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$531

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$118
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$354

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.