School of Evangelism and Missions

Missions and Evangelism

Applied Ministry

APLEV 3201 Practicum
A practicum serves as a structured and significant educational experience that takes place in a church, institution, or community environment under the supervision of ministry mentors and the guidance of the Applied Ministry Division. This experience is intended to give students the opportunity to develop specialized skills in an actual ministry practice setting. May be taken to substitute for MISSN 3100 - Introduction to Missions Practicum or EVANG 3000 if practicum is completed within one year of the missions or evangelism course.

APLEV 3202 Practicum
A practicum serves as a structured and significant educational experience that takes place in a church, institution, or community environment under the supervision of ministry mentors and the guidance of the Applied Ministry Division. This experience is intended to give students the opportunity to develop specialized skills in an actual ministry practice setting. May be taken to substitute for MISSN 3100 - Introduction to Missions Practicum or EVANG 3000 if practicum is completed within one year of the missions or evangelism course.

APLEV 3203 Crossover Evangelism
A practicum serves as a structured and significant educational experience that takes place in a church, institution, or community environment under the supervision of ministry mentors and the guidance of the Applied Ministry Division. This experience is intended to give students the opportunity to develop specialized skills in an actual ministry practice setting. May be taken to substitute for MISSN 3100 - Introduction to Missions Practicum or EVANG 3000 if Crossover Evangelism is completed within one year of the missions or evangelism course.

APLEV 4031 Applied Ministry I
Focuses on the actual hands-on ministry experience under the mentorship of a qualified individual. The place and type of ministry should reflect the basic philosophy of the Fish School's emphases on evangelism and missions. Students are required to spend 21 hours in ministry as well as 7 hours of mentorship and 14 hours of peer mentoring for every hour of credit. The peer mentoring group will meet every week at the designated time. Prerequisite: EVANG 3303.

APLEV 4041 Applied Ministry II
The study and application of the principles of biblical disciple-making. This course includes the preparation, observation, participation, and application of disciple-making skills. It involves the teaching of disciple-making skills in the classroom and the application of disciple-making skills through one-on-one disciple-making of a new or recent believer. Prerequisite: APLEV 4031.

APLEV 5602 Great Commission Mentorship I
APLEV 5602 provides an academic structure in which the student can participate in a formal mentorship. This course will use the mentorship process to help the student consider the ministry challenges related to the student's effectiveness in fulfilling the Great Commission.

APLEV 5612 Great Commission Mentorship II
APLEV 5612 provides an academic structure in which the student can participate in a formal mentorship. This course will use the mentorship process to help the student consider and implement Christian leadership principles necessary for a lifetime of effective Christian leadership.

APLEV 5622 Great Commission Mentorship III
APLEV 5622 provides an academic structure in which the student can participate in a formal mentorship. This course will use the mentorship process to help the student consider the personal challenges to effectiveness and survival in ministry and their remedies.

APLEV 5623 Missions Mentorship in Christian Education
This three hour mentorship provides an academic framework for mentorship in missions for the MACE student. Within the framework of a mentorship, the student receives mentorship in the personal and ministry challenges to missionary service, as well as principles of fulfilling the Great Commission.

APLEV 5632 Great Commission Mentorship IV
APLEV 5632 provides an academic structure in which the student can participate in a formal mentorship. This course will use the mentorship process to help the student consider and implement the relationship skills necessary for effective Christian leadership.

APLEV 5654 Intensive Mentorship
Prerequisite determined by the Mentorship Program Director.

Missions and Evangelism

Church Vitalization

CHVIT 5002 Church Vitalization Reading Seminar I
Intensive reading in the discipline of church vitalization.

CHVIT 5012 Church Vitalization Reading Seminar II
Intensive reading in the discipline of church vitalization.

CHVIT 7002 Church Vitalization Reading Seminar I
Intensive reading in the discipline of church vitalization.

CHVIT 7012 Church Vitalization Reading Seminar II
Intensive reading in the discipline of church vitalization.

CHVIT 7022 Church Vitalization Reading Seminar III
Intensive reading in the discipline of church vitalization.

CHVIT 7032 Church Vitalization Reading Seminar IV
Intensive reading in the discipline of church vitalization.

CHVIT 7604 Church Planting and Vitalization
An advanced study of the essential principles for starting and multiplying churches. Attention is given to biblical, historical, missiological, and contemporary perspectives of church planting, with an emphasis on issues related to church planting leadership.

CHVIT 7704 Church Growth and Vitalization
A study of the principles of the classic Church Growth Movement and their biblical basis with an emphasis on current trends in church growth methodology. Attention is also given to the history of the classic Church Growth Movement and its derivatives.

CHVIT 7804 Revitalization and the Local Church
This seminar focuses on issues of church health and revitalization by examining stagnation problems and solutions related to such issues as ecclesiology, church conflict, church discipline, discipleship, worship style, prayer, fellowship, and evangelism.

CHVIT 7814 Ecclesiological Issues in Church Vitalizations
An advanced study of ecclesiological issues in church vitalization (Topics selected with each course offering).

CHVIT 7994 Capturing Time: Oral History Techniques
Pivotal intersections of place, time, events, and people that shaped present reality affect modern perceptions. Traditional evidence grants frameworks for interpretation and historians clarify human activity using such evidence. Oral historians, however, freeze significant moments, lived again through the memories of history's actors. Halting time requires newly developing historical skills and use of technologies unknown prior to the 20th century. This course introduces doctoral students to these skills and guides them to produce a limited and focused oral history, qualitative research project, as documentary evidence that captures time and aids in interpreting history.

Missions and Evangelism

Evangelism

EVANG 3303 Contemporary Evangelism
An introduction to the nature and practice of evangelism with emphases upon the biblical, theological, and practical applications within the context of the local church. Special emphases will be given to the principles and practices of evangelistic church growth and personal witnessing. (Female students in Women's Studies concentration may substitute WOMST 4053(WOMIN 3313) in lieu of EVANG 3303.)

EVANG 4313 Theology of Evangelism
The study of theology doctrines relating to the practice and study of evangelism.

EVANG 4383 Evangelistic Preaching (PRCHG 4383)
A study in the preparation and delivery of biblical sermons with emphasis on the element of persuasion. Biblical sermons will be prepared from selected evangelistic passages. Special attention will be given to the invitation, the evangelistic series, a program of evangelistic preaching, and the sermons of great evangelists.

EVANG 5002 Evangelism Reading Seminar I

EVANG 5012 Evangelism Reading Seminar II

EVANG 5313 New Religious Movements
A study of the four major, American, non-Christian, new religious movements and of other minority religions in the United States. History, beliefs, and methods of sharing the message of Christ with members of these groups will be discussed.

EVANG 5323 Issues in Evangelism
An intensive study of selected current issues in evangelism and their impact on evangelism theory and strategy.

EVANG 5333 Evangelism and Missions in the Book of Acts
An intensive study of evangelism and missions in the book of Acts. Special emphasis will be given to the work of the Holy Spirit, personal and church evangelism, cross-cultural communication of the gospel, and missiological insights into the role of culture in Great Commission ministry.

EVANG 5343 Spiritual Awakenings
An examination of the history and theology of revival movements in the modern era. Particular attention is given to the social contexts of key spiritual awakenings, as well as theological and methodological concerns related to selected revival movements.

EVANG 5353 Jesus and Personal Evangelism
A detailed study of evangelism in the life and ministry of Jesus. A thorough investigation of the strategy of Jesus along with case studies of his efforts in personal evangelism.

EVANG 5363 Trends in Church Evangelism
A study of selected current and controversial trends in church evangelism. New and innovative methods will be emphasized, analyzed, and critiqued.

EVANG 5373 Event Evangelism
A study of the use of special events for evangelistic purposes. Attention will be given to evangelism through revivals and crusades as well as events in athletics, seasonal celebrations, men's ministries, women's ministries, and age group ministries.

EVANG 5393 Media-Based Evangelism
An analysis of various forms of media (e.g., radio, television, movies, literature, social networking, and internet) for the purposes of personal and church-based evangelism. Specific attention will be given to examining and implementing media techniques from a biblical perspective.

EVANG 5403 Discipleship Evangelism (SPFRM 5403)
A study of the disciplines of the Christian life as they relate to evangelism. The modern Discipleship movement will be studied along with the philosophy and strategy of disciple-making. The practice of making disciples will be part of the course.

EVANG 5423 Urban Evangelism Practicum
A study of the urban area, the people, their needs, and various methods of evangelism and church growth. Time will be spent in lectures, assigned readings, and research, as well as in an urban area, observing the challenges and participating in various ministries utilized by churches and denominational agencies.

EVANG 5433 Women's Evangelism and Discipleship Practicum (WOMIN 5303)
Practical training in discipleship which emphasizes a daily walk with the Lord including Bible study, prayer, fellowship, ministry, witness, and other Christian disciplines. Time will be spent in research, observation, implementation, and evaluation of various discipleship ministries.

EVANG 5450 Reach This Nation Evangelism Practicum
One week will be spent in a local church participating in a revival meeting.

EVANG 5453 Reach This Nation Evangelism Practicum
A study of local church evangelistic outreach methods with special attention to the preparation for local church revival. Class sessions will be devoted to orientation, assigned readings, preparation and evaluation. One week will be spent in a local church participating in a revival meeting.

EVANG 5463 Church Planting in Urban Contexts (MISSN 5453)
This course considers the unique challenges of and strategies for evangelism, church planting, and church growth among urban peoples in the United States and abroad. Students will explore the theological, sociological, and missiological aspects of ministry in the urban areas.

EVANG 5483 Directed Study

EVANG 5493 Directed Study

EVANG 7002 Evangelism Reading Seminar I
Intensive reading in the discipline of evangelism.

EVANG 7012 Evangelism Reading Seminar II
Intensive reading in the discipline of evangelism.

EVANG 7022 Evangelism Reading Seminar III
Intensive reading in the discipline of evangelism.

EVANG 7032 Evangelism Reading Seminar IV
Intensive reading in the discipline of evangelism.

EVANG 7042 Evangelism Reading Seminar V
Intensive reading in the discipline of evangelism.

EVANG 7052 Evangelism Reading Seminar VI
Intensive reading in the discipline of evangelism.

EVANG 7634 History of Spiritual Awakenings
A study of spiritual awakenings in the church from the 18th century to the present. Beginning with Pietism, revivals on the European continent and in America will be studied. Source materials, especially newspaper accounts of revival crusades held by great evangelists from the 18th century to the present, will be examined.

EVANG 7644 The Methods and Influence of American Evangelists
A study of the methods and influence of prominent American Evangelists. Special attention will be given to their spiritual formation, biblical and theological views, creative evangelistic strategies, and worldwide evangelistic influence.

EVANG 7654 Effective Church Growth Evangelism in the Contemporary World
A study of methods of evangelism as they relate to contemporary culture. Included will be an in-depth study of conversion and the processes of communication necessary to bring people to commitment. Church growth methods will be studied and evaluated in order to develop effective strategies.

EVANG 7664 Evangelism in Acts

EVANG 7674 Evangelism in the Early Church
An in-depth study of evangelism within the early church. Beginning with the evangelism of Jesus, particular attention will be given to the inception of New Testament evangelism, development, progress, obstacles overcome, strategies utilized, leaders, and impact upon humanity through A.D. 430.

EVANG 7694 Evangelism in the Middle Ages and the Reformation
An in depth study of evangelism from the death of Augustine in A.D. 430 to the death of John Knox in A.D. 1572. Beginning with the death of Augustine, particular attention will be given to the evangelistic leaders, movements, doctrines that impact evangelism, and the evangelistic strategies. Particular attention will be given to the reformers.

EVANG 7714 Theological Issues in Evangelism
An advanced study of theological issues in evangelism (Topics selected with each course offering).

EVANG 7724 History of Southern Baptist Evangelism
This seminar surveys the history of evangelism in the Southern Baptist Convention (1845-Present), by examining and evaluating evangelism as practiced through the Home Mission Board/North American Mission Board and by Convention evangelism leaders and evangelists.

EVANG 7734 The Evangelist in Bibl & Hist Perspt
This seminar surveys the role of evangelists from the perspectives of New Testament evidences, as well as historical evangelical contexts, specifically among British Baptists to the present day.

EVANG 7954 Evangelistic Preaching
An examination of the history, delivery, and theology of evangelistic preaching. Special attention will be directed toward the theology of evangelistic preaching and its impact on noteworthy evangelists throughout antiquity.

EVANG 7994 Capturing Time: Oral History Techniques
Pivotal intersections of place, time, events, and people that shaped present reality affect modern perceptions. Traditional evidence grants frameworks for interpretation and historians clarify human activity using such evidence. Oral historians, however, freeze significant moments, lived again through the memories of history's actors. Halting time requires newly developing historical skills and use of technologies unknown prior to the 20th century. This course introduces doctoral students to these skills and guides them to produce a limited and focused oral history, qualitative research project, as documentary evidence that captures time and aids in interpreting history.

Missions and Evangelism

Islamic Studies

ISLST 4213 Folk Islam: Approaches
The purpose of this course is an in-depth appraisal of what is referred to as Folk Islam (alternatively, Popular Islam or Everyday Islam). Orthodox Islam will only be referenced as a comparison so that Folk Islam can be differentiated from it. Although Islam claims to be unified the world over in its belief and practice, this course seeks to evaluate this in terms of the local beliefs and practices by ordinary Muslims living in their specific cultural settings in order to engage in a more effective witness.

ISLST 4223 Sharing Christ with Muslims (MISSN 5223)
Explores and evaluates the various approaches to sharing the gospel of Christ with Muslims with an emphasis on clearing away theological misconceptions, removing cultural obstacles and developing effective evangelistic and discipleship practices.

ISLST 4253 Ishmael, the Arabs, and Biblical History
A study of Arab peoples in biblical history, their social, cultural, economic, and religious development. It explores the biblical, theological, and historical circumstances that accompanied the development of the Arabian line of Abraham and their implication on Islam and on the current conflict in the Middle East.

ISLST 4273 Islamic Texts: Qur'an & Hadith
This course examines the Quran and Hadith. Studying the Quran's canonization process, internal structure, approaches to exegesis, and major themes is emphasized during the first half of this class. Focusing on the Hadith's historical development, narration and collection, and most significant literary works completes the latter. During both phases of instruction scholarly critique is offered on the above topics. This course balances the students' academic instruction with their hands-on interaction in Islam's texts and all within a Christian framework to produce greater witness.

ISLST 4283 Christian Inquiry Into Islamic Faith and Practice
This course covers the life of Muhammad and the elements that influenced and shaped his religious views. It also examines the importance of the Qur'an, the creeds of Islam and its practices, various Islamic sects and reasons that led to the spread of Islam in the past and present around the world. This course also seeks to equip the Christian believer with Biblical responses to these beliefs and practices.

ISLST 4293 Ch Planting in Muslim Context
While there are many books and courses on Church Planting in general, this course seeks to examine how churches are planted in the Muslim context specifically. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the Biblical basis for church that transcends a specific culture and at the same time can find a home in every culture. Case studies will be analyzed as well as the various models of church. Foundational to the idea of church is discipleship and so this will also be assessed and applied.

ISLST 4313 Historical Developments in Islam
A survey of the history of Islam from its inception until the present time. It examines the Pre-Islamic socio-cultural and religious setting of Arabia. It discusses the contribution of Muslims to civilization during in their climactic glory under the Abbasids. Also studies the rise and demise of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the rise of various Islamic radicalist groups and their impact on society and missions. A special attention is drawn to the rise and development of the Middle East conflict as it relates to political Zionism and Arab nationalism and the role of a Christians as peace makers.

ISLST 4323 Muslims, Martyrs & Materialism
This course is an investigation of key issues within two aspects of Islamic Studies. First, it investigates the issues faced by the world of Islam such as Globalization, violence, and secularization. Secondly, it investigates the issues faced by those who seek to reach Muslims with the Gospel, such as contextualization, materialism, and aspects of theology etc.

ISLST 5002 Islamic Lit Reading Seminar I
Intensive reading in the area of Islamic lit.

ISLST 5012 Islamic Lit Reading Seminar II
Intensive reading in the area of Islamic lit.

ISLST 5483 Practicum in Islamic Ministry
A field-based practicum guided by a trained supervisor in which the student is provided opportunities for personal encounters and ministry among Islamic people in the United States and/or other countries.

ISLST 5890 Islamic Studies Summative Oral Exam
In the final semester of studies, the student will take an oral exam in the form of an interview conducted by representatives of the program and the Fish School faculty. The exam covers the scope of the concentration, taking into account the elective courses completed in the concentration.

ISLST 5893 Project for M.A. Islamic Studies
An 80 to 100 page academic report which demonstrates involvement in a missionary/evangelistic effort. The project needs to be accomplished on the field of ministry under the guidance of mission or ministry supervisors. or An 80 to 100 page academic report which demonstrates involvement in a supervised ministry project and report the results of a ministry to Islamic peoples.

ISLST 7002 Islamic Studies Reading Seminar I
An examination of Islamic sources, aiming at evaluating these writing critically and establishing relevant and appropriate uses in the missiological context(Arabic Language is encouraged, though not required).

ISLST 7012 Islamic Studies Reading Seminar II
A further examination of writings pertaining to Islam, aiming at evaluating these writing critically and establishing relevant and appropriate uses in the missiological context (Arabic Language is encouraged, though not required).

ISLST 7022 Islamic Studies Reading Seminar III
A further examination of writings pertaining to Islam, aiming at evaluating these writing critically and establishing relevant and appropriate uses in the missiological context (Arabic Language is encouraged, though not required).

ISLST 7032 Islamic Studies Reading Seminar IV
A further examination of writings pertaining to Islam, aiming at evaluating these writing critically and establishing relevant and appropriate uses in the missiological context (Arabic Language is encouraged, though not required).

ISLST 7614 Islamic History of Doctrine and Trends
A historical and doctrinal analysis of the main teaching, practices, and trends in Islam in medieval and modern history, with application in the context of missions.

ISLST 7624 Theology in a Muslim Context
An examination of the challenges Biblical theology faces when applied to a Muslim context. Included is an analysis of the various models of contextual theology that have been applied with the purpose of evaluating both the integrity to Scripture and the integrity to the local context.

ISLST 7644 Comparative Islam Seminar
A critical and comparative study of Islamic doctrine against the background of biblical teachings. Attempts are made to surface biblical bridges useful in context of missions among Muslims.

Missions and Evangelism

Missions

MISSN 3000 Orientation for Distance Learning
Prerequisite for distance learning students (e.g. Master of Arts in Missiology or Master of Divinity with Church Planting students) enrolled in MISSN 5602 or MISSN 5643.

MISSN 3313 History of Christian Missions
An intensive study of the worldwide expansion of Christianity through missions from apostolic times to the present. This course examines and evaluates the philosophies and strategies of key missionaries and key missionaries, pivotal missionary movements, and World Christians.

MISSN 3333 Missions to People Groups
A study of the development of Christian missions in specific continents of the world. Specific people groups will be highlighted. Socio-political context, religious heritage, evangelical precursors, Baptist contributions, and contemporary strategies will be analyzed.

MISSN 3363 Introduction to Missiology
An introductory study of the theory and practice of Christian missions including biblical, theological, historical, philosophical and strategic principles and practices.

MISSN 3373 Globalization and Missions Strategies
This course analyzes developing patterns of religio-social interaction among peoples, affinity blocs, and cultures of the world with the intent of determining strategic models for doing missions in globalizing settings.

MISSN 3463 Missionary Work in Roman Catholic Cultures
An examination of the history, doctrinal beliefs, practices, and socio-religious characteristics of cultures that have been significantly influenced by Roman Catholicism. Attention will be given to the development of biblically based and culturally sensitive missionary methodologies resulting in the establishment of effective contextualized congregations.

MISSN 3473 Animistic Folk Religions: A Missionary Approach
A study of the theological and cultural implications of the supernatural power encounter between Christianity and practitioners of animistic folk religions. Topics such as worldview spiritism witchcraft, sorcery, shamanism, possession, divination, ancestor veneration, and nativistic movements will be treated. Strategies for communicating the gospel and establishing contextualized congregations will be discussed.

MISSN 3493 Refugee Church Growth
An examination of the demographic and 478 sociographic characteristics of specific ethnic groups in the United States (e.g., African American, Asian American, Hispanic American), an analysis of historic strategies and methodologies employed, and the development of contemporary strategies for the growth of ethnic congregations. Emphasis on specific cultural groups will be announced.

MISSN 3503 Introduction to Church Growth
An intensive study of the modern Church Growth Movement with an emphasis on the principles and practices that contribute to the health and resulting growth of churches. Special attention is given to contemporary innovative church growth methodologies.

MISSN 3613 Field Language Acquisition I
Credit earned for learning field language under International Mission Board Supervisor.

MISSN 3623 Field Language Acquisition II
Credit earned for learning field language under International Mission Board Supervisor.

MISSN 3723 Paul & His Missionary Methods
An examination of Paul's calling as an apostle to the Gentiles, his understanding and presentation of the gospel, his model of contextualization, and the contours of his missionary practice.

MISSN 4303 Missions in North America
A study of the history of the North American Mission Board (previously Home Mission Board) its epochs and emphases. Special attention will be given to contemporary strategies for reaching the North America with the gospel and starting culturally relevant churches.

MISSN 4333 Major Living Religions of the World
An introductory study of the major living religions (e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian Religions, Judaism, and Islam) which are encountered in carrying out the missionary mandate. Strategies for establishing a presence, communicating the Christian message, and developing contextualized congregations will be discussed.

MISSN 4353 Biblical Foundations of Mission
An analysis of the biblical and theological foundations for Christian missions. The course focuses on reading the Bible "missiologically" by reviewing great texts which speak to the eternal plan of God to make salvation known to all peoples.

MISSN 4373 Missionary Anthropology
A comprehensive study of cultural anthropology with special reference to principles needed for effective cross-cultural adjustment, communication, and missionary work at home or abroad. Special attention is given to social structures, thought forms, and social change in light of the missionary's role as a change agent.

MISSN 4413 Europe: Missions to People Groups
A study of the development of Christian missions in Europe. Specific people groups will be highlighted. Socio-political context, religious heritage, evangelical precursors, Baptist contributions, and contemporary strategies will be analyzed.

MISSN 4433 Business as Missions
A study of the origin, models and principles of doing business as missions. This course will examine the developing theory as well as analyze case studies, and thereby investigate whether business is a valid and effective way of doing missions, in particular in those parts of the world where traditional methods of missions may be having a limited effect. The purpose is to enable students to understand how and when to use business as missions and/or partner with those who are doing so.

MISSN 4463 Leadership and Teams in Missions
A study of principles and models for leadership and teams in missions. Students work in teams to obtain experience and sharpen skills for future missions and ministry involvement.

MISSN 4473 Medicine in Missions
A study in medicine and medical care for missions. An emphasis will be placed on personal and family medical care and health for those preparing to work in another culture. Principle as well as practical approaches will be studied.

MISSN 4493 Introduction to North American Church Planting
A study of the essential principles for starting and multiplying Baptist New Testament churches in North American settings. This course establishes biblical, spiritual, evangelistic, leadership, and strategic foundations for church planting. Students will be assisted in selecting and developing the church planting models that are best suited for them in light of their calling and giftedness within the various contexts of North America.

MISSN 4503 Introduction to International Church Planting
A study of the essential principles for starting and multiplying Baptist New Testament churches in international settings. This course establishes biblical, spiritual, evangelistic, philosophical, leadership and strategic foundations for church planting. It enables students to study people groups, form teams, employ effective communication methods and utilize the church planting models that facilitate reaching people with the gospel, thoroughly discipling them, and enabling them to establish multiplying indigenous congregations in their cultural contexts.

MISSN 4563 Strategies for Unreached Peoples/Cities
Study in strategic thinking and planning for reaching unreached population segments. Students take the role of Strategy Coordinator (SC) to develop a strategy plan for reaching a specific people group or city.

MISSN 4613 The 10/40 Window: Missions to People Groups
A study of the development of Christian missions in the 10/40 Window. Specific people groups will be highlighted. Socio-political context, religious heritage, evangelical precursors, Baptist contributions, and contemporary strategies will be analyzed.

MISSN 4633 Chronological Bible Storying
A study of the use of Bible stories to communicate the Christian message with people who are primary oral communicators. Special attention is given to selecting, adapting, and telling Bible stories chronologically with a view to evangelizing, discipling, training, and starting churches among adherents of non-Christian belief systems in this country and throughout the world.

MISSN 4653 Applied Anthropology for Bib Ch Plant
This course studies concepts, principles, and practices in the fields of cultural anthropology and church planting that enable missionaries to analyze a culture (including language, social structures, customs, worldview, etc.) and make the proper cultural adjustments in order to effectively communicate the gospel and facilitate the initiation and development of biblically informed contextualize churches. 3 hours credit

MISSN 4663 Spiritual Warfare
This course is designed to examine relevant biblical texts related to spiritual warfare, explore a theology of spiritual warfare, critique existing models, and discuss spiritual warfare with an emphasis on missiological implications.

MISSN 5002 Missions Reading Seminar I
Intensive reading in the discipline of missions.

MISSN 5012 Missions Reading Seminar II
Intensive reading in the discipline of missions.

MISSN 5223 Sharing Christ with Muslims (ISLST 4223)
Explores and evaluates the various approaches to sharing the gospel of Christ with Muslims with an emphasis on clearing away theological misconceptions, removing cultural obstacles and developing effective evangelistic and discipleship practices.

MISSN 5373 Cross-Cultural Communication
A specialized course which equips students to encounter another culture in which they will love, bear witness and minister. The course deals with strategies for learning a local language, customs and lifestyle, and for understanding another worldview in order to communicate the gospel more effectively. (May be taken by MDiv ICP students in lieu of MISSN 4634 Chronological Bible Storying.)

MISSN 5393 Cross-Cultural Ethics
The biblical and theological basis for character development will be explored with a view to guiding the student in discovering that which strengthens and grows Christian character, especially as it relates to decision making. The process of decision making will also be studied from biblical and theological perspectives as they relate to issues of authority, community, resources, and methodologies. Special attention is given to the development of Christian character and decision making in cross-cultural settings.

MISSN 5413 Missiological Issues
An intensive study of selected current issues in missiology and their impact on missions theory and strategy.

MISSN 5433 African Christianity: A Missionary Approach
An inquiry into the contemporary expressions of Christianity in Africa as it interacts with the rapidly growing African independent churches. A comparative analysis will be done of the existing religious groups with the purpose of developing contextualized, biblically based missionary strategies.

MISSN 5443 Human Needs Ministry and Church Planting
This course provides a solid foundation to prepare medical professionals, community ministers, pastors, and church leaders, and cross-cultural workers to meet needs strategically resulting in new disciples and new churches. The course will demonstrate how mercy ministries result in transformation of individuals and communities.

MISSN 5453 Church Planting in Urban Contexts (EVANG 5463)
This course considers the unique challenges of and strategies for evangelism, church planting, and church growth among urban peoples in the United States and abroad. Students will explore the theological, sociological, and missiological aspects of ministry in urban areas.

MISSN 5463 The Missionary Home
Study of the biblical and theological foundations of the Christian home in a missionary context. The students will be equipped to apply sound moral standards in their relationships at home with a view to building strong and dynamic families which are capable of serving together and with others as missionaries in international contexts.

MISSN 5501 One-Hour Praxis
Two weeks or more of study and missions practice. Prerequisites determined by faculty.

MISSN 5512 Two-Hour Praxis
Four to six weeks of study and ministry practice. Prerequisites determined by faculty.

MISSN 5523 Three-Hour Praxis
Generally a summer or a semester of study and ministry practice. Prerequisites determined by faculty.

MISSN 5533 Short-Term Praxis
For students with at least two years of missions experience (e.g. Journeyman, ISC or US/C2). Includes a written evaluation of field experience.

MISSN 5543 Missions Mobilization Practicum
Students mobilize strategic resources such as prayer, personnel, funds, or research in behalf of an existing missions team or strategy.

MISSN 5563 Urban Church Planting Praxis
Field-based student praxis that involves training on the role of a North American church planter and/or Strategy Coordinator. This includes the elaboration of strategies for evangelizing, discipling, and starting churches in a particular urban context.

MISSN 5573 Adv Urban Church Planting Praxis
Field-based student praxis that involves training on the role of a North American church planter and/or Internation Missions Strategist. This includes the elaboration of strategies for evangelizing, discipling, and starting churches in a particular urban context. (City and/or circumstances may vary from MISSN 5563.) Prerequisite: MISSN 5563

MISSN 5583 Practicum in World Religions
This course provides students the opportunity to study the origin, essential thought, and historical development of various world religions. It is done in a context, usually abroad, where adherents of the selected set of world religions studied at a given time live and work. The aim is to engage them with lively discussion in order to learn about their religious beliefs and to provide an interfaith witness opportunity. Two religions are studied at one time, paired from among the following: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, or Animistic or Tribal religions. Other belief systems may be selected as needed. (May also be taken to substitute for MISSN 4333 Major Living Religions of the World.)

MISSN 5593 Practicum in International Evangelism
This course prepares students to travel abroad and practice principles of cross-cultural communication of the gospel for the purpose of evangelizing people in host cultures.

MISSN 5600 Church Planter Field Enrollment
Continuous enrollment for students actively pursuing missiology or church planting degrees on the field.

MISSN 5613 Intercultural Teaching & Learning Pract
Teaching and learning are different in various cultures. This course equips students to teach cross-culturally. Students travel to a site and make theory practical doing supervised intercultural teaching.

MISSN 5643 Missions Mentorship I
This course is designed to evaluate a student's practical grasp of principles of cultural engagement, intentional witnessing, and contribution to a strategic church planting process in an international setting under a mentor's tutelage. (Entry Level)

MISSN 5653 Missions Mentorship II
This course is designed to evaluate a student's practical grasp of principles of cultural engagement, intentional witnessing, and contribution to a strategic church planting process in an international setting under a mentor's tutelage. (Advanced Level)

MISSN 5743 Church Planting Internship
This is a ten to thirteen week practical, field oriented course in which the student will work under the direction of a trained supervisor in a specific church planting assignment. Prerequisite: MISSN 4493 and MISSN 5453.

MISSN 5983 Directed Study
Directed study in the area of Missions.

MISSN 7002 Missions Reading Seminar I
Intensive reading in the discipline of missions.

MISSN 7012 Missions Reading Seminar II
Intensive reading in the discipline of missions.

MISSN 7022 Missions Reading Seminar III
Intensive reading in the discipline of missions.

MISSN 7032 Missions Reading Seminar IV
Intensive reading in the discipline of missions.

MISSN 7614 History of Missions
A study of the expansion of Christianity from its beginning through the Reformation and to the modern missions period.

MISSN 7624 Contemporary Southern Baptist Missiology: 1945-Present
A seminar which assesses critically, by standard historical research and/or use of oral history techniques, the missiological models, methods, and trends of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board from the end of World War II to the present.

MISSN 7634 Witnessing to Living Religions
A study of the bridges and barriers in witnessing to world religions and folk religions.

MISSN 7654 Missionary Strategy
An evaluation of historical and contemporary strategies employed by missionaries in different settings in search of best practice benchmarks.

MISSN 7664 World Christian Movement 1910-PRESENT
In the 20th century, Christianity's center of gravity shifted from the West to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. This course itemizes categorical distinctions within this movement, historically tracks its branches of development, analyzes influences that bear upon it, and suggests ways to engage these realities missiologically in the future.

MISSN 7674 Intercultural Communication
An examination of the dynamic of intercultural communication, integrating biblical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspectives with particular attention given to issues of worldview and the contextualization of missionary strategies.

MISSN 7694 Theological Foundations for Missions
An analysis of the mandate for missions in Scripture and a review of contemporary theologies of missions.

MISSN 7714 Historical and Theological Issues in 21st Century World Christianity
An advanced historical and theological survey which analyzes prominent factors and developments in the expanding realities of the World Christian Movement, especially during the 21st century.

MISSN 7724 Theology in the Context of World Christianity
An advanced study exploring the impact of World Christianity on the discipline of Christian theology.

MISSN 7734 Paul & His Missionary Methods
An advanced exegetical examination of Paul's missionary methods.

MISSN 7984 Biblical Foundations and Applications of Classic Church Growth Principles
An examination of selected principles from the classic Church Growth Movement, their biblical foundations, and their application to current missions settings.

MISSN 7994 Capturing Time: Oral History Techniques
Pivotal intersections of place, time, events, and people that shaped present reality affect modern perceptions. Traditional evidence grants frameworks for interpretation and historians clarify human activity using such evidence. Oral historians, however, freeze significant moments, lived again through the memories of history's actors. Halting time requires newly developing historical skills and use of technologies unknown prior to the 20th century. This course introduces doctoral students to these skills and guides them to produce a limited and focused oral history, qualitative research project, as documentary evidence that captures time and aids in interpreting history.

Missions and Evangelism

Modern Language

MODLG 3503 Introduction to Sight-Reading the Qur'an
This course is designed to introduce students to the Arabic language through a study of the Qur'an. The course also familiarizes students with the basic structure of the Muslim scripture, its textual history, and select qur'anic texts of interest to those engaged in ministry among Muslim peoples. No previous knowledge of Arabic is required.

MODLG 3513 Beginning Arabic I
A study of the basic grammatical forms and functions of the Arabic language, including the acquiring of a basic vocabulary. Emphasis will be on both the spoken and written language.

MODLG 3523 Beginning Arabic II
A study of more advanced grammar of the Arabic language, with practice in both reading and speaking. Study and analysis of simple to intermediate level texts will be included. Prerequisite: MODLG 3513

MODLG 4513 Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic
A study of the grammar and vocabulary of the Arabic language at the intermediate level with specific application to the Qur'an and the analysis of appropriate verses useful in the Christian-Muslim interaction. Prerequisite: MODLG 3523

MODLG 4523 Advanced Qur'anic Arabic
A study of the grammar and vocabulary of the Arabic language at the advanced intermediate level with specific application to the Qur'an and the analysis of appropriate verses useful in the Christian-Muslim interaction. Prerequisite: MODLG 4513

Missions and Evangelism

Spiritual Formation

SPFEV 3101 Spiritual Formation I
The study and practice of corporate worship, involving participation in chapel, plenary lectures on personal worship, and small group interaction and accountability.

SPFEV 3111 Spiritual Formation II
The study and practice of personal worship, involving participation in chapel, plenary lectures on personal worship, and small group interaction and accountability.

Doctoral Studies

Missions & Evangelism

DMNME 6114 Theology of Evangelism and Missions
This seminar examines the theological dimensions of evangelism and missions and their application to the world scene today. The seminar focuses in on the nature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the missiological nature of the church.

DMNME 6124 History of Evangelism and Missions

DMNME 6134 Anthropology and Contextualization

DMNME 6154 Evangelism & Missions in the Local Ch

DMNME 6164 Biblical Foundations for Evang/Missions

DMNME 6212 Expansion of the Christian Movement: The History of Evangelism and Missions
This seminar explores the historical development of evangelism and missions. Special attention is given to the church on mission and historical trends since 1792.

DMNME 6312 Strategic Planning and Leadership Development
This seminar explores specific aspects related to quality leadership, effective communication, team building, and strategic ministry planning.

DMNME 6400 Professional Thesis in Progress

DMNME 6406 Professional Dissertation

DMNME 6408 Professional Thesis in Progress

Doctoral Studies

World Christian Studies

WCSTU 7402 Mentor Tutorial I
Under the supervision of the mentor tutor the student will compose a dissertation prospectus for oral defense.

WCSTU 7412 Mentor Tutorial II
Under the supervision of the mentor tutor the student will compose a dissertation prospectus for oral defense.

WCSTU 7442 Mentor Tutorial III
Under the supervision of the mentor tutor the student will develop a thesis and prepare for the summer annual oral comprehensive exam.

WCSTU 7452 Mentor Tutorial IV
Under the supervision of the mentor tutor the student will develop a thesis and prepare for the summer annual oral comprehensive exam.

WCSTU 7482 Mentor Tutorial V
Under the supervision of the mentor tutor the student will continue to develop a thesis and prepare for the summer annual oral comprehensive exam.

WCSTU 7492 Mentor Tutorial VI
Under the supervision of the mentor tutor the student will continue to develop a thesis and prepare for the summer annual oral comprehensive exam.

WCSTU 7502 Colloquia I
A complement to each residential period of each research seminar session requires students to reflect, critique, and interact with one another regarding issues that arise from a given year's research seminar's focus, as well as prospectus development.

WCSTU 7532 Colloquia II
A complement to each residential period of each research seminar session requires students to reflect, critique, and interact with one another regarding issues that arise from a given year's research seminar's focus, as well as prospectus development.

WCSTU 7562 Colloquia III
A complement to each residential period of each research seminar session requires students to reflect, critique, and interact with one another regarding issues that arise from a given year's research seminar's focus, as well as prospectus development.

WCSTU 7592 Colloquia IV
A complement to each residential period of each research seminar session requires students to reflect, critique, and interact with one another regarding issues that arise from a given year's research seminar's focus, as well as prospectus development.

WCSTU 7604 Research Techniques for World Christian Studies
This introductory seminar examines the nature, scope, and research techniques in the fields of population, cultural, and historical studies as related to these integrated disciplines entailed in the discipline of World Christian Studies.

WCSTU 7634 Christian Historical Fusions
This seminar analyzes historical developments with a backward momentum. Researchers begin with the present realities of peoples and cultures then probe into Christian pasts to expand and enlarge understanding of contemporary Christian experiences in global perspective.

WCSTU 7654 Christian Theol in the Non-Western Wrld
This seminar identifies the processes of non-Western self-theologizing, examines the resulting emergence of new questions, expressions, and perspectives, and investigates ways that other Christians can incorporate these global perspectives into their own theologizing. Four Hours

WCSTU 7674 Syncretism and Global Christianity
This course will explore the impact of select non-Christian living world religions on Christianity in each major region of the world. Topics will include syncretism, theology of religion, and Christian apologetics / evangelism inside non-Christian majority cultures.

WCSTU 7694 Transmissions of Faiths and Cultures
This seminar studies religious experiences common to humanity, how these form and formed into major world religions, and the distinct and unique claims of Christ in relation to the new religious movements that formed in reaction to these cultural dynamics. The outcome is a global perspective on the present and future interfaces of each.

WCSTU 7702 Teaching in Global Higher Education
A one-week session in which students gather at an institutional setting outside the USA for focused on-site study of the teaching and learning dynamics in cross-cultural settings, observe and interview students and faculty at the host institution, and learn from each other. Each student develops and refines teaching materials.

WCSTU 7901 Annual Comprehensive Exam #1

WCSTU 7911 Annual Comprehensive Exam #2

WCSTU 7921 Annual Comprehensive Exam #3

WCSTU 7990 Dissertation Defense