BACHELOR OF ARTS:

MISSIONS

Many have said of missions that it expresses the heart of God, and surely there is no greater task than to bring the message of hope in Jesus Christ to the world. The Missions major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the biblical principles and cultural, social, and personal issues related to being an effective witness for Christ in the twenty-first century. Students who complete the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications to serve as a Christian missionary, either on a home or foreign field.

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the Missions program will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.

3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.

4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.

5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.

6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.

7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

1. Articulate the Biblical basis of world missions and the role of the Church in missions, and exhibit a broad knowledge of history, geography, peoples, and governments.

2. Prove their ability to research and report on the historical, ethnic, religious, social, cultural, and political background of the areas in which they may serve through assigned research projects and area studies.

3. Display a broad knowledge of the history of the development of missions and the state of the Church and missionary status in foreign countries.

4. Demonstrate their personal commitment to missions by discerning and testifying to what they believe to be God’s specific will for them.

5. Communicate Biblical truths in a cross‑cultural setting and distinguish between Christian faith and human culture.

6. Reveal a competency in and understanding of missionary principles and practices as a result of course requirements in the missions curriculum and manifest the ability to adapt to a different culture through a practicum program.

7. Demonstrate their ability to relate effectively and intelligently to supporting churches.

8. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.

MISSIONS Required Courses

I. Division of Bible and Ministry [83 hours]

Division Core

Part I. Bible Concentration:

17 hours

BI205

Bible Study Methods

3 hours

NT102

New Testament Survey

3 hours

OT101

Old Testament Survey

3 hours

TH302

Doctrine of Holiness

2 hours

TH308

Teachings of Friends

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

NT211 Transformational Life & Leadership of Christ (3 hours)

NT241 Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

NT362 Acts (3 hours)

NT346 Writings of John (3 hours)

Part II. Foundations for Ministry:

10 hours

CM104

Personal Evangelism Seminar

1 hour

CM107

Survey of Church Ministry

3 hours

MI2083

Intercultural Ministry

3 hours

SL101

Spiritual Formation I

3 hours

Additional Bible/Theology:

18 hours

BI206

Hermeneutics

3 hours

NT313

New Testament Greek III

3 hours

NT314

New Testament Greek IV

3 hours

TH105

Basic Beliefs

2 hours

TH304

Apologetics

2 hours

TH333

Theology of Missions

2 hours

3 hours chosen from NT or OT electives

3 hours

Professional Ministry Courses

38 hours

CM223

Biblical and Historical Models of Ministry

3 hours

CM305

Ministry Leadership

3 hours

CM306

Ministry Management

3 hours

MI217

Missionary Principles and Practices

3 hours

MI316

World Religions and Ideologies

3 hours

MI322

Church Planting and Evangelism

3 hours

MI393

Area Studies (Urban/Rural Studies)

3 hours

MI399

Practicum

2 hours

MI425

Contextualization of Theology

3 hours

PM313

Homiletics I

3 hours

PM412

Counseling for Christian Leaders

3 hours

PY242

Interpersonal Relationships

3 hours

SL202

Spiritual Formation II

3 hours

II. Division of General Studies [45 hours]

Division Core

Communications:

12 hours

IT101/02

Introduction to Computer Applications

3 hours

EN101

College Writing

3 hours

EN202

Research and Writing

3 hours

SP201/02

Fundamentals of Speech

3 hours

Humanities:

6 hours

PH205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

7 hours

EN109

Personal Effectiveness

1 hour

PY103

General Psychology

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

SS201Western Civilization I (3 hours)

SS223 American History I (3 hours)

SO211 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

Science and Mathematics:

6 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MA103 Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

MA108 College Algebra (3 hours)

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

Any Science Elective

Additional General Studies Requirements:

14 hours

LA223

Using NT Greek I

2 hours

LA224

Using NT Greek II

2 hours

MI223

Cultural Anthropology

3 hours

PY204

Marriage and Family

3 hours

3 hours chosen from literature (LI) courses

3 hours

1 hour chosen from any General Education elective

1 hour

128 hours total