The Christian Mission minor prepares students for intercultural competence in Christian ministry. The program integrates biblical and theological reflection with opportunities for experiential learning. Demographic changes in North America coupled with globalization have enormous implications for how we engage in mission. The minor helps students understand their calling and employ their gifts in loving God and their neighbor through any chosen occupational field.
|REL 290 - Christian Witness and Community Development
(4 credits) This course is an examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), reasoned defense (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as social action (justice). Students will explore the meaning of the gospel, in the context of a biblical theology of God's holistic plan of redemption, and various models of evangelism, apologetics and justice, especially the model of Christian community development. Prerequisite: REL250 or permission of instructor.
|REL 294 - Introduction to Christian Missions
(2 credits) A general overview of the biblical foundations and historical evolution of Christian mission, with special emphasis upon the modern development of mission theory and practice. Prerequisite: REL250.
|REL 295 - Intercultural Communication
(2 credits) Christian ministry and mission is essentially an ongoing process of
interacting effectively with others in ways appropriate to one's message and global/local
contexts. By providing a progressively integrated understanding of
intercultural issues, this course will enable students to apply principles of
communication through their particular vocation or ministry so that they
connect theory with models and practice to appropriately communicate the Gospel
message across cultures and micro-cultures.
|REL 390 - World Religions
(4 credits) The major religions of India, East Asia and the Middle East are examined in the light of the Christian faith. This course emphasizes the interaction of religion and culture with a view to cross-cultural understanding. In-depth research into a specific culture and religion is required.
|REL 392 - Topics in Missiology
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A topical and selective study of major missiological themes, permitting students to read and reflect intensively upon the nature and challenge of Christian mission. Topics will vary from year to year. Sample topics might include Religious Conversion, The Finality of Christ in a Pluralistic World, Interfaith Dialogue, Contextualization, Women in Mission Yesterday and Today. Prerequisite: REL294 or permission of instructor.
|Choose 8 credits:
|REL 310 - Christian Spirituality
(2 credits) A study of the meaning, purpose and practices of Christian spirituality as
this has been understood in the Christian tradition. The course emphasizes the
practice of spiritual disciplines and the relevance of spirituality in our
contemporary world. Prerequisite: REL250.
|REL 317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies
(2 credits) A study of a single book or larger section of the Old Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the Old Testament. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the Pentateuch, the Historical Writings, the Prophets, and the Poetic and Wisdom books. Prerequisites: REL150 and sophomore class standing.
|REL 322 - Topics in New Testament Studies
(2 credits) A study of a single book or larger section of the New Testament or a current area of critical inquiry concerning the New Testament. Possible topics include the Synoptic Gospels, the Book of Acts, the Johannine Literature, the Epistolary Literature, the Apocalypse. Prerequisite: REL150 and sophomore class standing.
|REL 328WI - Biblical Interpretation and Theology
(4 credits) (Writing intensive) An examination of the past and present methods and
proposals for Biblical Interpretation and Biblical Theology. The course will
analyze and critique various models for hermeneutics and theological
interpretation and also assist students in constructing exegetical methods that
are biblically based, theologically informed and culturally relevant. In this
Writing Intensive course for Religion and CE/YM majors, students will develop
research and writing skills that will benefit them in a variety of vocational
paths within the field of religion. Prerequisite: REL150.
|REL 375 - Topics in Theology
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of one or more standard areas of theology, (such as the doctrines of Revelation, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Humanity, Salvation, the Church, and Last Things) from a classical as well as a contemporary perspective. Prerequisites: REL150 and REL250.
|SOC 290 - Cultural Anthropology
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society or Cross-Cultural Engagement. Cannot count toward meeting both requirements) This course is about learning a way of seeing and understanding other cultures and our own culture(s) - introducing and drawing on ideas and insights from the field of Cultural Anthropology. In a globalizing and increasingly interconnected world these ideas and insights can serve a critical need in helping us understand and learn how to live in with cultural diversity and complexity. Thus the value of this course is in learning a new way of seeing and understanding, a way that helps us think about what it means to be human, a way that helps us understand and live with our neighbors - locally and globally.
|Total credits required: 24