Christian Mission

The Christian mission minor prepares you 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 you understand your calling and employ your gifts in loving God and your neighbor through any chosen occupational field.

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Minor requirements

REL 290 - Christian Witness and Community Development
An examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), as reasoned response (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as the practice of social justice. Prerequisite: REL262 (4 credits)
REL 294 - Introduction to Christian Missions
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: REL262(2 credits)
REL 295 - Intercultural Communication
Christian ministry and mission is essentially an ongoing process ofinteracting effectively with others in ways appropriate to one's message andglobal/local contexts. By providing a progressively integrated understandingof intercultural issues, this course will enable students to applyprinciples of communication through their particular vocation or ministry sothat they connect theory with models and practice to appropriatelycommunicate the Gospel message across cultures and micro-cultures. (2credits)
REL 390CC - World Religions
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) The major religionsof the world are examined in the light of Christian faith. This courseemphasizes the interaction of religion and culture with a view tocross-cultural understanding. In-depth research into a specific topicrelated to world religions is required.
REL 392 - Topics in Missiology
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.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
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REL 310 - Christian Spirituality
(2 credits)A study of the meaning, purpose and practices of Christian spirituality asthis has been understood in the Christian tradition. The course emphasizesthe practice of spiritual disciplines and the relevance of spirituality inour contemporary world.Prerequisite: REL250.
REL 317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies
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: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL 322 - Topics in New Testament Studies
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: REL110 and sophomore class standing.(2 credits)
REL 328WI - Biblical Interpretation and Theology
(Writing intensive) An examination of the past and present methods and proposals for BiblicalInterpretation and Biblical Theology. The course will analyze and critiquevarious models for hermeneutics and theological interpretation and alsoassist students in constructing exegetical methods that are biblicallybased, theologically informed and culturally relevant. In this WritingIntensive course for Religion and CE/YM majors, students will developresearch and writing skills that will benefit them in a variety ofvocational paths within the field of religion. Prerequisite: REL150. (4 credits)
REL 375 - Topics in Theology
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: REL110 and 262.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
SOC 290CC - Cultural Anthropology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) 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

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