M.A. Intercultural Studies & Missions
The purpose of the M.A. Intercultural Studies degree program is to prepare students for leadership in cross-cultural Christian service and ministries related to the global expansion of the Church in urban, international and intercultural contexts.
Goals of the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies & Missions Degree:
- The student will understand and be able to identify the missional themes in the Bible and trace their theological importance to the task of world evangelization.
- The student will understand, experience, and gain skill through the practice of cross-cultural communication.
- The student will understand the social, cultural and theological factors involved in ministry to people from the major world religions (including animism).
- The student will gain an appreciation for people from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds and for the unique way God incarnates His Message among the diverse people groups of our world.
- The student will understand the history of the expansion of the Christian Church and the important factors that enabled this expansion.
- The student will understand the dynamics of some aspects of mission strategy such as spiritual warfare, urban ministry, holistic ministry, evangelistic methods and partnering in missions.
- The student will know how to evaluate and continue in his or her own path of spiritual transformation (Rom. 8:1-2) and be able to elicit spiritual transformation in the lives of others.
There are three Spiritual Formation Courses in the M.A. in Intercultural Studies program. These courses are designed to give structure and guidance to the student’s spiritual growth and maturity. Through a combination of class sessions, mentoring groups, spiritual disciplines and retreats we encourage one another in our intimacy with God.
Most classes are offered in 3 hour blocks scheduling; morning, afternoon, and evening classes. Some classes are offered on Saturdays, online, or through attending different conferences around the world with AGSIM faculty and staff.
M.A. Summative Project or Comprehensive Examination:
Students will choose between a written comprehensive examination or a written project based on field data collected in a second continent context. The purpose of this requirement is to enable the student to demonstrate knowledge and ability to interact with the theory and practice of cross-cultural ministry and mission in an integrative way. The student must inform his or her adviser of which option will be used to complete the degree requirements a semester before they intend to complete this requirement.