Department of Intercultural Studies at ATS

“Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21
Within the Intercultural Studies department we are preparing people for a lifetime of cross-cultural and urban ministries around the world.  Holistic missions to the least reach people groups, apostolic church planting within urban centers, and strategic partnerships with the diaspora and migrants are high on our agenda.  Our goal is to equip God’s people to effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus and to disciple new Christians into communities committed to Christ.

We know that the world is increasing changing in significant ways; traditional ideas of nationality are being challenged by increasing rates of migration, globalization and urbanization and the world is facing greater crises of water, health, economics,  and war to name a few.  

We are seeing significant shifts in global Christianity.  The percentage of the world that is religious continues to increase.   Christianity is increasing shifting from the North to the Global South.  In 1970 41.3% of all Christians were from Africa, Asia or Latin America, but by 2020 this number is expected to be 64.7%. 

Cities are growing.  At the turn of the 21st century, more people are currently living in cities than in rural areas.  Cities are places of increased tension between different racial groups and the economic disparities that are prevalent.   We believe that the cities are a strategic field for apostolic church planting and we have opportunities to partner with grass-root movements started by the diaspora and migrant populations.  There is an increased need to partner together with the global Church to reach the world. 

At Alliance Graduate School of Intercultural Studies we are as concerned about your personal formation and skill acquisition as we are about your academic training.  Students will not only receive excellent academic learning, but will be challenged to grow personally through our spiritual formation classes.  Students will also have opportunity to put their skills into practice through both local and international internships. 

Here at the Intercultural Studies Department we believe our strategic location and method of training people for missions today draws on Alliance Theological Seminaries unique geographical proximity to New York City and numerous opportunities for interaction with people from all walks of life. 

To answer the challenges of mission today the Church needs committed communities of Christians dedicated to Christ, each other and the task of world evangelization.  But these people will also need to be trained to effectively communicate and minister the gospel to the millions who fill our cities.

We welcome you to come join us at the Alliance Graduate School of Missions.