Bachelor of Arts

Intercultural Ministry Emphasis

Alaska provides a unique environment for learning to work cross-culturally, because students can easily practice the principles that they learn in the classroom in real-world situations.

The key feature of our Intercultural Ministry Emphasis is the requirement that each student spend two full semesters in a cultural immersion internship in an Alaska Native community, working and learning alongside full-time missionaries.  This internship can take place in either an urban or a rural community, depending on the student’s future ministry goals.  This is possible through a partnership with InterAct Ministries, which provides the internship experience.  Students raise financial support through InterAct to cover the internship expenses.

Please note that this emphasis requires two semesters of summer coursework in order to allow time for the internship during the fall and spring semesters.

Purpose

The Intercultural Ministries emphasis prepares students to serve and lead in global ministry contexts, with particular focus on Alaska’s bush villages.

Objectives

Upon completion of the emphasis in Intercultural Ministries, the student will be prepared to:

  • Motivate the church to involvement in the Great Commission.
  • Represent Christ while learning and adapting to a culture in context and developing effective intercultural synergy.
  • Equip, empower and assist indigenous believers in evangelism, discipleship and church development.
  • Develop a long-term plan for personal spiritual growth and vitality while serving in geographic, cultural, or linguistic “isolation.”

Course Sequence

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