Cook School of Intercultural Studies
The 10-Minute Missiologist
Learn about different missionary strategies and how Christians can engage in missions.
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Overview

Many Christians are engaged in missions in one form or another, but why study about missions in the context of the university? This course shows how academic disciplines such as linguistics, anthropology, education and history have improved the way people do missions in the field. Professors of missions-related courses at the Cook School of Intercultural Studies — a school with a worldwide reputation for training missionaries — give examples of how their academic disciplines are shaping missionary practice around the world.

This course introduces different ways people can get involved in missions and ways to overcome challenges in the mission field. Each module covers a certain missionary strategy. Learning culture, adjusting to cultures, teaching English in Asia, conducting business as mission, implementing community development work and doing Bible translations are all strategies that allow Christians to engage in missions. 

Through this course, you will discover ways to use your vocation cross-culturally to make disciples. You will also be able to pray more effectively for different areas of missions.  Missions pastors can benefit from having more tools for equipping people to use their vocations for missions. Each lesson contains:

  • A video that unpacks the lesson topic 
  • A reading assignment related to the lesson 
  • Reflections to help you integrate the material into your own life
              What You Earn
              Topics
              Instructors
              Murray Decker
              Bulus Galadima
              Katrina Greene
              David Shane Lowry
              Alan McMahan
              Ken Nehrbass
              George Payton
              Kitty Purgason
              Steve Rundle
              Tom Sappington
              Rich Starcher
              Allen Yeh
              Cook School of Intercultural Studies

              The Cook School of Intercultural Studies faculty has over 100 years combined experience in cross-cultural ministry in virtually every part of the world and holds the highest degrees attainable in a variety of fields. Faculty featured in this course are  

              Kenneth Nehrbass Ph.D. (Intercultural studies) is  a Bible translation consultant who is an associate professor of missiology in the graduate department at Cook School of Intercultural Studies. He and his wife Mendy completed  New TEstament translation with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the nation of Vanuatu.

              Allen Yeh, D. Phil.  - is a missions theologian and historian, has been to 60 countries (but particularly specializes in Latin America and China), and is author of Polycentric Missiology.

              Alan McMahan Ph.D. (Intercultural studies)  has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in the effective means to develop leaders and grow churches.

              Murray Decker, Ph.D. (Intercultural education)  - serves as Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University.  His field service includes extended time spent serving in Cameroon West Africa as an educator, as well as numerous shorter trips to Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.   He continues to speak widely to various mission groups, assisting in training and team development. His research interests include mission mobilization, sojourner adjustment, spiritual formation and experiential learning theory.

              Tom Sappington Th.D. - a missionary-theologian who served in Indonesia for 15 years. He currently teaches at Cook and serves as chair of Talbot’s Department of Missions and Intercultural Studies department

              Kitty Purgason Ph.D. (Applied linguistics)- has experience in more than a dozen countries and is chair of Biola’s Department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL

              Katrina Greene, Ph.D. (Anthropology) -leads the International and Community Development concentration within the Cook School of Intercultural Studies and conducts ongoing research on women and economic empowerment in the black townships of Cape Town, South Africa

              George Payton, D.Miss. (Bible Translation) is assistant professor teaching Bible translation in Cook’s Applied Linguistics and TESOL Department. He also serves as an International Translation Consultant with SIL International.

              Rich Starcher, Ph.D. (Education), D.Miss. serves as Professor of Intercultural Education & Missiology in Biola University’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies, where he specializes in research methodology.  After serving as a pastor in rural Nebraska, he lived and worked for 20 years in three African countries (DRC [then Zaire], CAR, and Kenya). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Missiology: An International Review.  

              Bulus Galadima, Ph.D. (Intercultural studies)   did his theological education in Africa, US, and UK. He is currently the Dean of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University.

              Steve Rundle, Ph.D. (economics) is  professor of economics and international business, focuses his teaching and research on the intersection between international economics and world mission. He has published two books: Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions and Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization. Rundle is the advisor for the International Business concentration.

              The Cook School of Intercultural Studies exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts, to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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              Syllabus

              Whatever your academic background is, it can...
              Overview
              10-Minute Missiologist Course Introduction
              Video
              Lesson 1: What is the science of missions?
              Video
              Missiology 3 Legs
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              This lecture “busts” the myth that Missions has...
              Overview
              History of Ideas that Shaped the Disciplines
              Video
              Polycentric Missiology
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Some say that missiology is primarily a...
              Overview
              How Theology Shapes Missions
              Video
              Kostenberger "missiological theology"
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              The great new challenge for missions is to the...
              Overview
              Missions in an Urban Setting
              Video
              The Strategic Nature of Urban Ministry
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Adjusting to a new culture is often an...
              Overview
              Principles for Crossing Cultures
              Video
              Culture Sojourning
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              God is drawing all people of this world to...
              Overview
              Spiritual Warfare as a Mission Strategy
              Video
              Spiritual Warfare
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Teaching English is an excellent missionary...
              Overview
              TESOL as a Missionary Strategy
              Video
              Nine Principles in TESOL
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              This topic looks at the why, what, where and...
              Overview
              How Research is Done in Missions
              Video
              Rigorous Missiological Research
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              While there is a love hate relationship between...
              Overview
              Anthropology at Work
              Video
              God's Image and Global Cultures
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Sara works with Gospel Joy in Africa, teaching...
              Overview
              Community Development Tools for Transformation
              Video
              Walking with the Poor
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Bible translation is more than writing the text...
              Overview
              Bible Translation as a Missionary Strategy
              Video
              Bible Translation as Holistic Mission
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Christianity is growing at a rapid rate, in...
              Overview
              Theological training in the majority world
              Video
              Revolution of the Indigenous
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              This lesson describes the role Christian...
              Overview
              Business as a Missions Strategy
              Video
              Distinctives of Business as Mission
              Article
              Reflection 1
              Reflection
              Reflection 2
              Reflection
              Congratulations! You have come to the end of...
              Overview
              Course Conclusion
              Video
              Resources for Missions Strategies
              Misc
              Course Evaluation
              Misc

              Course FAQ

              Each video segment lasts an average of 10 minutes, for a total of 4 hours of video for the entire course. The total amount of time it will take for you to complete the course will depend on how deeply you engage the reflection and application projects. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

              No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

              Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.