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MIN 5412 Missions in Contemporary ContextThe course examines missionary activity in light both of its inherent purpose and its cultural contexts. It encourages students to identify the essential elements of their 'gospel' and to evaluate whether the missionary's activities overlay or obscure it with non-essential elements. Through doing case studies in seminar-style format, students identify cultural features in America and overseas that need to be addressed by their 'gospel' and they consider how best to address them. Theological depth is provided through study of historically representative thinkers as well as of contemporary missiological reflection and action. The course also includes cultural studies of local communities to ascertain the most effective means of evangelizing them. 3 credits. Faculty.
MIN 5421 Servant Leadership This course is an examination of the principles essential to preparation for Christian leadership and the difference between kingdom leadership and world leadership concepts. As members of the body of Christ, students will discover their role as leaders and mentors of future church leaders as they study Jesus’ teachings and modeling of servant leadership as a foundation. 3 credits. Dr.Odell Davis.
MIN 5431 Foundations of Interfaith Leadership
The course aims to provide the theoretical and applied foundations necessary for the successful management of interreligious activities, and the creation of informed strategies for the advancement of interreligious ideals. Students learn both the internal dynamic of interreligious relations as well as how they relate to other areas of life including politics, media, science, the academy, and arts and leisure, from both domestic and international perspectives. Through lectures and off-campus interfaith experiences, students move beyond their pre-existing ideas to see new possibilities for religion, society and human flourishing. 2 credits. Dr. Kaufmann or Dr. Brown.