CCM | cross-cultural ministries
Courses in this section seek to assist individuals to function effectively as Christians in various kinds of cross-cultural ministry situations, particularly in leadership roles which require interactive team work with local leaders.
CCM 550 – Evangelism (3 Credits)
A course designed to equip seminarians with theological and practical foundations of evangelism. Historical patterns of church extension and contemporary strategies will be reviewed. In particular, consideration will be given to the presentation of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in the midst of pluralism, multi-culturalism and universalism.
CCM 595 – Special Topics (Cross-Cultural Ministry) (3 Credits)
Students are given an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Cross-Cultural Ministry. The course will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.
CCM 612 – Global Theologies (3 Credits)
The study of theology extends to the manner in which non-Western communities of Christians endeavour to shape their world by their faith. Special emphasis is given to examining Christology and Soteriology from a cross-cultural perspective, and to the manner by which both Western and non-Western traditions may interact. Cross-credited at THS 614.
CCM 643 – World Faiths & Ways of Religion (3 Credits)
Historical origins, beliefs, and practices of major world religions are examined, with the purpose of analyzing the impact of the worldview generated by each faith group in order to gain insights into potential points of contact for mission and ministry in cross-cultural encounters or in pluralistic societies.
CCM 660 – Dynamics of Cross Cultural Ministry (3 Credits)
This introduction to cross-cultural ministries and the principles which serve as their foundation is supported by case studies which provide insight into positive and negative experiences in attempts at contextualization. Traditions and theologies which Christian communities around the world have developed in order to express their faith and worship in meaningful and culturally-appropriate ways are also highlighted.
CCM 661 – Church and World Mission (3 Credits)
Biblical themes relating to the missionary concern of God will be examined. Additionally, focus will be placed on the manner by which healthy relationships between a sending church and various missionary contexts may be established and maintained.
CCM 662 – Issues in Missions History (3 Credits)
Biblical and theological studies will be integrated with knowledge of the history of the church and insights from the social sciences as key themes which have shaped the direction of mission development in the last several centuries are explored.
CCM 663 – History of the Non-Western Church (3 Credits)
Whose religion is Christianity? This query is explored through the history of the growth of the Church outside of Europe and North America from New Testament times until the present. Analysis of the data is then applied to the present work of world mission as Christian cross-cultural workers look to the future.
CCM 666 – Cross-Cultural Leadership (3 Credits)
The means of providing Christ-like leadership in the midst of ethnic diversity both within Canada and in foreign settings is examined in detail. The course will focus on personal leadership development, the training of others, and general leadership strategies for world evangelization.
CCM 667 – Intercultural and Interpersonal Adjustments (3 Credits)
Individuals are assisted in understanding personal issues and family realities which must be faced in order to enter and minister effectively in a new cultural context. Aspects of transition theory, initial identification, and matters of maturing acculturation will be discussed in depth.
CCM 668 – Spiritual Conflict & Spirituality (3 Credits)
The reality of spiritual conflict in various cultural situations and the critical need for godly discernment and the development of ministry responses are thoroughly explored.
CCM 669 – Urban Church Issues (2 Credits)
The dynamics of evangelism and church growth within complex city environments are examined and analyzed with a view to developing specific competencies for ministry in global urban realities.
CCM 672 – Biblical Theology of Religions (3 Credits)
Central biblical truths are applied to an evangelical concern for evangelism and mission, demonstrating how the cross is indeed the place of reconciliation for the diverse peoples of the world. Religious pluralism and other popular philosophies of the present day are also evaluated in the light of the mandate of the Great Commission.
CCM 889* – Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 Credits)
An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 803, MTH 890.