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Introduction to Missions

Introduction to Missions is the foundational missiology course offered at Southern Nazarene University. It touches on topics that are looked at in greater depth in courses like Cultural Anthropology, Theology of Missions, Modern Missionary Movement, Mission Strategies and World Religions.

While Introduction to Missions is the introductory course for those wishing to major in world missions, one major purpose of Introduction to Missions is to build globally-minded pastors and lay leaders. Thus, it will be largely populated by those who are headed to something other than cross-cultural, expatriate missionary service.

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This course is similar in content to the popular "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" taught in locations all across the U.S.

What past students have said about this course

"I see the importance of missions with new eyes."

"I felt very connected to the material."


Most courses at SNU contain a writing component.
I expect students to produce written work that is focused, well developed, organized and relatively free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Papers falling short of this standard will not be graded. That work will be returned to the students for further revision and resubmission.
See my writing checklist.

Let's sing!

NextIntro to Missions class may often start with the class singing a chorus in another language. [ read more ]

Christian missions information on the Internet

"Thanks for all your work for the Kingdom. It's pretty clear to me that the path most people choose for their lives is shaped by what they learn in college and the resulting decisions they make. Keep steering them toward giving themselves to what really matters obeying God and laboring in the Harvest."
    --Lori C.

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     -- Howard Culbertson

World missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
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