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Introduction to Missions is one of the missiology offerings of 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 this is the introductory course for those wishing to major in world missions, one major purpose of Introduction to Missions is to build globally-minded Christians and church leaders. Thus, it will be largely populated by those who are headed to something other than cross- cultural, expatriate missionary service.
Course Syllabus [ "What is a syllabus?" ]
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- Feeling a missions call?
- Biblical passages on world evangelism
- Audio of Matthew 28:18-20
- Historic missionary slogans
- Brief lecture on the Biblical foundations for missions
- Among all nations with power: devotional thoughts on Luke 24:49
- What is the fate of the unevangelized? Will the "heathen" who die with no knowledge of Christ be eternally lost?
- Classic scripture passages / historic missions slogans handout
- Conversion of the Barbarians, 400-800 A.D.
- Conversion of the Vikings, 800-1200 A.D.
- Early Roman Catholic missions to the nations, 1200-1600 A.D.
- Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant missions, 1600 to the present
- Crossword puzzle: Missions history
- Timeline of missions expansion
- On this day in history . . .(what happened in missions?)
- Chapter-by-chapter word puzzles based on material in Discovering Missions by Gailey and Culbertson
- The Perils of Monoculturalism
- Coping with culture shock or cultural adjustment, as it has sometimes been called
- Kwast's model of culture
- A re-entry case
- 10/40 Window A map that shows the region of the world where most of today's unreached and, sadly, even untargeted peoples live.
- Missionary statistics - including world population and number of languages
- People respond to parables and stories. Here is a great one called "What's that? You never heard of the Society for Picking Apples?"
- Needed: Career Missionaries who have passion . . .
- 10 Imperatives for missionary leaders [ read article ]
- Playing the Bwanda Fusa Challenge game - entering a new country, learning the culture and language and then trying to translate a passage of Scripture properly
- Count me in, Lord. [ Sign the pledge ]
- Case study: Kidnapped missionary
- Choruses in various languages
- Samples of course assignments
- Missionary interview
- Missions promotion assignment ideas
- Christian missions journals for article reading assignment | Sample assignment papers
- Accurate picture of my local church's involvement in missions
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 taught."
Links to Christian missions information on the Internet
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.
Intro to Missions class may often start with the class singing a chorus in another language. [ read more ]
Other SNU missions course resources and syllabiCultural Anthropology 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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