The M. Div. with an Intercultural Studies concentration offers specialized training to persons who will serve in cultures other than their own. The program aims to develop students' knowledge, skills, and overall competence necessary for intercultural engagements in North America and overseas using the paradigm of change.

School of Divinity

Master of Divinity in Intercultural Studies

The Intercultural Studies concentration offers specialized training to persons who will serve in cultures other than their own. The program aims to develop students' knowledge, skills, and overall competence necessary for intercultural engagements in North America and overseas using the paradigm of change. The course would equip students to become effective agents of change in the face of the 21st Century religious pluralism, cultural relativism, urbanization, global diaspora, and globalization.

 

The Master of Divinity in Intercultural Studies program is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour core: 18 hours of Biblical Studies courses, 12 hours of Historical/Theological Studies courses, 12 hours of Spiritual Formation courses, and 18 hours of Ministry Studies courses. Beyond the core, students may choose, by means of a 30 hour concentration, to earn the M.Div. degree with a concentration in Intercultural Studies. This degree is designed to offer ministry students the opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise in areas that will enhance the students' ministry.

 

Career

The M.Div. in Intercultural Studies is designed for the person who wishes to serve in areas of the world which would not be welcoming to an overtly Christian approach but would accept the focus on Intercultural Studies.

 

Mission

The School of Divinity, as an academic unit of Gardner-Webb University, is Baptist in origin and commitment, ecumenical in outlook, and has as its mission the preparation of persons for Christian ministries. To achieve this end, the School of Divinity offers courses of study in which, under the leadership of dedicated and competent teachers, students engage in the study of and reflection upon the data, meaning, and implications of the Christian faith, beginning at its biblical base; enter into thoughtful and critical assessment of church history and theology; become involved in the process of spiritual formation personally, socially, and vocationally; and participate in the study and practice of various expressions of Christian mission and ministry.

 

Program Objectives

The program objectives for the Master of Divinity degree are to help students know at a rudimentary level the basic body of divinity including:

  • A knowledge of the facts, histories, principles, philosophies, and current discussions in each of the following disciplines: biblical studies, biblical languages, Christian and Baptist history, hermeneutics, homiletics, ethics, philosophy of religion, missiology, evangelism, worship, pastoral ministry, pedagogy, church administration, church policy and denominational organization, psychology, counseling, anthropology, and sociology;
  • A grasp of the various aspects of ministry and how these relate to the needs of church and society;
  • An understanding of personal gifts, talents, and abilities, and how these relate to ministry;
  • A commitment to personal growth and development;
  • The development of a lifestyle of healthy ministry and continuing educational preparation for effective Christian ministry;
  • An understanding and development of expertise in leadership skills, organizational principles, and conflict management
  • An evaluation and improvement of interpersonal skills; and
  • The ability to write and speak with clarity and persuasiveness.

 

M. Div. Core:

A. Biblical Studies (18 hrs.)

            DSOT 100: Old Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSOT 101: Old Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 100: New Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 101: New Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSGK 100: Greek I (3 hrs.)

            DSHB 100: Hebrew I (3 hrs.)

 

B. Historical/Theological (12 hrs.)

            DSHS 100: Christian History I (3 hrs.)

            DSHS 101: Christian History II (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 100: Christian Theology I (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 101: Christian Theology II (3 hrs.)

 

C. Spiritual Formation (12 hrs.)

            DSSF 100: Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 200: Spiritual Formation: The Christian Journey (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 300: The Theory and Practice of Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 301: Capstone Seminar (3 hrs.)

            Chapel/Formations/Mentor Conferences

 

D. Ministry (18 hrs.)

            DSCE 115: Administration and Leadership in the Church (3 hrs.)

            DSPC 100: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hrs.)

            DSMS 310: Missions in Biblical and Theological Perspective (3 hrs.)

            DSET 100: Christian Ethics (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 201: Introduction to Preaching (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 202: Introduction to Worship (3 hrs.)

Total: 60 semester hours

 

Course Requirements for the Intercultural Studies concentration:

One of the following courses:

            DSMS 302: Urban Missiology (3 hrs.)

            DSIS 305: Diaspora Ministries (3 hrs.)

Each of the following courses:

            DSIS 200: Worldview Studies (3 hrs.)

            DSMS 311: Mission in Historical Perspectives (3 hrs.)

            DSMS 312: Mission in Contemporary Perspectives (3 hrs.)

            DSIS 300: Transformation Studies (3 hrs.)

            DSIS 301: Community Development (3 hrs.)

            DSIS 303: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)

            DSIS 400: ICS Practicum (3 hrs.)

General Electives select from the School of Divinity Catalog (6 hrs.)

 

Total: 30 semester hours

 

Total in the M.Div. in Intercultural Studies: 90 semester hours

Contact

Dr. Thereso (Terry) Casiño

Phone: (704) 406-2168

E-mail: tcasino@gardner-webb.edu