Graduate School Course Descriptions

M.A. Intercultural Studies

Biblical Studies (BS)

BS539 Special Topics 1-9 Credits

These courses will be offered by Trinity Bible College and Graduate School as the need arises for various topics in Biblical studies. The title of the course will be determined by the content of the syllabus. Approval by the Director of the Graduate School required.

Contextual Studies (CS)

CS 510 An Introduction to Mission and Culture 3 Credits

Although introductory, this course is designed to engage the student in becoming familiar with the growing genre of material available in contemporary mission studies. Identifying the components of culture the course provides the student with the tools to identify cultural forms and norms without imposing a Christianized worldview on lifestyles and practices that are different to their own. The transformational impact of the Gospel in the lives of individuals and communities is examined in the light of a biblically based theology that takes the missional call of the Church seriously.

CS 640 Anthropology in Missiological Context 3 credits

This course is a comprehensive study of the socio-cultural dynamic of humankind and how it applies to the missional context. It will lay the groundwork for anthropological expertise in producing ethnographic studies and adapting the biblical message for diverse cultural contexts. It will also prepare the student to utilize anthropology as a lens through which to interpret the contemporary world across the spectrum from the global society to one’s own multicultural team. Topics will include research methods, elements of culture, cross-cultural theologizing, globalization, and interaction of cultures.

CS 630 Intercultural Communication 3 credits

Analyzing various intercultural communication theories and methods, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate the gospel to people living in the diverse cultures of our world. This course will address issues of trust and openness and how these dynamics affect intercultural communication. Common barriers to intercultural communication will also be discussed. Consideration is given to varying worldviews, cultures, societal structures, gender roles, the use of technology, and how these affect communication, and the contextualization of the gospel message.

CS 520 Missionary Movements in Review: Lessons for Contemporary Mission 3 Credits

Adopting the historical method of identifying key events from the past, this course will undertake a history of mission through the lens of missionary movements. An overview of movements that can be clearly identified as missionary due to their evangelistic and outward focus will lay the foundation for the course. In turn this will allow for a critical examination of what defines a missionary movement, the interrelationship between the organic nature and organizational reality of mission and any common factors that exist in the success or long term demise of a missionary movement. The outcome will be to develop analytical tools that provide lessons for contemporary mission.

CS 610 Research Methods 2: Thesis Proposal 3 Credits

A post-graduate degree should be characterized by heightened competencies in areas such as reflective thought, critical analysis and familiarity with relevant literature. Employing appropriate research methodologies Trinity post-graduate degrees comprise a significant research track that enables the student to explore ministry specific fields of study. The objective is to reinforce lifelong learning, the humility of a scholar and applied learning relevant to the student’s own context. This allows some degree of specialization whilst accommodating academic rigor and the positive involvement of a well-qualified supervisor. Additionally, this part of the program is designed to equip those students who wish to pursue further studies. This course is a self-study module which is completed concurrently with TH690a, Thesis. Students register for this course when registering for TH690a.

CS 620 The Biblical Theology of Justice 3 Credits

Combining biblical studies and theology, this course identifies the overarching biblical narrative of God’s love for the poor, the widow, the orphan and the foreigner. Based on the Talmudic concept of Jubilee this course will trace the messianic story of the Bible culminating in the coming of Christ to bring the message of the Kingdom of God. Having established a theological rationale, this course will then explore contemporary models of expressing God’s Kingdom through acts of service, the establishment of ministries of mercy and the responsibility of the contemporary church to be a voice for the oppressed and an advocate for the poor.

Leadership Development (LD)

LD 539 Special Topics 1-9 Credits

These courses will be offered by Trinity Bible College and Graduate School as the need arises for various topics in leadership development. The title of the course will be determined by the content of the syllabus. Approval by the Director of the Graduate School required.

LD 610 Global Scholar Seminar 3 Credits

Each year a leading global scholar will be invited to teach Leadership in a Global Context from the unique perspective of his or her area of expertise. The title of the course will be determined by the content of the syllabus. Building on the factual realities of globalization, this course is designed to develop competencies in developing a biblical world view that responds in a Christ-honoring way to the complex issues of religious, ideological, and cultural diversity that now define the context of twenty first century church. Understanding contemporary phenomena such as mass migration, pluralism, gender issues, and ethnic diversity are foundational to effectively leading churches and ministries that are clearly counter-cultural communities of faith. The intentional inclusiveness of Christ-following people and demonstrating an understanding in leading redemptive communities forms the theological foundation of this course.

LD 620 Generational Succession 3 Credits

This course addresses a largely ignored and under-described aspect of leadership. Of particular relevance to leaders in Western cultural contexts, this course explores the role of mentoring, transformational leadership and, importantly, the diverse roles for both older and younger leaders. Missional communities do not devalue experience nor do they condone generationally bound communities. The student will learn to accommodate and celebrate a multi-generational approach to leadership.

Missions Studies (MS)

MS 610 Future of Missions 3 credits

As long as Christ is the Head of His Church, He will raise up workers for His harvest fields. In this course, students will explore ways to anticipate and prepare for missiological changes in a global context. Considering the current trends in missions, students will analyze how missions might change in the future and how that may impact the Church. This course will cast both a futuristic and prophetic light on the Church's missionary call in the coming decades as well as address potential methods and approaches used on the missions field. Since the development of both current and future technologies will impact how missions is conducted, students will explore the potential implications. Topics such as travel and technology will be fruitful fields for research. The course will also address the theories and methods that could be implemented for positive future change on the field and most importantly, how field workers maintain biblical obedience. Of special importance is how missionaries maintain biblical priorities in an ever-developing world.

MS 640 Missions Coaching & Mentoring 3 credits

Useful for missions pastors, mobilizers, and missionaries alike, this course will explore the life of Jesus and how he mentored and mobilized the disciples. Students will also investigate the philosophies and methods of mentoring others for the cause of the Great Commission. Understanding various mentoring theories and best practices will equip mobilizers to be more effective in their efforts. Since for many, the missionary call develops over time, students will explore ways mobilizers can walk alongside those whom God is calling. Topics such as the distinction between coaching and mentoring, discipleship, encouragement, conversation analysis, accountability, education, and training will be considered.

MS 510 Missionary Spiritual Health 3 credits

Both the missionary’s character and spiritual formation are keys to effectiveness and longevity on the mission field. This course considers the biblical principles and classic disciplines of character development and spiritual formation, equipping missionaries for life-long service. This course addresses topics such as transformation, the Holy Spirit’s role, devotional habits, humility, flexibility, accountability, perseverance, and resilience. The role of the community will be a particular focus.

MS 630 Mobilization in Ecclesial Context 3 credits

The course is an in-depth analysis of missions mobilization in the local church context. To what degree does the environment of the church affect missionary. How does the pastor influence the congregation towards missions involvement or indifference? When a missionary visits the church, how does God often use him or her to spur others into missions participation? This course will address these questions with consideration given to ecclesial prayer, missions education, and the relationship between church leaders and missionaries.

MS 620 Trends & Issues in Mobilization 3 credits

Students will critically engage and analyze issues that both contribute to the decline of missionary mobilization and factors that influence one’s decision to serve as a long-term missionary. Special consideration will be given to the factors that often influence the missionary call, current barriers that prohibit an aspiring missionary from getting to the field, and mobilization in global south contexts. Other topics presented in this course such as short-term mission trips and missionary influence, may adjust as mobilization trends and issues develop.

MS 520 Theology of Missions 3 credits

Since theology impacts praxis, understanding the theology of missions is crucial to missionary effectiveness. Students will study the motives for missions, the essence of missions, and the central task of missions. This course will address such topics as how missions is defined, the distinction between the terms mission and missions, and how missiology should affect church practice. This course will guide students through an in-depth study of God’s mission throughout the Bible. Specific attention will be given to the impact of the Day of Pentecost and Spirit-empowered missionary outreach.

Practical Theology (PT)

PT 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3 Credits

This is a bridging course specifically for students who may find the step into graduate studies more of a leap than a step. This is especially true of those who last undertook formal studies a while back. In addition to life, work and family responsibilities, a graduate program can present some challenges. This course will serve as a tool to sharpen one’s entry skills for the exciting journey into the MA program.

PT 510 Research Methods: Perspectives and Resources 3 Credits

Foundational to post-graduate level study is the need to understand and become familiar with research methodology. This course is intentionally designed to prepare the student for careful, investigative research resulting in appropriate writing styles, adequate referencing and critical analysis. Analyzing, evaluating, building and presenting arguments are central to the course. Developing a familiarity with different research methodologies, data analysis and the preparation of literature reviews prepare the student to maximize the whole course but, in particular, to be prepared for the research track which comprises their own unique project.

PT 539 Special Topics 1-9 Credits

These courses will be offered by Trinity Bible College and Graduate School as the need arises for various topics in practical theology. The title of the course will be determined by the content of the syllabus. Approval by the Director of the Graduate School required.

Thesis (TH)

TH 690a and TH 690b Thesis 9 Credits

The capstone of the MA (Missional Leadership) is a research based project enabling the student to undertake a serious piece of academic writing in an area specific to his/her interest. For MAGT and MARM, students will produce a cohesive folio enabling the student to undertake a serious piece of academic writing. To facilitate the credit load per semester, the thesis is registered in two sections TH690a is three credits registered in the fall semester and TH690b is six credits registered in the spring.