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MDM 612C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Engagement (3 credits)

An introduction and overview where the biblical, theological and cultural foundational values are put in place for effective ambassadorship toward a watching world.

MDM 613C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Engagement Forum (1 credit)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is the opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.

MDM 614C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Literacy (3)

An analysis and development of themes related to key qualities of spiritual formation pertaining to Christian ambassadorship (vulnerability and humility as well as charity and discernment are required, among other qualities, for one who serves as a guest in “another land” here and abroad), skills in conflict resolution that account for structural as well as individual-relational dynamics, and hermeneutical sensitivities of appropriate suspicion regarding power dynamics and how to side strategically and redemptively with those who are oppressed in service to Christ’s kingdom values and policies. Effective ambassadors are aware of these various dynamics and seek to embody the appropriate qualities and necessary skill sets in service to their mission.

MDM 615C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Literacy Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting

MDM 622C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Christian Unity (3)

Here the focus is on Christian unity. If we are not reconciled people within the local church context and within Christendom as a whole in our regions and beyond, we cannot serve as effective ambassadors to the watching world here and abroad. Here we will deal with such matters as race, class and gender unity in the body as well as ecumenical unity. Ambassadors can only serve effectively if their own country’s or church’s house is in order. We must be Christ’s “holy nation” as the church.

MDM 623C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Christian Unity Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is the opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting

MDM 624C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Diplomacy (3)

Course emphasis is on how we become effective diplomats in engaging various religious traditions beyond Christendom as well as civil authorities. As it pertains to engaging other religions, we need to develop global witness that is sensitive to matters of the common good. This will have a bearing on the church’s own engagement with the state. We will need to be sensitive as to how to be good evangelistic, missional witnesses who are viewed as hospitable and agents of shalom in “other lands” here and abroad.

MDM 625C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Diplomacy Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is the opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting

MDM 632C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Advocacy (3)

Course aim is to attend to matters of justice and injustice, including such matters as the treatment of women and children, the poor, and others who are vulnerable. Hopefully, one can see a progression from the first class to this point. As we put in place the appropriate foundations, as we put our own house in order as the church, as we become culturally literate, as we are viewed as agents of shalom and the common good who speak prophetically on behalf of justice for the city and state in a global context, our work as ambassadors will make an increasing impact for good in service to Christ and his kingdom.

MDM 633C Theology & Practice of Cross-Cultural Advocacy Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is the opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting

MDM 634C Theology & Practice of Christ’s Counter-Cultural Kingdom (3)

Emphasis will be on enhancing the student/ministry leader’s awareness and adherence to Christ’s counter-cultural engagement in cross-cultural work.

MDM 635C Theology & Practice of Christ’s Counter-Cultural Kingdom Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is the opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.