School of Intercultural Studies
Higher Education for Intercultural Ministry: Its Character and Purpose
at the School of Intercultural Studies (formerly World Mission) at
Fuller Theological Seminary believe that we stand at a critical juncture
of our global witness. Everything in the past 200 years of global
witness has set the stage for a great response to the gospel. Today, God
calls Christians of every continent and culture to the task of making
Jesus Christ known and loved throughout the world. As evidence of this
call, there is an unprecedented responsiveness in many populations. The
main task lies ahead, but a new factor has been introduced. Because of
the rapidly growing non-Western Christian missionary movement, Christian
ministry is now the most international, interracial, and intercultural
movement in history. The School of Intercultural Studies aims to be a
resource for this growing movement.
Furthermore, Christian witness
today is being carried on in the midst of tremendous revolutionary
changes affecting every aspect of human life. The guidelines and
assumptions under which our ancestors labored have been swept away.
Christian witness today has radically new ground on which to operate:
advances in knowledge; changing political alignments; escalating
developments in technology; rising religious relativism; the battle for
justice; global effects of poverty; massive migration; clashing of the
worldís major religions; and a vastly accelerated secularization of
life. Education for Christian witness must prepare believers to share
their faith in both word and deed in this new world.
In the midst
of such changes, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
This unique calling of Christ continues to result in the multiplication
of believers and churches to the ends of the earth.
each situation the Church is to be shaped in a way that affirms and
utilizes the most positive aspects of the culture. New believers should
not be torn out of their cultural matrix and forced to become "foreign"
in order to become followers. In every context, the gospel brings a
message of hope that both empowers and transforms.
The goal, then, of the School of Intercultural Studies for the twenty-first century is to equip servant leaders who mobilize the global church for the purpose of God.
Globalized Education for Intercultural Studies
School of Intercultural Studies seeks to help prepare leadership by
providing advanced graduate-level education for midcareer intercultural
workers and mature international church and faith-based agency leaders
and by preparing workers for their ministry in a new language and
In order to be effective, people called to communicate
the gospel cross-culturally need insight into the theological,
historical, and biblical basis of the Christian faith. Building on that
base, further study is needed in the areas of theory of intercultural
ministry, evangelism, the growth of the Church both globally and
locally, knowledge of and approach to non-Christian religions,
leadership development, globalization, and transformational development.
These subjects are all, therefore, to be studied as proper parts of
education for global witness.
The faculty seeks to accomplish its
purpose by developing degree programs and delivery systems that combine
academic integrity, professional training, and ministry maturation.
These balanced delivery approaches include both residential and
extension modes that integrate research and field ministry development.
The study of intercultural ministries embraces a vast body of knowledge
from a wide range of disciplines. The well-prepared worker should see it
as an integrated whole. In presenting this area of study through
experiential learning, lectures, reading, and research, two dangers are
avoided: a frozen intellectual regimen removed from the fast-moving
contemporary scene, and a smorgasbord of "hot" transient emphases.
Advanced education must be validated by advanced degrees in
intercultural studies, yet the degree program must remain flexible
enough to equip the people of God to meet the rapidly changing
conditions of the contemporary world.
Multilingual and Multidisciplinary Research and Publishing
School of Intercultural Studies seeks to facilitate multilingual and
multidisciplinary research to support the global witness of the church.
The school seeks to encourage and facilitate the publication of the
findings of this research not only in English, but also in the languages
where the research is done.
Though the discipling of the nations
is a chief and continuing goal of Christian witness, much remains to be
discovered about how individuals and their specific societies are
discipled and formed into mature reproductive churches. In most lands,
some churches have broken through to great growth and engaged in
transformational service, but these examples are often unknown to other
parts of the church. This vacuum in knowledge and training facilities
handicaps the entire work of Christ in the world.
To meet this
need, therefore, the School of Intercultural Studies emphasizes
multidisciplinary intercultural research as an integral part of the
education process. This approach to higher education emphasizes
discovering and teaching new insights concerning the holistic growth of
churches in ways, which remain biblically faithful and culturally
Leadership in Intercultural Studies
School of Intercultural Studies provides leadership in theory of
intercultural ministry by giving continuing leadership to the multiple
disciplines in intercultural studies and calling attention to the
unfinished and complex task of bringing people to commitment to Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior.
A center concerned with training
leaders must itself be willing, where it can, to provide leadership by
challenging the church to undertake the task of global witness to which
God has called it, and by providing faith-based agencies with a theology
and strategy of witness. The faculty of the School of Intercultural
Studies seeks to do this by advocating and conducting research, writing
books, speaking at conferences, and encouraging the formation of
structures that meet the demands of intercultural witness in the world.
The School of Intercultural Studies also seeks to lead in providing
education to all who are qualified while reducing the time and place
constraints. Thus the School of Intercultural Studies continues to
implement new delivery systems through distance, extended, and
Student Learning Outcomes
accordance with our commitment to provide the highest level of
educational effectiveness possible through a healthy culture of
assessment, and in alignment with the Fuller Institutional Student
Learning Outcomes, the School of Intercultural Studies offers the
following Learning Outcomes:
- Graduates will understand the
mission of God and the ministries of the global Church from an
evangelical missiological perspective
- Graduates will demonstrate
critical thinking and integration skills for the contextualization of
the Gospel in order to foster individual and social transformation
will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for
building relationships and for the communication of the Gospel
- Graduates will have skills and knowledge to pursue vocations that engage the mission of God globally
- Graduates will value the importance of spiritual formation in both its personal and communal dimensions
DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
The School of Intercultural Studies (formerly World Mission) offers the following degree and certificate programs:
- Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
- Master of Arts in Global Leadership
- Certificate of Christian Studies
- Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies
- Master of Theology in Missiology (Korean language only)
- Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministries (Korean language only)
- Doctor of Missiology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies