2015-2016 Academic Catalog

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Course Descriptions (School of Intercultrual Studies)

In any given quarter, courses will be offered from among the following, depending on the availability of faculty and the composition of the student body. Course offerings and course descriptions are subject to change through normal academic processes.

The courses are numbered according to the following guidelines:

  • MB: Behavioral Sciences
  • MC: Church Growth
  • MD: Holistic Ministries
  • ME: Communication
  • MH: Mission History
  • MI: Mission Integration
  • MK: Korean Mission
  • ML: Leadership Training
  • MM: Ministry
  • MN: Urban Mission
  • MO: Spiritual Dynamics
  • MP: Contemporary Culture
  • MR: Religions
  • MT: Mission Theology

The 500-level courses are for students in the MA programs, and are open to students in any master’s-level program. Students in the Korean-language ThM in Missiology program register for courses at the 600 level. The 700-level courses are for students in the Doctor of Missiology program. The 800-level courses are for Ph.D. and ThM in Intercultural Studies students only.

Abbreviations at the end of the course description indicate whether the course meets one or more of the following:

  • School of Intercultural Studies core competency course in the MA in Intercultural Studies beginning Winter 2010 (MAIS)
  • School of Theology MDiv core requirements, such as MIN3 or MIN8
  • Seminary core requirement (SCR) or other MA program requirement (MAT, MATM, MACL)

These abbreviations also appear in quarterly class schedules. A current list may be found at schedule.fuller.edu//registrar/schedule/attributes.html.

School of Intercultural Studies Faculty

  • C. Douglas McConnell, Professor of Leadership and Intercultural Studies
  • Bryant L. Myers, Professor of Transformational Development
  • Diane Obenchain, Professor of Religion
  • Timothy Kiho Park, Professor of Asian Missions
  • Johnny Ramîrez-Johnson, Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • Scott W, Sunquist, Professor of World Christianity
  • Amos Yong, Professor of Theology and Mission
  • Ryan K. Bolger, Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture
  • Donna R. Downes, Associate Professor of Leadership
  • Roberta R. King, Associate Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology
  • Evelyne Reisacher, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Relations
  • Judith Tiersma Watson, Associate Professor of Urban Mission
  • Keon-Sang An, Assistant Professor of Bible and Mission
  • Robert E. Freeman, Assistant Professor of Distance Learning
  • Mark Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Leadership
  • Enoch Jinsik Kim, Assistant Professor of Communication and Mission Studies
  • Peter Lai-Heng Lim, Headington Assistant Professor of Global Leadership Development
  • David H. Scott, Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies and Children at Risk
  • Wilmer G. Villacorta, Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • J. Robert Clinton, Senior Professor of Leadership
  • Sherwood G. Lingenfelter, Senior Professor of Anthropology
  • Paul E. Pierson, Senior Professor of History of Mission and Latin American Studies
  • R. Daniel Shaw, Senior Professor of Anthropology and Translation
  • Wilbert R. Shenk, Senior Professor of Mission History and Contemporary Culture
  • Charles E. Van Engen, Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission and Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission
  • J. Dudley Woodberry, Senior Professor of Islamic Studies
  • Elizabeth L. Glanville, Senior Assistant Professor of Leadership   


IS 503 The Practice of Mission. This is one of the three foundational practice courses required for the MDiv, MAICS, MATM or MAT degrees. In this course students will be challenged to rethink the meaning of God’s mission and the Church’s practice of mission in light of their own experiences of mission. The overall concern is to understand God’s mission biblically, theologically, and practically considered. Students will begin to explore the nature of missional existence in their own context as well as in other cultural contexts, and learn to apply missiological insights to these situations.


MB 500 Culture and Transformation. This course examines issues of culture awareness, cultural blindness, and the role of the gospel in bringing about transformation in cultural settings.

MB 501 Insights for Cultural Understanding.  This course addresses cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural competence for building healthy relationships within diverse communities. Drawing upon anthropological, sociological, biblical, and theological perspectives, students gain basic principles and skills for researching and interacting among diverse cultural and social groups. MAIS, MACL, MAT, MATM.

MB 508 Culture, Human Sexuality, and Ministry. Human sexuality is an aspect of social interaction that is especially volatile in the practice of cross-cultural ministry. The sexual drive and emotional needs of persons engaged in ministry relationships and the differing cultural expectations about the regulation and control of courtship, marriage, ‘ender roles, and sexual behavior create a potentially explosive blend of interpersonal and social expectations. This course will examine the ways in which people across cultures seek to regulate sexual behavior and will provide biblical and comparative cultural perspectives on the topic. Assignments will guide students toward understanding themselves and understanding others on this topic. The course will help students begin the process of reflection on sexuality, the grace of God, and constructive social and spiritual disciplines that may lead to effective cross-cultural ministry.

MB 520 Thinking Anthropologically. Introduction to cultural anthropology with special attention to the application of an anthropological perspective to Christian mission. MIN8.

MB 529 Intercultural Attachment: Building Relationships Across Cultures. This course explores the dynamics involved when people from different cultures interact with one another, the changes they undergo and what facilitates and hinders attachment. It is designed for students with no previous psychological or neurobiological training to improve their understanding and skills in relating with people from other cultures. 

MB 530 Language/Culture Learning and Mission. Skills are developed in language/culture learning techniques and in phonetics. Lectures and discussion focus on principles and perspectives for successful learning. Field work gives opportunity to test and refine skills. MIN8. 

MB 560 Methods of Observing and Interpreting Culture. Designed to equip those working cross-culturally to discern and describe the structures of society and church. Techniques of interviewing, observing and documenting. Prerequisite: MB520.

MB 561 Introduction to Research Design. An introduction to research design with particular emphasis on producing a thesis/dissertation proposal. Attention will be given to each of the major components of a thesis (problem, review of the literature, methodology, findings, and conclusions).   

MB 566 Social Sciences Research Method. The main purpose of the course is to equip students with a proper knowledge and understanding about social science research including research design, data gathering, data analysis, and writing research reports. Taught only in Korean.  


MC 500 Church in Mission. Provides a biblical and theological framework for understanding the Church and the practical implications of its role in world mission. SCR.

MC 502 Becoming a Missional Church. Introduces students to the wide range of issues and skills related to the complex interdisciplinary processes involved in creating and implementing an extensive philosophy of ministry and missional strategy for a local church from the pastor’s perspective

MC 506 Leading a Missional Church. This course explores the distinguishing contours of the missional church revolution as well as the leadership required by it. Major course attention will center on two primary shifts underway: the shift from internal to external focus and the shift from program-driven to people development as the core activity of the missional community. MAGL.

MC 509 The Church in a Culture of Technology. In this course, students explore how the church might dwell in the new spheres of social media (Web 2.0).  Through analysis of participatory cultures, students will explore the varied uses of cell phones, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, blogging, and Second Life.  Students will identify possible missiological responses of the church to new media, seeking to engage the digital world with the gospel of the Kingdom.

MC 520 Church Growth in Contemporary Culture. Basic principles and procedures of church growth as developed in Donald McGavran’s Understanding Church Growth and applied to present-day missiology.   

MC 528 Contextualized Discipleship for the Missional Church. This course is designed to teach basic biblical principles of discipleship for missional church. The major purpose of this course is to help students evaluate various patterns of discipleship and to develop a discipleship model to fit one¿s own ministry context. Korean language course.

MC 530 Theology of Church Growth. A treatment of the biblical and theological presuppositions of the Church Growth Movement, including the issues raised by critics. Theological implications affecting world evangelization are discussed. 

MC 532 Evangelizing Nominal Christians. Examines the complex problem of nominality in the individual, the institutional church and society, and its impact on urbanization, secularization and pluralism. MIN3. 

MC 535 The Emerging Church in the Twenty-First Century. Identifies key characteristics of modern and postmodern contexts, addressing the challenges each presents to the local church. 

MC 583 Cross-Cultural Church Planting. A study of the planting and development of missionary churches into self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating indigenous churches.


MD 500 Globalization, the Poor, and Christian Mission. This course examines the globalization phenomenon as a deeply rooted historical change process that has significant impact on the contemporary church and the poor. The course consists of two parts. The first part of the course examines the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of globalization with a view toward unraveling myth from reality and applying biblical lenses to this assessment. Supporters and skeptics are examined, as are the major global players who have the power to shape the nature of globalization. The second part of the course comes in two different forms, depending on the year in which the student chooses to take the course. Every other year, part two explores the role of Christianity as a globalizing force; the significance of the emerging southern church; poverty and religiosity; possible responses of the church to processes of globalization. In the intervening years, the second half will briefly examine the impact of globalization on the church and global mission, but primarily focus on the impact of globalization on the poor and a critical examination of global proposals for eradicating poverty. By planning ahead, a student can select the version that best suits his or her areas of interest and call. MAIS.

MD 524 Advocacy for Social Justice. This course explores what it means for every Christian to observe God’s call ‘to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.’ Participants will explore various biblical, theological, and historical traditions of social justice. We will investigate detailed examples of injustice and models of advocacy, both in the United States and internationally.

MD 525 Transformational Development. This course explores the challenges of empowering the poor in a world marked by marginalization, disempowerment, abuse, and injustice. Topics to be covered include worldview issues that influence our understanding of social development; a biblical framework for transformational development; understanding poverty biblically; overview of contemporary development theory; Catholic social thinking of development; rights-based development and livelihood/food security; the development practitioner; and Christian witness through transformational development.  

MD 528 Development Tools and Practices. This course introduces many of the tools and practices used in doing development work among the poor.  A follow-on to Poverty and Development (MD525), this course introduces students to 1) methods for designing transformational development programs; 2) participatory action research methods, including Participatory Learning and Action and Appreciative Inquiry; 3) technical  sectors of development such as sustainable agriculture and microenterprise development; and 4) the identification, development and nurturing of holistic practitioners.

MD 540 The Gospel and Holistic Ministry This course equips students to examine and articulate Christian doctrines that undergird ministry to the spiritual, social, economic, relational, physical, and political needs of the people. It lays a foundation for those working with children at risk, international development, racial reconciliation, or urban missions. 

MD 542 Globalization and Mission. Examines globalization and its wide-ranging implications for world Christianity. Assesses the need for new models of mission and new strategies of Christian engagement in response to both the shifting contours/frontiers of global Christianity and the challenges/opportunities of the newly emerging global context.

MD 543 Children at Risk. From the AIDS orphan to the child soldier, every day kids all over the world struggle in unfair situations that place them ‘at risk’. This course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the problems these children face and equip students with the tools they need to show them the holistic love of Christ. Course topics will include an overview of the major risk factors that affect children, theological foundations necessary to long-term work with them, and presentation of best practices drawn from two millenia of the Church’s effective work with children. 

MD 545 Ministry to Street Children. Students will gain a grasp of the key principles and basic tools needed to minister to street children. Students will understand the process of establishing an effective street children’s ministry. 

MD 546 Refugees, Conflicts and Humanitarian Responses. This course explores the plight of refugees and internally displaced people fleeing the results of conflict and natural disasters. The changing and highly complex nature of the humanitarian world is explored, seeking to identify the role and contribution of Christian agencies and churches. 

MD 551 The Girl Child: The Problem and Potential. The girl-child around the world is often marginalized and put at risk due to her status as both female and child. This course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the problems the girl-child may face as well as the potential she holds for being an active member of her community and the church. It will introduce students to some of the tools and perspectives needed to show her the holistic love of Christ. Course topics will include an overview of the major risk factors that affect girl-children, developing a biblical theology of gender, theological and missiological foundations necessary to work with girls long-term, and presentation of best practices drawn from secular projects and Christian mission projects with the girl-child.

MD 553 Sexually Exploited and Street Children: Tools for Ministry. This course will explore the problems and complexities of the situations of life for children and youth who have been exploited for sexual and/or labor purposes and/or are living on the streets. Human trafficking, sexual and labor exploitation, and street life will be examined. It focuses on key principles and basic tools needed for ministry in these situations, drawing upon faith-based and secular good practices and strategies. Students will learn the process of researching, establishing, and evaluating an effective ministry with children affected by these situations.

MB 554 Ministering with Children Affected by HIV/AIDS. This course considers the multiple ways HIV and AIDS affects children and youth, assesses strategic short-term and long-term response strategies and looks at emerging issues involving treatment and prevention of the disease as well as care and assistance for those affected.   Special attention is given to the past and present role of the church in addressing these needs and issues.  Students will propose and defend a plan for moving forward.

MD 555 Research with Children. This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of psychological, ethical, legal, inter-cultural, methodological, participation and practical issues related to doing research with children domestically and/or overseas. The focus will be on how to conceptualize, design, implement and follow up effective research with children–including children in extreme circumstances.

MD 555 Childhood in Global Perspective: Foundations for Mission with Children at Risk. This course examines variables that influence the way children and youth are viewed, treated, listened to, parented and discipled as they grow up in contemporary societies. It draws from theological, anthropological, sociological, and cross-cultural psychological perspectives. It explores cross-cultural understandings of children and youth, multi-cultural child development, listening and relating to children and youth, cultural stories of children and childhood, and social and political implications for child development, behavior and relationships. Missiological implications for mission and ministry with children and youth, including those at risk, are discussed.


ME 500 Communicating and Serving Crossculturally. Communication is at the heart of crosscultural ministry. This course will examine the impact of lifestyle, interpersonal relationships, and social roles on the issues of cross-cultural communication..

ME 506 Communicating the Gospel Crossculturally. Principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another. Focus on the relevance of incarnation as the model for intercultural communication of the gospel.

ME 510 Christian Communication through Music. Past, present and prospective uses of music in communicating the gospel, in Christian worship, and as a means of instruction in Christian life and belief. Focus on receptor-oriented use of music cross-culturally. 

ME 512 Survey Research for Effective Communication. Study of communication research tools. Emphasis on the methodology of survey research design, construction of questionnaires, data interpretation and the application of research data in strategy decisions. 

ME 513 Perspectives on Global Worship. Leads students through an in-depth theological study of Christian worship, with reference to cross-cultural worship forms. The course focuses on the role, influence, and importance of worship in Christian witness, spiritual formation, and church growth. 

ME 515 Communicating Christ through Narrative and Song. Investigates oral communication technologies, including storytelling, songs, and proverbs, with four goals in mind: to seek to understand our audience and how they perceive their world; to discover effective ways to communicate to oral cultures; to create/develop oral resources for communicating the Gospel; to design strategies for doing oral communication in Christian witness. 

ME 518 Exegeting a Music-Culture. Develops the introductory essential steps to researching and understanding a musical culture. Includes a survey of world music, the basics of organology, the role of song, the study of song texts, and researching the function and use of music within a particular culture. This course empowers the student to do music ethnography with specific application to Christian witness.

ME 519 Ethnomusicology: Theory and Analysis.The purpose of this course is to study issues and theories of ethnomusicology with a view to integrating them with mission praxis. Topics include the study of music as culture, introduction to transcription and analysis, theoretical models, field methods, and approaches for doing ethnomusicology in crosscultural contexts.

ME 525 Worship and World Religions. This course examines and analyzes the religious worship practices and music expressions of five major world religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity. Issues pertaining to their respective belief systems and worldview, hybridity with local and folk religious practices and musical expressions, as well as implications for appropriate contextualization of Christian worship in multireligious contexts are addressed.

ME 530 Theology in Song. Many people sing the songs of the church with little thought to their meaning and theological import. Yet it might be argued that nothing shapes the faith and practice of the church more than its music. Any person training for ministry today needs to take seriously the music of the church, reflecting on its origins, its relationship to the surrounding culture, its role in nurturing faith, its ability to mobilize God’s people to action, its capacity to reach those outside the community of faith. This course will equip students to think more critically about the church’s theology as composed, preserved, and transmitted in musical form by and for God’s people throughout the ages and around the world.

ME 531 Gospel Music in a Global World. This course will explore Christian music composed, produced and marketed under the label Gospel music. The label is associated with some genres in North America, such as Black gospel or Southern gospel and their dispersion to other parts of the world. The course will further examine how this label, used to classify religious, moral, social and political songs purported to be rooted or related to Christianity beyond North American marketing prescriptions, encompasses all “songs of the gospel” on other continents.


MH 500 Global Evangelical Movement. An exploration of the historical roots of the modern evangelical mission movement with a particular focus on the significance of the 19th and 20th centuries from a global perspective.

MH 505 Issues in Mission History. Introduces students to historical methods and research (including mission historiography) and provides an overview of the last five hundred years of mission history – roughly 1500 to the present. The main focus will be on assessing the formation, structures, and impact of the modern missionary movement (both Roman Catholic and Protestant). Close attention will be paid to regional patterns of growth, key players and thinkers, principal mission theories and strategies, as well as the transformational role of Christian missions in the making of the present world order.  

MH 506 The Making of Global Christianity. Christianity was a global faith (with its center of gravity in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East) before it became a predominantly Western religion (c.1500); and, after roughly five centuries, it has once again reemerged as a hugely non-Western phenomenon. A full historical account reveals a faith that is inherently global because it is ultimately local and therefore never fully defined by any historic phase. This course provides a missiological exploration of Christianity’s two thousand-year history with a primary focus on the processes of cross-cultural transmission and the critical elements that have defined the experience and expression of the faith in successive heartlands. Five core issues will guide the discussion: the translation principle (or indigenous appropriations and vernacular expressions of the faith); the agents and agencies of missionary expansion; major movements of reformation and renewal; interaction with other faiths; and causative factors in the periodic shifts or extermination of the faith. MAIS.

MH 520 Expansion of the People of God. The purpose of this course is the missiological reinterpretation of the history of the church worldwide and the application of the insights which emerge to present strategies of mission. We will not examine primarily the theological and institutional development of the church, but rather the dynamics of its expansion. Available through Distance Learning only. 

MH 541 Korean Mission History. Traces the missionary movement of the Korean church from its inception to the present as a major force in contemporary world mission. Korean-language course. 

MH 542 Korean Church History. Introduces students to the history of the Korean church, including how evangelistic work began and developed and how the Korean church has grown. Explores the development of the church, evangelistic strategy, persecution, growth, and mission. Korean-language course.  

MH 545 Modern Missionary Movements. This course is designed to teach the historical development of modern Christian missions. The main purpose of the course is to equip students with a proper knowledge and understanding about the development of the modern mission strategies for creative application of the historical lessons in their ministries across culture. Korean-language course. 


MI 510 Thinking Missiologically. As with every field of study, missiology has its particular focus, literature, and methods. To engage in missiological integration requires appropriate skills to use the tools and resources available. This course introduces the student to these skills and the basic perspectives and tools. A special feature of the course is the use made of the case study model to engage missiological investigation, reflection, and action. The School of Intercultural Studies’ framework for missiological study-Word, Church, and World-will be employed. Because effective missiology is developed interactively, opportunity will be given for collaboration in learning. MAIS.

MI 511 Missiological Consilience. This course integrates the learning from courses in missiology taught in the School of Intercultural Studies. It enables students to engage in missiological integration and equips them with the appropriate skills and tools to do so. Korean-language course.   

MI 516 Crosscultural Practicum (Domestic). This practicum in the United States provides cross-cultural immersion (ethnically and socio-economically), practical experience in ethnographic research, and missiological reflection for students in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) program. Students will integrate past course work from both core classes and emphasis classes into their missiological reflection, gain an understanding of the cultural context of the practicum location, grow in personal faith, discern their next steps of vocation, practice self-care in a cross-cultural context, and practice ethnographic research. 8 units. Prerequisite: 24 units of missiology completed. MAIS, MACL, MATM

MI 517 Crosscultural Practicum (International). The international practicum provides cross-cultural immersion (ethnically and socio-economically), practical experience in ethnographic research, and missiological reflection for students in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS) program. Students will integrate past course work from both core classes and emphasis classes into their missiological reflection, gain an understanding of the cultural context of the practicum location, grow in personal faith, discern their next steps of vocation, practice self-care in a cross-cultural context, and practice ethnographic research. 8 units. Prerequisite: 24 units of missiology completed. MAIS, MACL, MATM

MI 530 Missiological Integration in Context. The students will experience the real context in which mission is conducted. Students will have an opportunity to learn first hand from those who are involved in mission through a group practicum. Fulfills practicum requirement


MK 702 Church Growth in the Korean ContextKorean-language D.Min. course

MK 706 Crosscultural Church Planting. This course is a study in the planting and development of missionary churches. The purpose of this course is to help students understand the importance, the principles and practices of cross-cultural church planting and development. It gives the students practical suggestions as to how to plant and develop churches into self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating indigenous churches. Korean-language D.Min. course.

MK 712 Contemporary Preaching. This course addresses preaching as the Word of God, including the process and method of preaching, the proper attitude of the preacher in approaching the Word of God, and the characteristics and content of preaching that lead to church growth. Korean-language D.Min. course. 

MK 721 Rethinking History of Mission and An Appraisal of Non-Western Mission Movements. Studies the witness of Christianity from apostolic ages and the expansion of Christianity after Constantineís age, the middle ages, and the colonial age to the contemporary world in Africa, America, and Asia. The course observes the impact of emerging mission forces from the non-Western world and their present needs and potential. And this course is a critical evaluation of Third-World missions, their approaches and methodology. Korean-language D.Min. course.

MK 722 Cultural Anthropology/Christian Witness. This course is designed to teach basic anthropological concepts and theories from a Christian perspective. Major purpose of this course is to help students evaluate their ministries from a Christian cross-cultural perspective and to apply the anthropological insights gained from the class to their own ministerial contexts. Korean-language D.Min. course.

MK 723: A History of Christian Mission. This course provides an overview of the history of the Christian witness from New Testament times to the present; introduces the leading personalities, geography, ideas, events, and bibliography of the various periods of missions history.; observes the missionary methods employed in the various periods of missions history and list distinctive changes of the Asian Church prior to and after Word War II; traces the development of international missionary cooperation and ecumenicity; helps the Korean Church to formulate new mission strategies in the light of rapid changes taking place around the world, especially in the Third World. Korean-language D.Min. course. 

MK 726 Witness-Oriented Worship. The goal of this course is to provide theology and practical ways for molding worship to be witness-oriented based on a study on the relationship between worship and witness. Through this class, students would be trained to view the nature of worship from a different perspective and gain various ideas of building up witness-oriented worship that would be effective in nurturing church members to become powerful witnesses in the world. Korean-language D.Min. course.   


ML 500 Teamwork and Leadership. In the world of churches and missions globally, ministry people are expected to serve and lead teams of co-workers. This course explores the issues and skills required for members and leaders of a team of co-workers.

ML 501 Formation of Emerging Leaders. A study of leadership selection processes, including development phases, process items, spheres of influence, spiritual authority, and leadership principles. Focuses on a biblical case study and missionary case study to illustrate theory. Audit requires permission of instructor. 

ML 520 Foundations of Leadership.This course introduces the basics of leadership theory from a Christian perspective. It begins with a brief overview of how spiritual leaders emerge and how they may be developed, then moves through a brief historical survey of modern Western leadership theory noting the six major paradigms of the past 150 years. The survey identifies prominent leadership influentials, works, theories, and models for each of the periods. The course then moves to consider the major variables that determine leadership effectiveness, examining topics of cross-cultural differences in leadership, power, leadership styles, organizational structures, women in ministry, and values. Suggestions will be given for improving one’s leadership from both theological and crosscultural perspectives as well as current leadership literature. Only available through distance learning.

ML 521 Developing Giftedness in Leaders. An in-depth study of the doctrine of spiritual gifts, with an emphasis on leadership gifts (both directive and supportive). Points out responsibility for identifying, developing and releasing gifted people. Uses Holland’s profile to suggest creation of structures through which gifts can operate. Suggests convergence as a major goal for Level-4 and Level-5 leaders. Prerequisite: Significant ministry experience. No auditors permitted. 

ML 523 Mentoring. Conducts an indepth study of relational empowerment and the nine basic mentor types: mentor discipler, spiritual guide, coach, counselor, teacher, sponsor, contemporary model, historical model and divine contact. Audit requires permission of instructor. 

ML 524 Focused Lives. Examines ministry theory and philosophical concepts. Analysis of historical mentors and personal application of learned principles. Focus on developing a personal philosophy of ministry. Audit requires permission of instructor. 

ML 530 Lifelong Development. Gives a biblical basis for the study of leadership selection processes. Identifies patterns such as time lines, development phases, process items, idealized time line, convergence, gift mix, spheres of influence, spiritual authority, and leadership principles, all in the context of study of actual biblical, historical and present-day leaders.Audit only with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Three years of ministry experience.  MAGL.

ML 531 Managing Organizations. This course begins with Peter Drucker’s assumption that performance and results are central to management effectiveness.  It focuses on the specific tasks of management and the tools required in the practice of management for delivering performance and results.  Topics include how we should manage, what our contribution should be, how mission develops, what results mean in our context, how we understand performance, what our responsibilities are to ourselves, the people who work with us, and the communities we operate in, including managing relationships, our bosses and ourselves.

ML 536 Value-Based Leadership in the New Testament. Examines New Testament perspectives on leadership elements and styles, philosophical models, mentoring, change dynamics, etc. Studies Peter, John, and Paul as leaders. Audit requires permission of instructor.

ML 537 Leaders and Church in Culture. Focuses on the social context of leadership and the life of the church. Examines theoretical perspectives for the study of community, structure, and leadership applied to analysis of Old Testament texts on organization and leadership.  

ML 540 Leadership Training Models. An overview of leadership development focusing on how to design and evaluate training models proven effective for leader development in mission and ministry. This course uses several techniques several techniques to analyze an actual field case.  MAGL.

ML 549 Partnership Development. This course deals with the subject of developing collaborative, interorganizational approaches to Christian ministry. It focuses on building a necessary background in the various factors directly affecting collaboration, as well as identifying and developing the collaborative capacity of the student’s own organization. This class is case study based wherein the primary case study is the student’s own context of collaboration.

ML 560 Change Dynamics. This course examines the dynamics of bridging organizational change. Students will explore change dynamics, the roles of change agents and participants and the forces of resistance to change. 

ML 565 Understanding Organizational Dynamics. Provides an introduction to the seminal theories in organizational dynamics including purpose/vision of ministries, ministry values, learning organizations, and organizational structures, culture and lifestyles. MAGL.

ML 568 Leading Self, People, and Organizations. This course is a primer in the integration of theology and leadership praxis within the context of church and organizational leadership. It is structured around 4 leadership foci encapsulated in the Eagles’ 4-P Leadership Model. 

ML 580 Leadership Issues in the Korean Context. Addresses traditional and contemporary Korean understandings of leadership, contexts in which these understandings developed, the exercise of leadership, and problems involved in Korean leadership in light of the Bible. Korean-language course.

ML 581 Developing Your Learning Plan. A global context requires leaders who understand reality beyond their respective national borders; accordingly, the formation and development of leadership must be reconceived. In this introductory course of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership, (student) leaders play a significant role in their respective educational process as they develop their own comprehensive learning plans for the entire degree program. Beyond individual learning, each leader experiences the benefits of both joining a diverse Christian community as well as enlisting in a like-minded group of practitioners in an online learning environment. MAGL only.

ML582 Character, Community, and Leadership. Students from around the globe will join faculty in dialogue around topics of character formation. The challenge of developing character as a foundation for leadership will be applied in students’ lives through reading, discussions, lectures, small group exercises, experimentation with electronic community building tools, community meals, and silent reflection. The work for this course sequence (4-units) spans 2 quarters. Part A comprises the pre-seminar work and in-class activities. Students will meet on campus for one week for 1) an orientation to Fuller Seminary resources and the MAGL program and its learning components, 2) an opportunity to build deeper relationships with cohort members to achieve a more effective learning community; and 3) a introduction to the principles of character formation and leadership. Part B comprises post-seminar reading, writing, group dialogue and the final paper. MAGL only.

ML 583 Global Leadership: Implications for Ministry. This course sequence primarily serves as a capstone to the cohort portion of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership. Students will be required to demonstrate competencies consistent with the stated learning outcomes of the MAGL degree through a combination of discussions, small group projects, presentations, reading reports, field trips and a final integrative paper. They will have the opportunity to reflect upon and synthesize their learning in the MAGL, to focus on key discoveries and transformative themes that have impacted their lives and their ministries, and to understand more deeply the implications of Christian faith and praxis in their ministry context. The work for this course sequence (4-units) spans 2 quarters. Part A – pre-seminar work and in-class activities: students will meet in Pasadena for a one week campus summation and urban experience with other cohort members; and Part B – post-seminar work and final paper. MAGL only.

ML 584 Crosscultural Dynamics of Global Leadership. This course will offer: 1) a deeper understanding of how our cultural frameworks impact organizational theory, leadership development, conflict management, and decision making; 2) an opportunity to diagnose and explore possibilities for improving cultural diversity in the students¿ own organizational contexts; and 3) practical suggestions about how Christian leaders might learn to leverage diversity toward achieving positive change within their organizations and churches so that the Gospel of the Kingdom can spread more effectively from all peoples to all peoples.  


MM 500 Spirituality and Mission. Concentrates on Christian spirituality and its dynamic relationship to effective evangelism.  

MM 568 Self-Care in Mission. Addresses personal and organizational issues of self and mutual care, such as: stress and burnout; safety and trauma; singleness, marriage, and family; sexuality and sexual impurity; team relationships and conflict transformation; the reality of suffering; and vocation. Will provide students with resources to implement appropriate self-care and organizational member-care in a variety of mission communities. 

MM 572 Crucial Issues in Korean Mission. Reflecting critically, in the light of an evangelical missiology, on various aspects of Korean mission: theology of mission, cultural understanding, mission strategy, missionary selection and training, mission administration, and the role of sending/supporting/receiving bodies. Korean-language course.

MM 579 Partnership in Mission. This course is designed to teach partnership in mission. Partnership is becoming one of the most important issues among Christian workers and missionaries around the world.  This course will help students to understand the meaning of partnership of mission and various challenges both missionaries and churches are faced with in cooperating with one another to accomplish the task of world evangelization together. This course will attempt to build models for ideal partnership based on the biblical, historical and current realities of partnership practices in the world mission arena. Korean-language course.  

MM 587 Contemporary Preaching. This course teaches the process and method of preaching, the proper attitude of the preacher in approaching the Word of God, and the characteristics and content of preaching that lead to church growth. The following subjects will be covered: what is preaching, the Word of God and preaching, the text and content, the relationship between preaching and the preacher, the skills and method of successful preaching, and church growth and preaching. Korean-language course.    


MN 520 Introduction to Urban Mission. This course explores the history of the churchís relationship to the city, the role of reflection in urban mission, the importance of narrative in evangelism, relations with the poor, and community based approaches to ministry. Audit requires permission of instructorMIN8.

MN 533 Organizing Urban Communities. This course introduces the student to the principles and methodologies of community organizing as a way to mobilize the community with the church for self-determination, effective empowerment, and community transformation.

MN 534 Complex Urban Environments. The rapid pace of urbanization in our world today makes cities the primary locus of mission for the 21st century. This course examines how ethnicity, class, gender, and migration shape and are shaped by urban space, including ministry responses to these dynamics.

MN 536 Transforming the City. This course, held in central Los Angeles, will immerse participants in the socio-cultural dynamics of life in our global urban world. With LA as our case study, we will learn to read the context of the city and visit with ministries that are responding to the context. We will be asking, How does transformation happen in our cities?  Offered periodically in cooperation with Bakke Graduate University.

MN 576 Incarnation and Mission Among World’s Urban Poor. We will seek to gain a Scriptural and experiential perspective for ministry among the world’s urban poor. We will discuss principles of self-denial and service in order to bring justice and principles of the Kingdom of God to the poor, and to gain intimacy with our Lord.  MIN8.    


MO 506 Healing Prayer for Intercultural Ministry. This course explores the theory and practice of healing prayer with particular emphasis on application in intercultural ministry. The approaches to prayer taught in the course deal primarily with healing for emotional wounds, painful memories, and freedom from demonic oppression (i.e., “inner healing” or “deep level healing”). Numerous case studies and prayer models will be covered in class. The primary aim of the course is to equip students to pray for healing with compassion, wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit.

MO 507 Power Encounter. Study of power encounter (as defined by Tippett) in the extension and growth of the people of God. Focuses on the biblical validity and contemporary relevance of spiritual power encounters in the extension of the Kingdom of God.    


MP 520 Transforming Contemporary Cultures. Modern culture has marginalized all religion; mainline church membership has declined. Although the primary focus in the course is on the church in the West, modernity is a universal phenomenon. This course examines modern and postmodern cultures from a historical perspective and proposes that missionary engagement should be the basic stance of the church toward contemporary culture. This requires that key questions be examined: (1)Why has the church largely failed to challenge modern culture? (2) How can we step outside our culture in order to see ourselves through “mission” eyes? (3) How is a missionary approach different from conventional evangelism? MIN8, MAGL.   


MR 520 Popular Religious Beliefs and Practices. A study of the religious perspective in human experience, and its bearing on the advocacy of the acceptance or rejection of the Gospel. Christian evangelism in relation to religious belief and practice.

MR 543 Christian Witness in the Hindu World. This course seeks to provide an overview of (1) the Hindu world, (2) Hinduism’s globalization, (3) Hinduism’s relationship to Christianity in the Indian subcontinent, (4) Christian evangelization attempts in the past, (5) various contextual questions arising, and (6) proposals for finding a new way forward. Lectures and readings are designed to identify significant theological and social issues and challenges in planning Hindu evangelization strategies. Exposure to the Hindu missionary effort and to indigenous religious communication methodologies is encouraged with a view to finding contextual approaches for articulating the Christian message in the Hindu/South Asian context.

MR 546 World Religion and the Christian Perspective. This course will provide an overview of the world’s major religions including their emergence, core beliefs and practices, and their understanding of the human predicament and salvation. It will also introduce the student to various approaches for how Christianity relates to other religions and religious pluralisms. MIN8. 

MR 547 World Religion in Art and Symbol. This course explores the major world’s religions by looking at art and symbols. It provides an introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. In addition, it also covers more minor traditions and briefly takes a look at some new religious beliefs. The class will mainly look at the non-verbal and sensory elements of these religions and describe their meaning and role.

MR 548 Levantine Dialect of Arabic. This course will take students from whatever level of Arabic they may be at (whether total beginner or higher), to one level higher. Language being the primary vehicle of cultural acquisition and communication, this course will contribute significantly to the student’s effectiveness in functioning within an Arab culture.

MR 549 Evangelicals and Interfaith Dialogue. This course will expose students to both the theoretical and practical components of interfaith dialogue from an evangelical perspective, primarily focusing on Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism. This course explores the necessary theological and missiological foundations for dialogue and develops critical reflections for praxis through student participation in interfaith dialogue. MDiv core: PHIL.

MR 550 Introduction to Islam. An overview of Muslim faith and practice, with special attention to comparisons with Christianity, varieties of expression, and their implication for Christian witness. MIN8.

MR 552 Muslim-Christian Encounter. This course examines Muslim-Christian relations since the inception of Islam to the present days, with examples from around the world. Particular historical, ecclesiological and theological issues will be addressed and guidelines for practical encounters will be formulated. 

MR 554 Developing Communities in Muslim Contexts. Equips students to understand, analyze, and skillfully interact with others regarding issues about pioneer church planting in the Muslim World. Utilizing Scripture, case studies, and missiological theories, it is expected that the participants will develop ideas, critical faculties, and faith/aspiration vital for fruitful ministry among Muslims.

MR 555 Folk Islam. This course first studies the roots of Islamic animism and its relation to other religions, following which biblical issues are raised with special attention to the role of the power encounter. 

MR 556 Current Trends in Islam. Examines the basic beliefs and practices that inspire and guide Islamic revival today. Issues to be addressed include the impact of colonialism, Western ideas, independence and petrodollars, the response to these stimuli, and their implications for Christian witness. MIN8.

MR 557 Women in Islam. An examination of the identity and role of women in historic and contemporary Islam as revealed by the Qur’an and Hadith and throughout society, covering various cultural contexts.

MR 574 Muslim People: A Sociological Approach .This is the foundational course introducing students to a sociological study of Islam.  In this class you will examine past and contemporary Muslim societies from a sociological perspective and explore how the Gospel relates to them.

MR 575 Arabic Reading 1. This course is for students approaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for the first time. No previous knowledge of Arabic is necessary. They will acquire the basics of the language through an inductive approach. Students will take turns reading through texts of increasing difficulty, and issues of language and grammar will be discussed as they arise. The students’ progress in their use of MSA will depend chiefly on the amount of time they spend in preparing the readings in advance. By the end of this course, students will be expected to have mastered the grammatical contents of Lessons 1-15 in Wheeler M. Thackston, An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic.


MT 500 Biblical Theology of Mission. During the past fifty years, Christian thinkers have examined and evaluated the theological presuppositions that underlie the thought and practice of Christian mission. In this course students will have an opportunity to learn from past mission thinkers and practitioners; hear from one another; and reflect personally on what God’s mission means for the mission of Christians and Christian churches in the rapidly changing, complex global city/village of the twenty-first century. Students will be introduced to a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to missiological reflection whereby the various components of missiology  are brought together in an integrated understanding of mission, focused on a specific issue of Christian ministry in a particular context. MAIS.

MT501 Doing Theology in Global Contexts.  This course provides a basic introduction to theological reflection as this has developed in various places and is currently emerging in multiple contexts. The goal is to provide the background and terminology necessary for students to begin exploring theology as an expanding conversation about the meaning of Scripture and the Christian life that extends itself through history and around the world. SCR

MT 510 Doing Theology in Context. A review of the theory of contextualization, evaluation of the literature, and application through projects based on the student’s experience. Audit only with permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Ministry in non-U.S. context and one course each in anthropology and theology.

MT 520 Biblical Foundations of Mission. Review of perspectives in both Old and New Testaments on the mission of the people of God touching the nations, under the rubric of the Kingdom of God.MAGL.  

MT 523 Holy Spirit in Luke and Acts. Basic New Testament exegesis with an inductive discovery by the student of the broad perspectives of Luke’s pneumatological missiology as described in Luke-Acts. Pneumatological, ecclesiological, missiological, and ministry-in-context issues will be highlighted. 

MT 525 Non-Western Approaches to Biblical Interpretation. This course introduces the student to basic hermeneutic principles and the multiple approaches to interpreting Scripture evident in different cultural/world settings. 

MT 528 Jesus the Missionary. This course focuses on the multiple facets of Jesus’ witness to the reign of God in first-century Palestine and explores Jesus’ engagement of his context and his relation to the powers and offers the student a faithful pattern of missional engagement that can serve as a model for mission today.

MT 537 Theologizing in Mission. Introduces students to the skills of thinking theologically in missiology. Students will learn to observe, analyze, integrate, and apply traditional theological questions in new and creative ways that reexamine, test, inform, and shape their missiology.

MT 543 Theology in Global Perspctive. This course will survey historically significant theological traditions, through the lens provided by contemporary issues and questions of the global Church. The goal is to describe and contribute to the development of theology as a expanding conversation about the meaning of Scripture, that extends itself through history and around the world.

MT 580 Mission from the Perspective of Acts. This course explores mission from the perspective of Acts, which describes the dynamic mission history of the early church. Acts is one of the best textbooks for mission through which this course will find out the formation of the early missionary churches, the activities of the missionaries, the major forces of the dynamic missions, the relationship between the church and mission, and so on. Korean Language course.

MT 580 Mission from a Position of Weakness. This course explores mission from a position of weakness from the biblical, historical and missiological perspectives.  The course will enable students to understand mission from the perspective of the cross, which is the weakness of God.  The course will also include re-examination of mission movements, historical or contemporary, and students¿ application of the informed missiology to their ministry. Korean Language course.

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