2011-12 Course Descriptions
BMIS 101 Missionary Life and Work (3-0-3), fall. God's work through missions and the missionary, the lostness of the world, the tasks and qualities of missionaries, the role of the local church in missions, God's work in opening doors, and the temptations that missionaries face. Designed for entering or transfer majors. May not be used to satisfy a University Requirement.
BMIS 102 Missionary Biographies (3-0-3), spring. This course will survey the history of missions from the establishment of the church to the present. Special emphasis will be given to how God motivated, prepared and used people to do His work and advance His kingdom. May not be used to satisfy a University Requirement.
BMIS 245 Missionary Anthropology (3-0-3), fall. Human culture designed to equip missionaries to minister in cross-cultural contexts. Guides future missionaries to develop a theology of culture, to critique anthropological models used to interpret the world, to learn a cultural context through participant observation, and to understand a culture by studying its life cycle and cultural subsystems. May not be used to complete a Bible requirement in the University Requirements.
BMIS 346 Introduction to World Evangelism (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Considers the biblical basis of missions, the nature of interpersonal identification, the concept of culture, models of communication, methods of church planting and maturation, and criteria of field selection. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BMIS 371 World Religions (3-0-3), spring. The various aspects of religion - conceptual, ritual, personal and social - from the perspective of the living world religions in order to gain a greater skillfulness in approaching the non-Christian. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BMIS 420 Teaching Good News (2-4-3), fall, spring. An introduction to evangelism that guides the student to present the Gospel effectively on a person-to-person basis by devising and implementing evangelistic strategies appropriate to specific people in particular social contexts. A significant portion of the semester will be spent "on the street" doing evangelism. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BMIS 422 Campus Ministry (3-0-3), on demand. Designed to nurture and equip campus ministers to witness to and mentor reliable men and women who will be qualified to share their faith with others in the contemporary college culture. Prerequisites: BIBL 101 or 104; 102 or 105; 211 and 212.
BMIS 458 Focused Training in Missions (3-0-3), on demand. A variety of specialized studies that provide essential training for missionaries such as: indigenity, team missions, appropriate technology, house churches, missionary medical training, ham radio, Marxism, medical anthropology, ethno psychology, communicating with non-literates, Bible translations, hymnology, kinship systems, visual anthropology. May be repeated. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BMIS 481 Inner City Missions (3-0-3), on demand. Examines the biblical teaching about cities and the practical difficulties encountered in urban settings. Particular attention (both theoretical and practical) is given to issues of race, justice and poverty. Prerequisites: BIBL 101 or 104; 102 or 105; 211 and 212.
BMIS 610 Evangelism in North America (3-0-3), on demand. Lays foundations for effective outreach by North American churches. Culture and the gospel are examined with a view to discerning specific contemporary approaches that may be used to communicate Christian truth clearly in the North American context.
BMIS 619 Missionary Research (3-0-3), fall. Cross-cultural techniques in survey, experimental, observation, and documentary research, analysis and report writing with considerable emphasis on practical experience.
BMIS 620 Teaching the Gospel (2-1-3), on demand. Guides the student to effectively present the Gospel on a person-to-person basis by devising and implementing evangelistic strategies appropriate to specific people in particular social contexts. A significant portion of the semester will be spent "on the street" doing evangelism.
BMIS 646 Foundations of Missiology (3-0-3), on demand. The biblical basis of missions, the nature of interpersonal identification, the concept of culture, models of communication, methods of church planting and maturation, linguistics, and field selection.
BMIS 647 Ethnotheology (3-0-3), spring. Probing the reciprocal effects of culture and Christianity so that the missionary will refrain from absolutizing for all people everything that seems hermeneutically valid within his own society.
BMIS 648 Planting and Developing Churches (3-0-3), fall. A survey of the important administrative, anthropological, methodological, and theological issues for establishing responsible, reproducing churches in another culture.
BMIS 652 Developing New Churches in North America (3-0-3), on demand. Equips students to develop a biblically-informed, comprehensive, and effective plan for planting new churches in selected areas of North America.
BMIS 670 Cross-Cultural Communication (3-0-3), summer. Various communication topics of vital interest to prospective missionaries such as perceptions and stereotypes, culture and personality, language and culture, as well as mass media and intercultural communication.
BMIS 672 World Religions (3-0-3), fall. Aspects of religion - conceptual, ritual, personal and social - from the perspective of the living world religions in order to gain a greater skillfulness in approaching the non-Christian.
BMIS 673 History of Missions (3-0-3), summer. The expansion of Christianity from Pentecost to the present with special attention given to the positive and negative influences in the spread of the Good News.
BMIS 675 Theology of Mission (3-0-3), fall. The development of a biblically accurate and missiologically sound foundation for missions to ensure that the messengers of God will return with an abundant harvest from the ripe fields among the tribes and cities of the world.
BMIS 680 Urban Missions (3-0-3), summer. Explores the theology, anthropology, and missiology of urban evangelism and community development with particular emphasis on the poor and the lifestyle required to reach them.
BMIS 689 Folk Religions and New Spiritualities (3-0-3), on demand. A study of personal spiritual beings (whether spirits, ancestors, or demons) as well as non-personal spiritual forces (magic and witchcraft) and their power to control human affairs.
BMIS 697 Worldview and Worldview Change (3-0-3), on demand. How worldview presuppositions explicitly and implicitly shape culture. Equips the Christian minister to clearly and critically analyze this or her own worldview and that of his or her audience in light of a biblical theology in order to avoid syncretism and to effect God-desired worldview transformations.
BMIS 699 Master's Thesis (0-0-6).*
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