We are called to go and make disciples. For some of you that means going to cultures different than your own. The series of courses in this area of study will help equip you to engage in this kind of gospel-centered, transformational ministry in an intercultural context. You will become acquainted with the basic ideas, skills, and attitudes needed for healthy relationships and culturally appropriate ministry.
These courses are best experienced together, in sequence. They are all taught by Dr. Mark Hedinger, the Executive Director of CultureBound. Dr. Hedinger has been involved in missions, mission leadership, and intercultural training for many years.
WHY AN UNDERSTANDING OF INTERCULTURAL MINISTRY IS IMPORTANT
The relationship between Bible, ministry, culture, and our globalized world.
THE TRINITY: A THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION PT. 1
The complex relationship that the Bible describes between Father, Son, and Spirit helps us understand relationship patterns in Christian ministry.
THE TRINITY: A THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION PT. 2
A look at the relationships that are active in human ministry: relationships including Triune God, the gospel messenger, the audience, and the cultures surrounding those human actors.
GLOBAL TRENDS THAT ENCOURAGE INTERCULTURAL STUDY
How migration, globalized business, technology, travel and new insights into the human brain all impact intercultural ministry.
IMPORTANT VOCABULARY FOR UNDERSTANDING
Ten important words/phrases that help us better live and minister in an intercultural context.
INTERCULTURAL MINISTRY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
A look at trends in Christian missions including “from everywhere to everywhere,” ministry in every marketplace, and ministry of multicultural teams.
CONCLUSION: THE CONTEXT AND GOAL FOR MINISTRY
A consideration of the foundational importance of relationships. Ministry takes place through relationships, not techniques. And the goal of ministry is first and foremost to foster relationship between the Triune God and the person being discipled.
The author of this course is Dr. Mark Hedinger, Executive Director of CultureBound, a ministry that prepares people for life and work in an unfamiliar language and culture. The goal for this CLD course is to offer practical help for those whose ministry includes crossing culture and language boundaries. Whether you serve as a traditional missionary, part of a multicultural church, or in a professional marketplace role, these concepts will help you to better understand and disciple the people you have been sent to serve. Mark’s experiences and training include 12 years of traditional mission service followed by six years in mission leadership. In 2008 he moved into full time training work that over the years has prepared men and women from the US, Peru, Egypt, Argentina, Uganda, Mexico, Panama and many other nations for intercultural ministry. Mark ministers routinely in English and in Spanish. For more information, you can reach Dr. Hedinger at mark.hedinger@CultureBound.org, or visit the ministry website:CultureBound.org.