FOUNDATIONS FOR INTERCULTURAL STUDIES (HMT 271 / 272)

18 Sep 2024 - 5 May 2025

YWAM Harpenden

Offered in: English

The purpose of this course is to train workers for living and ministering cross-culturally, and particularly in unreached people groups. The course aims to equip students with perspectives, skills and strategic understanding to enable them to understand and work long term in new cultures, particularly in order that they might be effective in disciple-making and church planting. Students will explore biblical perspectives on culture and cultural identity. Students will be supported in growing in awareness of their own culture. Student will learn tools for exploring, mapping and understanding the language and culture of others. They will learn how to communicate the gospel and biblical revelation, and support discipleship, in contextualised ways. Students will be supported in integrating these processes with an intimate, attentive and listening walk with God. Attention will be given to the diversity of communication styles, values and worldviews, including the songs, the stories, the history and the dreams of each culture. Particular attention will be given to intercultural relationships and the building of bridges of reconciliation between peoples and cultures, as well as to language acquisition skills. The school will include local fieldwork among unreached peoples in the United Kingdom. The school can be followed by an internship of three months or longer, in a location agreed between students and school leaders. Topics include: biblical and historical foundations for understanding cultures and for missions; intercultural communication (principles of and skills for learning another language and culture); researching unreached peoples; cross-cultural missions strategy (evangelism and church planting, introducing Disciple making movements, God’s story and oral bible translation among Bible-less people groups, intercession and spiritual warfare, healing, signs and wonders); cross-cultural community development and business as mission; personal and team relationships (the worker's relationship with God, interpersonal relationships, leadership and authority, team building and team dynamics, developing and relating with a prayer/financial support team). Note: Students who have completed CHR 235 or HMT 231 may not take this course for credit.

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