Intercultural Studies Certificate

 

The Intercultural Studies Certificate is designed to prepare those who are called to work or volunteer cross culturally in our increasingly interactive world.
Also effective for former graduates who are in ministry and interested in developing cross cultural effectiveness in their community.

EXPERIENCE

Students will take part in a variety of cross-cultural ministries.  Options will be provided for ministry teams and service opportunities in order to be immersed intercultural studies through hands-on ministry. These experiences along with potential for leadership development give the students hand on experience and helps to build confidence for further cross-cultural endeavours.

EDUCATION

This program is designed to be flexible in its delivery methods, catering to a variety of individuals in various stages of life and pursuit of their calling to cross-cultural service.  Vanguard College provides theological and missiological training tailored to the individual student.  The emphasis is on education and experience in both discipleship and missions.

Intercultural Studies Certificate

1 YEAR

  • Fall Courses
    FE151 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    PS151 3 hrs

    This course addresses the many issues that the cross cultural missionary worker faces to prepare for effective service. Biblical, current and practical perspectives will be explored. It will equip the student for a life of fruitful cross cultural ministry in Canada or internationally. Global Worker: Principles and Practises will include a focus on spiritual warfare, ministry gifting as well as marriage and family issues as they relate to mission life. Practical steps needed to go from where you are to effective global ministry will be explored.

    Course Outcomes:
    The student will be able to:
    – Better understand and respond to the wide variety of issues facing today’s global worker
    – Identify and understand major Bible themes that form the foundations of successful rewarding ministry in cross cultural settings recognizing the role of spiritual health and growth in the needed spiritual warfare associated with international missions.
    – Understand the value of healthy relationships fundamental to crossing culture to avoid common misconceptions.
    – Elaborate on the practical process of entering into global work to fulfill God’s calling and purpose.

    GS101 3 hrs

    Interpersonal Communication is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviors and skills. This course will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined.

    Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. The goal of this course is to assist the student in using what is taught and applying it to the various settings that the student will find themselves in.

    Course Outcomes
    1) Clarify the importance of communication in daily life and ministry.
    2) To help evaluate interpersonal communication skills and develop competency in interpersonal communication.
    3) Examine how an individual’s personality, culture, family background, society and mass media affect how a person communicates.
    4) Explore the complexities and intricacies of verbal and nonverbal communication.

    BT103 3 hrs

    This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Practical and experiential attention will be given to the nine fruit and gifts of the Spirit as lived out in our personal lives and corporate life of the church. A small group component is also a major part of the course.

    BT101 3 hrs

    This entry level course is designed to demonstrate the importance and relevancy of the whole Bible for today. For many, it is a mystery how the Old Testament is related to the New Testament. Some think the former is a source of unrelated devotional stories, laws and prophecies. In truth, the two testaments are the complete story of God’s progressive plan for his people. There can be no real understanding of the New Testament without a clear view of the overall message of the Old Testament. It is the purpose of this course to concisely trace the story of Scripture, and to help students build a central foundation with which they can understand, interpret and apply God’s word to their lives today.

     

    BT102 3 hrs

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text of Scripture.

  • Winter Courses
    FE152 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    GS151 3 hrs

    This course will address principles and processes to understand cross cultural interaction and communications. The course will provide an understanding of the essential components of communication to avoid pitfalls in cross cultural communication that can render ministry ineffective at best and disastrous at worst. It is designed to equip the student with understanding of cross cultural communication and the needed skills to be effective in developing friendships and healthy relationships to communicate effectively and accurately.

    Course Outcomes:

    The student will be able to:
    Describe and embrace the basic tenants of effective communication to develop healthy cross cultural relationships locally or globally.

    Identify perspectives and practices that enhance the ability to share the gospel clearly understanding the difference between their own cultural practices and biblical principles.

    Develop humility and a posture of learning in bridging the cultural differences to have a fruitful, enjoyable long term cross cultural ministry.

    PS101 3 hrs

    This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and it’s biblical purpose. Students will study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1) Identify current societal issues that affect and influence families.
    2) Examine different models for family and intergenerational ministry.
    3) Understand various methods that church leadership can support parents in areas of spiritual development.
    4) To convey a biblical concept for family ministry that is adaptable to different ministry contexts.

    GS102 3 hrs

    An exploration of worldviews as intellectual, behavioural, and value systems in relation to culture. These powerful forces shape the lives of people often without clear reflection on the part of the holder. A person’s worldview has a huge influence on identity formation. Therefore, it is crucial to increase awareness and purposeful development of our worldview.

    BT105 3 hrs

    The purpose of this course is to examine the teaching of the Bible and develop a systematic theology that addresses four important themes: the Word of God, the doctrine of God, biblical anthropology, and the doctrine of sin. Efforts will be made to explain how these themes are developed through promise and fulfilment from Genesis to Revelation.

    BT104 3 hrs

    This course is an introduction to the Gospels. It will focus on the four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Issues relating to the synoptic problem will be explored, as well as the unique contribution of each gospel. The literary nature of the gospels will be examined, exploring the gospels as story, as well as their theological impact. As the title implies, this course will emphasize our response to the gospels: what it means to follow Jesus. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Intercultural Studies Certificate Program will be able to demonstrate:

  • An enhanced desire to pursue Christian discipleship, spiritual formation and personal character development.
  • Greater knowledge of Biblical, Theological and Intercultural principles.
  • Commitment to the life-long journey into missions and discipleship.
  • Personal growth and maturity through one-on-one mentorship and personal spiritual formation.
  • Confidence to use passions and gifts to be effective in practical ministry outreach with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

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