DEPARTMENT OF MISSIOLOGY 

 

In order to fulfill the goal of Cohen Theological Seminary regarding the spread of the gospel to the Third World, a department is provided for the intensive study of missions and evangelism.

 

MI 301 Personal Evangelism (2)

A study for the B. Th. student in the basics of soul winning, and the corresponding work of discipleship. Application will be made to evangelism in a cross-cultural situation. 

 

MI 302 Missions and Evangelism (2)

Students will examine the biblical basics for missions and evangelism, the history of Christian outreach, mission strategies and methodologies, and a mission program for the local church.

 

MI 303 Missiology (2) 

A study of the science of missions, examining mission organizations, national church movements, and the evaluating of missionary activity in deputation, field placement, furlough, and continuing education. 

 

MI 304 Biblical Method of Missions (2)

A study centering on the pauline method of missionary work as found in the Book of Acts. The student will develop techniques to determine the biblical validity of various mission strategies. 

 

MI 305 History and Theory of Missions (2) A study of mission expansion from the first century to the present time. Theories of missionary strategy will be presented.

 

MI 401 Third World Mission (3)

In order to reach the unreached people the student who already acquired a certain level of theological understanding will be able to apply them in a professional manner to the Third World mission fields. 

 

MI 402 Missionary Biography I (3)

Extensive reading and evaluation of selected great missionaries such as Carey, Brainard, Judson, and Paton.

 

MI 403 Missionary Biography II (3) 

Extensive reading and evaluation of Moffat, Taylor, Goforth, and the beginnings of organized "inland" missions in Asia and Africa. 

 

MI 404 Church Growth (3)

Basic principles and procedures of church growth as developed in the Church Growth Movement.

 

MI 405 Theology of Church Growth (3)

A treatment of the biblical and theological presuppositions of the Church Growth Movement, including issues raised by critics of that movement.

 

MI 406 Topics in Church Growth (3)

Current issues in the field of church growth are discussed through seminar and independent research.

 

MI 407 Methods in Church Growth (3)

Guidance in the methodology for researching the various theories related to church growth. Independent research involved.

 

MI 408 Religions in America I (3)

A study of the prominent modern religions native to America, their growth statistics, and missionary outreach.

 

MI 409 Religions in America II (3) 

Continuation of the study in prominent religions native to America, their growth statistics, and missionary outreach. Goals of these religions and denominations will be highlighted.

 

MI 410 Christianity and Culture (3)

An introduction to the basic understanding and relationship of Christianity and culture from the past to present. In this survey course the student will be able to interpret theology within an existing culture.

 

MI 411 Intercultural Communication (3) 

An introduction to the necessity and nature of communicating the gospel from one culture to another. The importance of understanding the culture and world-view of the target group is emphasized.

 

MI 412 Major Religions of the World I (3)

An intensive study of Judaism and Islam with a view to presenting Christ to those involved in these religions. 

 

MI 501 Foundations of Christian Mission (3)

Survey of the theology, history, culture, politics, and methods of the Christian mission, with special emphasis on recent developments, crucial issues, and future trends, ending with a careful study of missions in the local church.

 

MI 502 Foundations of Evangelism (3)

Instruction for the Christian worker on how to engage in evangelism, including field experience, teaching laypersons how to evangelize, and developing an evangelistic program for the local church.

 

MI 503 Ministering to the Jewish People (3)

Study of Jewish history, religion, thought, and culture in order to increase sensitive evangelism toward Jewish people and deepen appreciation for the Jewish aspects and backgrounds of biblical Christianity.

 

MI 504 Mission of the Urban Church (3)

A study of the nature and methods of the Christian mission as they apply to the development and implementation of a mission strategy for the urban church, as well as the training of individuals for outreach in the urban community.

 

MI 505 Theology of Mission and Evangelism (3)

Theology of mission in the Old and New Testaments with special attention to the operation of the Trinity; the missionary mandate, call, methods, and motives, and the practical nature and conduct of this course, auditors not allowed.

 

MI 506 World Religions (3)

Historical survey of the origin and growth of religions from primitive levels to the major religions of humanity, and consideration of the cardinal doctrines of non-Christian religions with special reference to eastern religions.

 

MI 507 Missionary Anthropology and Sociology (3)

Application of anthropological and sociological insights to the problems of missiology with special attention to the fundamentals of culture and the differences in structure and organization of different societies and to the study of change and the missionary as an agent of change.

 

MI 508 Missionary Life and Work (3)

The problems peculiar to missionary life and work in a different culture.

 

MI 509 Personal Evangelism (3)

The philosophy, methods, message, and objectives of personal evangelism with special attention to motivation, winning a hearing, starting conversation, presenting the gospel, answering questions, and inviting decision. Practical experience in personal evangelism is an integral part of the course.

 

MI 510 Overseas Mission of the Evangelical Free Church (2)

Advanced study of the historical development of the Free Church mission overseas and its present outreach. 

 

MI 511 Current Studies in Mission and Evangelism (3)

Topics selected which deal with significant issues related to mission and/or evangelism. Recent titles include: Evangelism Explosion; Theological Evangelism; Women in Missions; Urban Cults/Black Muslim; and Evangelism in the Contemporary Church.

 

MI 512 Urban Evangelism (3)

Examination of the biblical models of proclamation, presence, and persuasion in Old and New Testament cities. Attention to key biblical passages or formulation of principles of sharing one’s faith in an culture. Study of the process and impact of urbanization and its significance for mission, with inquiry into the problems and opportunities for evangelism in world class cities. Includes visits to contemporary evangelistic models in Chicago to evaluate methodology and effectiveness in sharing the gospel.

 

MI 513 Guided Research (2)

Individual research on an approved topic under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. Offered with option of letter grade or credit.

 

MI 514 Revival in the Bible (3)

A study of the revival pattern in the Bible, with special focus on the high peaks of corporate worship in the history of Judah, the revival at Pentecost and the growth of the New Testament church.

 

MI 515 Principles of Discipleship (3)

A practicum with attention given to the way Christian disciples are developed, with practical guidelines for implementing discipleship both as a personal lifestyle and within the context of the local church.

 

MI 516 Mission in a Revolutionary Age (3)

Christian missions in the light of the opposing forces of our day – colonialism, nationalism, communism, materialism, syncretism, universalism – with strategies for the times.

 

MI 517 Power Encounter (3)

An examination of the encounter with demonic power by the servants of God in invading the territory of the “god of this world” and in bring people “from the power of Satan to God.” Studied in biblical, historical, and contemporary perspective with consideration of both the defensive and offensive posture of the missionary.

 

MI 518 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3)

A study of the theory and practice of counseling people of other culture. The course provides a background in counseling with a consideration of the basics of building a theory, and developing skills in, cross-cultural counseling. It concludes with an analysis of representative case studies in counseling people of various cultures.

 

MI 519 Psychological Adjustment in Other Cultures (3)

An inter-disciplinary study of the problems associated with living and functioning effectively as Christian workers in foreign cultures.

 

MI 520 Discipleship Evangelism (3)

Gives the student the opportunity and challenge of applying personal and group evangelism skills within the context of the seminary curriculum. 

 

MI 521 Mission Strategy: Historical and Theological Perspectives (3)

An analysis of the socio-political and theological factors which have shaped the development and implementation of mission strategy through the epochs of church history. Special attention to contemporary applications of the lessons learned from history.

 

MI 522 Missionary Public Relations and Administration (3)

The missionary’s relationships with various publics and constituencies and as administrator in missions and mission-related activities.

 

MI 523 Theological Education in the Third World (3)

Extension theological training programs, the weaknesses and strengths of such programs, methods for enhancing their effectiveness, and the techniques of programmed instruction and curriculum development for such programs.

 

MI 524 Introduction to Church Planting (3)

This course will provide the student with an overview of the theology, theory, and practice of a church planting ministry. Special attention will be given to a model of evangelism for church planting, to the Pauline cycle, and to contemporary models of church planting. A preliminary assessment for church planters is also included.

 

MI 525 The Ecumenical Movement (3)

Origin and development of the ecumenical movement, first on the mission field and later on a worldwide basis and its influence on the contemporary missionary scene, especially on the younger churches.

 

MI 526 Cross- Cultural Media (3)

The theory, production, problems, and utilization of various types of media are studied from a cross-cultural perspective. Attention is given to a wide variety of media ranging from the mass media which have developed in the context of Western technology to non-Western indigenous forms.

 

MI 527 Religions of India (3)

The origins, sacred scriptures, historical developments, and major doctrines of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism.

 

MI 528 Religions of the Far East (3)

The origins, sacred scriptures, historical developments, and major doctrines of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Shinto.

 

MI 529 Islam (3)

Study of Mohammed, the Quran, and the history, culture, and theology of Islam together with modern trends and its confrontation with Christianity.

 

MI 530 Eastern Mysticism (3)

Basis of mysticism; contemporary religious movements based on Eastern mysticism such as Transcendental Meditation, Psychorientology, Divine Light, Yoga, Soka Gakkai, Hare Krishna, and Zen;the origin of these movements in Eastern traditions; and a Christian approach to adherents.

 

MI 601 Major Religions of the World II (3) 

An intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Animism, Confucianism, and other eastern religions and cults. The cultural difficulties of presenting Christ to these groups will be measured against the success of Christianity in Korea.

 

MI 602 History of Christianity in Korea (3)

From the first Presbyterian missionaries in the 1880s to the phenomenal explosion of Korean Christianity in the 1980s-90s, this course will survey the growth and development of the Korean church.

 

MI 603 Study of the Church in a Specific Country (2)

A directed study in which the student explores the growth of Christianity in his mother country.

 

MI 604 Internship in Missions (4)

Credit will be given for students who complete the equivalent of one semester of missionary service. a log of their duties, a paper delineating their accomplishment, and a letter of reference from a supervisor are required.

 

MI 605 Research in Missions (3)

A directed study in which the student chooses to explore a specific topic in the field of missiology. 

 

MI 606 Social Science Research for Education and Intercultural Studies (3)

A study of the language and approach to scholarly inquiry in the fields of education and intercultural studies, research problems, research design, methods of observation and data collection, and the analysis and interpretation of data. Examination of matters of purpose, scientific concern for objectivity, generalizability, and significance in reference to descriptive, experimental, and evaluative studies.

 

MI 607 Ethnographic Research Methods (3)

In recognition of the resurgence of emphasis on “Grounded theory

and small sample intensive inquiry through observation and probing interview, provision is made for practical experience and substantial theory of the design and fulfillment of fieldwork research in Christian education and missions communities.

 

MI 608 Historiographic Research Methods (3)

Specialized inquiry skills are developed in order that responsible use can be made of documentary and interview materials. Disciplines of the historian are identified and critiqued.

 

MI 609 Missiological Research Methods (3)

An introduction to the principles and practices of missiological research. Attention will be focused on the relationships among theological inquiry, socio-anthropological inquiry, and missions practice. Development of a bibliography and data base appropriate for high level missiological research will be emphasized.

 

MI 610 Foundational Literature Missions (3)

A core course reviewing and deepening the awareness materials in Scripture and Christian theological traditions which undergird concepts and methods of the church’s mission outreach.

 

MI 611 Missiology as a Discipline (3)

A historical survey of the disciplinary roots of missiology. A critical examination of contemporary models and definitions. Development of a theological based, interdisciplinary approach to the study of missions will be emphasized.

 

MI 612 Intercultural Education (3)

Participants will examine four research traditions which inform intercultural education: cognitive styles, cognitive development, praxis and pedagogy, and educational anthropology. Issues-oriented research projects will encourage the integration of theological concerns with field ministry.

 

MI 613 Religious Presuppositions in Today’s World (3)

Worldviews and cultural perspectives around the world are examined. Detailed study of representative cases provides the basis for developing appropriate approaches to evangelism and Christian ministry.

 

MI 614 Ethnicity: Modes of Inquiry and Analysis (3)

The seminar is concerned with the formation of a concept of ethnicity which includes attention to cultural variables, historical traditions, and socioeconomic stresses. Comparison of functional, interactive, and conflict paradims for the study of cultures are considered for the purpose of developing missiological interfaces among theology, culture, and cross-cultural ministry.

 

MI 615 Ethnic Studies Seminar (3)

The seminar focuses on group field work conducted in an ethnic community in Chicago or another comparable site. Understanding the values and structure of the ethnic community through reflections on experiences and through dialogue is stressed. 

 

MI 616 Relief and Development Ministries (3)

A seminar examining the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary ministries of service and assistance. From Old Testament teachings, from the Gospels, and from the patterns in the early church, principles are drawn from critical assessment of modern-day activities.

 

MI 617 Seminar: Principles of Management and Leadership (3)

An examination of biblically-based principles pertinent to the practice of leadership and administration.

 

MI 618 Models of Nonformal Education (3)

A critical examination of the substantive literature on out-of-school education, self-directed learning projects, and alternative modes of non-school education.

 

MI 619 Education toward Spiritual Development (3)

The planning of educational experiences appropriate for the fostering of spiritual development. Involves the examination of different conceptions of spirituality, deriving educational implications of each.

 

MI 620 Theory and Design of Higher Education (3)

Overview of the basic parts of higher education and their distinctive roles in Bible colleges and institutes, Christian liberal arts colleges, and seminaries: academic administration, faculty resources, student personal, services, finance and budget, board and presidential roles, development and public relations.

 

MI 621 Teaching Missions (3)

Focuses on assessing needs of prospective and in-service missionaries, identifying and evaluating outcomes of missions education, developing and improving missions curriculum in higher education, planning, teaching, and evaluating courses in missions, and relating missions to other theological disciplines.

 

MI 622 Issues Missionary Education (3)

Examines the development of missionaries from childhood through retirement. Stress is placed on special care points in the developmental process, such as initial field orientation and provisions for counseling and continuing education. Issues such as family adjustments, lifestyle, role identification, and satisfaction in ministry are considered.

 

MI 623 Thesis for M.Div. (4) 

The student must meet specific deadlines in the preparation and completion of the Master of Theology thesis in t he Missiology Department. 

 

MI 624 Dissertation for D. Miss. (4)

The student must meet the deadlines for the various phases of the thesis preparation and presentation.