the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.A. – Theological Studies – Intercultural Leadership

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies for Intercultural Leadership is a graduate degree designed to provide training for persons whose career goals require knowledge and skills for living and working in intercultural settings. Admission to this program is restricted to only those who are under appointment by the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, or other approved Great Commission groups, and are serving on the field currently. Admission is contingent upon appointment status as well as the approval of the missions agency.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a focused knowledge of intercultural leadership within the context of Christian missions.

Vocational Objectives

  • For appointed missionaries only
Master of Arts in Theological Studies – Intercultural Leadership
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)u (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (0)
Scripture Interpretation (9 hours)
20190 Survey of the Old Testament 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22190 Survey of the New Testament 3
Great Commission Ministries (9 hours)
30960 Intercultural Communication or
33000 Cultural Anthropology1 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
Theology and Tradition (6 hours)
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage 3
27000 Survey of Systematic Theology 3

Directed Electives (24 hours)

(Choose 24 hours from the following):2
IMB/International Missions students must choose 24 hours from the following
30960 Intercultural Communication 3
32750 History of Christian Missions 3
32860 Biblical Basis of Christian Missions 3
32980 World Religions & the Christian Faith 3
33000 Cultural Anthropology 3
33010 Communication in Oral Cultures 3
33020 Leadership in Intercultural Contexts 3
33060 Field Seminar in Church Planting3 3
33100 Principles and Practice of Missions4 3
33150 Regional Study in Missions 3
33410 Language Learning for Missionaries5 3
33420 Cultural Acquisition for Misionaries5 3
33477 Studies in Missions 3
33600 Major Living World Religions 3
33820 Introduction to Church Planting 3
33830 Contextualized Church Planting 3
33840 Models of Church Planting 3
33860 Church Multiplication Strategies6 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
Students affiliated with the North American Mission Board must take the following 12 hours as part of their directed electives:
33060 Field Seminar in Church Planting 3
33820 Introduction to Church Planting 3
33840 Models of Church Planting 3
33860 Church Multiplication Strategies6 3
Total Master of Arts in Theological Studies – Intercultural Leadership Requirements 48
Written Communication (if required) +2

uSee Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
1Of these two courses, the one not applied to Great Commission Ministries may be taken as a Directed Elective.
2Other courses allowed for meeting the Directed Electives requirements must be approved in advance by the Associate Dean of Christian Missions in the Billy Graham School.
3As a component of this course, IMB students will complete Strategy Coordinator training. NAMB students must be involved in church planting work in North America.
4This course is typically offered concurrently with FPO.
5These courses are exclusively for students starting the study of a new language or the acquisition of a new culture.
6Students taking this course must be involved in or beginning their church planting work.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.