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Cross-Cultural Service

Bachelor of Arts

Cross-Cultural Service graduates are serving in countries all around the world

Overview

Are you sensing God’s leading to share the Gospel message with people who think and live differently than you? Whether you are preparing for traditional or non-traditional missions, BJU’s Cross-Cultural Service program is designed to deepen your understanding of the Bible, sharpen your skills in cultural integration and relationship building, and prepare you for the challenges of cross-cultural service in the 21st century.

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Program

The Cross-Cultural Service program encompasses Bible, counseling, missions, language and linguistics, anthropology and more, ensuring that you will graduate with the solid foundation you need for effective service.

Equally as important as the classes themselves are the professors who teach them. Our full-time faculty members come from diverse ministry backgrounds, including urban church planting in the United States and mission board administration. Guest lecturers, serving on mission fields such as India, Cambodia, Lebanon, and Micronesia, contribute their unique perspectives and wisdom from years of experience.

The capstone of the program is the summer internship after your junior year, when you serve with a veteran missionary on a foreign mission field for a minimum of eight weeks.

BJU Core

In addition to your Cross-Cultural courses, you will take the BJU Core, a comprehensive range of liberal arts and Bible courses, including economics, history, philosophy, science and speech. These courses will broaden your horizons, equip you with critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, and prepare you to be an innovative and adaptable witness for the Gospel wherever God leads you.

Electives

Many of our students find that business and science courses partner well with their Cross-Cultural Service degree. Business courses help equip you for non-traditional missions, while science courses lay a strong foundation for future medical training, which is highly in-demand in many places around the world.

Success

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Esther Kwan, ’04

Educator at a special needs school

Thinking back, while I appreciated all the classes that formed the major, the Missions Internship impacted my life the most. It was a culmination of the ‘theory’ in a very practical way.

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Dan Wokaty, ’96

Academic dean at Ebenezer Bible College in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

The training I received in my major was part of what the Lord used in my life to increase my burden for the ministry.

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Buddy Fitzgerald, ’04

Missionary in Peru

I appreciate now more than ever the quality Biblical preparation that I received through the program. The doctrinal classes were foundational for life and ministry, and the practical classes have daily application.

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Your Future

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Our Cross-Cultural Service graduates currently serve around the world, including:

  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Southeast Asia
  • Uruguay

Career Support

At BJU you will have extensive access to missionaries from all over the world. Whether it is Missions Emphasis Week or one of the frequent missionaries who speak in chapel, you will be able to meet and connect with missionaries from all around the globe. The Office of Missions can assist you in finding positions for Christian service.

In addition, our Career Services Office can help you connect with mission organizations and mission boards.

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Learning Experience

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Internship

The capstone of the Cross-Cultural Service program is the summer internship, when you serve with a veteran missionary on a foreign mission field for a minimum of eight weeks. This internship is designed to give you a preview of both the challenges and the blessings of presenting your ministry, raising support and living on the field. More then 80 students have interned in 37 countries, including Hong Kong, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ecuador, England, Israel, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and more. Whether or not God leads you to return to your place of internship for full-time service, the cultural and spiritual lessons you learn will be invaluable.

Missions Block Classes

Five missions classes are offered in block format, covering a wide variety of topics: Practice of Cross-Cultural Ministry, World Religions, Women in Missions, Cross-Cultural Discipleship, and Current Issues in Missions. These block classes are taught by Mr. Mark Vowels as well as by veteran missionaries who serve around the world from India to the Marshall Islands, and from Albania to New York City’s Jewish community.

Missions Advance

Missions Advance is a student-led group whose purpose is to stimulate missionary zeal and vision on campus. Their goal is to cultivate the student body’s passion for God’s glory, resulting in greater participation in world missions through learning, praying and mobilizing.

  • Learning: by inviting speakers, giving presentations, and providing missionary letters to better inform students’ prayers
  • Praying: by spending a majority of the meetings interceding for God’s work around the world and for God to send laborers into His harvest
  • Mobilizing: by offering avenues through which the student body can be involved in mission work while in school

Missions Advance meets every Monday and Thursday night.

Missions Emphasis Week

Throughout Missions Emphasis Week, veteran missionaries are invited to speak in chapel. Around 60 mission boards and outreach organizations attend, providing students the opportunity to ask questions, discover ministry possibilities and make contacts for the future.

Faculty

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Mark Vowels

Division of Practical Studies

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Faculty members come from diverse ministry backgrounds, including urban church planting in the U.S. and mission board administration.

Guest lecturers, serving on mission fields such as India, Cambodia, Lebanon, and Micronesia, contribute their unique perspectives and wisdom from years of experience.

Mission Teams

Each fall, faculty/staff-led mission teams are formed and students begin to raise financial support. The teams prepare throughout the school year and then begin their summer outreach using trade skills, music, teaching and preaching to spread the Word. Recent teams have gone to Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe (Musical), the Western U.S. (Trade), Alaska, Korea, Brazil (Soccer), Mexico and Africa.

Courses & Objectives

Sample Course Outline

Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Cultivate meaningful relationships with people of different cultural backgrounds
  • Evaluate methodologies and trends in missions
  • Analyze the role of religion and culture in the formation of worldviews in relation to missionary methodology

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