FAITHFULLY FULFILL GOD'S GLOBAL AIM FOR YOU

DEPARTMENT OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Join us as we learn to love all people in all contexts and proclaim Christ as the world's one hope

Relevant Topics and Applicable Classes

“I have benefited immensely from every class I have taken in the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies at DTS. Each professor has a deep passion to see the Word of God effectively communicated and understood among diverse cultures. They are not afraid to utilize guest teachers, different teaching methods, and technology to bring the best instruction possible to the students, including how to apply theory to practical missions strategies. The students I study alongside are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. I have already begun to use this circle of friends as a global network of people to support missions and have applied lessons learned in my current local ministry.”
– Jared Boldstridge, DTS ThM Student

Opportunities to Engage in Local Mission

“Through the Agape Project, we seek to equip godly servant-leaders by creating opportunities to love our neighbors and grow in compassion. Students volunteer with local organizations to serve and learn from marginalized persons in our communities. Students then write reflection papers that integrate what was learned through experience with what was taught in the classroom. While helping us learn how to biblically respond to affliction, need, and pain in life, the Agape Project is compassion in action, because compassion without action is not really compassion (Luke 10:25–37).”
– Aaron Switzer, Associate Director of Agape Project

INFORM + PREPARE

learn

Learn biblical, theological, and historical foundations along with current research and methods.

EXPERIENCE

Experience practical reflections and assignments to understand the application of course materials.

COMMUNITY

Through community with students and professors, be encouraged to faithfully follow your intercultural ministry.

DTS graduates serve in over 100 countries and varied contexts within North America to love others and communicate the one hope we have in Christ.

DEGREES + COURSES

DEGREES

Master of Arts in Cross-cultural Ministries (MACM) 

The program leading to the M.A. degree with a major in in Cross-cultural Ministries is designed to provide graduate-level training for people whose ministries include serving in other cultures. Prospective and veteran missionaries from North America and around the world will benefit from this program–it meets the essential academic requirements of most mission agencies and is ideal for those whose anticipated ministries will not include regular preaching. Click here to learn more.

Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis & Linguistics (MABEL)

The Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics is designed to provide graduate-level training for men and women who desire instruction in tools for effective Bible translation. It is designed for those who desire to pursue advanced study in linguistics and for those who desire to serve in Bible translation ministries, including missionary recruits from America and other nations, furloughing and in-service missionaries, and translation support personnel. Click here to learn more. 

Master of Biblical and Theological Studies (MBTS) 

The Master of Biblical and Theological Studies provides a flexible course of study for:

  • Working professionals or laypersons who desire a short program of seminary studies to equip them for effective ministry in the workforce, home, local church, or abroad;
  • Missionary candidates who anticipate service in nonprofessional ministries whose mission board requires graduate study in Bible and theology;
  • College graduates who want a shorter program of seminary studies as a supplement to their undergraduate work and are not planning on entering vocational ministry; and
  • Spouses of current DTS students who want to complete a program of graduate seminary studies. Click here to learn more.

Master of Theology (ThM) 
The Master of Theology program is designed to produce competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve God effectively as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in other areas of vocational Christian ministry. The Intercultural Ministries emphasis is designed to equip students for evangelistic, church planting, discipleship, and educational ministries in intercultural situations in North America and abroad. It provides training in cultural adaptation, effective mission strategies, religious and cultural context, and leadership development. Click here to learn more.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to provide advanced training in the practice of biblically and theologically oriented ministry to those actively involved in vocational or bivocational ministry. The program concentrates on developing expertise in the biblical rationale, sociological strategy, and practical implementation of ministry.

The Ministry Leadership in International Contexts emphasis provides advanced training in the practice of biblically and theologically oriented ministry for those ministering in international contexts. This cohort focuses on pastoral and parachurch leadership issues, and challenges and opportunities unique in ministry abroad.

The Multicultural Ministry emphasis provides advanced training in the practice of biblically and theologically oriented ministry for multicultural church leaders serving the local church and parachurch organizations. This cohort program is designed to help ministry leaders through a study of the principles, leadership issues, challenges, and opportunities uniquely confronting multicultural church leaders with the goal of helping students take their ministry to the next level. Attention is given to leadership development and case-study research method. This cohort is hosted at the DTS-Houston campus. Click here to learn more.

COURSES

These courses build a foundation and give an overview of missions throughout the world: 

WM5101– Introduction to World Missions

WM5205  – Cultural Dynamics in Ministry

WM5210 – Intercultural Communication

WM5215 – Dynamics of Missionary Development

WM5220 – Preparing for Intercultural Ministry

WM5270 – Historical Expansion of Global Christianity

These courses look at specific ministry and missions contexts.

WM5305 – Ministry in AAfrican Contexts

WM5310 – Engaging the Asian World for Christ

WM5315 – Ministry in Today’s Hispanic Cultures

WM5320 – Ministry in Western Societies 

WM5325 – Ministry in Multicultural America

WM5330 – Ministry in Muslim Contexts

WM5335 – Ministry in Roman Catholic Contexts

WM5340 – Ministry in Chinese Contexts

WM5345 – Ministry in Jewish Contexts

These courses explore various strategies for reaching different people groups for Christ.

WM5405 – Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts

WM5410 – Theological Education in Intercultural Contexts

WM5412 – Ministry to Children at Risk

WM5415 – Church Ministry in Global Perspective

WM5420 – Missions Strategies for Unreached Peoples

WM5425 – Intercultural Church Planting

WM5440 – Foundations of Christian Community Development

WM5445 – Business as Mission

WM5450 – Local Church and Social Outreach Ministry

WM5455 – Funding Your Ministry: Theology and Strategy 

WM5460 – Disability and the Body of Christ

These courses build upon the Bible and theological courses required for all degrees, applying that knowledge directly to a missional context.

WM5505 – Christianity and Non-Christian Religions

WM5510 – Theological Issues in Contemporary Missiology

WM5515 – Acts, the Church, and the Culture

WM5520 – A Biblical Theology of Missions

WM5525 – Spiritual Warefare 

WM5530 – Cross-cultural Apologetics and Worldview Evangelism 

WM5535 – Theology and World Religions

WM5540 – Applied Biblical Contextualization

WM5545 – Chinese Historical and Theological Trends

WM5550 – Global Christian Theology

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) courses prepare a person to do exactly that: teach English to non-English speakers.

 

WM5620 – Dynamics of TESOL 

INT5205 – TESOL Ministry Formation Internship 

WM5210 – Intercultural Communication 

These courses complete the degree: the thesis, independent study, and field research.

 

WM5901 – Independent Study in Missions

WM5902 – World Missions and Intercultural Studies Thesis

WM5903 – World Missions and Intercultural Studies Thesis Continuation

WM5905 – Special Topics in World Missions

WM5909 – Mission Field Research

BE5540 – Discipleship in the Gospels 

ST5215 – Issues in Soteriology and Sanctification

PM5251 – Evangelistic Preaching

PM5405 – Theology and Apologetics in Advanced Evangelism

MW5410 – Audio Production for Ministry

EML5435 – Effective Ministry with Women 

EML5450 – Women Teaching Women

EML5705 – Principles and Practice of Disciplemaking

DEPARTMENT FACULTY

Michael A. Ortiz

DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Michael Pocock

SENIOR PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Brian L. Bain

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Rodney H. Orr

DEAN OF DTS-DC AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Terrance Woodson

Assistant Dean of Students, Advisor to African American Students, Adjunct Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

Aaron Coe

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Jenny McGill

Adjunct Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

Vladimir Pikman

Visiting Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

Inna Chats

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES, TESOL COORDINATOR

Vasily L. Dmitrievsky

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

John Bitar

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Jose Cruz

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF WORLD MISSIONS AND INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

WMIS contact information

PHONE

214-887-5390

LOCATION

Walvoord 3rd Floor

EMAIL

missions@dts.edu

HOURS

8:00 a.m–4:30 p.m.

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