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50 Top Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Among the first things a new Christian learns about is the “Great Commission” referenced in Matthew 28.  As Christians mature in the faith, God puts His call on people to obey this mandate in formal overseas and/or cross-cultural mission work.  Early Church history details the expansion of mission organizations and chronicles the spread of the Gospel around the world.  Some may say that the age of mission boards and formal missionaries is over.  Others say that just because the United States appears to have a ‘post-modern’ or ‘post-Christian’ culture does not negate the need for the Gospel to be taken to new people groups around the world.  CUO recognizes the need for missions – both cross-cultural and foreign – and presents the top 50 Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Prichard, Alabama. Established in 1961as a junior college, originally, the school was founded in affiliation with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Formerly known as Mobile College, the school achieved university status in the early 1990’s at which time its current name was adopted. Built upon the core values of “Christ-centered; Academically focused; Student Devoted; and Distictively-driven”, the University of Mobile is “intentionally dedicated to Biblically-based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice” and is committed to “providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The University of Mobile is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a wide range of degree programs. The University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Christian Ministries; School of Education; and the School of Nursing. The University of Mobile offers a single missions-oriented degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies. An interdisciplinary degree, the Intercultural Studies program offers training and instruction in a wide range of necessary skills and knowledge including apologetics, biblical studies, community hygiene, cross-cultural communications, leadership training, missiology, political science, theology, world religion and much more. Most students choose to minor in a foreign language in order to be further prepared for a cross-cultural career. Besides classroom learning, students are encouraged to participate in University’s ministry and service-learning programs and projects including local cross-cultural ministry teams, national and global intercultural internship opportunities, international service projects and more.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies

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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Seattle, Washington. The University was founded in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Originally called the Seattle Seminary, in 1913 the school was renamed Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 adopted the new name of Seattle Pacific College. Today, Seattle Pacific University’s mission is to be a “Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.” Seattle Pacific University ‘s main campus sits on 43 acres in the northern end of Queen Ann Hill, just four miles north of downtown Seattle. The University also owns and operates two satellite campuses, including a wilderness field station on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands which specializes in biology.

Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 students, including more than 3,00 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels and is comprised of the College of Arts & Sciences and several schools including the School of Health Sciences; the School of Business, Government, & Economics; the School of Psychology, Family, & Community; the School of Education; and the School of Theology. A single mission-oriented degree program is offered, namely the Christian Theology major with an emphasis in Christian Mission. Students are encouraged to participate in ministry and service-learning, with opportunities including the University’s study abroad program, internships, service learning and missions trips.

  • Christian Theology major – Christian Mission

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school more than 25 denominations represented within the University’s student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and views its mission as being to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students,  with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

More than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available and through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a Cross-Cultural Studies major that is designed to equip students with the “knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings”, teaching them how to “understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts.” Some of the advantages of this program are the hands-on learning opportunities students have in a multicultural, urban environment; access to a faculty that truly cares about students; specialized training in urban ministry; and the opportunity for continued mentoring by faculty post-graduation. Opportunities for hands-on experiences include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship projects, internships with local church and para-church ministries, 20-plus annual University mission trips, and more.

  •         Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school more than 25 denominations represented within the University’s student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and views its mission as being to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students,  with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available and through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a Cross-Cultural Studies major that is designed to equip students with the “knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings”, teaching them how to “understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts.” Some of the advantages of this program are the hands-on learning opportunities students have in a multicultural, urban environment; access to a faculty that truly cares about students; specialized training in urban ministry; and the opportunity for continued mentoring by faculty post-graduation. Opportunities for hands-on experiences include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship projects, internships with local church and para-church ministries, 20-plus annual University mission trips, and more.
    • Cross-Cultural Studies major


 

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Founded by the Wesleyan Church the school came into existence as a result of a series of mergers between several schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the new school again merged with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. Today, OKWU boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OKWU’s mission is to be a place of “serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of the Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.”

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. OKWU offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of the Schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Ministry & Christian Thought. It is through this latter School that OKWU offers its residential Global Studies program. Made available through a partnership with Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), this unique Bachelor’s degree seeks to prepare students to “pursue ministry both domestic and globally among persons of different languages and cultures.” Students are taught practical skills which enable them to be effective in intercultural ministry and through VOM are taught about the needs surrounding the persecuted church. OKWU with VOM offers a Mini-Term program which helps students “discover biblical truth about persecution, evil, and suffering” and “learn about opportunities to find practical solutions that may serve and minister to [those living in] hostile and restricted nations”. Opportunities to minister and learn through service include both study abroad and missions trips.

  • Global Studies major

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC was established in 1950 as Central Christian College and since that time has only expanded and grown, both in numbers and in the range of programs offered. Operating off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond, OC has a strategic location which allows students to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, OC has received national recognitions by names such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The University’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.”

Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five academic divisions: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. OC offers a single missions-oriented degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Missions. OC’s Missions program seeks to acquaint students with the biblical text along with the “necessary auxiliary studies to allow special preparation for mission work.” OC operates a Center for Global Missions which brings together more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff members to participate in over 30 ministry and service opportunities annually. The Center’s Mission Programs include summer and spring Break mission trips, Internships with R.A.M. (Rural American Ministries), the HIM (Helpers In Missions) Program, opportunities for Third-Culture Kids (TCK) and more.

  • B.A. Missions

 

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