The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) is the last command given by Jesus Christ to His disciples before He ascended from earth into heaven. Over 2,000 years later, this command of Christ’s still applies to believers and we are all called to go out and make disciples, sharing the Good News of the gospel wherever we are – whether it be on a foreign mission field, or in our own homes and place of work. Some individuals are called to take this witness of Christ across cultural boundaries and into different areas and countries around the world. This month’s ranking focuses on those schools and college programs that are mindful of this calling and exist to prepare and equip students for this purpose of evangelism and discipleship. Whether its program’s focus is on cross-cultural evangelism, Bible translation, or mission aviation, each school listed here is mindful of Christ’s call to make disciples and is playing an active part in raising up missionaries for this cause.
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Each of these schools were evaluated and scored in the following categories: 1) Number of mission majors/minors and 2) Number of service/internship opportunities in missions. Additionally, we scored each school’s website for the degree to which it’s message highlighted Great Commission related themes. This website score was only used to break ties between institutions. We calculated standardized scores for each category, assigned equal weight to each category, took the sum score of both categories and finally standardized these final totals to produce this ranking.
Located in Deerfield, Illinois, Trinity International University (TIU) is an evangelical Christian liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. TIU offers a single mission-minded degree program in the area of Christian Ministries with an Intercultural Ministries emphasis. Designed for students who are passionate for the Lord, love people, and have a strong desire to see the world transformed through the gospel, TIU’s Christian Ministries program seeks to prepare individuals both theoretically and theologically. 400 hours of integrative field experience is required of students and internships are available to students through a variety of local ministries and organizations including Harvest Bible Chapel, Willow Creek Community Church and others.
Located in Eugene, Oregon, Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. NCU’s single mission-minded degree program is a major in Christian Ministry with a Missions Concentration. Committed to the training up of Christian workers who are passionate for the cause of Christ, NCU’s goal is to raise up leaders equipped and ready for the task of spreading the gospel. Geared towards students interested in serving in a variety of ministry-related roles, potential careers include International Missionary, Church Planter, and Humanitarian Services. A variety of international missions trips, local service projects, and internships with local churches and parachurch organizations are available to students.
Faulkner University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Montgomery, Alabama and affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The university offers a single mission-minded degree program – a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a focus on Missions. The study program is aimed at students who are seeking to serve in the area of ministry and mission and is designed to prepare students to effectively communicate the truth of the gospel in both foreign and domestic fields. The Mission Track course requirements include: World Religions; History of Christian Missions; Church Growth Principles; Missionary Anthropology; and Church Work Practicum. A variety of local ministry opportunities exist for students.
Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Fresno, California and affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church. FPU offers a single mission-minded undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies (B.A.) with an emphasis in Global Missions. Preparing students for ministry and work, FPU’s Intercultural Studies program focuses on leading in discipleship, church ministry, and/or cross-cultural evangelism. Courses focus on a holistic view of mission and ministry including development, evangelism, and discipleship. The program’s goal is to provide students with a solid understanding and perspective of cross-cultural ministry. A variety of both global and local outreach opportunities exist for students.
Bethel University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Arden Hills, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. Established in 1871, Bethel is affiliated with Converge Worldwide. Bethel offers a single mission-minded degree in the area of Missional Ministries. Designed for students who have a burden to advance the gospel through pastoral ministry, youth ministry, camp programs, or other discipleship settings, Bethel also offers a major in Cross-Cultural Missions and an Asian Studies minor, which pair well with their Missional Ministries major. A variety of mission and service opportunities exist in which Bethel’s students can take an active involvement.
Located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University (WU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. even to this day. Offering an undergraduate degree in International Missions, the central focus of WU’s Missions program is the student’s placement in an international mission field during their time of study. International Missions courses include world civilization, geography, international economics, politics, and relations. 54 hours in international cultures, languages, and social studies are required for graduation. A variety of international and local mission and service opportunities exist for all students.
Cornerstone University (CU) is a private, nondenominational Christian liberal arts institution, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. CU offers a single mission-minded degree program in Intercultural Studies (Missions). Offered through CU’s Bible, Religion & Ministry division, the residential undergraduate program is designed to help students develop valuable ministry skills and scriptural understanding in order to prepare them to live out the great commission. Aimed at students with a heart to serve as a community leader, plant churches, develop programs, or work with youth, orphans, and the poor, CU’s Intercultural Studies program focuses on contemporary global issues and evangelism and discipleship. A cross-cultural internship is required to graduate, and a variety of locations options exist for students to choose from.
Located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, Carson-Newman University (CNU) is private, Christian liberal arts institution, established in 1851 and historically affiliated with the Baptist denomination. CNU offers a single undergraduate mission-minded degree program – a Major in Religion with an emphasis in Missions. A forty-five credit hour program, core course requirements range from studies of the Old and New Testaments; to a history of Christian missions; to cultural anthropology. Students can experience hands-on learning through S.P.O.T.S. (Special Projects Other Than Summer), CNU’s Student Mission Program. Lead through Campus Ministries and Baptist Collegiate Ministries, S.P.O.T.S. organizes international and local mission and service trips and opportunities.
Located in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara is Westmont College (WC), an interdenominational Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1937, Westmont is accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools and has a total undergraduate enrollment of over 1,000 students. WC offers an undergraduate Biblical Studies degree program with a minor in Anthropology. WC’s Sociology-Anthropology Department provides students with a rich course in the multi-disciplinary study of human behavior; courses include the studies of sociology, anthropology, and social work. A variety of mission and service opportunities are also made available for all students, providing valuable hands-on experience in ministry.
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George Fox University is a Christian liberal arts institution located in Newberg, Oregon, founded in 1885 as a school for Quakers and affiliated with the Northwest yearly Meeting of Friends. George Fox offers a single mission-minded undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries with a Missions concentration. Designed for individuals with a burden to serve in missions, George Fox’s Missions concentration gives students the option of taking courses on Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach; World Religions; and Issues in Contemporary Missions. Studies are customizable, allowing students to build a degree best suited to their needs and interest. Further options include Christian Discipling, Perspectives in Christian Education and Theological Foundations in Christian Ministry.
North Park University (NPU) is a private four-year institution located on the north side of Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church which founded the school in 1891. NPU offers two mission-minded undergraduate degrees – a Global Studies major and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. NPU’s Global Studies program seeks to broaden student’s worldview and perspective, allowing them to experience intercultural learning through an increased knowledge of global issues, required language study, and international travel. The university’s Middle Eastern Studies minor program may be taken alongside any major and takes a deeper look into the social and political history of the Middle East, as well as the current issues, faith and culture of the area.
Founded in 1935, Corban University is a private, independent, Christian college located in Salem, Oregon and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Corban offers a single mission-minded undergraduate degree in Intercultural Studies through their Ministry program. Designed for students eager to reach the world for Christ, Corban’s program is aims to train students in the areas of cultural sensitivity, cross-cultural adaptation, language learning, and intercultural communications. Practical experience in ministry allows students to put into action the lessons they learned in the classroom. Mission and service opportunities as well as internships are both encouraged and available to students.
A private, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. OC offers a single mission-minded degree – a B.A. in Missions. With the goal to prepare students who will be able to effectively communicate biblical truths in a cross-cultural setting, OC’s Missions degree provides students with opportunities to experience Christian ministry through mission internships and even overseas study opportunities. In addition to gaining a level of competent communication in a language other than English, students are also required to take six hours of Biblical language study. Other mission trips and service opportunities are available to all students through OC’s Center for Global Missions.
Houghton College, located in Houghton, New York, is a Christian liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. Houghton offers an International Studies Major with concentrations in Missions; Linguistics; Development; Spanish; TESOL; and Urban Studies. Focusing on the methodologies and perspectives of anthropology and related social sciences, students are encouraged to learn experientially through a required cross-cultural experience. Aimed towards students interested in serving in the fields of community development, relief work, health services, missions, education, and Bible translation, Houghton’s International Studies program is designed with the purpose of preparing students who will be scholar-servants in cross-cultural communities around the globe.
Located in Upland, Indiana, Taylor University is a private, interdenominational, evangelical Christian institution. Taylor offers a single mission-minded degree – a Minor in Intercultural Studies/Missions. Offered through Taylor’s Biblical Studies program and is aimed towards students who feel called to global missions and/or church ministry. The program seeks to develop critical thinking skills and prepares students to be always ready to “make a defense to everyone who asks [them] to give an account for the hope that is within [them]” (1 Pet. 3:15, NASB). Taylor’s Applied Missions (Ireland) program also allows students to achieve a minor in missions through one semester spent overseas working with its partner organization, An Tobar Nua in Galway, Ireland, a mission dedicated to reaching Irish teens.
Abilene Christian University (ACU), a private institution affiliated with Churches of Christ, is located in Abilene, Texas. ABU offers two mission-minded undergraduate degree options, in the areas of Missions and Vocational Missions. Both Bachelor of Arts degrees are designed to prepare students who desire to serve as missionaries. In addition to providing students with a solid theological foundation and practical instruction on cross-cultural ministry, ACU’s Vocational Missions degree focuses on training students to have marketable skills which would allow them to be self-supportive as well as able to minister in restricted nations that would otherwise be closed to the gospel. Internships are encouraged and available for both degrees through organizations such as Missions Seminar, Missions Focus, and Worldwide Witness.
Located in Fullerton, California, Hope International University (HIU) is a private, Christian institution. Though non-denominational, HIU does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Churches of Christ. HIU offers both a B.A. in Church Ministry and an M.A. in Ministry with a concentration in Intercultural Studies (Missions). HIU’s Master’s in Ministry is offered both online and on-campus and blends biblical, professional, and personal development courses in an effort to lay a solid foundation for Christian leadership. Undergraduate students enrolled in HIU’s Christian Ministry degree program are required to serve a minimum of three semesters of internship with a local ministry and are highly encouraged to be actively involved in ministry during their entire program experience in an effort to provide valuable hands-on experience.
Southwest Baptist University (SBU), located in Bolivar, Missouri, is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention. SBU offers a single mission-minded undergraduate degree in the area of Intercultural Studies. The first of its kind in the nation, SBU’s International Studies program has been used as a model for other universities. The unique program requires students to participate in a six-month semester abroad experience, living, studying, and serving in a foreign region. This program, which was first pioneered by SBU, provides students with valuable first-hand experience as a foreign missionary. Students must also choose a market skill platform which equips them with a valuable and marketable skill which is necessary for entering and ministering within a restricted nation or for pursuing a bivocational ministry.
Located in Belton, Texas, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) is a private, higher learning institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. UMHB offers a single mission-minded degree in the area of Christian Ministry with a concentration on Christian Missions. Designed for individuals who feel called to missions, UMHB’s concentration in Christian Missions seeks to prepare students for a life of practical Christian ministry in cross-cultural and diverse settings. Christian Ministry students are required to participate in a 3-semester hour supervised ministry practicum, providing students with valuable hands-on experience within a ministry setting. Further service and mission opportunities are available to students throughout the year.
Located in Wenham, Massachusetts, Gordon College is a non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution. The school offers a single mission-minded undergraduate degree program in Christian Ministries with a Global Christianity emphasis. Gordon’s Christian Ministry major is designed to prepare students to serve effectively in a wide range of Christian capacities. Beginning with an understanding of the biblical foundations of Christianity’s missionary expansion, Gordon’s Global Christianity emphasis also seeks to give students a thorough understanding of other cultures and worldview by examining other world religions. A variety of internship, service and ministry opportunities are available for students to gain valuable, hands-on experience.
Located in Santee, California, San Diego Christian College (SDCC) is a private, non-denominational, evangelical Christian institution. The college offers two main mission-minded undergraduate programs in the areas of Missionary Aviation and Biblical Studies with an Intercultural Studies concentration. SDCC’s Missionary Aviation program seeks to develop individuals with personal integrity, knowledge, and the necessary skills to serve Christ through aviation. Students are trained and mentored for the purpose of developing exceptional pilots who desire to serve Christ in their field. SDCC’s Bible Studies Major and Intercultural Studies concentration provides students with cross-cultural and mission-related courses, designed to equip students for a career of service in missions.
North Greenville University (NGU) is a private, comprehensive institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina and affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. NGU offers two mission-minded programs – an undergraduate degree program in Christian Intercultural Studies and a Masters in Christian Ministry (MCM) with an emphasis on Intercultural Studies (Missions). Equipping students for practical ministry within a global context, NGU’s Christian Intercultural Studies major’s core coursework consists of biblical, historical, theological, and practical studies. NGU’s MCM’s goal is expand on the skills and resources students already have in order to create stronger leadership within the church and among ministries. Mission and service opportunities are available for NGU students, with mission teams leading outreaches in Latin America, South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.
Located near Los Angeles in suburban Azusa, California, Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution established in 1899. APU offers a single degree with a mission-minded focus – a Christian Ministry Major with an Intercultural Christian Ministry concentration. Designed to equip students for practical ministry both nationally and around the globe, the Christian Ministry major allows students to learn in a hands-on way through degree-required internships within the church and other ministry settings in addition to on-campus coursework. APU also organizes national and international action teams for service and ministry as well as disaster relief, providing students with opportunities to put their faith into practice.
Lipscomb University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1891, the school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and has a total enrollment figure of over 3,000 undergraduate students. Offering a single mission-minded degree option, Lipscomb’s Theology & Ministry Major is available with a concentration in Missions. The 63 credit hour program is designed for students with an interest in intercultural missions and focuses on ministry, anthropology and theology, and communication. A number of international and domestic mission trip opportunities exist for students interested in serving in a variety of locations.
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Irvine, California and affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. CUI offers a single undergraduate mission-minded degree program in International Studies with a Missiology emphasis as well two graduate level degrees in International Studies and Cross Cultural Ministry (CMC). Designed to equip students with global knowledge, intercultural grace, practical learning skills, and moral courage, CUI’s undergraduate Intercultural Studies major consists of six core courses, including anthropology, communications, and theology. Four semesters of modern language is a requirement for Intercultural Studies students. Study abroad options are offered to students and local and global missions and ministry is encouraged.
Located in Nyack, New York, Nyack College is a private liberal arts institution sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Nyack offers three mission-minded degrees with an A.A. , B.A. and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies. Designed to equip students academically and professionally to serve in international and intercultural service, Nyack’s Intercultural Studies Major (B.A.) is available with concentrations in the areas of Global Outreach; TESOL; Urban Context; Community Development; Leadership & Administration; Global Entrepreneurship; as well as the option to create a concentration that is best fits the interest of the student. Ministry service and internships with local and global organizations are highly encouraged of students seeking to advance the cause of Christ through missions.
Northwest University (NWU) is a private, Christian institution located in Kirkland, Washington and is operated by districts of the Assemblies of God. NWU offers both an Intercultural Studies Major and an M.A. in Missional Leadership. Designed for individuals looking to minister in a multicultural setting, NWU’s Intercultural Studies program educates students in the areas of history, world religions, and communications for the purpose of equipping students with both knowledge and field experience. Eight different concentrations are available in the Intercultural Studies major, including (but not limited to) Africa Studies; Asia Studies; Cross-Cultural Studies; Middle East Studies; and Latin American Studies. Opportunities for service and hands-on experience abound for NWU students in the forms of local and global ministry opportunities, partnerships with missionaries, and study-abroad programs.
Seattle Pacific University (SPU), located in Seattle, Washington, is a private Christian institution established in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church. Two mission-minded degrees are offered at SPU – a Christian Theology Major with a concentration in Christian Missions and an M.A. in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (MA-RIS). SPU’s Christian Theology Major consists of five core courses (including Ministry & Mission) while the Christian Mission concentration includes additional studies focusing on holistic development, cross-cultural studies, and urban ministry. The MA-RIS degree program places a primary focus on theology, church history, and ethics and seeks to reflect SPU’s vision to engage the culture for Christ. A number of internship opportunities with churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and other nonprofit organizations are available to students.
Dallas Baptist University (DBU), a Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, is located in Dallas Texas. The school offers two mission-minded degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, namely an M.A. in Global Leadership and a B.A. in Intercultural Studies. DBU’s undergraduate Intercultural Studies degree is designed for students with a heart to serve in missions, relief, and/or development work, both nationally and internationally. A variety of local and international service opportunities are available for students to become involved in. Freshmen are required to volunteer a minimum of six hours in service per month and all students are highly encouraged to be active participants in ministry as well.
Bluffton University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bluffton, Ohio. Established in 1899 and affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton has a total enrollment of just over 1,000 students. Bluffton offers a single mission-minded degree, a Minor in Missions through its Religion studies department, which is available to all students, regardless of their major. Students are encouraged to get involved in service opportunities and aid is available to help students explore their calling through the university’s Ministry Inquiry Program, a ministry-mentoring program administered through the Mennonite Church USA. Global mission trips are also led to a variety of locations, allowing students to experience cross-cultural ministry through a hands-on experience.
LeTourneau University (LETU) is an interdenominational Christian university, located in Longview, Texas. LETU offers two mission-minded degree programs in Mission Aviation and Biblical Studies with a Cross-Cultural concentration. LETU is a well known name when it comes to excellence in aviation and their Mission Aviation program is aimed specifically for individuals seeking to use their love of flying to help spread the gospel. Mission aviation organizations, including ABWE Air, JAARS, and New Tribes Mission, visit LETU’s campus regularly to meet with students and provide valuable input into the training program. Students also have the opportunity to work with these mission organizations during spring break and internships. Mission and service opportunities are also available to all students through the school’s Global Initiatives program.
Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) is a Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. ONU offers both a major and a minor in Intercultural Studies, providing students with the opportunity to study missions, ethnic relations, theology, world religions and more from a distinctly Christian perspective. A cross-cultural ministry field experience is a degree requirement, providing students with the valuable opportunity to put into practice that which they’ve learned in the classrooms. Study abroad programs are also available to students as are student mission trips through the organization, Missions in Action (M.I.A.), which sponsors student trips to minister on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America as well as in the United States.
Harding University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with Churches of Christ. While Harding has several international campuses located throughout the world, including (but not limited to) Australia, Greece, Italy, Chile, and Zambia, the university’s main campus is located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding offers a single mission-minded degree, a B.A. in Bible and Missions, offered through their College of Bible and Ministry. In addition to this degree program, Harding’s Center for World Missions recruits and trains students to serve in both long and short-term missions through a variety of programs including Global Outreach, the Harding-in-Zambia (HIZ) International Program, and the Missionary Training Village at Harding University Tahkodah (H.U.T.).
Wheaton College, of Wheaton, Illinois has a heritage rooted in missionary service which continues today with over 7% of freshman students coming from missionary families and third-culture backgrounds. Wheaton offers two mission-minded degree programs – an Anthropology Major and an Asian Studies Program of Studies (POS), which is an interdisciplinary study program. Wheaton’s Anthropology major provides students with insights into human behavior from a comparative, cross-cultural perspective. Wheaton’s Asian Studies POS provides an academic focus on a strategic region, drawing upon the expertise and courses available at Wheaton that are relevant to Asia. A number of mission and service opportunities are available to students through Wheaton’s Office of Christian Outreach which partners with international and national mission organizations.
Simpson University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Redding, California and affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Simpson offers both a World Missions Major and a Cross-Cultural Studies Major with concentrations available in Ministry; Business; Transformational Community Development; and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Simpson’s Cross-Cultural Studies major combines marketable skills and empathy for other ways of life and is ideal for students desiring to serve and work in a culturally diverse setting. Known as the “Gateway to World Service,” Simpson’s name has long been associated with missionary work and the school’s World Missions major builds upon this and a strong Biblical foundation, preparing students to minister for Christ’s sake around the globe.
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Shawnee, Oklahoma and owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. OBU offers three mission-minded degree programs, including a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry; a B.A. in Christian Ministry; and a B.A. in Christian Studies. OBU’s Cross-Cultural Ministry program is available with emphases in the areas of International Church Planting and Orality Studies. Service-learning opportunities are made available to students through Hands-On, a program through the International Missions Board which allows students to spend an entire semester of work abroad while doing missions. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in any of the 5-7 Global Outreach trips made each year.
California Baptist University (CBU) is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution that was founded in 1950 and is located in Riverside, California. CBU offers a number of mission-minded degrees, including a Missionary Aviation Minor, a Global Studies Minor and an Intercultural Studies Major with concentrations in Global Justice; Global Ministries; and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). CBU’s Intercultural Studies program is designed especially for students seeking to serve internationally in either missions or relief and development work. The university’s Missionary Aviation program is an optional minor designed for students of any major who wish to serve as a missionary pilot, flight instructor or other non-governmental organization pilot. A Missionary Aviation endorsement is available to students who meet its particular requirements.
Lee University is located in Cleveland, Tennessee and is a private, liberal arts institution historically affiliated with the Church of God. Operating under the motto of, “Where Christ is King”, Lee began in 1918 as a Church of God Bible Training School and has since grown to have an enrollment figure of nearly 5,000 students. Lee offers an undergraduate (B.A.) Intercultural Studies degree program with emphases available in Global Missiology; Urban Missions: International Relief & Community Development; and Vocational Missiology. With Matthew 28:18-20 as its central focus and inspiration, Lee’s Intercultural Studies program strives to prepare students for service through sound, effective, and cutting-edge missionary training. Lee also offers an Intercultural Studies Minor, designed especially for Pastoral Ministry majors.
Biola University is a private, nondenominational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in La Mirada, California. Biola offers both a major (B.A.) and a minor degree in Intercultural Studies, with a number of emphasis’ including (but not limited to) Applied Linguistics & Bible Translation; Church Planting; Cross-Cultural Healthcare; Local Missions & Cross-Cultural Ministry; Pioneer Missions; and Islamic Studies. All intercultural studies students are required to complete a cross-cultural or overseas learning experience for the purpose of gaining valuable hands-on experience. Biola’s Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement offers a wide range of programs from which students may choose. International studies students are also able to move directly into a number of graduate programs at Biola’s Cook School of Intercultural studies, which is one of the largest schools of its kind.
Oral Roberts University (ORU) is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is an interdenominational, Christian, comprehensive liberal arts institution. ORU offers a single, undergraduate, mission-minded degree in the area of Global Ministry and the Marketplace through their College of Theology & Mission. ORU’s degree program seeks to integrate Biblical principles and business concepts for global ministry, teaching both traditional and non-traditional ministry approaches for serving within the global marketplace. Aside from attending classes in Bible, Theology, Ethics, Apologetics and Missions, students are also required to minor in Business in order to be equipped to serve creatively within a local, global and cross-cultural context. A variety of mission and community outreach projects are available to provide students with valuable hands-on learning and experience.
Located in Nampa, Idaho and affiliated by the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. NNU’s three mission-minded degrees include a B.A. in Intercultural Ministry; an M.A. in Missional Leadership; and an M. Div. in Missional Leadership. NNU’s Intercultural Ministry bachelor program seeks to provide students with a range of foundational knowledge and skills to prepare them for the specific focus of serving in the area of missions. Both of NNU’s graduate-level Missional Leadership degrees include the same coursework and focus, but the Master of Divinity degree requires an additional 42 credits in the area of pastoral ministry. NNU-organized mission trips are available to all students and fulfill some or all of NNU’s Cross-Cultural requirements.
Crown College is located in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota and is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Crown offers a B.A. in International Studies, with a Cross-Cultural Ministry concentration, as well as two graduate-level mission-minded degrees – an M.A. in Global Leadership and an M.A. in Christian Studies with an Intercultural Ministries emphasis. Crown’s International Studies bachelor degree program is an interdisciplinary degree and the Cross-Cultural Ministry concentration includes a semester spent of off-campus for international service-learning. All students are able to participate in a variety of mission and service opportunities at Crown, both locally, nationally and around the globe. Crown’s missions organization, Destination: Serve Trips (DS trips) are a highlight of the year, with over 50% of students participating at least once during their time at Crown.
Calvin College (CC), located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a private, liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. CC offers three mission-minded degree programs – International Development Studies and a Ministry Leadership Minor with emphasis in both Community Development and Missions. CC’s International Development program focuses on equipping students for work and ministry in a global context. Students spend time studying off campus in locations such as Honduras, China, Ghana and Thailand and are encouraged to work as interns with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. International and local service opportunities are also available to all students through CC’s Service-learning program which organizes outreaches ranging from weekly community service to once-in-a-lifetime trips.
Grand Canyon University (GCU), a private Christian institution established in 1949, is located in Phoenix, Arizona. GCU offers two mission-minded degrees – a B.A. in Christian Study and a Master of Divinity – both with a Global Ministry emphasis. Designed to prepare students spiritually and professionally for cross-cultural ministry, GCU’s undergraduate degree is built upon a foundation of biblical and theological knowledge. The school’s master’s degree is oriented around several key areas including the centrality of the gospel; the significance of the church; and the need to advance Christ’s kingdom to all nations. Both programs are offered both online and on-campus. A variety of short-term mission opportunities are available to students throughout the school year through the university’s mission organization.
Located in Springfield, Missouri, Evangel University (EU) is a private Christian institution, affiliated with the Assemblies of God and linked to the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). EU offers a single mission-minded undergraduate degree through their School of Theology & Church Ministries in Intercultural Studies. An interdisciplinary program, the degree program is customizable and program advisors are available to guide students in selecting electives for this course. Two masters degrees are also offered through EU’s seminary (AGTS) – M.A. in Intercultural Studies and M. Div. with an Intercultural Studies Concentration. Students are encouraged to participate in global service opportunities; EU’s global mission organization, CROSSwalk, arranges such trips for students and the school is also linked with a variety of Assemblies of God mission groups.
Southeastern University (SEU) is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Lakeland, Florida. Established in 1935, SEU is affiliated with the Assemblies of God and has an enrollment of nearly 4,000. Backed by an eighty-year history of training up ministry leaders, SEU offers a BA in Missional Studies and is committed to equipping missionaries to serve around the globe. SEU’s faculty is made up of members who have themselves spent years on the mission field and are passionate about passing on their knowledge and commitment to students. All missional ministries majors are required to take a minimum 14 credit hours of foreign language. Students are encouraged to take part in global service opportunities and during 2014-2015, SEU students participated in over 50 mission trips.
Located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Geneva College (GC) is a Christian liberal arts school, established in 1848 and affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. GC offers both a degree in Missions and a duel-degree program in Missions/Aviation. GC’s Missions program is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to take the Gospel into diverse regions around the world and features a well-rounded coursework that focuses on Bible, philosophy, theology and practical ministry. GC’s aviation training program is offered in association with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) which has the #1 aviation training program in the nation. Cross-cultural service opportunities are available to students through the GC’s Center for Faith and Practice (CFP), which organizes multiple short-term mission trips for students.
Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts school, founded in 1914 and located in Lakewood, Colorado. Accredited by the North Central Association, CCU has a total enrollment figure of over 6,000. CCU offers five mission-minded degree programs, including both major and minor areas of study. The school’s Global Studies program is available as either a major or a minor and attracts students who are interested in global engagement, political advocacy, international business, as well as those wishing to serve in overseas ministry. CCU’s Global Studies major may be combined with a variety of different minors, making it a customizable program. Internships with global ministries and international service opportunities are both encouraged and available for CCU’s Global Studies students.
A Christ-centered, Bible-based, Pentecostal school, North Central University (NCU) is owned and operated by 11 Assemblies of God districts. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NCU was established in 1930 and has an enrollment of over 1,000 undergraduate students. NCU offers a total of seven mission-minded major and minor programs, including an Intercultural Studies major offered through NCU’s College of Mission, which is available in six tracks, including World Mission; Business as Mission and Middle Eastern Studies. NCU’s other mission-minded majors include Campus Missions and Evangelism & Church Planting. NCU also leads teams of students in short-term service trips through the school’s organization, Co:Mission. These trips are available to students from all majors and provide valuable insight and experience in serving in diverse cultural settings.
Founded in 1971 and situated on a 7,000 acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is without question, the largest Christian university in the world. A Southern Baptist institution, Liberty has an enrollment of over 110,000 students who study both on-campus and online. With a vision to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world,” Liberty offers seven mission-minded undergraduate degree programs. Grouped under the heading of “Global Studies”, concentrations range from Aeronautics to Theology & Apologetics; from Christian Leadership & Church Ministry to Biomedical Sciences. Many of the classes are available to both residential and online students and are intended to prepare individuals for dedicated service in advancing the gospel of Christ.