By combining Intercultural Ministries with an Emergency and Disaster Management major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century with the recognition that our work is our ministry. This dual program will prepare students to work in disaster/emergency vocations for the purpose of making an opening for the Good News of Jesus Christ within a diversity of cultures around the world. The combination of these programs has a storied tradition dating back to the early church. It has been a natural way for Christians to establish good influence in cultures which may otherwise be hostile to the Gospel message.
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Appreciate the uniqueness of Christianity in relation to other religions and assess the cultural influences.
- Apply the basic principles of cross-cultural communication.
- Analyze adjustments needed to effectively engage with a culture different from one's own for the purpose of participating in emergency management and the ongoing ministry which can follow.
- Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the fields of Emergency Management and Intercultural Ministries.
- Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of emergency management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies, and disasters.
- Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is emergency management.