Intercultural Ministry

By 2025, it is estimated the global population will crest 8 billion souls. Only 240 million of them (about 3%) will live in North America. Over 2.2 billion people (28%) will still be unevangelized. Global population is growing 20% faster than the population of Christian workers. Christian martyrdom will increase 50% to 150,000 martyrs per year. The global poor constitute 46% of world population, including 1.4 billion urban poor and 500 million people on the verge of starvation. Based on current trends, the cost effectiveness of Christian finances will be $1.47 million per baptism, up from $762,000 in 2012. The world is a needy place full of needy people. It’s a harvest field full of Kingdom opportunities. It desperately needs the Gospel. Program DetailsApply Now

Program Description

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell University, by 2025, it is estimated the global population will crest 8 billion souls. Only 240 million of them (about 3%) will live in North America. Over 2.2 billion people (28%) will still be unevangelized. Global population is growing 20% faster than the population of Christian workers. Christian martyrdom will increase 50% to 150,000 martyrs per year. The global poor constitute 46% of world population, including 1.4 billion urban poor and 500 million people on the verge of starvation. Based on current trends, the cost effectiveness of Christian finances will be $1.47 million per baptism, up from $762,000 in 2012. The world is a needy place full of needy people. It’s a harvest field full of Kingdom opportunities. It desperately needs the Gospel. The demand for creative, Gospel-soaked engagement with the world by evangelical believers has never been greater. Nor have the farthest reaches of the globe ever been more accessible due to the technology and resource advantages of modern Christ-followers.

Through the internship in England, I decided that God is leading me to become a church planter there.  Pilgrimage’s help made it a great experience, one I would recommend to anyone thinking about pursuing an internship.

Neil S.

Student, Summit University of PA

Program Goals

Upon completion of the camp ministry program, students will minister effectively within a camp ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:

  1. Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
  2. Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
  3. Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
  4. Understand structural models for governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
  6. Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
  7. Establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for ministering in intercultural contexts and develop basic skills and competencies for effective intercultural ministry.
  8. Understand modern global culture and its impact on world citizens and their worldviews.
  9. Establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in intercultural ministry.
  10. Effectively train teens to influence their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Courses of Study (36 Credits)

Ministry Foundations (18 credits)

All PER ministry programs are built on the core foundational skills delivered in this set of classes. While implementation of these skills may vary in different ministry environments, the skills are not context-specific at the principle level. Every ministry leader will deploy this organizational leadership foundation in their ministry context.

  • Dynamics of Discipleship (3 credits)
  • Principles of Ministry Strategy (3 credits)
  • Developing Dynamic Teams (3 credits)
  • Governance & Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Risk Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
Intercultural Ministry Focus (12 credits)

The possible range of intercultural ministry platforms is enormous and extremely diverse. In fact, diversity is a key concept for intercultural ministry. How do unchangeable Biblical truths translate between cultures or between people of different cultures? This block of courses focuses on the skills necessary to tackle that very question… in any intercultural ministry environment.

  • Intercultural Ministry Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Evangelism (3 credits)
Cross-Discipline Electives (6 credits)

Students will choose at least two experience-based courses from alternative disciplines (i.e. youth ministry, intercultural ministry, camping and recreation) to compliment and customize their learning experience in context.