Intro to Mission

In January 2016, we added a new course to the IBS curriculum called "Intro to Mission."  It looks at cross-cultural mission from four perspectives: biblical, historical, cultural and strategic. It relates directly to one area we need to grow as an organization--namely, crossing cultures more effectively with the gospel.  As staff have heard about this class, they have asked, "Can I take it, even though it's not required for me?" The answer is Yes. Every summer we will give you the option to take a live version of Intro to Mission in place of Church History or Apologetics. There is also an online version that is available. You can find more information about the online version below.

Description

Our God is a missionary God.  From Genesis to Revelation, God is working to create a community of redeemed people from every tribe, tongue and nation for his glory.  This class will help you better understand God’s mission (missio Dei) and the vital role his church is called to play in advancing his kingdom.  We will explore cross-cultural mission from four perspectives.  First, we will look at what Scripture says about the mission of God (biblical/theological perspective).  Second, we will trace the global history of Christian mission from the first century to the twenty-first century (historical perspective).  Third, we will examine culture and how we can more effectively communicate the gospel cross-culturally (cultural perspective).  Finally, we will explore how Cru fits into the global story of missions and how we, as Cru missionaries, can participate in God’s mission to gather a redeemed people from every nation for his glory (strategic perspective).


What are people saying?

"From taking this class, my heart burned with passion to reach the unreached, people all around the world and in America. The readings, online lectures, coaching group posts and discussions all served to further my learning and equipping in being a "sent one". I gained incredibly vital and dynamic perspective of His global, eternal purposes in the here and the now."  
"I believe I have a more missions minded heart now.  Even joining Cru, I had a difficult time even considering campus ministry as missions work.  After understanding more about the contextualization of missions, it's easier, not quite natural yet, for me to call myself a missionary."

When does Intro to Mission start?

Intro to Mission is offered four times a year. It launches after every New Staff Orientation. Therefore, new Intro to Mission classes start in February, May, August, and September. The dates are always changing because of the NSO schedule. We will post the dates for Intro to Mission on the ibs.cru.org website.


How do I register for the online Intro to Mission course?

The online version of Intro to Mission will have limited availability. A registration link will be posted here and will accept the first 15 registrants. 

Register here for Summer ITM (July 23 - November 9, 2018)

Register here for Fall ITM (not open yet)

Register here for Winter ITM (not open yet)


What is the workload like?

Unlike our other virtual classes, Intro to Mission is a 15-week long course. It is an average of five hours of work a week. Each week you will watch lecture content, pray for an unreached people group, read through relevant articles, and journal about what you are learning. Intro to Mission is taken with a coaching group. You will interact with your coaching group periodically throughout the course via forums and video calls. There are also two major assignments, a missionary biography and a cultural learning experience. Here is a sample syllabus for the course.


What if I have Questions?

If you have unanswered questions regarding Intro to Mission, please send an email to ibs.virtual@cru.org.