Worldview in Missions

Understanding how to communicate the gospel in different worldviews
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Understand the basic concepts of worldview and be able to begin developing an engagement plan based upon worldview understanding.

Requirements

  • All materials and videos are provided in the course and are downloadable for your use.

Description

Worldview in missions is a course designed for people interested in working in missions cross-culturally. The course will utilize video, graphics, and downloadable training materials to help the students walk through an introduction to Christian Worldview. All professors have extensive overseas cross-cultural missions experience. Professors desire and are willing to interact with students.

This course is approximately one hour long. All lectures are video and graphics based divided into 10 short lectures. Videos are all downloadable and available for your use. We encourage you to watch all 10 lectures in order, but you may do so at your own convienience and pace. You may also pick whatever lectures you feel are most relevant.

This course will really help you understand different worldviews in order to more effectively communicate the gospel in a way that the listener truly understands. Our desire is to see truly transformed lives based on a complete understanding of the gospel

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for anyone who desires to effectively communicate the gospel in a cross-cultural setting. It is not for those who are not willing to consider how to study and learn different worldviews in order to more effectively communicate the gospel.

Course content

1 section11 lectures1h 3m total length
  • Introduction
    02:56
  • Definition of Worldview
    12:02
  • Iceberg Model of Culture
    07:26
  • Onion Model of Culture
    04:04
  • The Communication Process
    06:49
  • Bridges and Barriers
    04:11
  • Syncretism
    06:54
  • Form and Meaning
    03:21
  • Three Cultures: Guilt, Shame, and Fear
    06:41
  • Conclusion
    02:49
  • Closing Story
    06:41

Instructors

Missionary with IMB
David Olson
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 525 Reviews
  • 12,072 Students
  • 5 Courses

Missionary serving with the IMB for the last six years. We've had missionary experience on the frontline, working in both rural and urban settings. We utilize oral strategies and have seen it as an effective tool for both evangelism and discipleship in a variety of different places. We now serve on a training team where we help provide resources and training to both national and U.S. partnerships and help coach a network of missionaries in effective partnership for the purpose of reaching their end goals - all for His name sake!

Strategy Training Associate International Mission Board
Don Barger
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 525 Reviews
  • 12,072 Students
  • 5 Courses

Don has served with the International Mission Board since 1997. He works with a training team providing training throughout Latin America. The training team specializes in trainings related to indigenous people groups, urban missions, and issues related to orality.

The training team has provided training in nearly every latin american country as well as in Africa and Europe. Online coaching and live webinars are additional options for training events. Don and the training team are fluent in English and Spanish and base out of Lima, Peru.

Christ follower, Husband, Daddy, Trainer, Photography, UAB, Mac, contrarian, and a proud Coffee Snob... get that Nescafe out of my face!

Missions Strategy Leader and part-time dentist
Terry Lassiter
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 90 Reviews
  • 2,542 Students
  • 1 Course

Terry and his wife Vicki have served with the International Mission Board since 1989 as a dentist, trainer, church planter, and strategy leader. They have lived in St Vincent, Suriname, Ecuador, and Peru.

Terry currently leads all of the work for Latin America with the International Mission Board and has provided training throughout Latin America in missions strategy and worldview.

The International Mission Board is a missionary sending agency affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention which operates in virtually every country in the world.

Terry is a huge Baylor football fan!


Ethnographic Researcher-American Peoples, IMB, SBC
Arnold Austin
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 90 Reviews
  • 2,542 Students
  • 1 Course

After crossing cultures as a professional in the chemical engineering field for 13 years, Arnold Austin became a church planting missionary among the indigenous peoples of Peru in South America. Since 2005 he has traveled jungles and mountains to gain anthropologic insight on many people groups. Arnold used that insight to teach semester and summer students the importance of learning host cultures and contextualizing the gospel message within them. Since 2011, Arnold has been a full time ethnographic researcher of the many iberian peoples of latin America. Part of his responsibility is teaching Worldview principles to an expanded audience including US churches and full time missionaries that work cross-culturally.

Culture and Worldview Researcher
Brent Waldrep
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 90 Reviews
  • 2,542 Students
  • 1 Course

Brent and his wife Jennifer lead the research team of the International Mission Board in Latin America. He has lived in Latin America since 2001. He began his overseas experience as a church planter in Brazil and has based out of Lima, Peru since 2010.

Brent leads the team responsible for gathering people group research and worldview studies. Brent also provides training helping missionaries cut through the worldview challenges that are faced when involved in cross-cultural missions.

The International Mission Board is a missionary sending agency affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention which operates in virtually every country in the world.