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Bachelor of Arts in
Intercultural Ministry Studies

After 60+ years of training missionaries, we have perfected the learning process that has become our BA in Intercultural Ministry Studies and Bible & Theology. This program will teach you how to minister effectively in any culture and any country by deepening your walk with God, growing your intercultural social skills, and developing a godly character.

Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major

Bible & Theology:  The first two years of the program focus on biblical and theological study to deepen your understanding of God's Word, provide a foundation for godly character, and provide the substance for spiritual growth.

Intercultural Ministry Studies:  The following 16 months are then spent participating in a Global Internship. During this time, you will continue studying while doing missions with one of our partners around the globe. You will learn the local language as you immerse yourself into a foreign culture.

Choose From Four Minors

Students pursuing our Bachelor's degree have the option to pursue the following minors by choosing 12 credits of electives within these areas and by participating in 6 credits of practicum related to their minors during the Global Internship phase of the program. Currently we offer four minors:

Learn how to bring social change through the use of innovative partnerships and entrepreneurial business models to make an impact internationally.
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Learn how to minister directly to the needs of pre-school age children in an intercultural environment.
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Learn how to respond to human injustice in a way that brings God's Kingdom to earth.
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Learn how to teach English as a foreign language as a way to open doors for the gospel in another country.
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Bachelor of Arts Course Overview

All courses for the BA in Intercultural Ministry Studies and Bible & Theology are taken in a modular class structure. All students take the same classes in the sequence below.

The classes and sequence below can change a little from year to year, so be sure to look through our BGU catalog on the forms and documents page to get the most up to date course list.

Freshman Year

Semester 1

BTH 11 1 Old Testament I (3 credits)

A study of the historical background and themes of the OT books giving an overall perspective on the message of the OT in the light of its contemporary setting. This course covers creation, the fall, the flood, the Abrahamic covenant, the Patriarchs, the exodus, the Mosaic covenant, the tabernacle and other topics within the Pentateuch. It also covers sacrifices, feasts, wanderings in the wilderness, conquest, judges, Kings, exile and return from exile.

BTH 121 Synoptic Gospels (3 credits)

This examines the themes, principles, parables, and teachings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in a harmonic and chronological order. Attention will be placed principally on the Gospel of Matthew and its relevance and importance for our lives today.

ENG 111 English Composition (2 credits)

In this course, students will focus on the process of writing comprehensible, correct, and effective essays. They will learn how to express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of rhetorical modes. The course will teach students how to critically revise and edit their own compositions while avoiding mechanical, grammatical, and orthographical errors.

MIS 111 Intro to Missions (3 credits)

A broad overview of God’s mission in the world as revealed through His activity in the Old and New Testaments. The course also introduces the historical, cultural, strategic, and practical dimensions of the world’s mission mandate.

MIS 112 Evangelism, Discipleship and Community (3 credits)

This course is designed to establish a biblical framework for missions with a focus on the crucial activities of the church: evangelism, discipleship and the creation of community. The course will examine how these activities integrate for the purpose of seeing God’s Kingdom come and His will done on the earth.

SPD 111 Power of the Cross I (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 121 Kingdom Lifestyle (2 credits)

This course will dramatically reorient those who’ve grown accustomed to what has become normal Christianity in the west. As children of God and followers of Christ our mandate is to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God and His Christ which will soon be established on the earth when Messiah returns for His inheritance. As those preparing to reign with Him we must learn to reign like him now. This course will progress from establishing students in intimacy with their King to intercession to their King and to the fasted lifestyle of the Kingdom.

SPD 131 Community, Character and the Cross I (0 credits)

Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Semester 2

BTH 122 Acts and the Work of the Holy Spirit (3 credits)

This is a survey course, emphasizing the structure and sequence of the events in the book and their relevance to modern missions and missionary strategy. Acts is perceived, not only as a doctrinal dissertation, but as a series of inspired “sample cases” of the Church responding to the impulses of the Spirit in the promotion of world evangelism. The third week covers the work and ways of the Holy Spirit. There will be an emphasis on being filled with the Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit and a culture of revival.

BTH 131 Theology I (3 credits)

This studies of the existence, person, and attributes of God and the person and work of Jesus Christ.

CHM 111 Kingdom Impact Plan (1 credit)

This course is designed to assist students discover the role God intends for them to play in His plan for the world’s redemption. It is their “Kingdom Impact Plan.” This is accomplished through an examination of God’s interaction with the student through key passages from the Word, prophetic words given by reputable servants of Jesus, previous journal entries and values that God has worked into your life. These are all factors which give evidence of God’s direction in the past and allow for reflection and summary for future direction.

HUM 111 Worldviews (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of the nature and development of a worldview, a critical evaluation of dominant non-biblical worldviews, and an assessment of the biblical worldview in the Western world. Special attention will be given to applying the discovery of worldviews in a missionary context.

MAT 111 Personal Finance (3 credits)

This course is designed to help the student understand and apply personal finance management at a basic level with specific attention to practical day-to-day applications. The course is structured as an online class and it utilizes Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: College Edition. The student will learn how to establish a savings plan, how to develop a personal budget, calculate interest, evaluate bargains and sales, understand mortgage and interest calculations, understand insurance policies, and develop an investment plan.

SPD 112 Power of the Cross II (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 132 Community, Character and the Cross II (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 131. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Sophomore Year

Semester 1

BTH 212 Old Testament II (3 credits)

This is the second course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the message of the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the national covenant, the tabernacle, the sacrifices, the feasts, the wanderings in the wilderness, the judges, the kings, the prophets, and the exile.

MIS 212 Theology of Suffering (1 credit)

The early church considered suffering as part of the known cost of following Christ. Each generation of the Church has continued to experience persecution and suffering, and it is expected that this will intensify as we approach the return of the Lord. Western missionaries have historically been more protected from intense suffering than the nationals they minister among, but they must be prepared both to personally face suffering and to serve a suffering church. This course establishes a theology for suffering from both New and Old Testament and will challenge each student to come to terms with God’s purposes in suffering.

BTH 232 Theology II (3 credits)

The course deals with a biblical evaluation of mankind, his fallen nature, his inability to save himself and the nature of the gracious salvation afforded by Christ’s finished work on the cross.

BTH 241 Hermeneutics and Exegetical Skills (3 credits)

Students study the principles, methods, and rules necessary for correctly understanding the meaning of Scripture and applying that meaning to our lives today. The course will examine the rules and approaches necessary for the different literary genre of scripture.

CHM 211 Prep for Ministry I (1 credit)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students will be preparing for participation in the Global Internship program or for other future ministry opportunities. The students in the course will focus on practical matters, interpersonal relationships, and look at the joys and disappointments in Kingdom service while developing the skills that they need for future ministry placement.

HUM 211 Survey of World Religions (3 credits)

This course will provide both an academic understanding of the different major world religions as well as practical insights as to the working of those systems through people who have lived in these religious contexts.

SPD 211 Power of the Cross III (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 231 Community, Character and the Cross III (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 132. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Semester 2

BTH 221 Message of the Cross (2 credits)

This course is considered a foundational piece of the curriculum at Bethany. It is an in-depth, exegetical study of Paul’s epistle to the Church of Rome. A strong emphasis is given to Romans 6-8 to examine the role of the Cross as righteousness, providing freedom from the power of Sin and the Law, and victorious living through the empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

BTH 233 Intro to Eschatology (3 credits)

Often relegated to the back closets of systematic theology, eschatology is one of the most vitally important areas of study for one aspiring to advance the Kingdom of God. Apart from knowing where we’re going and what we will face as revealed in the prophetic Scriptures we will be hard pressed to live upright lives in a crooked generation, attempt various missions strategies that God will not endorse, build church structures that cannot withstand the pressures coming and likely become disillusioned when the judgments of God are poured out on the earth. Students will be compelled to consider what we know about the future and therefore be motivated to align their lives and thinking accordingly.

COM 211 Partnership Development (2 credits)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students will be preparing for participation in the Global Internship program or for other future ministry opportunities. The students in the course will focus on practical matters, specifically partnership development.

LDR 211 Leadership (2 credits)

This course offers an overview of the biblical basis and dynamic principles of effective leadership with a view toward personal application of these principles in life and work. Students will examine their own leadership experiences and make application to future leadership opportunities.

COM 212 Communications (3 credits)

Missionaries and ministers of the gospel must be skilled communicators with individuals as well as to small and large groups of people. This course explores communication theory as well as introduces the dynamics of cross cultural communication. Much further study of cross cultural communication will occur during Global Internship course work for those who choose the B.A. program.

ICS 212 Cultural Anthropology I (2 credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to Cultural Anthropology, especially those concepts which have practical application for cross-cultural field missionaries as they seek to both live and proclaim the gospel. Throughout the course following each lecture a real-life case study will be examined in small group discussions for the purpose of gaining sensitivity into how traditions, personalities, personal ambition and Satan could neutralize the effectiveness of your message or destroy your missionary career.

SPD 212 Power of the Cross IV (1 credit)

This course explores practical/spiritual development from the perspective of the complete work of Christ on the cross and challenges the student to live an empowered lifestyle as men and women after God’s heart.

SPD 232 Community, Character and the Cross IV (0 credits)

This course is the continuation of SPD 231. Preparation for a lifetime of service in ministry to God and to his people requires an integrated approach, providing the student with an opportunity to live out and practice what they are learning. Many of the skills necessary to serve well both within one’s own culture and in another culture are skills related to behavior, character, and interpersonal relationships. While teaching of these is covered throughout the curriculum it is daily life and interaction with others that is the evidence of learning. This course combines assessments from multiple areas of community life, ministry and work as well as the “in the journey” training and mentoring that takes place in those contexts.

Junior Year

The entire junior year of courses are taken online while on your global internship overseas. Much of the content will be customized to fit the internship location. For example, if you go to Thailand, you will study the Thai language, learn Thai culture, and study the history of the Thai people.

You will take 3 semesters of courses over your junior year in the fall, spring, and summer.

Semester 1

BTH 321 Philippians (2 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of Paul to the churches of Philippi. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

SSC 311 Intro to Ethnographic Research: Exploring Material Culture (3 credits)

Learning to learn from the context is considered a key adaptation skill for cross-cultural missionaries. The ethnographic research that students do on a daily basis forms a foundation for understanding the culture they are living in and for their future role in understanding whatever culture they find themselves in. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations. The observations and discussions for this term will focus on material culture and language practices.

LNG 321 Language Competence I (3 credits)

A significant part of living and learning overseas is a commitment to learn the local language. Learning the host language is considered essential for effective continued ministry. The host language contains elements which reveal the cultural assumptions and worldview of the people and therefore is the way in which their “heart” speaks. Language learning allows greater access to deeper issues, which in turn allow for greater ministry opportunities. During the first term of studies, all students will engage in a formal concentrated 12-week study of the language, devoting significant time to study and practice. We want the learner to both learn the local language and learn how to learn a language.

SPD 311 Missionary Life Practicum I (pass/fail)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

HIS 311 History of GI Location (2 credits)

During the first term of the Global Internship, students will discover the local history of the geographic region of the world including ancient to recent political movements, social trends, people migrations, religious trends and the influence of geography, climate, religion and economics on the current social structures. Focus of this course varies according to Global Internship site.

Semester 2

BTH 322 James (2 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of James. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

CHM 321 Ministry Practicum I (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities available for future consideration.

ICS 311 Cultural Anthropology II (2 credits)

Approaching the halfway point of the Global Internship experience, many of the cultural differences, patterns and issues which the student has encountered are beginning to make more sense. This course will build from the lessons students have already learned and explore societal systems and structures which can be used to further explain and understand the culture and context around them.

ICS 314 Local Area Religions (2 credits)

This course is designed to explore the prominent secondary religions and cults within the region. The religions examined will be determined by the context, but each will be examined through an overview of the beliefs and histories of the religion and the implications to ministry within the region. Each of these prominent religions will be examined to understand the extent of their influence, the key beliefs and values system, the impact to daily life and the interaction of these religions with other religions. If prominent Christian-based cults are also present in the region, these will be explored as well.

SSC 312 Religious Systems and Structures (3 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the religious systems and structures of a particular culture. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

LNG 322 Language Competence II (3 credit)

This course is a required practical learning lab as a continuation of lessons learned in LNG 321 during the 2nd Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team for progress.

SPD 312 Missionary Life Practicum II (pass/fail)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

Semester 3

LNG 422 Language Competency IV (3 credit)

This course is a required practical learning lab as a continuation of lessons learned in LNG 421 during the 4th Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team for progress.

BTH 421 Galatians (2 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of Paul to the churches of Galatia. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

COM 311 Cross-Cultural Communications (2 credits)

In every encounter between persons of different cultures, verbal and nonverbal factors facilitate or impede effective communication. This course focuses on observing, describing, and interpreting these factors.

SSC 421 Team and Interpersonal Skills (2 credits)

Interpersonal relationship breakdown has often been identified as a significant issue in missionary success. The development of healthy skills and approaches to relationships, including the establishment of healthy boundaries and the development of healthy approaches to conflict resolution is the focus of this course, which will be given as a mid-program retreat.

CHM 421 Ministry Practicum II (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities available for future consideration.

SSC 411 Social and Political Structures (3 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the social and political structures of a particular culture. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

MIS 411 Evangelism and Discipleship in Context (2 credits)

This course will specifically look at the presentation of the Gospel within the local context, examining the issues and looking at historical and contemporary responses to them used by effective ministers. The course also gives a survey of prevalent models contrasted with innovative models of evangelism and discipleship used by local ministries within the region.

SPD 411 Missionary Life Practicum III (pass/fail)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

Senior Year

The first semester of your senior year is the last semester of your 16 month global internship, leaving the last semester as a time for re-entry.

Semester 1

BTH 422 Ephesians (2 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of Paul to the churches of Ephesus. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

CHM 422 Ministry Practicum III (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities available for future consideration.

CHM 431 Local Ministry Study Lab (2 credit)

In the 4th term of Global Internship, students will do an independent study lab to research a local ministry or opportunity which they believe relates to their future involvement in missions. Students will visit the ministry, conduct interviews, explore options and describe opportunities available to them. Some regional travel may be involved as time and budget allow.

ICS 422 Contextualization (3 credits)

This course borrows from the lessons learned in SSC 311,312 and 311 (Ethnographic Research) and seeks to integrate that learning into the development of a holistic strategy for consideration of the specific worldview issues, belief systems and value systems which either inhibit or provide opportunity for contextualization of the Gospel message for a particular culture. Students will examine principles of contextualization and examine what they have learned from the culture during their Global Internship sojourn to describe this strategy. Students will continue to record observations in a field journal and discuss these observations and their implications in a biweekly collaborative meeting.

MIS 414 Methods and Models of Church Planting (2 credits)

This course is designed to examine creative and relevant approaches to ministry within the local context. It focuses on the long-term goal of seeing how ministry adapts to contextual needs with a particular focus on local approaches to church planting.

SPD 412 Missionary Life Practicam IV (pass/fail)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk.

Semester 2

BTH 431 Practical Theology (2 credits)

Practical Theology focuses upon the synthesis of ministry philosophy with ministry practice. Yet in the course of ministry, some preconceived philosophies become incongruent with ministry practice, thus leaving the Christian leader confronted with a ministry crisis. This class will provide a proactive approach towards the inevitable incongruence of ministry philosophy and practice, by helping the student lay a foundation of personal insight, while providing practical skills for ministry effectiveness.

CHM 412 Missionary Member Care (2 credits)

This is an opportunity for students who have finished the 16-month internship as missionaries under Bethany International Ministries to pour back into the organization that supported them. Students will get first-hand experience in the home side of missionary operation by participating in and providing logistical support to programs for furloughing missionaries and new missionary candidates.

ICS 431 Integrative Project (2 credits)

As students prepare to launch out in the vision that God is growing in their hearts for after graduation, this course is intended to provide an opportunity to reflect on what each has learned, articulating their philosophy of ministry, recognized gifts and callings from the Lord and a strategic plan of their direction post-graduation.

BTH 412 Genesis to Revelation: The Story of the Gospel (2 credits)

The purpose of this Biblical Studies course is to review the story of God’s mission in terms of the Gospel in both the Old and New Testament. The study includes introductory matters (geographical and historical backgrounds), a content summary and the use of Bible storying to better understand major theological themes.

LNG 421 Language Competency III (3 credit)

This course is a required practical learning lab as a continuation of lessons learned in LNG 322 during the 3rd Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team for progress.

MIS 415 Cultural Innovation and Change (3 credits)

This course will cover the issue of directed cultural change. All cultures change, the question becomes do they change for the better or for the worse. This course will examine the forces of cultural change, a process that leads to beneficial cultural change, as well as case studies of significant change agents. Central to this class will be the principle that God intends His church to make a dramatic difference in people’s lives and therefore in their communities and cultures. Beneficial cultural change should be an expected outcome of discipleship and church planting. In this light, the student will learn the thought processes and methods of problem solving, developing creative solutions, and marshaling support for actual implementation of effective change.

MIS 421 Re-Entry (2 credits)

Students returning from their cross-cultural internship go through the same experiences common to all missionaries. This tension facing the re-entering missionary is often not dealt with simply because the opportunity to express this— to tell the story—is not provided. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunities to tell their stories to one another, to communicate their experiences, to reflect on those experiences, feelings, and thoughts as well as to examine the conclusions that they have come to regarding ministry, culture, their own self and their relationship with God.

Business Minor+

Business Minor

Learn how to bring social change through innovative partnerships and entrepreneurial business models to collaboratively identify problems and define solutions. You will learn historical and contemporary roles of international businesses and non-government organizations (NGOs), the concept of building social capital, and a basic overview of macro and microeconomics. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in intercultural environments to identify issues and create solutions for social change.

Minor Objectives

  1. Define issues of human need and social change as related to contemporary world issues and the impact of social crises such as war and displacement.
  2. Describe historical and contemporary approaches to social change.
  3. Describe a basic understanding of macro and microeconomics as they relate to social change situations.
  4. Define the concept of social capital and relate it to issues of social change.
  5. Describe biblical approaches to dealing with social change in intercultural settings.
  6. Define and apply issues of partnership and collaboration to the discovery of solutions for social change.

Business Courses

The student must complete all of the following courses and fulfill at least 6 credits of practicum in a related field during the Global Internship.

  • Intro to Business as Missions (2cr.)
  • Creative Access (2cr.)
  • Media and Mission (2cr.)
  • Appropriate Technology (2 cr.)
  • Finances for Small Businesses (2 cr.)
  • Integrity in Business and Ministry (2 cr.)
  • Strategic Plan Development (2 cr.)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (2cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

A number of our ministry sites will have opportunities to put what you learned in your business concentration to use.

  • Working with Business as Missions Initiatives (all sites)
  • Working with Global Publishing Initiatives (Thailand)
  • Working with Social Development Initiatives (all sites)

See Business Minor In Action

Social Justice Minor+

Social Justice Minor

Demonstrate the presence of God’s Kingdom on earth by responding to issues created by human injustice such as racism, oppression, human trafficking, and persecution. Students examine biblical perspectives of justice and historical patterns of injustice as well as the Church’s historical and contemporary response to injustice. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in intercultural environments to bring Kingdom principles to bear on issues of injustice in the world today.

Social Justice Minor Objectives

  1. Define issues of human injustice and the cultural and worldview issues which contribute to their cause and perpetuation.
  2. Describe the contrast between humanistic approaches and Kingdom approaches to human injustice.
  3. Describe historical and contemporary responses of the Church to issues of social injustice.
  4. Describe Kingdom-oriented opportunities and approaches to dealing with injustice in intercultural settings.
  5. Define and apply issues of partnership and collaboration to discover solutions to injustice.

Social Justice Courses

The student must complete all of the following courses and fulfill at least 6 credits of practicum in a related field during the Global Internship.

  • Introduction to Social Justice (2 cr.)
  • God’s Heart for the Jewish People (2cr.)
  • Responding to Human Trafficking (2cr.)
  • Welcoming the Stranger (2cr.)
  • Responding to Crisis and Suffering (2cr.)
  • Children at Risk (2cr.)
  • Community Development in the City (2 cr.)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (2 cr.)
  • Appropriate Technology (2 cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Working with children at risk (all sites)
  • Working with underprivileged populations (all sites)
  • Working with victims of abuse (Thailand, Indonesia)
  • Working with victims of human trafficking (Thailand, Indonesia, France)
  • Working with refugee/immigrant/displaced persons ministries (Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, France)

Early Childhood Education Minor+

Early Childhood Education Minor

The Minor in Early Childhood Education allows students to focus on the specific needs of younger children. Students gain a foundational understanding of theories of how children develop and learn and examine the planning and implementation of learning activities for young children with special attention given to Montessori Education. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in intercultural environments to minister directly to the needs of pre-school age children.

Minor Objectives

  1. Define developmental and learning needs of young children.
  2. Identify the basic concepts and principles of a Christian Montessori curriculum and its application to intercultural settings.
  3. Describe Biblical opportunities and approaches to meeting the needs of young children and their families.
  4. Define and apply issues of partnership and collaboration to the creation of learning opportunities for young children in intercultural settings.

How the Montessori Method Works

The Montessori educational approach emphasizes independent, student-initiated work, problem solving, mixed-aged groupings, flexible pacing, freedom of movement, and is on the cutting edge of child education.

There are 4,500 private Montessori schools in the USA and 50,000 International Montessori schools, with 1,000 in Japan alone.

At BGU students can obtain a minor in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Montessori Instruction. Through a partnership with a partner institution, the Christian Montessori Training Center (CMTC), credits earned toward the minor in Early Childhood Education are accepted by CMTC toward their Certificate in Montessori Instruction. Completion of that certificate requires additional study through the CMTC that does not apply to the 4-year BA program. Contact CMTC for additional information rebecca.dirks@bethfel.org.

Minor Courses

In order to earn the Minor in Early Childhood Education, the student must complete 12 credits from the following courses and fulfill at least 6 credits of practicum in a related field during the Global Internship.

The student must complete 3 of the following courses and fulfill at least 3 credits of practicum in a related field during the Global Internship.

  • Montessori Theory & Child Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Child Care Health and Wellness
  • Practical Life & Sensorial
  • Mathematics & Language
  • Culture & Creativity
  • Faith Formation & Spirituality
  • Practicum, Placement & Portfolios

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Working with drop in centers for street children (Thailand)
  • Working with orphanages (Thailand, Kenya, Indonesia)
  • Working with children at risk (all sites)
  • Working in Christian preschool programs (all sites)

See The Early Childhood Education Minor In Action

TEFL Minor+

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Minor

Learn how to teach English in an intercultural ministry setting. The minor, when done within the bachelor's degree program includes a certificate in TEFL. (Note: Most employers outside of the US expect a TEFL certificate. College and university settings may require additional studies at the master’s degree level.) Students will examine the structure of the English language, linguistic patterns, TEFL principles and methods, and optimal educational practice for building lessons and providing leadership in a TEFL classroom situation.

Minor Objectives

  1. Understand the basic grammatical and structural qualities of the English language.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of linguistics.
  3. Apply these concepts in the analysis of English and other languages to describe how these languages work.
  4. Understand and engage the unique perspectives of learners of the English, as well as their needs, motivations, and desires.
  5. Develop and effectively implement lesson plans and activities to teach English to speakers of other languages.
  6. Develop skills in observation and assessment of learner outcomes for development of optimal practices in teaching.

TEFL Courses

The student must complete all of the following courses and fulfill at least 6 credits of practicum in TEFL during the Global Internship. NOTE: To obtain the full certificate in TEFL the student must complete all of the courses listed below and do at least 6 credits of practicum in TEFL during the Global Internship. The certificate in TEFL will be granted upon completion of all minor requirements.

  • Structure of the English Language (2cr.)
  • Introduction to Linguistics (2cr.)
  • TEFL Methods 1 (2 cr.)
  • TEFL Methods 2 (2 cr.)
  • Foreign Language Acquisition (2cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Working with individuals to develop conversational English (All sites)
  • Working in formal English teaching schools as an assistant instructor (Thailand, Indonesia)
  • Teaching English to at-risk women and children (Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya)
  • Working in Christian preschool programs as an English instructor (most sites)

*The individual minors and concentrations are in development and are therefore subject to change.

Practical Training+

Practical Training

Bethany Global University (BGU) is an organization that has been built on the idea that enterprise can be used to help advance the gospel. Over the past 60 years, students at BGU have offset the cost of their education by serving in various roles through the organization, and you will have the opportunity to do the same. One way this has been done in the past is through the Practical Training (PT) Scholarship. Not only will the PT Scholarship save you money, but it will also serve as a valuable educational experience. Thus, it has become an important part of the educational program at BGU.

The Practical Training program will give you the chance to be a part of the inner workings of Bethany International, of which the university is a part. You will invest 18 hours a week serving in certain parts of the ministry, which helps all of us continue to advance the gospel.

From practical training you will gain:

  1. A $6,000 scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a $3k scholarship for your participation in the practical Training Program. This increases the potential for you to walk away from college debt free. Imagine what you can do with the extra money you save!
  2. Grow in professionalism. Your ability to influence people is based on how you’re able to interact with them in different social settings. We will teach you how to grow in professionalism whether you’re serving in an office setting, or working in other areas of the ministry.
  3. Develop a strong work ethic. At BGU we pray hard, play hard, and work hard. When you work hard you build trust with those around you. It also shows your supervisor that the best people to have on the team are Christians!
  4. Learn directly from the staff. Learning new skills is essential for effective cross-cultural work in the future. By serving in various areas of the ministry you will develop a new and diverse set of skills. The staff at BGU will work with you in training and developing you as a person.

Your practical training program work assignment is based on personal interviews, past experience, preference, and the needs of the organization. Departments in Bethany International that students have served in the past include:

  • I.T.
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Admissions Office
  • Recruitment Office
  • Kitchen
  • Services
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Publish4All

Global Internship+

Global Internship

Learn how to comfortably move between two different cultures quickly through a combination of formal training, experience, interaction, and practical ministry application. Through the Global Internship, you will observe and engage in missionary life firsthand to apply the knowledge you gained in the classroom.

What do the Interns do?

During Global Internship, students will:

  • Live overseas as a team for 16 months at one of our Global Internship sites
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Partner with missionaries and local ministries to bring the Gospel to a people group
  • Study social structures, religion, and worldview
  • Become interculturally minded Christians

The Global Internship is split into four terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) and each term has a distinct focus to help you get the most out of your experience overseas. While each location operates a little differently you can get a general idea about each term by looking through the list below.

  • Gain foundational language learning
  • Build relationships within the community
  • Be established in process of culture learning
  • Online courses: Philippians, Language Competency, History in Context, and Intro to Ethnographic Research
  • Build ministry skills through participation
  • Informal language learning
  • Gain foundation understanding of predominant religions in your region
  • Online courses: James, Local Area Religions

Mid Internship Break (2 weeks towards the end of April)

  • The only scheduled vacation during the 16 months
  • Travel regionally in small groups
  • Family may visit
  • May return to the US

Global Internship Retreat

To give the interns a one week break and "checkup" in the middle of their Global Internship to focus on identity, community and team, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and academic learning.

  • Gain understanding of Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Planting as it occurs in context.
  • Gain ethnographic understanding of social, political and community structures
  • Deepen interview and ministry skills.
  • Online courses: Galatians, Social and Political Structures, EDC in Context.
  • Gain understanding of theological and practical contextualization
  • Integrate ethnographic observations with ministry realities
  • Learn how to leave well
  • Online courses: Ephesians, Contextualization

Where are the Global Internship sites?

Global Interns are sent in teams. Student teams live together in one of several different locations around the world. The Global Internship sites each provide their own unique environments, languages, cultural and religious contexts and ministry challenges, and opportunities. Global Interns over the past several years have lived on sites in: Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand, France, and Kenya.

New sites are continually being identified and developed to receive Global Internship teams.


Global Internship Locations

Some Global Internship sites are in restricted countries and CAN NOT be listed on our website. If you would like to learn more about these locations as well as more sensitive details about the locations above, please request more information »

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Local Outreach+

BOLD Outreach

Bethany Outreach and Leadership Development (BOLD) develops you as a leader while you engage in a local ministry weekly. In addition to academic excellence, you develop a missional lifestyle before ever stepping onto the foreign field. BOLD allows you to participate in a wide variety of ministries, including service to international communities, inner-city programs, street evangelism, and youth discipleship. The following are some of our outreach opportunities.

Discover Center

Discover enter is an after school mentorship program for adults and children.It empowers families by transforming their daily life through spiritual discipleship, educational empowerment, and leadership development.

Bread of Life

Bread of Life begins with worship and prayer. The teams then disperse to distribute fresh bread and share Jesus Christ. They either go to the Mall of America or the Minneapolis jail. The jail ministry focuses on ministering to the men who have been incarcerated.

Marie Sandvik Center

The Marie Sandvik Center provides for the material and spiritual needs of the poor in the inner city of Minneapolis. This is done through serving a meal, providing groceries, and holding a gospel-centered service for the community.

ICCM Life Center

ICCM Life Center is an urban ministry center located on the south side of Minneapolis, committed to transforming impoverished people through the power of Jesus Christ.

Chi Alpha

Chi Alpha seeks to evangelize and disciple through relationship based simple church planting. Students are trained to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and find people who are open to looking into the Word of God to learn more about who Jesus is.

Presbyterian Homes

Presbyterian Homes seeks to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults, and to provide more choices and opportunities for these older adults to live well. Bethany students who word with this outreach will have the opportunity to engage with the residents through visits, music, evangelism, and leading devotions.

JLS Learning Center

JLS Learning Center meets in the ICCM Life Center building, and is also focused on inner city ministry. JLS provides the opportunity to minister to elementary and middle school aged students through tutoring in school work and building relationships. A consisted, stable friend and mentor is an invaluable asset to these youth.

Street Level

Street Level is an evangelistic outreach that goes to different areas of Minneapolis to witness to people. These areas include downtown, uptown, University of Minnesota, dinky town, and a local mall.

Global Harvest Church

Global Harvest is a local church whose mission is to reach people of every nation, culture, language, and ethnicity with the gospel, starting right in the Twin Cities. You will be able to disciple and have fellowship with many international church members at this outreach.

Potter's Wheel

Potter's Wheel is a ministry that engages in the life of special needs students from Beyond Limits college.  They provide the love of Christ through mentorship, discipleship, and tutoring.

Jubilee Youth Center

The Jubilee Youth Center is a biblically-based, church-operated mentorship program that takes place in engaging Bible lessons, memory verses, praise songs, and a time for homework help. The main core of this outreach is mentorship, getting on each kid's "turf." Youth receive one on one attention from mentors who care about them and who are committed to seeing them follow Jesus.

Messenger Bootcamp

Messenger Bootcamp is a comprehensive evangelistic training program that develops believers in cultivating intimacy with God and fruitful lifestyle gospel proclamation. The commitments of this outreach are more arduous than a typical outreach option.

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