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Dr. Wilf Hildebrandt, Director of the Intercultural Studies Major
Dr. Wilf Hildebrandt
Director of the Intercultural Studies Major

Office Telephone: (604) 851-7235 or 1-800-976-8388


I am delighted that you are interested in the study of Missions and culture in Summit's Intercultural Studies program. Just as Jesus called 12 disciples to a life of learning, discipline, and ministry, he continues to call people today. Global mission engagement is God's answer to the complex problems and needs that are evident in our world. Jesus carefully selects specific individuals to train, prepare and serve in such contexts. If you sense God's hand on your life for such ministry opportunity, then Summit is an excellent place to learn, develop disciplines, and practice service skills.

Life and ministry on earth in the 21st century is very complicated. In order to address the complex issues and contexts of life we may be called to, training is essential for long-term effectiveness.

Why Study Missions?
  1. The Bible has a missions focus from the first to last chapter! Both the OT & NT present the divine mandates to mankind to share God's ways and teachings with humanity.
  2. Jesus sent all of his disciples on a mission. He continues to call for disciples who are willing to go on a mission for him. In order to be successful in our corporate and individual missions, we need to acquire the right tools to be effective for Christ.
  3. The Holy Spirit is the director of mission. As believers filled with the Spirit, we are called upon to work with him to fulfil the missions he designs for us. God is definitely moving by His Spirit and we must keep in step with His direction.
  4. Most people on planet earth are not Christians. According to the Bible they are lost and Christ sends us to reach them with the "good news" of the gospel.
  5. We live in a world with billions of people who have a different culture and worldview than ours. To reach them with the gospel, we need special tools and knowledge to communicate cross-culturally. This requires much study, practice and experience.
  6. Canada is a very multi-cultural country with the majority of people being from diverse cultures, that are usually different from ours. 300,000 new immigrants arrive every year, most of whom do not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We have great opportunities to reach them if we are able to communicate effectively in terms they understand.
  7. Other religions are registering dramatic growth with Islam leading the way. To understand people who are raised with other religious affiliations, it requires study, research, and the development of missiological strategies to reach them.

The Intercultural Studies program is designed to provide the student with a solid grounding in:

  • Bible and theology (42 semester hours)
  • Practical cross-cultural ministry (51 semester hours) and
  • General Studies (30 semester hours).

With an emphasis on intercultural ministry, the program imparts principles that will assist the student to effectively communicate the gospel across cultural barriers.

  • Globalization;
  • Changing Demographics [migration; AIDS; famine; kids];
  • Religious zeal and spirituality without Christ [terrorism];
  • Spiritual Warfare;
  • The appropriate USE of Resources: Money & Personnel;
  • Technology;
  • Increasing Calamity [Floods; Drought; Earthquakes; Tsunamis] and
  • Restricted Access Nations.

This program includes a Pastoral & an Intercultural internship. Students arrange opportunities in countries of personal interest, burden & ministry.

Places where SPC students have interned: Thailand, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Israel, China, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Ecuador, Trinidad/Granada; Romania, Brazil; England; Mexico, Czech, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

There are many intercultural communities in BC and other Canadian cities that are possible sites for an internship.


In addition to the general Bible and Theology courses, the student will focus on Special Courses that relate to preparation for cross cultural ministry. These courses endeavour to prepare the student for work within multicultural groups in Canada as well as in foreign contexts abroad. [Whereas several mission courses are required, there are a number of electives that can be selected during the 4 year program].

  • 3 Cross Cultural Studies
  • 3 Intercultural Communication
  • 3 Leadership Development
  • 3 Pastoral Theology
  • 3 Global Workers: Principles & Practices
  • 3 Intercultural Internship
  • 3 Comparative Religions (elective)
  • 3 Special Topics in Missions(elective)
  • Optional Elective: One NFPL course

Additional Requirements for PAOC Credentials: 3 Local Church Leadership


Upon completion of this 4 year program the student shall be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the various practical and theoretical aspects of the pastoral and missionary intercultural ministry in the local Canadian setting as well as in foreign contexts (which includes knowledge concerning ethnic churches, ministries, and opportunities for global work locally and abroad);
  • understand the various practical and theoretical aspects of cross-cultural ministry, communication, and the contextualization of the gospel message in other cultures;
  • give evidence of an in-depth understanding of the call to intercultural ministry, as well as the confidence that his/her spiritual gifts and abilities are adequate for that ministry;
  • exhibit a passion for mission work and an appreciation for intercultural relationships;
  • evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the challenges of cross-cultural ministry;
  • understand and participate in global issues from a Christian world view; and,
  • nurture the practice of intercultural ministry in the power of the Spirit.

If you have any questions about programs here at Summit Pacific College, please contact Nathan (604) 851-7222 or Courtney 604-851-7224 (Toll Free 1.800.976.8388) or contact us through our Information Request Form.



Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
WRTG 100 Writing in the Context 3 ENGL 103 Introduction to Literature 3
BIBL 113 Hermeneutics 3 BIBL 114 Pentateuch 3
BIBL 115 Gospels 3 RELS 132 Cross Cultural Studies 3
RELS 131 Introduction to Spiritual Issues 3 EDUC 142 Principles of Teaching 3
RELS 133 Religious Conversion 3 HIST 172 History of the Pentecostal Church 3
  15   15


Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PSYCH 106 Introduction to Psychology 3 BUSI 111 Business Foundations 3
BIBL 211 Historical Literature 3 BIBL 212 Acts 3
THEO 221 Doctrine I 3 THEO 222 Doctrine II 3
EDUC 241 Youth Communication 3 RELS 236 Intercultural Communication 3
Biblical Language 3 Biblical Language 3
  15   15


Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
HIST 111 History of Western Civilization 3 HIST 260 History of Christianity 3
THEO 321 Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit 3 RELS 331 Pastoral Theology 3
RELS 335 Pastoral Ministry Internship 1.5 RELS 332 Christianity and Culture 3
RELS 334 Leadership Development 3 RELS 434 Global Workers Principles/Practices 3
Bible Elective 3 RELS 336 Pastoral Ministry Internship 15
Intercultural Studies Elective 3 Open Elective 3
  16.5   16.5


Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy
3 PHIL 210 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3
THEO 422 Old Testament Theology 3 THEO 421 New Testament Theology 3
RELS 435 Intercultural Studies Internship * 3 Bible Elective 3
Bible Elective 3 Science Elective 3
Open Elective 3 Intercultural Studies Elective 3
  15   15

* Although Intercultural Studies Internship is shown as three credits in the Fall semester, it will normally be taken for 1.5 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters or three credits during the summer.

Reference Tools
  • Corduan, W. Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions. InterVarsity Press. 1998.
  • Dempster, M A, Klaus, B D, Petersen, D. Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective. Henderickson. 1991.
  • Duane, E. Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting In Around the World. IVP, 2002.
  • Hiebert, P G. Anthropological Insights for Missionaries. Baker Book House. 1985.
  • Hiebert, P.G. Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change. Baker Academic 2008.
  • Hiebert, P.G. The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions. Baker Academic 2009.
  • Jenkins, P. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Jenkins, P. The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South. Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Jenkins, P. God's Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis. Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Jenkins, P. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia - and How It Died. Harper One, 2008.
  • Jenkins, P. Jesus Wars: How 4 Patriarchs, 3 Queens, and 2 Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1500 Years. HarperOne, 2010.
  • Jones, M & E G Jones Psychology of Missionary Adjustment. Logion Press. 1995.
  • Lingenfelter, S G & Mayers, M K. Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships. Baker. 1986.
  • Mandryk, J. Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation. 7th ed. WEC. Biblica Publishing, 2010.
  • Moreau, A S., H A. Netland, C E van Engen, and D Burnett. Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. [Baker Reference Library]. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 2000.
  • Moreau, S., Corwin, G R., McGee, G B. Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey. Baker Academic, 2004.
  • Ott, C, & S J Strauss, with T C Tennett. Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments and Contemporary Issues. Baker Academic, 2010.
  • Pocock, M.,Van Rheenen, G, McConnell, D. The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends. Baker Books, 2005.
  • Stackhouse, J.G., Jr. (ed). No Other Gods Before Me? Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Religions. Baker Academic. 2001.
  • Porter, S E & Westfall, C L (eds.) Christian Mission: Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Developments. PickWick Publishers, 2010.
  • Steffen, Tom & Douglas Lois M. Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry. Baker Academic, 2008.
  • Terry, J M & J. D. Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical and Cultural Introduction. Baker Academic, 2013.
  • Van Rheenen, G. Missions: Biblical Foundations & Contemporary Strategies. 2nd ed. Zondervan, 2014.
  • Winter, RD & Hawthorne, SC (eds). Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. (3rd ed). Pasadena: William Carey. 1999.
Relevant Journals

These are journals that you will find helpful in mission's research.

Summit Pacific College's Hudson Memorial Library maintains a web site with numerous useful references and links related to missions and intercultural studies.

The internet has a myriad sites and materials available on every aspects of missionary work!

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