Theology of Mission: A Canonical Approach
Urban Missions and the Asian Context
Conflict: Dynamics and Resolution
Christianity and Other Faiths
Communicating Cross-Culturally
Contemporary Issues in Missions
Cultural Anthropology   
Cross-Cultural Church Planting and the Asian Context
Worship: Biblical and Contextual Perspectives
Doing Theology in Asia
An Intercultural Studies Elective
Guided Cross-Cultural Ministry
2014  Revised Curriculum

The Intercultural Studies Program at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary equips students to serve in cross-cultural settings both at home and abroad. This program combines scholarship and practice to provide a firm theological understanding of Christian mission along with the skills necessary for ministering cross-culturally.
Through a comprehensive yet focused approach, students will work through important issues in missions such as culture acquisition, religious pluralism, contextualization, and indigenous strategy in relation to the Asian context.
Whether preparing for vocational ministry abroad, seeking to further academic study, or wishing to expand the activities of the local church, the Intercultural Studies Program at MBTS is designed to meet a variety of needs for anyone involved in cross-cultural ministry.

*(Note: Students have a choice to have their awards labeled either MA in Missiology or MA in Intercultural Studies)

CTE Program:  Upgrading to     B.Th     MA (Pastoral)     MA (Missiology)     M.Div     MA (Youth Ministry)     B.Th/MA
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Credits & Class Hours

1.    The number of credits per course is now 3 credits. This change means fewer courses to complete.
2.    Most of the classes will now meet for 10 days (Mon-Fri x 2 weeks) for a total of 40 hours.


  • Theology of Mission: A Canonical Approach: This class is an introduction to and the practice of biblical theology through a missional hermeneutic. Students will approach the whole canon of Scripture to discover an integrated view of God's revealed activity in reconciling all things.
  • Urban Missions and the Asian Context: Over half of the world's population lives in cities. As such, cities are a priority in missions. Emphasizing the Asian context, this course seeks to develop an understanding of cities, urban trends, and how students can engage cities with the gospel.
  • Conflict: Dynamics and Resolution: This course considers the characteristics, development, and biblical teaching of conflict and how to resolve it. The focus will include interpersonal and group/team/church conflicts. So whether conflict arises within a missions team, a missions organization, or a local church this class will equip students to work effectively towards resolution.
  • Christianity and Other Faiths: Combining theory and practice this class first seeks to guide students toward an "insider's" view of some the world's major religions before attempting to engage them from a Christian perspective. This approach to interreligious discussion will help students realize ways they might both learn from and reasonably approach the beliefs and practices of other religious communities.
  • Communicating Cross-Culturally: This course discusses the issue of contextualization along with various theories of communication, worldview, patterns of thought, language learning, and appropriate media for sharing the gospel message cross-culturally.
  • Contemporary Issues in Missions: This course addresses a range of issues and challenges that are currently being encountered in the practice of Christian missions in general and Asian missions in particular. Topics include mission and development, globalization and post-colonialism, environmental issues, peace and conflict, just missions, and insider movements.
  • Cultural Anthropology: This course is a study of cultural anthropology and its application in missions. It provides a basic survey of what cultural anthropology is and critiques some of the individual theories proposed by various schools of though within the discipline. This class also seeks to establish a theology of culture before finally attempting to apply the many anthropological tools to the task of cross-cultural ministry.
  • Cross-Cultural Church Planting and the Asian Context: In any missions endeavor, Christians want to leave behind vibrant and multiplying churches. Church planting is at the core of what mission is about. This course looks at the theory, theology, and methods of starting new churches with special emphasis on the Asian context. Thus this class includes an evaluation of certain missions strategies of the past and today in light of Asian concerns.
  • Worship: Biblical and Contextual Perspectives: This course is an introduction to the biblical, theological, and local contextual study of Christian worship. Grounded in a biblical understanding of worship in the Old and New Testaments, this class will examine worship using relevant contextual expressions.
  • Doing Theology in Asia: With the current shift in global Christianity the responsibility of contending for the faith is falling more to non-western Christians. This class looks to the historical development of theology in Asia to discover particular characteristics of the various formulations, and to discuss how Asian Christianity might contribute to the numerous cultural, religious, and social challenges facing global Christianity today.
  • Electives: Various elective classes will be offered throughout the year.
  • Guided Cross-Cultural Ministry: The student earns credit for their missions related ministry while receiving guidance and feedback from a lecturer. This requirement can be completed through participation with a church missions team, a short-term mission trip, internship with a local mission organization, or other similar activities.