i. Christian-Muslim Studies:
We provide intensive and non-intensive training on how to engage Islam. Such training is very important and needed for those who are called to serve the Lord in the 10/40 Window countries where there is a great need to spread the Good News. This program is designed to create a platform for local, national, and international missionaries, church leaders, pastors, church youth, lay people, and seminarians to explore and be equipped with knowledge on the Issues, Models, Opportunities, and Challenges in Christian-Muslim Relations in the 10/40 widow.
These studies also provide a Closer Look at the Major Approaches in engaging Islam and Analysis of Their Success and Failure.- Looking at the Christian mission to “Our Neighbors” in India for the last hundred years reveals that in spite of much Christian missionary effort among “Our Neighbors” there hasn’t been ‘satisfactory’ result. Christians are much more ready to preach the Gospel to people in far-off places than to “Our Neighbors” who may live very close to them? The usual answers are that the results of mission work among “Our Neighbors” are too meager or that they will not become Christians anyway or that it is very difficult to make them understand the truth and so on. Coupled with this is often fear that anyone who preaches to “Our Neighbors” takes his/her life in his/her hands and subjects himself/herself to the threat of bodily violence. Where have we gone wrong? Why still stick with methods that aren’t working? It is important to analyze these questions and find answers so that we can break out of the historical rut and find out more creative and positive ways in approaching and relating to “Our Neighbors”.
In this course we will also explore understanding of “Our Neighbors”, their practices, history, philosophy, and theology. It also provides a time to examine various approaches of ministry among “Our Neighbors “.
Participants, usually numbering around 35, include men and women from different Christian denominations and backgrounds (missionaries, pastors, students, lay people, and seminary students).
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ii. Conflict Management in Missions:
We offer workshops on Conflict Transformation in Missions for church leaders, pastors, and seminary students who are directly involved in Christian missions work. The intent is to give an understanding of the nature of conflicts in mission work situations, how to effectively mediate in the conflicting situations, and how to counsel the victims of conflicts.
Peace is not merely the absence of war but rather a process of developing ways of contributing to the transformation of several other internal conflicts at various levels. In doing so we are seeking just and lasting settlements through peaceful means, while recognizing that non-violent conflicts can be a constructive force for change. We work towards empowering people to make peace by helping to develop and strengthen local capacities. Building peace means creating an environment in which peace, respect for human rights, and participative democracy can take root, and where differences and disputes can be settled non-violently.
Missionaries, Christian leaders, and pastors are faced with numerous problems and issue everyday. The Conflict Transformation in Missions course offers Biblical skills to mediate and negotiate in situations of conflict. The course can be offered in an organization setting, or set up for individuals or churches. This course also provides counseling skills for the victims of family, societal, psychological, spiritual, and other kinds of conflict.
A wide range of pedagogical methods are used, including lectures, library study, role-plays, workshops, discussions, and outings, in order to achieve the objectives of the course. Much importance is given to the use of interactive modes of learning.
For a workshop on Conflict Management, please contact us.