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Introduction to the WorldView Graduate Center
The WorldView Graduate Center is one branch of the Institute for International Christian Communication (IICC). The IICC, founded by Dr. Donald and Mrs. Faye Smith, has been involved in training Christian leaders for over fifty years. It has conducted over 100 short-term training sessions in Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. One of those IICC training sessions in Africa led to the founding of Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya (1971). The IICC later moved its offices to Portland Oregon, USA where it founded both the WorldView Center (1995) and the WorldView Graduate Center.
The WorldView Center is a living and learning community serving the international Christian community of Portland, Oregon.
The WorldView Graduate Center (WVGC) provides a wide range of educational programs for the international missions movement, including the MA in Intercultural Leadership. The WorldView Graduate Center was originally named WorldLink Graduate Center, and was formed in partnership with the Third World Mission Association (2004). In 2011 the name was changed from WorldLink to WorldView Graduate Center to better reflect growing, changing partnerships with other international ministry groups.
Effective teaching and learning is shaped by the content to be shared, the personal situation of the learner, and the cultural context of the learner. Since the WorldView Graduate Center involves teachers and learners from many parts of the world, our educational philosophy is designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and cultural patterns. The WorldView Graduate Center philosophy of education reflects the following beliefs:
Learning for mission is best done in groups. Interaction between
mentor and learner, and between members of learning groups are both stressed. Cooperative rather than competitive learning is valued.
Learning for mission is best done by experience. Where it is feasible, learning activities include participatory learning. In other situations, case studies are used to bring the experiences of other people into the learning process.
Learning for mission is best done by blended technology. We incorporate face-to-face instruction where possible, and yet there are also times when internet, readings, and video presentations are part of the curriculum.
Learning for mission is best done in integration of content. Though it appears easier to subdivide any topic into parts and focus on those components, the real world (and the world of cross-cultural ministry) is seldom so easily subdivided! WorldView teaching weaves together communication, spiritual life, Biblical growth, and cultural/anthropological understanding.
Learning for mission is best done with an integration of desired outcomes. WorldView teaching is guided by five key curriculum guides or outcomes:
Learning for mission is best done through an analytical process, not through simple identification or recall. We strive to develop skills of observation, analysis, and culturally appropriate application for the learners in WorldView programs.
Master of Arts Program
The objectives of the MA program are achieved within seven Learning Units that encourage analytical thinking and problem solving, discovering widely applicable principles from specific case studies and students’ own ministries.
The Learning units listed are major categories, with several shorter components (sections) within each. A mentor may assign tutorials after the student-working group submits analysis of assigned case studies. The mentor will consider the strengths and omissions of the analysis and assign tutorials that will enable the student to do a strengthened analysis. After completion of all seven learning units, two summary projects crystallize lessons learned during the study program.
A group of students beginning the online program at the same time will maintain contact during a given learning unit, critiquing one another’s work, asking and answering ministry-related questions, and sharing case studies and analyses - under the monitoring and guidance of advisors and mentors. This interactive learning environment includes face-to-face work, written text sent by internet, and various telephony options, depending on accessibility of technology.
Approximately one-third of the program focuses on spiritual formation, one-third on the context, and one-third on methods.
The WorldView Graduate Center’s MA in Intercultural Leadership equips participants to make disciples outside of their own cultures. The Program’s objectives are:
This program is through “blended” distance learning. There is no residence
requirement once the pre-requisite has been met. Connections to the Internet
and download costs are the responsibility of the student or the sponsoring
Each learning unit, 5 credits ………………………… $700
Summary Projects, 1 credit………………………………$140
Total tuition cost:
Seven Learning units………………………….………… $4,900
Two Summary Projects …………………………………$280
The total cost includes a personal copy of the digitalized reference library needed during the study program, on an external hard-drive supplied to the student.
There are no admission or graduation fees.