Conferences, lectures, workshops and training courses related to Scripture Engagement.

A week of learning, creating, and discovery
Dallas, USA and Ware, Herts., UK
Sponsor: International Council of Ethnodoxologists, SIL, PBT, GIAL and allnations

Arts for a Better Future (ABF) is a one-week workshop that trains participants to spark local, Scripture-infused creativity that moves communities toward the kingdom of God.

The training content follows the 7-step process contained in Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals (2013, William Carey Library). Participants join in a condensed application of this flexible model to an existing cultural context. They then develop plans to implement principles for encouraging Scripture engagement through the arts to a community in which they work.

ABF focuses on discovering all artistic forms of communication in a community, and then helping local Christians communicate Scripture in these forms by a process of critical contextualization. The workshop is drenched in warm, artistic personal interaction with other people and God. A wide range of people interested in increasing the penetration of Scripture into a group have benefited from ABF: missionaries with artistic gifts, cross-cultural ministry strategic planners, pastors, worship leaders, people interested in developing multicultural worship, artists of all kinds, and others.

Sponsored by the International Council of Ethnodoxologists, SIL International, Pioneer Bible Translators, and the World Arts program at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (and All Nations Christian College for the UK event).

Upcoming ABF workshops:

See the ABF website for details of future workshops.

Videos:

England 2011 - http://tinyurl.com/AiMvideo6
Dallas 2012 - http://tinyurl.com/ABF2012video  [more...]

JAARS, Waxhaw, NC, USA
Sponsor: International Media Services

Courses offered include:

1. Vernacular Media Specialist Training
This training gives instruction and hands-on experience in all aspects of vernacular media work in Wycliffe. Concepts covered range from strategizing for use of appropriate media, communication principles, evaluating media, designing programs, choosing an appropriate recording platform, and instruction in various recording platforms.

2. Program and Curriculum Design  [more...]

Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK

The MA in Contemporary Missiology with Redcliffe College is designed to give a firm understanding of mission approaches and issues.

All students take two compulsory modules which:

  • explore approaches to the concept of missio Dei (God’s mission in the world) and holistic mission, and give a thorough orientation on skills for postgraduate missiological research and study.
  • focus on a number of crucial issues that demand attention as we participate in God’s mission in the contemporary world.

In addition, it is possible to take the Scripture Engagement stream which includes the following two modules:

Scripture Engagement: Approaches and Issues
The Bible is sometimes described as a ‘tool’ of mission. This module will enable you to explore and evaluate a number of approaches for and issues in Scripture Engagement in different cultural contexts, both in the 'West' and in the majority world.

Scripture Engagement: Professional Project
The module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an approved project of independent study relating to a specific area of Scripture Engagement professional practice.  [more...]

Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Sponsor: Dept. of Worship & Music Studies, Liberty University

Liberty University Online’s Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology challenges the notion that music is a universal language. It teaches that music systems vary from culture to culture just like languages. Gaining a basic understanding of a culture’s music can be vital to gaining access to its people.

The M.A. in Ethnomusicology through Liberty Online offers an innovative education in world music for students seeking careers in cross-cultural environments. Each course provides students with knowledge of the basic principles of ethnomusicology and the role of an ethnomusicologist.  [more...]

Dallas International University, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Center for Excellence in World Arts

The MA with a major in World Arts prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside singers, musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, and visual artists, researching the arts of their community. Using these insights, the student will be able to spark artistic creations with artists to respond to their community’s needs in community development, health education, justice issues, language and arts preservation, literacy, Scripture engagement and translation, worship expressions, and other areas.

This program will be of interest to people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a drive to see others create. Depending on prior background and training, as well as the specialization and application courses chosen, graduates will be prepared for careers such as the following:

  • Arts journalist
  • Community development worker
  • Ethnodramatologist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Orality consultant
  • Trauma healing consultant
  • Arts consultant for Bible translation projects, Schools in cross-cultural contexts, Non-governmental organizations, Multi-ethnic churches, Literacy projects, and sending agencies
  [more...]
Online Course
Sponsor: Mobile Ministry Forum

The Mobile Ministry Training Course is a six-week, online course available to help introduce any Christian to ministry opportunities using mobile devices (phones and tablets).

Course Description: Each week contains both theoretical and practical elements. The only requirement for students is an Internet connection, computer, and a mobile phone (smart-phone or feature phone). The course covers the following subjects:

Week 1: An Overview of Mobile Ministry.
Week 2: Evangelism and Discipleship using Mobile Platforms.
Week 3: The Use of Social Media to Share the Gospel and Communicate Truth.
Week 4: Mobile Ministry in Remote and Low-Bandwidth Areas.
Week 5: The Use of Mobile Video and Audio for Mobile Phones.
Week 6: Basic Principles of Mobile Website Design.

Course Cost: $55. Scholarships are available upon request.

More details, including course start dates, on the Mobile Ministry Forum website.  [more...]

Strategy and Methods, Multi-Cultural Teamwork
Online course
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas International University

The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) at Dallas International University is offering three online courses that are particularly useful to Scripture Engagement workers.

  • Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods will enable you to analyze a situation anywhere in the world and see what methods are more and less useful for that place. It uses the “Eight Conditions” model but goes well beyond what is in the article.
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  • Current Issues in Scripture Engagement - What are the major issues influencing Scripture engagement below the surface? This course encourages the student to analyze motivations and causal elements that underlie many of the Scripture engagement choices people make. Using a partially student-designed approach, course participants select specific Scripture engagement issues and skills they are interested in exploring more comprehensively. Emerging topics related to Scripture engagement are debated and students propose original contributions to the field of Scripture engagement. Students also develop skills in consulting and workshop design.
     
  • Multi-Cultural Teamwork will enable you to work closely together with people from other countries for prolonged periods.

These are 3-credit graduate level courses, but open to upper level undergraduates.  [more...]

Dallas International University, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The MA with Major in Language and Culture Studies, concentration Scripture Engagement, includes two courses that focus on Scripture engagement, plus other supporting courses. Many students take these courses as individual courses.

SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY AND METHODS covers eight aspects of any situation, eight "conditions" that affect Scripture access and engagement everywhere in the world. We go through how each one affects SE and what can be done when that condition is a problem. There is lots of assigned reading and each student consults with someone working in a current Bible translation project.

CURRENT ISSUES IN SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT goes deeper on some of these issues and takes up others as well. It varies slightly each time so as to be maximally beneficial to the students that year and to cover the current live issues.

Like other Dallas International University (DIU) courses, you need to have a college degree or non-US equivalent, or for up to two courses be a junior level or higher undergraduate. See the DIU website for more details.

Graduates of this degree program will be qualified to serve in specialist cross-cultural roles. In particular, SIL International will recognize graduates with this concentration as having completed the minimum academic training requirements to serve with that organization in the specialist role of Scripture Use specialist.  [more...]

United Kingdom
Sponsor: Moorlands College and Wycliffe Bible Translators

The School of Language and Scripture (SLS) is a collaboration between Moorlands College and Wycliffe Bible Translators, training people to work with marginalised communities, to see lives transformed through a relationship with God and his life-changing Word. At the heart of the School’s activities is the MA in Language, Community and Development, a programme providing and enhancing the essential tools for community-based development, linguistics, literacy, Bible translation and Scripture engagement.

As part of the MA we offer a Postgraduate Certificate with a focus on Scripture Engagement:

Having completed Foundations for Living and Working Cross-culturally, you would take options L33 Introduction to Scripture Engagement followed by L42 Patterns and Approaches in Community Engagement, with an option to carry on later and complete an MA in Language, Community and Development. Please see our website for more info.  [more...]

Institute for the Development of Languages and Translation in Africa
Cameroon and Kenya
Sponsor: SIL International

The SIL i-DELTA program was developed to meet the training needs in Africa, seeking to provide the competencies needed for those interested in language development or access to scripture. This is a bachelor level program, accredited by partner organizations.

The Scripture Engagement track is taught over three years in both English (Kenya, 2015-17) and French (Cameroon, 2016-18).

Academic Year 1:
Sociolinguistics / Sociolinguistique
Biblical Cultures and Backgrounds/Cultures de la Bible
Bible Translation Basics 1/ Traduction 1

Academic Year 2:
Bible Storying
Scripture Engagement 1
Community Studies

Academic Year 3:
Scripture Engagement 2
Language Development and Language Planning
Bible Translation and the Church  [more...]