Training Course

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...]

Monday 12 September - Friday 2 December, 2016
Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK
Sponsor: SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators

This practical course offers specialist training in how to make God’s Word available and accessible to people of all nations and languages and to facilitate transformative engagement with Scripture.

Participants will:

  • Explore how language, culture and worldview impact engagement with Scripture.
  • Learn to use practical tools for engaging individuals and communities with Scripture, such as Bible studies and Chronological Bible Storying.
  • Discover how Scripture can be made accessible through audio, visual, digital and print mediums.
  • Develop skills in strategic planning and community engagement.

Scripture Engagement is open to anyone but also forms part of the initial training for those working with SIL International on a Scripture Engagement or Ethno Arts assignment.

More information is available from Redcliffe's website.  [more...]

GIAL in Dallas, Texas

Beginning August, 2009, GIAL will offer courses leading to a Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Teamwork. People working with other cultures and different organizations will learn how teams work across cultural boundaries, and how to handle the various cultural factors affecting their work together. Many Scripture Engagement activities involve people from different organizations and ethnic backgrounds working together, so this program can be extremely useful.

The program includes four courses: Christianity Across Cultures, Social and Political Organization, Multicultural Teamwork, and Multicultural Leadership.  [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...]

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...]

Friday 16 August - Friday 13 December, 2013
Online course
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) now offers an online version of its popular Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods course (AA5355).

This graduate level course is taught by Scripture Engagement pioneer, Dr. Wayne Dye with Tim & Lynley Hatcher serving as assistant teachers. Those taking this course learn to understand the following:

  • factors affecting Scripture engagement including – partnership, sociolinguistics, translation, anthropology, missiology, digital/non-digital distribution, orality, ethnic arts, and alternative media, and more;
  • analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of an active Bible translation program;
  • selecting and planning the most appropriate methods for individual contexts.

The online version is the same content as the January four-week face-to-face course, LD5355 Scripture Engagement Strategy and Methods.

August 16 - December 13, 2013 – twelve weeks (one week break, November 19-23); twelve total hours per week.

Find out more about admissions at: http://www.gial.edu/admissions/gateway-admission
Cost ~$1400 credit / $700 audit

Course materials are all accessible online. For those with limited connectivity, course materials can be mailed or hand delivered in advance of the course. Thus, anyone can participate.

Within this interactive course, participants will need weekly internet access. We can accommodate those with only email access. Participants must be able to send and receive text file email attachments in order to interact meaningfully with instructors and fellow students.  [more...]

GIAL, Dallas, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

Courses on ethnomusicology and arts include:

  • Audio and Video Techniques for Fieldworkers
  • Research Methods for Performing Arts
  • Expressive Form Analysis
  • Song Transcription and Analysis
  • Applied Arts
  [more...]
Monday 12 June - Friday 11 August, 2017
Trinity Western University in Langley, near Vancouver
Sponsor: Canada Institute of Linguistics

CanIL offers a Scripture Engagement class June 12-August 11, 2017 and training track for those interested in assisting local communities to engage with the Bible.

Enroll through May 30 at: www.canil.ca/scripture-engagement

Here are some example Scripture-infused commissioning projects from an assignment presented in Chapel:

GIAL, Dallas, Texas, USA
Sponsor: Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The MA in Scripture Use 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.  [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...]