Welcome to the Global Ministries Department!
The Global Ministries Department (GMD) seeks to develop disciple makers who, in cooperation with the church, holistically minister the good news of Jesus Christ to people of other cultures. We offer four majors: Cross-culture Studies, Cross-cultural Adult Education, Cross-cultural Business Administration, and Sustainable Community Development. We also offer minors in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Cultures (TESOL), Anthropology, and Cross-cultural Studies to name a few.
We seek to develop disciples who are wholeheartedly devoted to Christ, have a biblically informed manner of living, possess a scholarly based knowledge set in their field of ministry, have skills to live internationally among diverse peoples and be empowered to make disciples of Christ among the unreached. All our majors provide practical experiences embedded into various courses. Also, each major requires at least a 6-week internship within a culture different than the students.
Professors in the GMD approach the teaching/learning context from having served long-term in cultures different from their own, equipping them to bring to the learning environment practical experiences and knowledge. Our graduates are serving all over the world in a variety of ministry contexts addressing diverse needs.
Thank you for considering a major in the Global Ministries Department.
Jarvis Crosby, Ed.D., Department Chair
Core Values: Wholehearted Devotion to Christ; Biblically Informed Practice; Scholarly Based Training; Incarnational Living; Disciple Making Among the Unreached
The Global Ministries Department (GMD) at Toccoa Falls College is committed to training men and women to effectively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to people of other cultures who have little or no access to this message. The success of the cross-cultural communicator in the 21st century is based on knowledge and skills, which can be learned, practiced, and refined. This does not eliminate the necessity for God’s guidance and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. In fact, thorough training enhances the cooperative efforts of God and the Christian communicator to the extent that reaching the thousands of unreached people becomes an attainable goal.
Our faculty is all academically qualified and experienced international workers, who teach with a strong biblical, theological, and practical foundation, and with a focus on the student. They endeavor to train those whom God is leading to serve Him in a new culture and to prepare such people to do his work in communicating the gospel, especially to those who have never heard. The current GMD faculty has served in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Each year the Global Ministries Department invites an International Worker in Residence (IWIR) who represents the country where serving.
A common thread that binds our graduates together is the compelling desire to reach those who have yet to learn of God’s great Gift to all people. GMD graduates serve in many roles and many cultures, including the multi-culture mosaic of the United States.
The requirements of our majors are designed to meet the qualifications of mission organizations and denominations and to prepare graduates to live, work, and minister successfully in another culture.
The Global Ministries Department provides spiritual preparation in Bible through the Christian worldview of experienced professors and by personally mentoring our students. This preparation is done to ensure a depth of Christian maturity that will sustain graduates who will serve in a second culture and language. Each student gains practical experience by spending at least six weeks in a field internship in another culture performing Christian service in a short-term mission project. There is also the Semester Abroad program where those six weeks become 16 weeks of a cross-cultural experience. Likewise, some of the minors above have their own practicums.
- Cross-Cultural Studies
- Cross-Cultural Adult Education
- Cross-Cultural Business Administration
- Sustainable Community Development
- Cross-Cultural TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Cross-Cultural Bible Teaching/Counseling
- Church Planting and Enlargement
- World Religions
- Sustainable Development