Objectives of the Antioch Center

The Antioch Center is dedicated to the following tasks:

1. Develop an enhanced undergraduate curriculum for the study of the BHM worlds, including new classes and topical seminars ranging from 1-3 credits.

2. Connect students to existing networks, ministries, and individuals, and collaborate with AGWM to facilitate their transition into full-time ministry upon graduation by:

a. Providing students with summer fieldwork experiences led by NCU faculty and MIRs (Missionaries-in-Residence) in which students gain firsthand experience with people from the BHM worlds.

b. Provision of scholarships for 8-10 week International Internship experiences in which students are linked with seasoned missionary practitioners who are currently serving in the BHM worlds.

c. Serve as a conduit for a semester abroad experiences, spending 4 months in a Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim context studying language, culture and worldview in context with the option of completing an 18 credit minor.

d. Provision of scholarships for exceptional graduating seniors who, upon completion of work at NCU will enter the AGWM Missionary Associate Program.

3. Develop faculty study trips and visiting scholar programs in order to provide enriched educational opportunity for students and faculty. This will directly lead to curricular strengthening and provide students with a world-class preparatory program for those called to serve the BHM world.

a. A Visiting Scholars Program will bring professors to campus each year to challenge and speak into the lives of students of the need to serve among BHM peoples and to co-teach with ICS professors in a variety of courses, bringing their expertise in BHM peoples.

b. Create a Visiting Fellow position whereby a top scholar can be brought to campus for a agreed upon period of time for research, writing, and teaching, including a bi-annual conference on BHM issues to resource and inform local churches and Christian colleges and universities, as well as a broader cross section of students at NCU.

c. Scholarship annual faculty development/research trips to BHM regions of the world for NCU faculty to further their own knowledge and experience in the BHM people groups, as well as to provide needed research on the BHM regions.

d. Teach a one credit seminar on a BHM region of the world, with one of the religions highlighted each year. Seminar presenters could address other formats as well-chapel, Pentecostal Issues lunches, classes, etc.

4. Develop and a pilot project English Language Center in a strategic location of least reached BHM peoples where recent university graduates can work for one or two years after graduation under the supervision and mentoring of current practitioners. Suggested pilot sites might be Antioch, Turkey and Kurdistan, Iraq (Muslim); Rajasthan, North India (Hindu) or Kunming, China (Buddhist, Chinese religions) where there are already interested AGWM connected personnel in place.

5. Produce occasional publications which will impact the state of missions in the Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim worlds.

6. Develop a Resource Center for ministry to the BHM worlds to enable excellent research and learning opportunities for both undergraduates and practitioners who might come to do research and teach at NCU.

7. Intentionally encourage university-wide intercession for the least reached people groups of the world, through a weekly international prayer focus.

8. Inform, inspire, and challenge local churches to more effectively support, pray for, and send workers into the harvest of BHM peoples.

9. Develop Master's level courses designed for accreditation with AGTS. These courses would combine academic rigor with practical application, and especially focus on NCU graduates who want to work toward a Master's degree while being mentored by a successful missionary within the BHM world.