Basic Missional Theology provides the student with an understanding of the doctrinal truths of the Word of God in a challenging learning environment. The text explores the basic categories of systematic theology, and introduces some of the doctrinal problems and issues that are faced by believers who serve Jesus Christ where worldviews collide. Examples from many different cultures abound, illustrating the various ways in which worldview, culture, and human problems influence the development of theology around the world.
Each day of BMT is filled with learning. The textbook is read in the evening, followed by a morning session which engages the students in discussions and activities that foster clear thinking about the teachings of the Scriptures, and that encourage the development of critical skills for understanding and influencing healthy theological development within and across cultures.
In the afternoon of each day, students work individually or in groups, depending on the field where they intend to serve, in Problem-
Based Learning. The problems are designed to enable the students through interviews, research, and discussion to understand a cultural problem with theological implications, and to present both the problem and insights gained to the instructors and other students at the end of the week. Students work on one PBL problem each week.
BMT includes over 50 hours of in-class instruction over the space of two weeks (Monday through Friday). The student is expected to read the appropriate section of the textbook before the class (and that includes reading the Prolegomena unit, which will be supplied to the student early enough to allow preparation for Monday). A quiz on the contents of the text is taken electronically each day.