Welcome Aboard!

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Dear WCIU Colleagues,

The biblical record is full of references to cities. In Genesis there is Nimrod, a builder of several cities and the record seems to suggest the view of God was not exactly positive! 

One of the cities he build was Nineveh, which of course features in a large way later, including as a model of a city that repents. 

In Corinth, Paul is told that the Lord has "many people" in the city, apparently people He knows about and has prepared but who have not yet come into faith.  

Ultimately, there is a New City that will descend from heaven.

So, from all of that, and more, what can we say about the plan of God?

At the least, He cares about what happens in cities, is involved in what happens in cities, and wants to see His Kingdom come among cities. I would suggest as well, that He may wish for our cities today to begin to bear some resemblance to the heavenly city, a sort of foretaste of things to come.

I share all of this because WCIU is pleased to welcome to our faculty and team Dr. Viv Grigg. Viv has for many years developed an MA in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL). His vision has been, in part, to empower and equip leaders who could lead movements that would transform cities. His focus has been particularly on the slums of our world's major cities.

At present we are weaving his courses and curriculum into our MA, and also learning from him and his experience.

Welcome aboard, Viv!

 

Kevin Higgins

Help Us Bless Others!

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Dear WCIU Colleagues and Friends,

I am writing near the eve of the visit of the agency that we have approached for evaluating our effectiveness and quality as a University. Of course, we are in no position now to know what the outcome will be, but I can say this:

Regardless of the outcome, the whole process has dramatically improved us as a university. Almost every facet of what we do has been reviewed, updated, and revitalized.

Because of this I am eager to once again focus on finding new students whom we can come alongside as they prepare themselves for their next phases of life and service.

Most of our new applicants for the MA program come to us by referral, because students and faculty and alumni tell someone else about us.

We have heard from several other universities that WCIU’s emphases on missiology, theology and history are a unique feature in comparison with other international development programs.

Our increasingly sharper focus on “most neglected” peoples and regions is another unique feature.

And if you are one of our alumni, you already know the rich blessing of our Foundations of Biblical Faith course, a core plank in our program, in which students dig deeply into topics such as:

1. Introduction; Origins of Life 

2. The Biblical Plan 

3. The Unfolding Story 

4. The Gospels and the Global Mission 

5. The Emerging Church and the Classical Renaissance 0–400 CE 

6. The Carolingian and 12th Century Renaissances: 400–1200 

7. Secular and Evangelical Renaissance: 1200–2000 

8. The Collapse of Colonialism: The Rise of Globalism and New Missions 

9. “Beyond Christianity,” and Indicators of the Future Frontiers of the Kingdom

I do not know of another program that so uniquely equips students to integrate biblical perspectives into their principles and practices while at the same time enabling them to discern the cultural and worldview influences in the international development challenges they face. 

Would you be willing to help bless others with this blessing?

If so, today, would you forward this message to someone you think might be able to benefit from our program?

Interested colleagues can get more information at William Carey International University, or contact Ericka at admissions@wciu.edu

We look forward to welcoming your colleagues to WCIU!

 

Prayerfully,

Kevin Higgins