University Announces Name Change for Missions Program

The King’s University (TKU) announced the formal change of name for one of its ten bachelor’s degree programs. Beginning in fall 2018, the Bachelor of Intercultural Studies (BIS) will replace the Bachelor of Cross-Cultural Ministry (BCM). The name change reflects the recent restructuring of TKU’s missions program and the University’s commitment to innovative missionary ministry and creative access in the world.

“The difficulty specific terms such as ‘missions,’ ‘evangelism,’ and ‘ministry’ pose for individuals working interculturally in contexts which require educational background documentation and in places antagonistic toward Christian missionaries is very real,” observes Dr. Jonathan Frazier, faculty director of the Bachelor of Intercultural Studies. “A change of degree program title is necessary in order to facilitate intercultural ministry in contexts otherwise antagonistic toward the presence of Christian missionaries. Our heart is to equip missionaries for effectiveness in the most challenging places on the planet where people have little or no access to the gospel.”

The BIS degree is designed for students who sense a call of God toward missions or are passionate about reaching people from other cultures at home or abroad. It is for any and all believers who are interested in engaging people from other cultures with an authentic expression of the gospel while being equipped with a biblical foundation and practical skills needed to minister interculturally in the world.

The name change and updated curriculum will take effect for students entering the degree program in the 2018-19 academic year. Applications for fall 2018 admission will be accepted until July 27. For questions about the BIS degree, or for more information about applying to TKU, contact the Office of Admissions at or 817.722.1710.


Posted May 21, 2018