Lilias Trotter Global
The Lilias Trotter Center is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with
Wesley Biblical Seminary:
Graduate Certificate in Islam and Ministry to Muslims
This 24-credit certificate program will give you a solid foundation in understanding the history and development of both Christianity and Islam. You will investigate deeply the core of Christian and Muslim worldviews. You will gain practical skills in evangelism, discipleship and church planting in Muslim contexts. Courses in this certificate program include:
1. Islamic Foundations: A Christian Analysis of Islam's Source Documents
Provides in-depth study of the Qur’an and the biography of Muhammad.
2. History of Islam
Surveys the development of Islam from 632 AD to present.
3. Christian Engagement with Muslims *STARTING AUGUST 2019* (click HERE or see below)
Investigates historical and contemporary Christian approaches to Muslims.
4. Discipling and Planting Churches in Muslim Communities
Studies principles for fruitful discipling and church planting among Muslims.
5. The Gospels
Develops an effective and comprehensive method of studying Scripture for life and ministry.
6. Philosophy of Christian Religion
Explores the philosophical presuppositions undergirding Christian theology.
7. History of Christian Thought
Traces the history of Christianity and the development of Christian doctrine.
8. Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
Examines the means of grace necessary for a dynamic Christian life and methods for discipleship in the local church.
NOTE: All credits earned in the Certificate can be applied towards a
Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree at WBS.
August 19 - December 6, 2019
Christian Engagement with Muslims
Students will develop the historical, theological, missiological and practical understanding needed to sensitively and fruitfully befriend Muslims and minister Christ’s love among them.
The course sets the stage by surveying the fourteen-century history of Christian-Muslim encounters and then examines the wide variety of ways that Muslims experience their faith in their daily lives. In studying the nature of Islam, and the faith experiences of Muslims, students will be challenged to formulate both a robust theology of world religions and a nuanced Christian understanding of Islam and Muslims. This study will culminate in a survey and assessment of contemporary approaches to Christian ministry among Muslims which are being used locally and globally.
You will be exposed to a variety of Christian approaches to Muslims and understandings of Islam, and you will be equipped to eagerly, thoughtfully, and joyfully engage in personal and corporate ministry to Muslims.
This course is offered in partnership with the Lilias Trotter Center, and will be taught by Don Little, Pioneer’s missiologist and a life-long lover of Muslims.
No one simply takes a course online-- each student will be learning IN CONTEXT as we connect together online to engage with the course content.
Plan for 8-10 hours of work per week: participating in a weekly, live ZOOM class from 10.00 am-12.30 pm ET Wednesdays, completing reading and writing assignments, and participating in live, online discussions.
WBS provides LTC participants with a 33% discount on tuition, so this course will cost you $1,115.50 plus some additional fees.
In addition to the required reading (see below), there will be quite a few articles, chapters, and excerpts from books to read that will all be available to students.
Philip Jenkins. 2009. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died. HarperOne. (any edition)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 2007 or 2008. Infidel. Atria Books (any publisher or edition)
Nabeel Qureshi. (2018 or 2016 or 2014) Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Zondervan. (Any edition)
Choose one of the following three books:
Georges Houssney. 2010. Engaging Islam. Colorado: Treeline Publishing
Joy Loewn. 2010. Woman to Woman: Sharing Jesus with a Muslim Friend. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books.
Fouad Masri. 2014. Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively. Downers Grove: IVP Books.
Questions? Call us at (585) 642-3852.
To begin the registration process, CLICK HERE
“The world in which we live today is confronted with catastrophic changes unparalleled in human history and the Church is going to be tasked with discovering how to live side by side, step by step in harmony and yet with distinction, beside or alongside, a very aggressive and uniquely monotheistic faith. For these reasons and more I envision The Lilias Trotter Center helping the Church … as we seek to share Him with those who do not yet know and love Him.”
- David E. Dick,
VP at Large (and former International Director), One Mission Society