ICE Organizational members are educational institutions, churches, missions, and other para-church organizations actively involved in ethnodoxology. If you don't see your organization listed here, consider becoming an ICE organizational partner today!
All Nations offers a variety of training opportunities for cross-cultural mission including a track for the arts. Check out these links for more details:
The Center for Excellence in World Arts (CEWA) at Dallas International University prepares students to work cross-culturally alongside artists of all kinds, researching community arts and sparking artistic creations that respond to community needs. Offering a PhD and an MA in World Arts as well as a BA minor in World Arts, CEWA’s programs will be of interest to people with artistic skills and sensibilities, curiosity about culture, a commitment to serious research, and a drive to see others create.
Fuller’s Global Christian Worship/Ethnomusicology emphasis brings together the scholarly study of various cultural musics and the arts in worship and witness for the glory of God and His Kingdom. Based on an intersection of intercultural studies, ethnomusicology, theology, and mission, it is both academic and applied to ministry and mission in a global world within our local contexts. More information can be found here.
Liberty’s M.A. in Ethnomusicology is a comprehensive 42-credit degree offering traditional training in ethnomusicology combined with an applied approach for the Christian world-wide context, emphasizing scholarship, musicianship, mentorship, and community engagement. Coursework can be completed online from anywhere in the world with one 2-3 week summer residency at Liberty.
For more information contact the Program Director, Dr. Katherine Morehouse, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Moody Bible Institute offers a BA in Music with an ethnomusicology track. Earn an accredited degree that prepares you for the field of world music and its application in missions. Moody graduates are serving as missionaries, teaching in mission schools, and performing and composing in ministry contexts. Visit moody.edu/music for more information.
The Ethnomusicology Program at ORU equips students to engage cross-culturally with biblical, musical, and cultural integrity. Courses teach the tools used by ethnomusicologists to understand music, and they explore how to integrate those tools into international careers and ministry. Two undergraduate options are currently offered:
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Certificate Courses in EthnoArts at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. These classes are for experienced fieldworkers, and are designed to assist nationals and expatriates working throughout Asia, offering training in Ethnomusicology and the Arts from both academic and applied perspectives. Please contact Debbi Hosken for more information.
IWS offers high quality award-winning graduate education in the biblical, theological, historical, cultural and missiological foundations of Christian worship. Church leaders from multiple denominations around the globe take academically grounded, highly applicable courses rooted in the biblical narrative, drawing on the rich treasures of Christian history, and committed to glorifying God in multiple cultural contexts. IWS has a decidedly Christ-centered ancient-future posture in a low-residency educational approach focused on building an intentional learning community.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) has over 30 Schools of Worship (SOW) in more than 20 nations worldwide. The SOW is a three month course (followed by an 8-12 week field assignment) within YWAM's University of the Nations designed to impart biblical values and principles to those serving in worship ministry among the nations. In addition, YWAM hosts worship seminars and worship-focused training programs around the world. For more info: www.ywamworship.net or write to Belinda V. Kuhn: email@example.com.
ACT Kenya is a division of ACT International, an organization for artists who are committed to using artistic means to further the kingdom of God. ACT Kenya provides organizational cover for Africa-based artist missionaries, as well as training in the arts and missions in order to creatively evangelize those outside the Christian faith and edify those within the Church through artistic and innovative personnel, methods, and strategies.
Community Arts Tokyo builds community through the arts in downtown Tokyo. We are a team of missionary artists and Japanese nationals assisting church planting in Tokyo through the arts by hosting evangelical events, mentoring artists, curating conversations on faith and art, disaster relief, and sponsoring/recording/publishing new worship music. We have a particular focus on contextualizing the gospel for the edification of the church in Japan and around the world.
Heart Sounds International (HSI), a division of the music ministry of Operation Mobilization (OM) sends teams of worship musicians and recording engineers to various nations to record indigenous worship projects, teach on biblical worship, organize songwriting workshops, and provide various kinds of music and technical training. All recordings are sent to missionary radio stations to provide new worship songs for broadcasting.
OM Arts seeks to be specialists in and curators of the most beautiful worship and witness in the world. We help artists cultivate beauty in communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. Infused with beauty, communities grow more attractive, generous, transformative, surprising, even provocative. OM Arts works through dance, music, theatre, visual arts and film to serve the global church. Our dedicated ethnodoxology team, Heart Sounds International, focuses on developing biblically appropriate and culturally relevant heart worship. Our other teams focus on incorporating the arts in beautiful witness.
Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliate, works to accelerate the pace of Bible translation among remaining Bibleless people groups. We work with locally led translation teams, church leaders and like-minded organizations — more than 1,200 global partners in all. As a result, heart-language Scriptures become available faster in written, oral, Sign and digital formats — leading to church planting, evangelism and discipleship. Our goal: To see God’s Word transform lives in every language, in this generation.
Serving in Mission aims to bring God’s good news to communities where Jesus Christ is least known. We have opportunities for creative Christians to use their artistic skills to spread God’s word and to share His love. For more information please see https://www.sim.org/creative-arts/home or contact Maria Custodio on firstname.lastname@example.org
WEC's central objective is “To see Christ known, loved and worshipped by the remaining unevangelized peoples of the world.” With about 1,750 active workers from 48 countries working in 65 countries, WEC’s current aim is to send out 150 church planting teams among unreached people groups. An increasing number of WEC’s missionaries are involved in promoting locally appropriate musics. Visit our web site or email us at email@example.com.