The course offers an introduction to Christianity as a truly worldwide movement for the first time in its history. We study factors that contributed to and sustain Christianity?s current shape, reach, and impact; examine key cultural, ethical, and theological challenges facing mission and ministry in a world church; and identify biblical and theological elements of a mission-shaped church fit for effective ministry in a global context, with specific attention to the North American context. The course fulfills the Basic Graduate Theological Studies requirement for the Mission of the Church in the World for United Methodist ordination.