Global Life

Life Pacific College values experiential and cross-cultural learning. We are committed to providing opportunities for our students to participate in off-campus programs. Global Life has three areas of focus: International, Domestic, and Professional. All areas of focus help support and provide practical on site application of the goals of both majors.


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Study Abroad & Cross-Cultural Trips

Study Abroad Trips

Location Dates Cost More Info
Turkey Jan-April 2015 $1650 TBA

Click here for Study Abroad application.

Short-term Trips

Fall 2015 Short-term Teams

Location Dates Cost Leader More Info
TBA

Spring 2015 Short-term Teams

Location Dates Cost Leader More Info
Costa Rica Mar 13-22 TBA Dr. Mick Bates TBA

Mexico Mar 13-22 TBA Marcus Nuaimi & Lauren Thorneycroft TBA

Summer 2015 Short-term Trips

Location Dates Cost Leader More Info
Israel May 2015 TBA Dr. Stewart TBA
Thailand & Mayanmar June 2015 TBA Dr. T. Samples TBA
France May 2015 TBA Dr. Tremper TBA
China July 2015 TBA Dr. Tremper TBA

Click here for Short-term Team application.

If you would like to donate to these trips, please use our online giving.

To apply for any of these trips fill out the appropriate application and submit it to Karen Tremper by the team’s application deadline.

Be sure to list which team you are applying for!

There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for Study Abroad and $15 non-refundable application fee for Cross Cultural Experiences, due at the time of application submission. Make checks payable to Life Pacific College.

International

As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, an understanding of cultures other than one’s own, an appreciation of the world beyond one’s borders, and an ability to engage in meaningful discourse with diverse population is paramount in the development of the global leaders of our societies. Three types of learning opportunities are available internationally.

Study Abroad Program

This program advances the academic goals of Life Pacific College by developing and promoting a variety of international educational opportunities. Students will maintain a full course load via online options with Life Pacific College and by completing an internship with Foursquare Mission International field personal.

Objectives

  • Contrast the perspective of another people group with your own and develop a global perspective as a leader.
  • Think independently and view one’s own society more critically.
  • Expand students’ intellectual, professional, and personal development through formal and experiential learning in other cultural contexts as the result of serving in the local church.
  • Summarize what is necessary to have a cross-cultural awareness and appreciation in an increasingly complex global environment.

Short-term Cross-Cultural Experience

This is a two to three week ministry, missions, and awareness trip during which students work with the people and culture of a specific country. This time is specifically designed for a team of students both individually and corporately to experience and understand Christ and His kingdom from a perspective outside their home culture of the United States. The team goes with the mindset of being learners and servants. Our goal is to partner with FMI missionaries and nationals through various work projects and relational ministry. We aspire to encourage them, help enhance their ministry, and come away with a greater understanding of the global kingdom of God and our role in it.

Mid-term Cross-Cultural Experience

This is a three to five day ministry, missions, and awareness trip during which students work with people and culture of a specific country. This time is specifically designed as a student’s first experience in working in a team in a cross-cultural environment. The team goes with a mind-set of learners and servants. We aspire to address the fears many students have regarding service in a global environment and develop relationships with those serving globally both as missionaries and nationals.

Objectives for Short-term and Mid-term Cross-Cultural Experience

  • Examine what it means to obey the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to carry out His Great Commission to “Go make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18–20)
  • Appraise how each team member was personally challenged spiritually, emotionally and culturally and consider a course of action based on those challenges.
  • Expand and assess awareness, exposure and deeper understanding of other cultures and explore future involvement in missions.
  • Establish a precedent of being a servant and learner of cultures through initial experiences in teams.

Domestic

The urban environment is a global one. Large cities within the United States are multi-cultural settings in which a student can interact with a variety of cultures and nations within a small radius. This provides an opportunity to develop skill sets that define a global person and experience a way of life that they may have only read about in books. Included in the domestic experience is working with an urban pastor and the chance to exegete the community evaluating not simply the cultures but the economic and domestic settings. Unique to this semester experience is the use of Foursquare’s Four Stage Strategy and MAP. Three types of learning experiences are available domestically.

LA Term

Los Angeles term is an urban semester program that combines experience-based education, hands-on professional training, and cultural immersion into a comprehensive academic semester. Students will have opportunities to use a Four-Stage Strategy in exegeting their new community while learning and serving along side of an urban pastor. Students will maintain a full course load via online options with Life Pacific College and by completing an internship with Foursquare urban pastor.

Objectives

  • Examine the urban environment from the perspective of total cultural immersion.
  • Differentiate between a suburban and urban context in terms of the use of MAP and a Four-Stage Strategy.
  • Expand students’ intellectual, professional, and personal development through formal and experiential learning in a domestic urban context.
  • Transform the thinking and perspective of students regarding the domestic urban context and assess what is required of a long term ministry in this context.

Short-term Domestic Experience

This is a two to three week ministry, missions, and awareness trip during which students work with the people and culture of a specific country. This time is specifically designed for a team of students both individually and corporately to experience and understand Christ and His kingdom from a perspective outside their home culture of the United States. The team goes with the mindset of being learners and servants. Our goal is to partner with FMI missionaries and nationals through various work projects and relational ministry. We aspire to encourage them, help enhance their ministry, and come away with a greater understanding of the global kingdom of God and our role in it.

Mid-term Domestic Experience

This three to five day experience is a “mini” urban experience. The focus of this time is to allow students to work alongside an urban pastor and see the face of the urban setting. This time is praxis driven and students will have opportunities to serve with local NPO’s and within the church environment.

Objectives – Short-term and Mid-term Domestic Experience

  • Formulate a plan for working within an urban context in the United States
  • Familiarize and network with leaders, local churches and non-profit organizations to assist in ministry placement following graduation.
  • Assess and respond with a strategic plan to the unique challenges faced by the urban minister in debriefing sessions.
  • Describe and demonstrate a missional lifestyle that is sustainable for a lifetime of ministry in any context.

Professional

This is a strategic connection between faculty and staff at Life Pacific College, Foursquare Missions and National leaders to provide students with a unique opportunity to serve via scholarship in another culture. Faculty, staff and students will network with all training institutions around the globe. Faculty and students have the occasion to experience another culture, view their own society more critically and gain an informed appreciation of oneself and others as part of a global community. Students will benefit from mentoring from faculty as they engage in a cross-cultural academic setting and develop academic competencies related to long term service unavailable on campus. Students will shadow faculty as they invest in the global community via the training of leaders and providing consultation for academic institutional development. Two types of experience are available professionally.

Short-term Professional Experience

This is a two to three week long ministry awareness trip focused on serving via scholarship in another culture. Students will travel with a faculty member to another nation and teach in a training setting. Preparation will be required prior to this trip with regards to topics being taught. Faculty and/or staff will mentor students in aspects of scholarship, institutional development, pedagogy and global culture.

Mini-professional Experience

This is in development and discussion. The goal would be to work with local institutes at Angelus Temple, Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga. Students would have opportunity to work with either an instructor teaching in one of these institutes or with someone from Life Pacific College offering a short-term course. These institutes are all Spanish speaking and would allow for an investment from the college in support of their training. It allows students who wish to serve as a professor opportunity to participate through service and actual classroom instruction.

Objectives – Short-term and Mini Professional Experience

  • Identify skills needed to teach in cross cultural settings.
  • Discuss issues and provide consultation for academic institutional development.
  • Examine scholarship in the global community taking into consideration institutional development, pedagogy and global culture.
  • Design a global perspective for faculty, staff and students.
  • Suggest ways to integrate the training of leaders around the globe and create learning networks.