Partnership with Pioneer Bible Translators

Pioneer Bible TranslatorsImagine for a moment that you do not have the Bible in your language, that you have to learn another language and maybe even go to another region or country to hear about God. This is the plight of people in nearly 2,000 language groups around the world.

In support of a shared goal to provide a Bible to every language group, Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) and Johnson University have partnered to educate and train potential Bible translators. In connection with the PBT program, Johnson offer an online Intercultural Studies bachelor’s program and an online Intercultural Studies master’s program. The programs have received accreditation approval from SACSCOC and ABHE.

Goals of the Johnson/PBT Partnership

  • Provide Scriptures to those who do not have the Bible in their own language
  • Plant churches among unreached people groups
  • Offer hope to those in need

The Online BA/BS Intercultural Studies degree is a flexible program to educate students who have a strong desire for cross-cultural work and are seeking training for Bible translation.

The Online MA Intercultural Studies 
degree helps equip professionals with advanced skills in Bible translation, church planting, and community development.
Master’s level concentration options include Scripture Impact, Community Development, Translation, or a customized concentration designed specifically for the needs of the student.

The online delivery method of these programs facilitates training for national and international missionaries working in PBT (and other missions) teams. Students are able to access their classes from anywhere in the world—whether they are recruits raising funds for their first trip, in language school, or seasoned missionaries who are desiring to expand their knowledge and capabilities. Currently, students in the online B.A., B.S., and M.A. Intercultural Studies programs are located on five continents and numerous islands. This diversity enriches the educational experience for all students in the programs.

The classes that I have taken at Johnson University have opened my eyes to a whole new world. I am walking toward being an overseas missionary, and the Intro to Linguistics course has given me a new respect for Bible translators. The class was amazing. There is so much detail; it is a fantastic course. I highly recommend (Johnson’s) online classes. I “know” my classmates just from all of the online communication. We are like a family; it is great! The professors at Johnson care about us. They are quick to respond when we need something, and they are just as quick to offer prayers. They make us feel like a part of the family. Johnson will give you what you need to go out and do what God has called you to do.
- Sharon Kozar, BS Intercultural Studies, Papua New Guinea
I have really enjoyed my academic adventure in my online classes from Johnson University. The information gathered has been both informative and practical. I am enrolled in the master’s program for Intercultural Studies (Missions) in preparation for going in the field with Pioneer Bible Translators. The work I do in the online classes has enabled me to understand missions in a whole new light and is equipping me, as well as anything can, for a new cultural experience. The work is challenging yet fulfilling and useful. I am indebted to the staff and professors of Johnson University for their dedication, skill, and excellence in academics as they prepare men and women for greater service in the Kingdom of God.
- Jim Bliffen, MA Intercultural Studies, Papua New Guinea