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The Center for Global Engagement provides NGU students access to an international network of leaders, missionaries and Christian organizations.  Through the Center, students receive up-to-date information regarding mission field environments and emerging opportunities among people groups and population segments around the world. 

The Center, located in the Craft-Hemphill Building, serves as the missions hub of our campus. Its purpose is to promote missions, provide missiological resources, prepare missionaries, and produce Great Commission Christians who have a global impact on the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century. Dr. Allen McWhite, Director of the Center, says, “It is exciting to have this kind of resource for our students and for our churches that sense God’s call to cross-cultural ministry, whether that is here in our own North American context or in strategic locations around the world.” Please stop by the Center, meet Dr. McWhite, and find out more about how you can be on mission with God among the nations.

In addition, the Center is instrumental in providing NGU students a range of North American and international opportunities in the form of short-term mission trips. Each school year, the Center coordinates L.I.G.H.T. teams (student mission teams) that travel throughout the world to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations. Through these trips, students gain invaluable experience in cross-cultural evangelism and disciple-making, team dynamics, cultural awareness, project planning, and the development of professional and ministry skills.

 

Leadership


Dr. Allen McWhite

Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership

Allen McWhite serves as the director of NGU's Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, McWhite directs the field immersion component required of all intercultural studies majors. He is a graduate of The Citadel Military College (B.S.); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min); and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Prior to serving at NGU, McWhite served as a field missionary with the International Mission Board. He has also been a pastor and military chaplain. Outside of his university responsibilities, he serves as a part-time law enforcement officer with the State of South Carolina. When not at work, Dr. McWhite and his wife, Ruth (Director of NGU’s Women Ministries) enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.

 

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Assistant Director for the Institute for Global Leadership

Erin Wolfe serves as the assistant director of the Institute for Global Leadership. She graduated from North Greenville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies.

Previously, Erin worked at Fellowship Travel International in Virginia, served as Training and Public Relations Coordinator in the Center for Global Connections at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, and as a student mobilizer in South Asia.

Erin enjoys travel, international cuisine, baking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. 

 

 

Each Fall semester, the Center for Global Engagement hosts a three-day Global Impact Conference at NGU. This conference spotlights world evangelism and the many challenges facing mission practitioners in the 21st century. For globally-focused students, it’s a vibrant time of hearing from leading missionaries and partner organizations serving Christ on the front lines of gospel advance, worldwide.

 

Global Impact Conference 2018: September 10 - 12

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 

9:00 a.m. Missionaries meet in Turner Chapel
10:00 a.m. Opening Chapel Service in Turner Chapel
11:00 a.m. Missionaries meet for orientation in Craft-Hemphill Center
12:00 noon—1:00 p.m. Missionaries at lunch
1:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m. Missionaries set up in Global Village; speak in classrooms as assigned
4:45 p.m.—6:45 p.m. Dinner in Todd Dining Hall
7:00 p.m. Chapel Service in Turner Chapel
8:15 p.m. Coffee House in Todd Dining Hall

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

 

7:00 a.m.—7:50 a.m. Missionaries at breakfast
8:00 a.m.—12:00 noon Global Village open; missionaries speaking in classes as assigned
12:00 noon—1:00 p.m. Missionaries at lunch
1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. Global Village open; missionaries speaking in classes as assigned
4:45 p.m.—6:45 p.m. Dinner in Todd Dining Hall
7:00 p.m. Chapel Service in Turner Chapel
8:15 p.m. Journeyman Seminar (Craft-Hemphill)

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

 

7:00 a.m.—7:50 a.m. Missionaries at breakfast
8:00 a.m.—9:50 a.m. Global Village open; missionaries speaking in classes as assigned
10:00 a.m. Final Chapel Service in Turner Chapel
11:00 a.m.—12:00 noon Global Village open; missionaries speaking in classes as assigned
12:00 noon—1:00 p.m. Missionaries at lunch
1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. Global Village closes; missionaries speaking in classes as assigned
2:00 p.m. Conferences closes

Keynote Speaker 

 

Dr. David Garrison, Executive Director for Global Gates, a missions organization that seeks to reach the ends of the earth through global gateway cities. He also serves as Church Planting Consultant in the Professional Services Group of MissioNexus, the largest network of evangelical missions in the world. For more than three decades, David has been a missionary pioneer serving with the International Mission Board. His assignments over the years have included Associate Vice President for Global Strategy for the agency’s 5,000 missionaries and Regional Director/Strategist for Southeast Asia. He is the author and/or editor of several books including The Nonresidential MissionarySomething New Under the Sun, and Church Planting Movements, which has been translated into twenty languages. More recently, Dr. Garrison has edited internationally acclaimed resources that have been translated into multiple languages, including The Camel, How Muslims Are Coming to Faith in Christ!T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution, and  Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, AnytimeGarrison’s most recent book, A Wind in the House of Islam, surveys 45 Muslim movements to Christ – each with more than a thousand baptized converts – that are currently underway.

You can make a difference…..

Regardless of your academic major or future career plans, you have exciting opportunities to be involved in missions while attending NGU. Short-term mission teams (L.I.G.H.T. Teams) and field practicum experiences allow students to apply their coursework in meaningful and life-changing ways among people groups and population segments from every region of the world including North America.

Short-term mission trips are announced early each year for students to prayerfully consider and prepare for.  We welcome you to learn more and GO GLOBAL.

 

The Center for Global Engagement partners with a variety of like-minded, evangelical, Great Commission organizations in cross-cultural ministry efforts and the task of raising up a new generation of Global Leaders.

Some of these organizations that our students have worked with include, but are not limited to:

International Mission Board - STUDENT PAGE

International Mission Board

North American Mission Board

New Tribes Mission

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Avant Ministries

SpreadTruth Ministries

SIM

Global Outreach Mission

TransWorld Radio