The Alonzo and Althea Edmiston Center is dedicated to understanding and learning from the church, especially as she is guided by God’s word through various difficulties. Students will survey God’s work in the world through the lenses of Christians who have operated under challenging circumstances – from surrounding cultural hostility to outright persecution.

The Center’s unique 10-hour curriculum, coupled with our Grimké Lecture Series, highlights applied theology from the global and local margins. We offer courses covering Kingdom prayer, biblical Christology and anthropology, global and local apologetics from a non-dominant view, church and mission history from the margins, domestic and global human rights, and discipleship/spiritual formation under difficult conditions.

Credits earned may apply toward various RTS degrees including the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and the Master of Arts Biblical Studies (MABS).


  • Theology & Mission of Prayer
  • Christian View of Human Rights
  • Christianity as a Cultural Minority
  • Principles of Leadership: Daniel and Nehemiah
  • World Christianity and Perseverance

What You'll Learn

  • Be equipped with a better understanding of the church
  • Open the door for a deeper vision for God’s people enduring hostility for the sake of Christ
  • Build on your experience with, or burden for, world Christianity and ministry in communities that exist in the margins

Take the Next Step


Apply online and receive your acceptance letter.


Grow as you study the scriptures and deepen your love for God.


Take what you learn and leverage it for the good of Christ's church.

Who Should Enroll

Church Planters
Lay Leaders
Pastors / Church Staff

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