Bachelor of Religious Studies (Pastoral Studies)

This program is designed to offer the graduate of a community/applied arts college (minimum two-year diploma), or a university graduate, the opportunity to prepare for Christian ministry and complete the program in two years. This program meets the requirements for ministerial license leading to ordination with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

As with the B.A. Th (Pastoral Studies), we are equipping individuals to ‘shepherd the flock of God.’  We seek to instill a deep commitment to being apprentices of Christ Himself, marked by a deep humility that reflects His heart and mind.  Students embark on a journey of discovery, accompanied by practitioners who both model and instruct them how to lead, feed and care for God’s people, with both skill and passion. 


From your first week retreat until the good byes of grad day, your SPL experience will be full of numerous life and ministry highlights. Over the course of 4 years there are multiple ministry assignments where we are allowed the privilege of leading Sunday morning services across Alberta.  Other highlights include the third year we participate in the Minister’s Gathering of the PAOC in Banff.  There is the potential, even in the BRS to take the Senior Integrated Seminar course and participate in an incredible trip to Vancouver where we are able to engage and interact with significant leaders, up close and personal.   A sense of community is established as together we discover and affirm each other’s call and gifting.


Classes over the course of the degree provide an extensive approach to learning and ministry development.  Creative, engaging and interactive would be words that describe the environment that is created by the professors. More than just dispensing information, the Pastoral Leadership program attempts to help students to develop critical thinking, wrestling through the scriptures and establishing an approach that reflects those biblical values.  As one alumni stated, Vanguard cannot not teach you everything you need to know but it will teach you the questions that need to be asked.

SPL: Post Diploma or Post Degree (2 years)

Please Note:  All students entering a Post Diploma or Post Degree program willed be assessed for completion of General Studies (GS) Courses.  Students showing any deficiency in the area of General Studies will be notified prior to registration as to what specific GS courses they will be required to register for in order to complete their Program of Study.


Pastoral Leadership students shall be equipped to identify God’s calling on their life, develop healthy self-awareness and relate that calling to current ministry needs.

Pastoral Leadership students shall be engaged in developing Spirit-filled character, supported by a solid foundation of spiritual formation.

Pastoral Leadership students, building on a strong biblical and theological foundation, shall be innovatively trained with skills for effective pastoral leadership and provided with opportunity to practice those skills.