The entire student body gathers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to worship and engage in God's Word.
Each week, you will be a part of mentoring and discipleship groups. This is a great opportunity to ask the tough questions of life and ministry.
Available to first year students, Vanguard offers furnished accommodations within a few blocks of the college.
Your school year will be filled with lots of great community events and activities. Together you will get to play sports, travel, serve, worship, learn, grow and just have fun.
At the heart of a solid Bible College education is a practical hands-on component where students are able to develop their gifts and abilities, practicing real world skills that are being taught in the classroom. Learning takes place in approved ministry settings where students interact with pastors and other leaders. Integrating practice and theory, academics and ministry, while preparing students for ministry positions.
On-Campus Field Education
Edmonton is a city that is filled with a wide variety of ministry opportunities. Vanguard students are able to consult with their Practicum Professor to find a ministry opportunity that matches their personal calling. Each year Vanguard interns serve in a variety of places across Canada and around the world.
Vanguard students have served in:
Pregnancy Care and Counselling
Inner City Ministries
Youth and Children’s Ministry in Local Churches
Orphanages and Missions Organizations
High School Youth Outreach
Inner City Children’s Mentoring
Number of Ministry Hours Required
Practicum 1st-3rd Year: 60 hours per semester (including practicum class time and placement)
Internship: 400+ hours
Each student is required to attend a bi-weekly practicum class along with students in their year and program. Practicum classes provide an opportunity for students to share and learn from each other’s ministry experiences.
Fourth year students have the opportunity to complete their 400+ hour internship through the academic year in their area of study. This will provide students an opportunity to be fully engaged and experience ministry.
Online Practicum Courses and Internships
Vanguard Online students are required to participate in Field Education to gain the skills and experience necessary to complete their program of studies and pursue their calling. Although online students are not required to attend any practicum class, they are required to serve in their church or other agency and to be supervised at their placements. They are also required to submit reports of their church attendance, hours of service, and evaluations done by their placement supervisor.
Internships are required of Vanguard Online students in a diploma or degree program. Students are able to serve in their home church or a local agency without relocating. The internship is an 8-month course where a student serves between 360 to 400 hours. Students are required to complete assignments related to practical aspects of their internship. They will be evaluated and mentored by their supervisor and these evaluation forms are submitted to their internship professor.
With God’s guidance, blessing and help, the Field Education Department seeks to:
1. Help students develop and grow in professionalism.
2. Provide students opportunity to foster their ministry skills.
3. Instill disciplines of spiritual and character formation.
4. Help students gain greater certainty of their calling.
5. Facilitate opportunity for students to work with and receive feedback from supervisors.
6. Partner with church and para church ministries in the formation of capable leaders for God’s kingdom.
Students participate in a placement every week in their church, or parachurch
In most cases, full-time students must be involved in 4-5 hours of approved, supervised ministry per-week (including preparation time). A student’s ministry is generally required to be in the same area as their chosen field of study.
All student placements are to be systematic (normally weekly), require preparation, be adequately supervised, and contribute to development of ministry skills through direct contact with people. Supervisors are required to complete regular evaluations, while students are required to submit monthly
Students meet bi-weekly with their practicum
To expose students to diverse areas of ministry and to integrate classroom learning with real world experience, student ministry involvement demands more of the student each year where ultimately they are prepared for the responsibilities of part-time or full-time ministry, by their graduation
Since students receive academic credit for each year of their studies, each placement is subject to the practicum class syllabus and specific requirements established by their program of studies and their practicum