The essence of Pastoral Leadership is perhaps best described in I Peter 5:2 where we read, ‘shepherd the flock of God that is among you.’ The call to pastoral ministry is a call to lead, feed, guide and protect others. Following the example of Christ Himself, we are called to live lives of humility which are marked by both dependence and confidence. Students begin this journey of discovery, accompanied by practitioners who both model and instruct students on how to live and lead with integrity, skill, and passion.
Core to the program is the concept of the Metanarrative, understanding God at work throughout history. Creative, engaging and interactive would be words that describe the environment that is created by the professors. More than just dispensing information, Vanguard attempts to help students develop critical thinking, wrestling through the scriptures and establishing an approach that reflects those biblical values. As one grad stated, ‘Vanguard cannot teach you everything you need to know but it will teach you the questions that need to be asked.’
Adding a minor to this degree enables specialization in either: Youth Ministry, Children's and Family Ministry, Worship Arts, Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Care, and Counselling, or Missions.
Students can choose a practicum from any specialization. This can be discussed upon registration.
Considering adding a Minor?
Adding a minor to your degree means that you will take at least 4 courses in one of six areas of interest. These courses would be spread over your four years of study.