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After Degree


This program is designed to offer the graduate of a community/applied arts college (minimum of 3 year diploma with 90 credits) or a bachelor degree holder, 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.

Available in-classroom and online.

Program Objectives

  1. Equipped to identify God’s calling on their life, develop healthy self-awareness and relate that calling to current ministry needs.
  2. Engaged in developing Spirit-filled character, supported by a solid foundation of spiritual formation.
  3. Building on a strong biblical and theological foundation, shall be innovatively trained with skills for effective pastoral leadership and provided with the opportunity to practice those skills.

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. 

Please Note:  All students entering an After Diploma or After Degree program will 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.

Bachelor of Theology After-Degree

Fall Courses

GS201Biblical Language Usage

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS201

This course is a basic introduction to the Biblical languages Greek and Hebrew and to the tools with which the student can study the Scriptures more effectively. Beginning with an appreciation for the nature and challenges of working with the original languages of our Scriptures, the student will be equipped with the skills necessary for the proper use of language and interpretative tools such as concordances, lexicons, word-studies, critical commentaries, and computer software. The course is divided into three parts: a comprehensive walk through of the Logos Library System and learning the Hebrew and Greek alphabets and a basic introduction to vocabulary and grammar of each.


Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT102

The heart of this course is centred around the importance of the Bible as God’s revelation to mankind, the metanarrative of God at work in history. The course intends to instruct students in how they read and study the scriptures. The student will be acquainted with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation, both general hermeneutics and special hermeneu-tics. The intention is to provide tools for interpretation, an emphasis on role of the Holy Spirit their personal reading of the Bible, and an appreciation for the different genres of scripture.

BT101The Bible As Story

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT101

This entry level course is designed to demonstrate the importance and relevancy of the whole Bible for today. For many, it is a mystery how the Old Testament is related to the New Testament. Some think the former is a source of unrelated devotional stories, laws and prophecies. In truth, the two testaments are the complete story of God’s progressive plan for his people. It is the purpose of this course to concisely trace the story of Scripture, and to help students build a central foundation with which they can understand, interpret and apply God’s word to their lives today.

PS302Pastoral Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS302

This course is an introduction to the preparation, philosophy, theology, and skills of the pastoral counsellor. It addresses issues and situations commonly faced in the pastor’s office. Practical application of the principles and skills learned during lectures will be applied through various experiences and integrative assignments. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (GS203)

GS402History of Pentecostalism

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS402

This course explores the origins of the Pentecostal Movement and its explosive growth and development since the turn of the 20th century. Analysis focuses on the movement’s historical antecedents and context, theological developments, and global expansion. Attention also concentrates on the unique Canadian story and the emergence and development of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

FE341Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This class will be focused on practical experiences that include direct pastoral counselling and related activities. During class, students will discuss their practicum experiences and any challenges faced. They will also be given opportunities to troubleshoot, refine skills, and pray for those under the student’s care. Authenticity as a pastoral counsellor will be encouraged and supported to ensure personal health and spiritual growth and development. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 2 Winter

Winter Courses


Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT202

In this course students will be introduced to the content and significance of the first five books of the Bible. Attention will be given to key themes and exegetical issues, including how themes introduced in the Pentateuch are developed throughout the rest of the Bible. Classes will focus on interpreting and applying the course content to the student’s lives and ministries.

GS204Church History

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS204

This is a survey course to introduce the student to the history of the Christian church primarily focusing on renewal and revival movements. This course examines the history of the church as it developed from the apostles to the present era. The course objective is to thoroughly acquaint the student with the historical and theological development of key figures, movements, and doctrines.


Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT104

This course is an introduction to the Gospels. It will focus on the four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Issues relating to the synoptic problem will be explored, as well as the unique contribution of each gospel. The literary nature of the gospels will be examined, exploring the gospels as story, as well as their theological impact. As the title implies, this course will emphasize our response to the gospels: what it means to follow Jesus.

BT105Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT105

The purpose of this course is to examine the teaching of the Bible and develop a systematic theology that addresses four important themes: the Word of God, the doctrine of God, biblical anthropology, and the doctrine of sin. Efforts will be made to explain how these themes are developed through promise and fulfilment from Genesis to Revelation.

FE312Practicum: Pastoral Ministry – Year 3 Winter

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

The emphasis of this practicum will be on the fourth year students continued skill development and growth in the area of pastoral ministry. This practical, hands-on course will follow the theme, Learning to Lead. In this final pastoral practicum at Vanguard College, the students will have time to discuss the practice of leading others while examining some specific areas. This component of the practicum will help to take the student to the final step of leading a local church by focusing on leading in four areas: financial affairs, board/business meetings, bringing innovation in the church, denominational governance and responsibilities. Prerequisite: Practicum:Pastoral Ministry Year 2 Winter

BT000Biblical-Theological Studies OT Elective

Class Time: 3 hrs | Credits: 3.00

Choose ONE of the following winter courses (3 credits): Hebrew Poetry, Wisdom Literature, Historical Literature: Joshua-Esther, Prophets: Isaiah, Prophets: Jeremiah

Fall Courses


Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS201

Class participants will have an opportunity to learn sermon-building techniques through training in manuscript preparation and delivery styles. A lab component of the study requires the student to deliver a biblically-based message to fellow class members, and evaluate all other messages shared in the course. Through instruction, guests and a variety of hands on exercises, including preaching in class, students will explore the balance of both the prophetic and performance. Prerequisite: Hermeneutics

BT305Theology 3 – Ecclesiology/Eschatology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT305

This course is a study of the church and last things from a biblical theological perspective. The church is seen as a divinely established entity through which God’s people have their beginning, and develop identity and fellowship with God. Last things are studied with a focus on the eschatological hope of God’s people from the time of the Patriarchs to the time of Christ and the New Testament Church. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

BT301Pastoral Letters

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT301

This course uses the books of I and II Timothy and Titus to form a Pastoral Theology and a biblical template of contemporary pastoral responsibilities. This course exegetically explores the major themes of 1 Timothy, while having the students teach and apply 2 Timothy and Titus. Being sensitive to the backgrounds, issues, and purposes of these Pauline letters, the professor always seeks to apply the principles to contemporary pastoral experiences.

FE415Internship – Pastoral Ministry

Class Time: 6 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEFE415

Third year pastoral studies students will continue to develop the practical skills needed in the area of pastoral ministry. Practical experience is gained in ministry management skills, preaching and teaching, as well as relational ministry in the areas of evangelism and discipleship. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service in the local church setting. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Ministry – Year 3 Winter

BS000Biblical-Theological Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hrs | Credits: 3.00

Choose ONE of the following courses (3 credits):1 Corinthians (Fall Course), Pauline Literature: Romans (Winter Course), Hebrew Poetry (Winter Course), Wisdom Literature (Winter Course), Historical Literature: Joshua-Esther (Winter Course), Prophets: Isaiah (Winter Course), Prophets: Jeremiah (Winter Course), Johannine Literature and Revelation (Winter Course)

Winter Courses

BT205Theology 2 – Christology/Soteriology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT205

From the foundations of the world, the salvation of a people has been God’s intent, and His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to complete such a redemption. The purpose of this course is to give the student a thorough perspective on two of the greatest pillars of the Christian faith: a biblical Christology and Soteriology. The study of the nature, life, and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ along with a truly biblical understanding of the nature of our salvation is an essential part of forming a biblical basis for the student’s faith in our Lord and a foundation for effective ministry in the future. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

BT306Biblical Theology: Luke-Acts

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT306

This course is a biblical exposition of the pneumatology in Lukan literature. It evaluates the relevant Lukan data narratively, grammatically, contextually, and canonically, paying particular attention to the way Luke portrays Jesus in the continuing story of God’s salvation plan. It will look at the different perspectives and ways of approaching Luke-Acts, paying close attention to the significant themes of salvation, empowerment for mission, and judgment. Modern interpreters of Lukan pneumatology will be critically evaluated. The OT background will also be appreciated at each step. A major concern of the course will be the relevancy of Luke’s message for us today.

PS303Pastoral Life

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS303

This course examines how a healthy pastoral life can be achieved through defining one’s personal call, developing one’s character components to reflect more thoroughly the attitude and actions of Jesus the Pastor, and deploying personal spiritual disciplines which enhance overall personal wholeness.This course centers on the personal issues of vocational call, character transformation (spiritual formation), and compassion/care assessment. Class members will be introduced to spiritual training exercises, experiences, and relationships that will assist them to become a daily “apprentice of Jesus, the Pastor” in a practical fashion. Prerequisite: Pastoral Letters

BT408Expository Presentation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT408

This course underscores the centrality of the Word of God in the church. Students will develop effective Biblical communication through three major components. First, students will learn the expository preaching method, which takes the main idea of a Scriptural text and makes it the focal point of the message. While a particular outline will be taught, an emphasis on variety in presentation is stressed. Secondly, using advanced hermeneutical principles, students will learn the process of developing a message; from choosing a text to its presentation. Thirdly, students will apply the principles learned by presenting a message from the book of Hebrews. Prerequisite: Homiletics

BT405Senior Theology: Mission of God

Class Time: 3 hrs | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT405

Mission is a central focus in the Bible, answering the question, “What are people on earth for?” Students will be immersed in the biblical-theological roots of God’s mission in both the Old and New Testaments and the transforming vision of God’s purpose and plan for His people. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relevancy of God’s mission for the church, its leaders, and individual Christian believers. The mission of God will be related to the complex contemporary issues facing the church today. Prerequisite: Theology 3: Ecclesiology/Eschatology

PS301Leadership: Systems and Services

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS301

This course will examine the elements of effective management within multiple dimensions of holistic Christian ministry settings. Attention will be given to establishing a foundation for the understanding of the essential functions of management, individual and collective performance, organizational systems, governance, change issues and the stewardship of resources, human as well as financial. Students will also be challenged to apply their leadership learning in internship experiences, as well as in practicing and learning how to lead people through transformative life experiences like sacraments/ordinances, water baptism, child dedication, weddings and funerals.