Diploma in Theology

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Diploma in Theology

Develop your unique calling

This program enables students to develop their unique gifts and character through elective options while developing a strong biblical and theological foundation.

Available On-Campus and Online.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop and represent a biblical framework for life and service.
  2. Model and lead through disciplined spiritual formation and resilient personal wholeness.
  3. Discern and develop through growth and exploration of natural and spiritual gifts.
  4. Prepare for Kingdom work through tailored practical training.

Diploma in Theology

Fall Courses

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.

BT102Hermeneutics

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.

BT103Introduction to Personal Formation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT103

The primary focus of this course is to equip students with the knowledge and tools they need to develop a vibrant devotional life. They will learn about, engage with, and reflect on various ways Christians can grow in their relationship with Jesus. Attention will also be given to how students can use this knowledge to lead others to develop a stronger faith.

FE191Practicum: Personal Effectiveness

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 1.00

Online Course Code DEFE191

Students will explore several important elements in developing and maintaining personal effectiveness the Christian ministry. Discovering that personal effectiveness is rooted in longevity, credibility, purpose and team will enhance the capacity to lead with effectiveness. Of significant content in this course is a guided examination of the characteristics of effective leader’s within the student’s own context.

GS103Intercultural Communication

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

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PS1xxProfessional Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

See degree audit

Winter Courses

BS1xxModular Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

January Modular Elecitve

BT104Gospels

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.

FE192Practicum: Relationships

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 1.00

Online Course Code DEFE192

Mature and emotionally intelligent relationships are an important element for developing and maintaining effectiveness in Christian ministry or any other work environment. Developing an accurate awareness of self and the social context are important skills to capture in this practicum course. Students will examine and practice implementing strategies for fostering healthy and meaningful relationships in their context.

GS102Worldviews and Contemporary Culture

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS102

An exploration of worldviews as intellectual, behavioural, and value systems in relation to culture. These powerful forces shape the lives of people often without clear reflection on the part of the holder. A person’s worldview has a huge influence on identity formation. Therefore, it is crucial to increase awareness and purposeful development of our worldview.

PS1xxProfessional Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

See degree audit

Fall Courses

FE292Practicum: Meetings

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 1.00

Online Course Code DEFE292

Many Christian churches and para-church organizations choose to structure decision-making around a committee. Committees can either be a source of effective or ineffective leadership. This practicum will assist the student to develop skills in mandating, leading, and monitoring effective committees.

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.

GS203Introduction to Psychology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS203

This course introduces the field of psychology, which includes a survey of topics including biology, psychological disorders, motivation, learning, conditioning, and social behaviour. It uses interactive means to address these topics in a format that should help the student to remember them.

GS207English Composition

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS207

This course aims to help students improve all their communication skills: Writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The main emphasis, however, is on writing skills. Students work through the steps of writing a research project, summarize written text, and apply principles of clear and correct writing to their own compositions. Students learn research and documentation strategies and strengthen and expand their writing skills so that they can write more effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.

PS201Homiletics

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

PS2xxProfessional Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

To be approved by the faculty adviser.

Winter Courses

BT201Romans

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT201

The book of Romans is foundational to understanding Christian theology. Paul, the author, will address some of the most fundamental and essential doctrines upon which our faith rests. At the same time, this is not a letter devoid of practical instruction on how to live our Christian faith in a contrary and hostile world in a Christ-like manner, retaining Kingdom truths and principles.

BT202Pentateuch

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. Key ideas and critical issues will be examined, including how themes introduced in the Pentateuch are developed throughout the rest of the Bible and how the course content can apply to Christians today.

BT205Theology 2 – Soteriology/Christology

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

FE291Practicum: Volunteers

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 1.00

Online Course Code DEFE291

Volunteers are the backbone of Christian ministry. Volunteers staff departments, chair committees, teach classes, lead in services, and provide much of the church governance. This practicum will provide practical insights into recruiting volunteers, and will touch on the art of leading, loving, and caring for volunteers.

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.

PS2xxProfessional Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

To be approved by the faculty adviser.

Fall Courses

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.

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 their identity and fellowship with him. All major aspects of the church will be examined: her composition, her work, her ordinances, her government, and her future. The church’s future will be considered by looking at the different theological viewpoints that have been held over time, with an aim to discerning the development of Pentecostal eschatology and where it stands today. "Prerequisite: BT105" Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

FE4xxInternship: Ministry Elective

Class Time: 9 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEFE4xx

Internship for Christian Ministry students is electives. Students can choose their internship from one of the following options: – Children’s and Family Ministry – Missions – Pastoral – Pastoral Care and Counselling – Worship Arts – Youth These options, as well as any other preferences, will need to be discussed with the faculty adviser.

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)

PS3xxProfessional Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

See degree audit

Winter Courses

BT306Luke-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.

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.

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

PS3xxProfessional Studies Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

See degree audit