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Pastoral Care and Counselling

Building healthy students who provide quality care

The Pastoral Care and Counselling Program is designed to develop leaders who provide effective care to those in need. Students are taught to develop pastoral counselling skills to help others with issues such as mental health, spiritual struggles, and addictions. The journey includes personal development, theoretical instruction, and practical experience in pastoral counselling.

Available in-classroom and online.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop self-awareness and strategies for coping with personal issues that have potential to impede the delivery of quality pastoral care and counselling.
  2. Develop a worldview that guides the integration of contemporary counselling theory and biblical theology.
  3. Develop a biblical understanding of people as well as common areas of struggle that directs the practice of pastoral leadership and counselling.
  4. Develop excellent counselling skills including the ability to assess which situations need to be referred to a clinical professional.
  5. Gain practical experience in ministries that care for individuals who struggle.
  6. Prepare students wishing to continue on to graduate studies in disciplines such as counselling, chaplaincy, and spiritual direction.

Biblical Foundations Certificate

Fall Courses

BT102Hermeneutics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT102

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text 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.

BT103Introduction to Personal Formation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT103

This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

GS101Interpersonal Communication

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS101

This course is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviours and skills. It will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined. Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

PS102Leadership & Team Dynamics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS102

What happens when a leader grows intentionally? Dynamic growth happens internally. What happens when a leadership team functions optimally? Dynamic things happen organizationally. This foundational course on leadership will attempt to inform and prepare students for their future lives and leadership by delving into the theology and theory of leadership as encased in the Scriptures and as practiced best by healthy organizations. Students will glean from exemplary leaders what they do and how they do it, both individually and in teams. Through self-discovery of their own God-given strengths and gift mixes, students will be inspired and equipped to become dynamic Kingdom leaders!

FE141Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling - Fall

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course will provide a practical space to explore the varied nature of pastoral care in a local church context through integrating learning, practicum experiences and participation in interpersonal relations group. Fundamental to providing effective pastoral care lies in understanding one’s self.

Winter Courses

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. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

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.

PS101Foundations of Family Ministry

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS101

This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and its biblical purpose as students study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

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.

FE142Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling – Winter

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This practicum is intended to introduce the students to some of the ministries where pastoral care and counselling skills are needed through short ministry experiences and a trip to a centre that ministers to vulnerable individuals. It will include teaching students within a small group context to share their stories and begin to develop skills in listening to others’ stories. The course encourages authenticity and increasing levels of connecting with others.

PS141Ministry Foundations for Care and Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS141

This introductory course is intended to help the student develop self-awareness in order to understand influences such as family background and personal issues that may affect them in caregiving & counselling situations. It provides encouragement and opportunity to further develop their walk with Jesus and their ability to listen to Him through spiritual disciplines and changes in thought. It also provides skills to effectively communicate essential truths about themselves and their faith in meaningful ways

Diploma in Theology

Fall Courses

BT102Hermeneutics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT102

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text 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.

BT103Introduction to Personal Formation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT103

This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

GS101Interpersonal Communication

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS101

This course is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviours and skills. It will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined. Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

PS102Leadership & Team Dynamics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS102

What happens when a leader grows intentionally? Dynamic growth happens internally. What happens when a leadership team functions optimally? Dynamic things happen organizationally. This foundational course on leadership will attempt to inform and prepare students for their future lives and leadership by delving into the theology and theory of leadership as encased in the Scriptures and as practiced best by healthy organizations. Students will glean from exemplary leaders what they do and how they do it, both individually and in teams. Through self-discovery of their own God-given strengths and gift mixes, students will be inspired and equipped to become dynamic Kingdom leaders!

FE141Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling - Fall

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course will provide a practical space to explore the varied nature of pastoral care in a local church context through integrating learning, practicum experiences and participation in interpersonal relations group. Fundamental to providing effective pastoral care lies in understanding one’s self.

Winter Courses

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. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

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.

PS101Foundations of Family Ministry

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS101

This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and its biblical purpose as students study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

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.

FE142Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling – Winter

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This practicum is intended to introduce the students to some of the ministries where pastoral care and counselling skills are needed through short ministry experiences and a trip to a centre that ministers to vulnerable individuals. It will include teaching students within a small group context to share their stories and begin to develop skills in listening to others’ stories. The course encourages authenticity and increasing levels of connecting with others.

PS141Ministry Foundations for Care and Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS141

This introductory course is intended to help the student develop self-awareness in order to understand influences such as family background and personal issues that may affect them in caregiving & counselling situations. It provides encouragement and opportunity to further develop their walk with Jesus and their ability to listen to Him through spiritual disciplines and changes in thought. It also provides skills to effectively communicate essential truths about themselves and their faith in meaningful ways

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.

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. Prerequisite: Hermeneutics

PS202The Art of Pastoral Care

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS202

This course is an experiential and critical exploration of pastoral care. Care giving in a faith community is by its nature a theological activity, drawing on religious tradition, social sciences, theology and the gifts of the people involved. In pastoral care giving, the integration of person, faith, belief, method and practice is foundational. Prerequisite: Introduction to Pyschology

GS203Introduction to Psychology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS203

This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology, which includes a survey of biology, the development of personality, emotions, mental illness, and the learning process.

GS207English Composition

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS207

Course description coming soon.

FE241Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

During the in-class portion of the practicum experience, students will be encouraged to reflect on their ministry experiences and pray for those under their care. Attention will be paid to personal and spiritual health and well-being of each student in order to assist students to develop their ability for strong self-care in the face of a disciplined and sometimes demanding ministry. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 1 Winter

Winter Courses

BT202Pentateuch

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT202

The Pentateuch has always been regarded as a significant part of Scripture. The student will be introduced to the content and significance of this portion of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Attention to be given to the matters of contemporary critical issues as well as the foundational basis of Christian history through creation and beyond. The place of the Pentateuch will also be examined in relation to God’s continuing story in the rest of Scripture. In addition, the personal, practical and applicable use of these scriptures for Christian ministry and witness will be addressed.

BT205Theology 2 – Christology/Soteriology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT205

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. This course emphasizes the central place that Jesus has in God’s continuing plan of salvation and that by believing in Him, we find our place within the story. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

BT201Pauline Literature: Romans

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT201

The book of Romans is crucial in understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this course, students explore the rich truths of justification, salvation, and sanctification and other significant topics both exegetical and theological studies of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. It is the intent of the instructor to look at the various details and application of the Gospel as taught by the Apostle Paul in this great epistle. This course is designed to teach the student how to interpret and apply the book of Romans in their ministry context and to be challenged, inspired, and equipped in his or her own spiritual walk.

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.

BS000Old Testament Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Choose ONE of the following: Historical Literature: Joshua-Esther Prophets: Jeremiah/Isaiah

FE242Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

During the in-class portion of the practicum experience, students will be encouraged to reflect on their ministry experiences and pray for those under their care. Attention will be paid to personal and spiritual health and well-being of each student in order to assist students to develop their ability for strong self-care in the face of a disciplined and sometimes demanding ministry. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 1 Winter

Fall Courses

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)

GS402Pentecostal History

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS402

This course charts the development of the Pentecostal movement from its origins in the Holiness movement of the 19th century to the present. It is intended to provide students with an understanding of the Pentecostal faith and of the Pentecostal movement today. Attention will be paid to the Pentecostal movement as a whole including a number of different denominations, but specifically to the largest Pentecostal body, the Assemblies of God, and its Canadian affiliate, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Doctrinal disputes within the movement will be a particular focus, as will contemporary challenges to the movement’s future viability and growth. Prerequisite: Church History

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

The first of a trilogy in pastoral studies, this course uses the books of I and II Timothy and Titus to build a Biblical template for healthy lifestyles, and for the carrying out of contemporary pastoral responsibilities.

GS401Ethics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS401

Ethics is the study of right and wrong. This course examines six major approaches to ethics, three Christian, and three non-Christian, with emphasis placed on the former. It then reviews several hotly debated ethical issues in our society, including abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, homosexuality, pacifism/war, and divorce and remarriage. Extensive classroom discussion and debates are used to supplement lecture material. Students are encouraged to think critically and search the Scriptures to decide for themselves what is or is not ethical. Prerequisite: Philisophy

FE445Internship – Pastoral Care & Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 6 hours | Credits: 3.00

Upon completion of the Pastoral Care and Counselling skill building courses, the student will work in a placement that allows them ongoing opportunity to use and refine those skills. Opportunities will require them to use a combination of pastoral care and counselling skills within the context of the local church or other centres that provide faith-based help to those who are struggling with various life issues. This will take place in the context of one-on-one interaction, group work, or a combination of the two. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of pastoral care & counselling services. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 3 Winter

Winter Courses

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

Building on the biblical template found in the Pastoral Letters, 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. A number of practicing pastors will share their experiences and training practices in living and leading a healthy life of spiritual leadership. Prerequisite: Pastoral Letters

BT408Expository Presentation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT408

This course instructs students how to design and deliver expository messages. As opposed to topical preaching, anecdotal preaching, biographical preaching of textual preaching, students will be taught the expository preaching method, which takes the point of the Scriptural text and makes it the point of the sermon. Students will prepare expository messages to be preached in class, in turn, enjoy the benefits of peer evaluation. Prerequisite: Homiletics

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.

Bachelor of Theology

Fall Courses

BT102Hermeneutics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT102

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text 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.

BT103Introduction to Personal Formation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT103

This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

GS101Interpersonal Communication

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS101

This course is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviours and skills. It will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined. Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

PS102Leadership & Team Dynamics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS102

What happens when a leader grows intentionally? Dynamic growth happens internally. What happens when a leadership team functions optimally? Dynamic things happen organizationally. This foundational course on leadership will attempt to inform and prepare students for their future lives and leadership by delving into the theology and theory of leadership as encased in the Scriptures and as practiced best by healthy organizations. Students will glean from exemplary leaders what they do and how they do it, both individually and in teams. Through self-discovery of their own God-given strengths and gift mixes, students will be inspired and equipped to become dynamic Kingdom leaders!

FE141Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling - Fall

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course will provide a practical space to explore the varied nature of pastoral care in a local church context through integrating learning, practicum experiences and participation in interpersonal relations group. Fundamental to providing effective pastoral care lies in understanding one’s self.

Winter Courses

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. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

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.

PS101Foundations of Family Ministry

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS101

This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and its biblical purpose as students study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

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.

FE142Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling – Winter

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This practicum is intended to introduce the students to some of the ministries where pastoral care and counselling skills are needed through short ministry experiences and a trip to a centre that ministers to vulnerable individuals. It will include teaching students within a small group context to share their stories and begin to develop skills in listening to others’ stories. The course encourages authenticity and increasing levels of connecting with others.

PS141Ministry Foundations for Care and Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS141

This introductory course is intended to help the student develop self-awareness in order to understand influences such as family background and personal issues that may affect them in caregiving & counselling situations. It provides encouragement and opportunity to further develop their walk with Jesus and their ability to listen to Him through spiritual disciplines and changes in thought. It also provides skills to effectively communicate essential truths about themselves and their faith in meaningful ways

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.

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. Prerequisite: Hermeneutics

PS202The Art of Pastoral Care

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS202

This course is an experiential and critical exploration of pastoral care. Care giving in a faith community is by its nature a theological activity, drawing on religious tradition, social sciences, theology and the gifts of the people involved. In pastoral care giving, the integration of person, faith, belief, method and practice is foundational. Prerequisite: Introduction to Pyschology

GS203Introduction to Psychology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS203

This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology, which includes a survey of biology, the development of personality, emotions, mental illness, and the learning process.

GS207English Composition

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS207

Course description coming soon.

FE241Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

During the in-class portion of the practicum experience, students will be encouraged to reflect on their ministry experiences and pray for those under their care. Attention will be paid to personal and spiritual health and well-being of each student in order to assist students to develop their ability for strong self-care in the face of a disciplined and sometimes demanding ministry. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 1 Winter

Winter Courses

BT202Pentateuch

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT202

The Pentateuch has always been regarded as a significant part of Scripture. The student will be introduced to the content and significance of this portion of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Attention to be given to the matters of contemporary critical issues as well as the foundational basis of Christian history through creation and beyond. The place of the Pentateuch will also be examined in relation to God’s continuing story in the rest of Scripture. In addition, the personal, practical and applicable use of these scriptures for Christian ministry and witness will be addressed.

BT205Theology 2 – Christology/Soteriology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT205

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. This course emphasizes the central place that Jesus has in God’s continuing plan of salvation and that by believing in Him, we find our place within the story. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

BT201Pauline Literature: Romans

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT201

The book of Romans is crucial in understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this course, students explore the rich truths of justification, salvation, and sanctification and other significant topics both exegetical and theological studies of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. It is the intent of the instructor to look at the various details and application of the Gospel as taught by the Apostle Paul in this great epistle. This course is designed to teach the student how to interpret and apply the book of Romans in their ministry context and to be challenged, inspired, and equipped in his or her own spiritual walk.

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.

GS205Human Development

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code GS205

This course is designed to provide an in-depth account of human development across the life span. It will examine the biological, cognitive and psychosocial approach that has guided the complexity of human development. Students will be given an opportunity to apply a variety of developmental theories to age related changes in behaviour, thinking, emotions, personalities and social relationships in relation to maturational processes, individual differences and cultural expectations. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (GS203)

FE242Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

During the in-class portion of the practicum experience, students will be encouraged to reflect on their ministry experiences and pray for those under their care. Attention will be paid to personal and spiritual health and well-being of each student in order to assist students to develop their ability for strong self-care in the face of a disciplined and sometimes demanding ministry. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 1 Winter

GSXXXXDevelopment Course Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Choose from ONE of the following: Adolescent Development Human Development

GS206Child and Adolescent Development

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

The intent of this course is to introduce you to the scientific study of child and adolescent development and apply this knowledge toward effective youth ministry. Although the volume of material in print on these two areas is vast, we will focus on the most important topics as they relate to youth and youth work. This course is introductory in nature so it will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development and foundational youth ministry principles that will serve as a basis for further study. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology

Fall Courses

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)

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

The first of a trilogy in pastoral studies, this course uses the books of I and II Timothy and Titus to build a Biblical template for healthy lifestyles, and for the carrying out of contemporary pastoral responsibilities.

GS301Philosophy

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS3101

An introductory investigation into several main areas of philosophy, including: Metaphysics (what is the nature of ultimate reality?), Epistemology (questions about the nature of knowledge), Axiology (the study of value), Logic (dealing with critical thinking, and forms of argument), and Philosophy of religion. It is designed to help students think critically about and clearly explain to others why they believe what they believe. Attention will be given to how they study of philosophy can aid Christians in the task of apologetics, polemics, and systematic theology.

GSXXXXPsychology Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Choose ONE of the following: Abnormal Psychology Psychology of Addictions

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

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

Building on the biblical template found in the Pastoral Letters, 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. A number of practicing pastors will share their experiences and training practices in living and leading a healthy life of spiritual leadership. Prerequisite: Pastoral Letters

PS341Advanced Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to build upon the theories, theology, models and skills involved in holistic, client-centred counselling. Special emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the principles and skills learned during lectures through laboratory experiences and integrative assignments. Prerequisite: Pastoral Counselling (GS2207)

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.

BT302Hebrew Poetry

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course has two major components: First, a study of Hebrew poetry will give an overview of the genre, as well as the forms, messages, themes and original cultural settings of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Secondly, three quarters of the course will focus on the book of Psalms. The place of the Psalms within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, and attention will be given to its place within the God’s continuing plan and how they may be applied to the on-going life of the Christian disciple and the corporate faith community today. The instructor will consider the various aspects of interpreting and expositing the books of Psalms.

FE342Practicum: 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 trouble shoot, 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

Fall Courses

BT4011 Corinthians

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBS1121

This course involves a detailed analysis of the book of I Corinthians as it was received by the original audience and as it applies to the 21st century audience. Using a contextual /wholistic approach to the text, the class will have opportunity to understand and apply eternal scriptural principles to such ongoing life issues as human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, usage of spiritual giftings, marriage and divorce issues, matters of personal liberty, and several other continuing church life matters.

GS402Pentecostal History

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS402

This course charts the development of the Pentecostal movement from its origins in the Holiness movement of the 19th century to the present. It is intended to provide students with an understanding of the Pentecostal faith and of the Pentecostal movement today. Attention will be paid to the Pentecostal movement as a whole including a number of different denominations, but specifically to the largest Pentecostal body, the Assemblies of God, and its Canadian affiliate, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Doctrinal disputes within the movement will be a particular focus, as will contemporary challenges to the movement’s future viability and growth. Prerequisite: Church History

GS401Ethics

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS401

Ethics is the study of right and wrong. This course examines six major approaches to ethics, three Christian, and three non-Christian, with emphasis placed on the former. It then reviews several hotly debated ethical issues in our society, including abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, homosexuality, pacifism/war, and divorce and remarriage. Extensive classroom discussion and debates are used to supplement lecture material. Students are encouraged to think critically and search the Scriptures to decide for themselves what is or is not ethical. Prerequisite: Philisophy

FE445Internship – Pastoral Care & Counselling Ministry

Class Time: 6 hours | Credits: 3.00

Upon completion of the Pastoral Care and Counselling skill building courses, the student will work in a placement that allows them ongoing opportunity to use and refine those skills. Opportunities will require them to use a combination of pastoral care and counselling skills within the context of the local church or other centres that provide faith-based help to those who are struggling with various life issues. This will take place in the context of one-on-one interaction, group work, or a combination of the two. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of pastoral care & counselling services. Prerequisite: Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry – Year 3 Winter

Winter Courses

BS000Old Testament Elective

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Choose ONE of the following: Historical Literature: Joshua-Esther Prophets: Jeremiah/Isaiah

BT408Expository Presentation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEBT408

This course instructs students how to design and deliver expository messages. As opposed to topical preaching, anecdotal preaching, biographical preaching of textual preaching, students will be taught the expository preaching method, which takes the point of the Scriptural text and makes it the point of the sermon. Students will prepare expository messages to be preached in class, in turn, enjoy the benefits of peer evaluation. Prerequisite: Homiletics

BT405Senior Theology: Mission of God

Class Time: 3 hrs | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DS4101

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

BT406Johannine Literature and Revelation

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code BT406

Among the most beloved of all Scriptural books, John’s writings continue to inspire intimacy between God and His people, calling everyone to make Jesus the centre of their lives. This senior level course covers primarily the Gospel of John and the Johannine epistles, 1, 2, 3 John, with only secondary consideration to Revelation. The purpose of each of John’s writings is examined, specifically regarding common themes, vocabulary, and style. An exegetical study of the Gospel will include exploring the structure, discourses, signs, key statements of Jesus, the passion account, and fulfilment of the Old Testament.

PS441PCC Master Class

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Borrowing a term from the music world, this class takes students who have spent several years working on pastoral care & counselling skills and refines their skills further. Recognizing that the counsellor him or herself is the instrument of this skill, the course consists of four components: 1. Caring for your instrument (developing longevity). 2. Understanding your instrument (personal gifting and challenges). 3. Building counselling skills. 4. Learning by watching other masters in the field. Prerequisite: Internship: Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry (FE445)

Pastoral Counselling Skills Certificate (Open Studies)

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GS342Psychology of Addictions

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is an introduction to the theories, models and skills involved in the basic understanding of addiction and in the helping of individuals struggling with addiction. Special emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the principles and skills learned during lectures through in-class experiences and integrative assignments. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology

PS202The Art of Pastoral Care

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS202

This course is an experiential and critical exploration of pastoral care. Care giving in a faith community is by its nature a theological activity, drawing on religious tradition, social sciences, theology and the gifts of the people involved. In pastoral care giving, the integration of person, faith, belief, method and practice is foundational. Prerequisite: Introduction to Pyschology

GS205Human Development

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code GS205

This course is designed to provide an in-depth account of human development across the life span. It will examine the biological, cognitive and psychosocial approach that has guided the complexity of human development. Students will be given an opportunity to apply a variety of developmental theories to age related changes in behaviour, thinking, emotions, personalities and social relationships in relation to maturational processes, individual differences and cultural expectations. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (GS203)

GS206Child and Adolescent Development

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEGS206

The intent of this course is to introduce you to the scientific study of child and adolescent development and apply this knowledge toward effective youth ministry. Although the volume of material in print on these two areas is vast, we will focus on the most important topics as they relate to youth and youth work. This course is introductory in nature so it will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development and foundational youth ministry principles that will serve as a basis for further study. Prerequisite: Introduction to Pyschology

Core Courses

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)

PS141Ministry Foundations for Care and Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Online Course Code DEPS141

This introductory course is intended to help the student develop self-awareness in order to understand influences such as family background and personal issues that may affect them in caregiving & counselling situations. It provides encouragement and opportunity to further develop their walk with Jesus and their ability to listen to Him through spiritual disciplines and changes in thought. It also provides skills to effectively communicate essential truths about themselves and their faith in meaningful ways

PS341Advanced Counselling

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to build upon the theories, theology, models and skills involved in holistic, client-centred counselling. Special emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the principles and skills learned during lectures through laboratory experiences and integrative assignments. Prerequisite: Pastoral Counselling (GS2207)

GS341Abnormal Psychology

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to provide an in-depth look into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association 2013) and a variety of it’s psychiatric diagnoses including: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, substance related disorders, personality disorders and neurodevelopment disorders. Students will learn a multidimensional conceptualization of mental health, assessment, diagnosis and treatment while examining a variety of theoretical perspectives.

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Dr. Cath Thorlakson

Dr. Cath Thorlakson, PHD, RPSYCH

Pastoral Care and Counseling Program Director

Cath has been exercising her gifts in Pastoral Care & Counselling for more than 30 years. She served in various pastoral positions including worship, women, children, and young adults. She worked in leadership in camp ministry for many years, and later served as a clinical counsellor, Mental Health Therapist, and Addictions Counsellor. During these times, she provided adjunct teaching for Ambrose University College. Cath is thrilled to be able to fulfill her passion of teaching and mentoring upcoming leaders, helping them through academia successfully and on to the work that the Lord made them to do!