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Do you know what it means to be a worship leader?

The Worship Arts program at Vanguard College is designed to nurture the hearts of worshipers and worship leaders who worship God in spirit and in truth. It is our aim to develop your heart for worship, shape your pastoral gifts, and give you opportunities to grow in your creative and musical passions. The learning is engaging, practical, hands-on and thorough.

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the biblical foundations of worship and our participation in the story of God.
  2. Integrate historical and practical foundations into contemporary worship practices and music.
  3. Embody the call to be pastoral worship leaders.
  4. Lead teams in the creative design and implementation of a worship service.
  5. Gain practical skills in administration, team building, musical skill, worship education, and technical arts.

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.

PS162Introduction to Worship Leading

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

The central role of any worship leader today is pastoral. Leading God’s people in song and prayer requires an approach that is rooted in God’s story, pastoral, and participatory. This course is designed to introduce a variety of aspects related to designing and leading a worship service while cultivating a pastoral heart for worship ministry.

FE161Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

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.

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.

FE162Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

PS163Introductory Music Theory

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyze, and listen. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. Students are required to complete this course with a grade of 80% course in order to continue on to PS261 Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training.

PS161Theology of Worship

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is an introduction to the biblical foundations of the role of worship in the ministry of the local church. A prominent worship theologian writes that worship sings, tells, and enacts God’s Story. A survey of worship throughout the story of God will engage students in an investigation of practical, theological and philosophical issues related to Christian worship practices.

Advanced 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.

PS162Introduction to Worship Leading

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

The central role of any worship leader today is pastoral. Leading God’s people in song and prayer requires an approach that is rooted in God’s story, pastoral, and participatory. This course is designed to introduce a variety of aspects related to designing and leading a worship service while cultivating a pastoral heart for worship ministry.

FE161Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

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.

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.

FE162Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

PS163Introductory Music Theory

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyze, and listen. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. Students are required to complete this course with a grade of 80% course in order to continue on to PS261 Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training.

PS161Theology of Worship

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is an introduction to the biblical foundations of the role of worship in the ministry of the local church. A prominent worship theologian writes that worship sings, tells, and enacts God’s Story. A survey of worship throughout the story of God will engage students in an investigation of practical, theological and philosophical issues related to Christian worship practices.

Fall Courses

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

PS261Advanced Music Theory and Eartraining

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of the fundamentals of music theory and focuses on both written and aural work relative to harmony and melody. Through analysis and written assignments, students will learn the very basics of diatonic harmony and learn simple formal structures. Basic harmonic functions as well as phrase structure and embellishing tones will be covered. Students will be taught various methods for ear training to develop their musicianship and enhance their learning and understanding of theory and harmony. Sight-singing, dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony will be covered. The application of sol-fa syllables and a moveable do system will be used throughout the course.

FE261Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

PS262Live Production Design

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will develop your skills in the use of the digital sound board and other areas of live production. The emphasis will be on the practical workings of a sound system integrating theoretical explanations when clarification is needed. We will use real world applications whenever appropriate.

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.

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.

FE262Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

PS263Songwriting Theory and Application

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Songwriting can be achieved in many different forms. Through new found theory knowledge, students will establish a foundation in perspective songwriting, arrangement, and unique forms of creative arts. While this course leads in songwriting, theory and arrangement, students will develop strengths in song analysis and leadership in writing as worship artists. Prerequisite: Advanced Music Theory and Eartraining (PS261)

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.

PS162Introduction to Worship Leading

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

The central role of any worship leader today is pastoral. Leading God’s people in song and prayer requires an approach that is rooted in God’s story, pastoral, and participatory. This course is designed to introduce a variety of aspects related to designing and leading a worship service while cultivating a pastoral heart for worship ministry.

FE161Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

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.

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.

FE162Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

PS163Introductory Music Theory

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyze, and listen. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. Students are required to complete this course with a grade of 80% course in order to continue on to PS261 Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training.

PS161Theology of Worship

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is an introduction to the biblical foundations of the role of worship in the ministry of the local church. A prominent worship theologian writes that worship sings, tells, and enacts God’s Story. A survey of worship throughout the story of God will engage students in an investigation of practical, theological and philosophical issues related to Christian worship practices.

Fall Courses

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

PS261Advanced Music Theory and Eartraining

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of the fundamentals of music theory and focuses on both written and aural work relative to harmony and melody. Through analysis and written assignments, students will learn the very basics of diatonic harmony and learn simple formal structures. Basic harmonic functions as well as phrase structure and embellishing tones will be covered. Students will be taught various methods for ear training to develop their musicianship and enhance their learning and understanding of theory and harmony. Sight-singing, dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony will be covered. The application of sol-fa syllables and a moveable do system will be used throughout the course.

FE261Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

PS262Live Production Design

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will develop your skills in the use of the digital sound board and other areas of live production. The emphasis will be on the practical workings of a sound system integrating theoretical explanations when clarification is needed. We will use real world applications whenever appropriate.

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.

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

FE262Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts 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

FE465Internship: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

The worship arts internship is a concentrated commitment in the area of music and worship leadership in the local church. Theoretical principles learned in the classroom are applied practically in the local church setting. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts 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.

PS162Introduction to Worship Leading

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

The central role of any worship leader today is pastoral. Leading God’s people in song and prayer requires an approach that is rooted in God’s story, pastoral, and participatory. This course is designed to introduce a variety of aspects related to designing and leading a worship service while cultivating a pastoral heart for worship ministry.

FE161Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

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.

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.

FE162Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

PS163Introductory Music Theory

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyze, and listen. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. Students are required to complete this course with a grade of 80% course in order to continue on to PS261 Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training.

PS161Theology of Worship

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is an introduction to the biblical foundations of the role of worship in the ministry of the local church. A prominent worship theologian writes that worship sings, tells, and enacts God’s Story. A survey of worship throughout the story of God will engage students in an investigation of practical, theological and philosophical issues related to Christian worship practices.

Fall Courses

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

PS261Advanced Music Theory and Eartraining

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course is a continuation of the fundamentals of music theory and focuses on both written and aural work relative to harmony and melody. Through analysis and written assignments, students will learn the very basics of diatonic harmony and learn simple formal structures. Basic harmonic functions as well as phrase structure and embellishing tones will be covered. Students will be taught various methods for ear training to develop their musicianship and enhance their learning and understanding of theory and harmony. Sight-singing, dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony will be covered. The application of sol-fa syllables and a moveable do system will be used throughout the course.

FE261Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

PS262Live Production Design

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

This course will develop your skills in the use of the digital sound board and other areas of live production. The emphasis will be on the practical workings of a sound system integrating theoretical explanations when clarification is needed. We will use real world applications whenever appropriate.

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.

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.

FE262Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

PS263Songwriting Theory and Application

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Songwriting can be achieved in many different forms. Through new found theory knowledge, students will establish a foundation in perspective songwriting, arrangement, and unique forms of creative arts. While this course leads in songwriting, theory and arrangement, students will develop strengths in song analysis and leadership in writing as worship artists. Prerequisite: Advanced Music Theory and Eartraining (PS261)

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.

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.

GS362Philosophy of Worship Arts

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

The arts have always been central to worship expression. This continues to be true in the today; however, in many cases there seems to be an unhealthy and unbiblical equation of music and worship. This is often to the exclusion of other historical and biblical worship expressions. During this course, students will explore how a more robust expression of the arts can be integrated in corporate worship and develop a philosophy of worship arts, as they relate to corporate worship practice and church ministry.

FE361Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 3 Fall

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 13 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 40 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts 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

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.

PS362Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 3 Winter

Class Time: 1 hour | Credits: 3.00

This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 13 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 40 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts. Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 2 Winter

GS361Faith Worship and Pop Culture

Class Time: 3 hours | Credits: 3.00

Popular culture is full of compelling stories influencing the shape of our lives. How does this culture of storytelling influence our faith and our worship? What cultural stories are shaping us and our worship? What are appropriate ways of engaging in popular culture as people of faith? A thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of our popular culture and the church’s place in it may surprise us.

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