Diploma in Theology (Christian Ministry)

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Students enrolled in the Christian Ministry diploma will grow in valuable professional skill sets while learning how to be effective for the Kingdom wherever they are planted - whether it is in a church, personal business, corporate organization or other career path. 

EXPERIENCE

As with all of our programs at Vanguard, from the first day until graduation, students will experience community through school-wide retreats, chapels and events. Beyond the classroom, there will be plenty of opportunities to grow in your gifts and abilities through ministry trips, internships and practicums. Students enrolled in the Christian Ministry Diploma have the unique experience of the enriching community here on campus as we journey together while expanding their network and ministry reach at NAIT by taking classes there as well.

EDUCATION

This diploma models the first 3-years of the degree program. Should students want to complete the final 4th year, they can work towards completing a Bachelor of Theology (Christian Ministry). The Christian Ministry diploma allows the student who has done post-secondary education elsewhere to transfer in more courses beyond Bible and Theology. Throughout your diploma, you will continue to build in the theological and biblical courses while having a variety of electives each year. These electives can be taken from other programs offered by Vanguard, or at NAIT. This diploma is well paired with our new Biblical Research minor which gives students the opportunity to prepare a thesis in pursuit of a masters degree after their studies at Vanguard.

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Students graduating from this diploma will have had a solid spiritual, educational and professional foundation that will prepare them for various leadership roles wherever God is calling them into. Students who are already working in their professions will refine those skills and be able to be more effective in their roles. Courses taken at NAIT will also be eligible for transfer credit towards the programs offered on their campus. Graduates can expect to:

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

Diploma in Theology (Christian Ministry)

YEAR 1

  • Fall Courses

    PS1 3 hrs

    Recommended course: Leadership and Team Dynamics
    Or add a Professional Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    FE000 1 hrs

    Field Education for Christian Ministry students is electives. Each year, students can choose their field education from one of the following options:
    – Children’s and Family Ministry
    – Missions
    – Pastoral
    – Pastoral Care and Counselling
    – Worship Arts
    – Youth

    These options, as well as any other preferences, will need to be discussed with the faculty adviser.

    GS1 3 hrs

    Recommended course: Interpersonal Communications
    Or add a General Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    BT103 3 hrs

    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. Practical and experiential attention will be given to the nine fruit and gifts of the Spirit as lived out in our personal lives and corporate life of the church. A small group component is also a major part of the course.

    BT101 3 hrs

    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. There can be no real understanding of the New Testament without a clear view of the overall message of the Old Testament. 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.

     

    BT102 3 hrs

    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.

  • Winter Courses

    PS2 3 hrs

    Recommended course: Foundations of Family Ministry
    Or add a Professional Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    FE000 1 hrs

    Field Education for Christian Ministry students is electives. Each year, students can choose their field education from one of the following options:
    – Children’s and Family Ministry
    – Missions
    – Pastoral
    – Pastoral Care and Counselling
    – Worship Arts
    – Youth

    These options, as well as any other preferences, will need to be discussed with the faculty adviser.

    GS2 3 hrs

    Recommended course: Worldviews and Contemporary Culture
    Or add a General Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    OPEN 3 hrs

    Course elective will need final approval by faculty adviser.

    BT105 3 hrs

    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.

    BT104 3 hrs

    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.

YEAR 2

  • Fall Courses

    FE000 1 hrs

    Field Education for Christian Ministry students is electives. Each year, students can choose their field education from one of the following options:
    – Children’s and Family Ministry
    – Missions
    – Pastoral
    – Pastoral Care and Counselling
    – Worship Arts
    – Youth

    These options, as well as any other preferences, will need to be discussed with the faculty adviser.

    GS4 3 hrs

    Recommended course: Introduction to Psychology
    Or add a General Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    GS3 3 hrs

    Recommended course: English Composition
    Or add a General Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    PS201 3 hrs

    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

    GS201 3 hrs

    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. First, a comprehensive walk through of the Logos Library System is undertaken. The second and third components consist of learning the Hebrew and Greek alphabets and a basic introduction to vocabulary and grammar of each. An essential part of the course is the integration of language tools with the preparation of Bible studies and sermons.

    BT401 3 hrs

    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.

  • Winter Courses

    FE000 1 hrs

    Field Education for Christian Ministry students is electives. Each year, students can choose their field education from one of the following options:
    – Children’s and Family Ministry
    – Missions
    – Pastoral
    – Pastoral Care and Counselling
    – Worship Arts
    – Youth

    These options, as well as any other preferences, will need to be discussed with the faculty adviser.

    BS000 3 hrs
    GS204 3 hrs

    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.

    BT201 3 hrs

    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.

    BT205 3 hrs

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

    BT202 3 hrs

    The Pentateuch has always been regarded as a significant part of Scripture. It gives us an explanation of the world and its inhabitants. It explains the origins of sin and traces its consequences. It introduces the idea of a chosen people through whom the world will be redeemed. In the law it sent out a pattern for society and in the Ten Commandments expresses principles of behavior that have commanded almost universal respect. For modern readers, these key books are often viewed as the most problematic, historically, ethically and theologically. However, it is in this tension that there is such continuing interest in these books. 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.

YEAR 3

  • Fall Courses

    FE0001 6 hrs

    Internship for Christian Ministry students is electives. Students can choose their internship from one of the following options:
    – Children’s and Family Ministry
    – Missions
    – Pastoral
    – Pastoral Care and Counselling
    – Worship Arts
    – Youth

    These options, as well as any other preferences, will need to be discussed with the faculty adviser.

    GS7 3 hrs

    Recommended course: Ethics
    Or add a General Studies elective. To be approved by the faculty advisor.

    PS302 3 hrs

    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)

    GS402 3 hrs

    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

    BT305 3 hrs

    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

    BT301 3 hrs

    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.

  • Winter Courses

    PS3 3 hrs

    The following course is recommendeded for students seeking credentials:

    Leadership Systems and Services

    For a student not seeking credentials, this is an open Professional Studies elective.

    To be approved by the faculty adviser.

    BT306 3 hrs

    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.

     

    PS303 3 hrs

    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. The outcome or PRODUCT of this course would be lives that are marked by spiritual vitality and ongoing transformation. Time will be spent on understanding the PROCESSES that one must commit themselves to, if they are to walk in this kind of health for the long haul. Prerequisite: Pastoral Letters

    BT408 3 hrs

    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

     

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