Diploma in Theology 
(Intercultural Ministry)

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT GOD’S WORLD AND DESIRE TO IMPACT THE NATIONS?

The Diploma in Theology (Intercultural Ministry) Program provides spiritual growth, Biblical knowledge and ministry development with a special focus on intercultural ministry.

It is designed to call forth and prepare long term ministry focused leaders. Our goal is to see graduates deployed nationally and internationally to develop holistic church planting movements that make disciples of nations, baptizing and teaching believers to obey all that Christ has commanded.

Through this training, students will develop the ability to function and communicate in varied cultural contexts and collaborate in mission with the global body of Christ. The Diploma in Theology (Intercultural Ministry) includes an emphasis on education combined with valuable practical experience and exposure to influential and fruitful global mission leaders to better equip the student to be an integral part of God’s global mission.

This program is designed for those who are called to ministry with an emphasis on missions. The specialized Courses will also be effective for alumni interested in cross cultural work and for local Church Mission Committee leaders. Courses are also designed for experienced Pastors engaged in cross cultural ministries in their community or those who are called to global work. It will address the many issues facing cross cultural ministry to help students to be effective and fruitful in Canada or around the world.

EXPERIENCE

This program will prepare you for the real and challenging work of God's global mission.  You will be exposed to hands-on interaction with major moves of God around the world.  It will also involve classroom interaction with current mission practitioners who are innovative, effective and fruitful from Canada as well as national, global leaders.

Beyond the classroom, students will be involved in real life relevant ministry experiences locally, in other Canadian settings and globally, tailored to specific interests, callings, and life goals. 

The focus is to develop people for effective ministry at home and to prepare for fruitful Global Intercultural work in a wide variety of expressions.

  • Students in their first year will participate in ministry in local churches throughout Alberta, other effective Canadian locations.
  • Students in their second year will complete an Urban/Rural Missions practicum which requires a supervised placement of 160 hours in a local church ministry.
  • Students in their third year will complete an Internship which includes a supervised ministry placement (Overseas or in Canada) of a minimum of 400 hours (normally one semester).

EDUCATION

In addition to meeting the general objectives of the College the student graduating from the Diploma in Theology (Intercultural Ministry) can be expected to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and function effectively in their calling evidenced through fruitful interaction in the classroom and practical ministry experiences, whether their future is in Canada, global work or further training in their field of interest.
  • Develop essential Biblical knowledge, understanding of spiritual growth and ministry skills to respond positively to various intercultural ministry contexts.
  • Know and apply Intercultural skills needed to live, work and minister effectively in international and intercultural settings.
  • Demonstrate spiritual maturity and a heart of obedience to God and readiness to lead in discipling, teaching, mentoring and service in the Canadian or international context through a local expression of the church.

Specialized courses:

Global Worker: Principles and Practices
Holistic Mission Engagement
Cross Cultural Communications

OUTCOMES

Throughout their time at Vanguard, students enrolled in the Diploma in Theology (Intercultural Ministry) Program can expect to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand and function effectively in their calling evidenced through fruitful interaction in the classroom and practical ministry experiences, whether their future is in Canada, global work or further training in their field of interest.
  2. Develop essential biblical knowledge, understanding of spiritual growth, and ministry skills to respond positively to various intercultural ministry contexts.
  3. Know and apply the Intercultural skills needed to live, work, and minister effectively in international and intercultural settings.
  4. Demonstrate spiritual maturity, a heart of obedience to God and readiness to lead in disciplining, teaching, mentoring and service in the Canadian or international context through a local expression of the church.

Diploma in Theology (Intercultural Ministry)

YEAR 1

  • Fall Courses

    FE151 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    PS151 3 hrs

    This course addresses the many issues that the cross cultural missionary worker faces to prepare for effective service. Biblical, current and practical perspectives will be explored. It will equip the student for a life of fruitful cross cultural ministry in Canada or internationally. Global Worker: Principles and Practises will include a focus on spiritual warfare, ministry gifting as well as marriage and family issues as they relate to mission life. Practical steps needed to go from where you are to effective global ministry will be explored.

    Course Outcomes:
    The student will be able to:
    – Better understand and respond to the wide variety of issues facing today’s global worker
    – Identify and understand major Bible themes that form the foundations of successful rewarding ministry in cross cultural settings recognizing the role of spiritual health and growth in the needed spiritual warfare associated with international missions.
    – Understand the value of healthy relationships fundamental to crossing culture to avoid common misconceptions.
    – Elaborate on the practical process of entering into global work to fulfill God’s calling and purpose.

    GS101 3 hrs

    Interpersonal Communication is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviors and skills. This course 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. The goal of this course is to assist the student in using what is taught and applying it to the various settings that the student will find themselves in.

    Course Outcomes
    1) Clarify the importance of communication in daily life and ministry.
    2) To help evaluate interpersonal communication skills and develop competency in interpersonal communication.
    3) Examine how an individual’s personality, culture, family background, society and mass media affect how a person communicates.
    4) Explore the complexities and intricacies of verbal and nonverbal communication.

    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

    FE152 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    GS151 3 hrs

    This course will address principles and processes to understand cross cultural interaction and communications. The course will provide an understanding of the essential components of communication to avoid pitfalls in cross cultural communication that can render ministry ineffective at best and disastrous at worst. It is designed to equip the student with understanding of cross cultural communication and the needed skills to be effective in developing friendships and healthy relationships to communicate effectively and accurately.

    Course Outcomes:

    The student will be able to:
    Describe and embrace the basic tenants of effective communication to develop healthy cross cultural relationships locally or globally.

    Identify perspectives and practices that enhance the ability to share the gospel clearly understanding the difference between their own cultural practices and biblical principles.

    Develop humility and a posture of learning in bridging the cultural differences to have a fruitful, enjoyable long term cross cultural ministry.

    PS101 3 hrs

    This course will examine contemporary family life in and out of the church, and it’s biblical purpose. Students will 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.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1) Identify current societal issues that affect and influence families.
    2) Examine different models for family and intergenerational ministry.
    3) Understand various methods that church leadership can support parents in areas of spiritual development.
    4) To convey a biblical concept for family ministry that is adaptable to different ministry contexts.

    GS102 3 hrs

    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.

    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

    PS251 3 hrs

    This course seeks to understand and integrate the biblical principles of evangelism, conversion and personal salvation with the biblical mandate for compassion and social concerns. A brief survey of the historical conflicts between evangelism and social concerns and current trends will be presented to help understand the complexity of the issues. This course will help the student to understand and develop methods to accomplish a biblically sound holistic gospel message that impacts nations. Students will gain insights on how to plant the holistic gospel into communities and empower the church of the host country to engage in balanced holistic ministry that affects the whole person and that brings gospel lift and positive transformation to communities and nations.

    The emphasis will be on discipling and empowering national church movements to have a biblically sound balance between these often conflicting agendas.

    Course Outcomes:
    Be able to articulate a sound biblical perspective on the gospel as it affects the whole person bringing social change to communities and ultimately discipling nations.

    Be aware of Western Christian NGO’s that are focused on social concerns and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

    Be capable of understanding and evaluating holistic efforts of national church movements and develop strategies for encouraging healthy holistic churches.

    Appreciate and understand the impact of holistic urban church planting on cities and consequently, nations.

    Avoid the dangers and pitfalls that typically plague cross cultural relief, development and social work.

    FE251 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 1 Winter

    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

    GS203 3 hrs

    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.

    GS207 3 hrs

    Course description coming soon.

    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.

  • Winter Courses

    FE252 1 hrs

    This practicum is designed to help the student gain awareness of and insights into some of the most amazing things God is doing around the world in mission work. The focus will be threefold. First, introductory spiritual disciplines for mission life. Second, special guests who are effective, international practitioners in their field of planting Urban Churches globally that are nationally influential change agents. The third area is effectively reaching the Muslim world with a guest that is currently deeply engaged and world renown in this field.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 1 Winter

    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

    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)

    FE455 6 hrs

    The Missions Internship is a minimum 10 week (400 hours) cross- cultural experience. The student will build upon the first-year cross-cultural team experience and 2nd year placement. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the life and work of a missionary in a supervised setting that will begin to prepare the student for a life of missions. Prerequisite: Practicum: Intercultural Ministry – Year 3 Winter

    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

    GS401 3 hrs

    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

    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

    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

    PS301 3 hrs

    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.

    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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