The Pastoral Care & Counselling Studies Certificate provides the student with basic understanding for giving care from a Biblical perspective. The certificate provides biblical and theological teaching as well as opportunity for the development of personal awareness and spiritual acuity and depth in order to prepare the student to care for individuals from a firm faith foundation.
Pastoral Care & Counselling Studies Certificate
- Fall Courses
FE141 1 hrs
This course will provide a practical space to explore the varied nature of pastoral care in a local church context through integrating learning, practicum experiences and participation in interpersonal relations group. Fundamental to providing effective pastoral care
lies in understanding one’s self.
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.
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.
PS102 3 hrs
What happens when a leader grows intentionally? Dynamic growth happens internally. What happens when a leadership team functions optimally? Dynamic things happen organizationally. This foundational course on leadership will attempt to inform and prepare students for their future lives and leadership by delving into the theology and theory of leadership as encased in the Scriptures and as practiced best by healthy organizations. Students will glean from exemplary leaders what they do and how they do it, both individually and in teams. Through self-discovery of their own God-given strengths and gift mixes, students will be inspired and equipped to become dynamic Kingdom leaders who learn to dynamically lead alone and within dynamic teams.
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
FE142 1 hrs
This practicum is intended to introduce the students to some of the ministries where pastoral care and counselling skills are needed through short ministry experiences and a trip to a centre that ministers to vulnerable individuals. It will include teaching students within a small group context to share their stories and begin to develop skills in listening to others’ stories. The course encourages authenticity and increasing levels of connecting with others.
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.
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.
PS141 3 hrs
This introductory course is intended to help the student develop self-awareness in order to understand influences such as family background and personal issues that may affect them in caregiving & counselling situations. It provides encouragement and opportunity to further develop their walk with Jesus and their ability to listen to Him through spiritual disciplines and changes in thought. It also provides skills to effectively communicate essential truths about themselves and their faith in meaningful ways.
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.