Pursue Discipleship


We are all called by Jesus to become His disciples, further His Kingdom, and make other disciples. During this year at Vanguard, you will have the opportunity to pursue God, to study His Word, to know His Heart for you and the world, and to be a part of His Mission around the globe.

Pursue is a 1-year Discipleship Program that focuses on foundational biblical and theological principles through college-level courses. Throughout the year you will engage in a program uniquely designed to help you develop spiritual disciplines, leadership skills, and being part of a team. You will serve as an active disciple of Christ through various ministry opportunities and projects.

COVID-19 Impact:


The Pursue Discipleship program involves travel and ministry across Canada and around the world. With this in mind, we are closely monitoring all restriction and guidelines presented to us by Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Government. Our top priority is making sure that the team and the organizations we work with are safe. While ministry may look slightly different, the foundational elements of the program continue to remain the same. We will be communicating with all incoming Pursue students about our upcoming plans and how COVID-19 can potentially affect the program.


Ministry Opportunities:

Working with newcomers to Canada in Edmonton
Serving the inner-city population in Downtown Vancouver
Partnering with local churches and ministries in Edmonton and around Alberta

Personal Growth Opportunities:

One-on-one Discipleship/Mentorship
Leadership Development
Spiritual Disciplines (prayer, fasting, worship, etc.)

Community Experiences:

Pursue Retreat (Repelling, Mountain Biking, Mountain Climbing, Worship, Community and more!)
Local Edmonton Attractions (Corn Maze Night, Movie Nights, Board Game Nights, etc.)
Small Groups
Retreats and other Ministry Opportunities


Throughout their time at Vanguard, students enrolled in the Pursue Program can expect to:

1. Gain foundational biblical and theological principles through discipleship and college-level courses.
2. Develop spiritual disciplines, leadership skills, and being part of a team.
3. Serve as an active disciple of Christ through ministry opportunities and projects.


His Word

• Introduction to college-level learning through five accredited and transferrable courses
• Learn how to read the Bible well; understand context; know the overarching story of the Bible and how the life, death, and resurrection connect the story from Genesis to Revelation
• Develop skills in Bible study and interpretation

His Heart

• Discern what you love/worship through spiritual practices and reflection
• Learn to relate well to others by being part of a team and being mentored by leaders
• Develop principles and practice for effective emotional, physical, and spiritual self-care

His Mission

• Understand what it means to align your personal interests to further the purposes of God's kingdom
• Focus on the unreached; those far from God through acts of mercy, serving, justice, and evangelism
• Discover your spiritual gifts and explore your calling.
• Gain confidence in your abilities, accomplishments, and decision making

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions regarding Pursue, please contact Enrolment Services.  Some questions are answered below.