CAREY CALENDAR | CAREY INSTITUTE SEMINARS + EVENTS

Our upcoming seminar and event offerings are listed below. Please click the link for the seminar or events for which you wish to register.

If you are registering for a credit course through the Carey Institute, click here.

*All courses take place at Carey Centre in Vancouver unless otherwise listed.

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Winter 2016

 

Feb. 6 (Postponed) Just Life: A Biblical Framework for Practicing Justice in Everyday Life with Jonathan Bird

Feb. 13Growing in Faith Through Worship (part 2 of 3-part series) with Dr. Robbie Castleman

Feb. 16Preaching the Gospel of Holy Week with Dr. Darrell Johnson (Westview Baptist, Calgary)

Feb. 20Transitions of Life Seminar with Dr. Paul Pearce

Feb. 25Soulcare with Rob des Cotes (closed event for UGM and New Pastors Orientation participants)

Mar. 1Transitions of Life II Seminar with Dr. Paul Pearce (First Baptist Church Lethbridge)

Mar. 3Preaching Out of the Rest of God with Dr. Darrell Johnson and Dr. Craig Smith

Mar. 5 Aging Matters Part I: Soulful Wellness for Maturing People with Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Paul Pearce

Mar. 12Understanding Teens: Issues and Resources with Peter Anderson (Lethbridge, AB)

Apr. 2 Aging Matters Part II: Finishing Well: Late and End of Life Issues and Care with Maturing People with Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Paul Pearce

Apr. 9The Spirituality of Suffering with Rob des Cotes

Apr. 23Growing in Faith Through Worship (part 3 of a 3-part series) with Dr. Marva Dawn

May. 7 Aging Matters Part III: Aging and the Church: Ministry to and by Maturing People with Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Paul Pearce

Summer 2016

Jul. 4-9Living the Gospels: An Introduction to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Rob des Cotes

Aug. 8-11Using Paint and Brushes to Pray and Read Scripture with Dr. Samuel Ho

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Sep
21
Mon
2015
MASF Practicum
Sep 21 2015 @ 8:00 am – Apr 29 2016 @ 4:00 pm

APPL 695 | Dr. Les Biggs

Online, September 21, 2015 – April 29, 2016

This course is designed to provide practical opportunities for applying previous components of thinking and learning within the MASF program, along with ongoing whole-person growth and reflective experience in the realm of Christian spiritual formation ministries. This eight-month, hands-on experience focuses on a particular relational context, core options being Congregational Ministries, Public Work of the Church or Spiritual Direction, and combines elements of design, implementation and assessment to enrich personal ministry perspectives and refine skills of leadership and intentional application. (6 credits)

Prerequisite: CSF 500, CSF 610 (can be co-requisite), and 24 credits completed (can be in process). If the practicum is in spiritual direction, SPIR 588 is a prerequisite.

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Supervised Ministry
Sep 21 2015 @ 8:00 am – Jun 17 2016 @ 4:00 pm

APPL 690 | Dr. Axel Schoeber

Online, September 21, 2015 – June 17, 2016

The goal of this course is readiness for effective ministry. It is a nine month orientation to ministry, which has at its heart an individually designed ministry experience involving supervision, selected reading, reflection on ministry, and direct ministry involvement.  (Diploma students will spend six months in the course for 3 credits). (6 credits)

Prerequisites: 15 credits completed

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Jan
11
Mon
2016
Baptist Identity
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm

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Online: January 11 – March 18

The primary goal of this course is to assist you in becoming an effective leader within the context of Baptist churches in western Canada by augmenting your understanding of, and appreciation for the contribution to Christ’s church made by the world-wide family of believers called “the Baptists.” (3 credits)

Prerequisites: none

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Christian Ethics
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm

THEO 630| Dr. Jonathan Wilson

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Online: January 11 – March 18

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God’s people are graciously instructed in and empowered for living life redeemed from sin and death. This “way of life” enables them to participate in the love of God, bear witness to it, and invite others into it. By means of this course you should gain an understanding of Christian ethics as disciplined reflection upon the life of the people of God as the fulfilment of our mission. Another way to think about this work is to understand ethics as the embodiment of the practical force of Christian convictions. To bring this all together, we may think of this course as “missional theological ethics,” enabling us to be faithful to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Because this task is so large and significant, we are dependent upon God’s grace and the whole range of theological education—biblical, theological, historical, and practical. (3 credits)

This course will have a Justice and Mission stream for students enrolled in the Diploma of Justice and Mission.

Prerequisites: none

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Doctrinal Heritage of the Church
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm

THEO 520| Dr. Jonathan Wilson

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Online: January 11 – March 18

My own informal title for this course is “Loving Learning, Desiring God.” In this course, as an ongoing act of discipleship to Jesus, we will seek to know and love God truly, as we are known and loved by God. We will do this by drawing on the doctrinal heritage of the people of God. In this course, “doctrine” designates the teaching of the Spirit through Scripture in the body of Christ. Doctrine teaches us to see and participate in God’s work of redeeming creation. My hope is that during this course you will grow in your love of learning and your desire for God. This work will form your identity, shape your life, and guide your service to Christ and the church to the glory of God by so that you are better able to be faithful in fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. (3 credits)

Prerequisites: none

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New Testament II: Acts – Revelation
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm

BIBL 113/513 | Dr. Craig Smith

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Online: January 11 – March 18

Today’s church is bombarded by a powerful culture whose message competes with the church in terms of economics, morality, sexuality, soteriology, etc.  The early church experienced the same pressures.  In this course, you will observe how the early church confronted its culture and internal problems by examining the material from Acts to Revelation.  You will be exposed to the writers who used different genres in order to respond to these problems and to keep the church focused on this incipient and future kingdom of God by understanding and applying the person and work of Jesus Christ to its context.  (3 credits)

Prerequisites for BIBL 513: BIBL 503

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World Religions
Jan 11 @ 8:30 pm – Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm

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THEO 503 World Religions

Online, January 11 – March 18, 2016

Instructor: Irving Hexham, Ph.D.

In our increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious society a basic knowledge of various religious traditions other than Christianity is essential for anyone wishing to interact with their neighbours and society generally. This course provides an introduction to the study of African religious traditions; the Hindu tradition; Buddhism and other religions that belong to what will be called “the Yogic tradition.” We will then explore the varieties of Judaism, and look at Christianity as a world religion before examining Islam. At the beginning and throughout the course general questions about religion will be addressed.

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Jan
30
Sat
2016
APPL 549 | Aging Matters 2016: Encouraging and Making Healthy Transitions
Jan 30 @ 8:30 am – Apr 2 @ 4:30 pm

APPL 549 | Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Paul Pearce

On-site, for 4 Saturdays: Mar 7, Apr 2, May 7, May 14

(3 credits)

Prerequisites: none

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Feb
13
Sat
2016
Growing in Faith Through Worship: The Community Shaped by Christian Worship
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Growing in Faith Through Worship: The Community Shaped by Christian Worship

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016 
Time: 9:00 – 4:00
Location: Lecture Hall at Carey Centre
Cost: $60/person includes lunch 
Presenter: Dr. Robbie Castleman
 

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About this workshop:

The forms and practices of Christian worship have the power to shape us for lifelong discipleship and mission. Come join us as Dr. Robbie Castleman shares with us the different movements of Christian worship.

This first session will look carefully at the basic pattern of biblical worship—it’s all about a story, not style! Since the beginning, biblical worship has been a reenactment of God’s salvation.  The Scripture says more than we often pay attention to about God’s desire for worship that is actually acceptable, holy and pleasing to Him!  As an echo of David’s question asked “too late,” we need to consider carefully, “How can the worship of God come into our care?”

It’s been said that “we become what we worship.”  Within the obvious limitations between the uncreated God and the creature, there is some truth to this.  Within our second session, we will look a how the pattern of biblical worship, not just reminds us of who God is, but reminds us of who we are.  Worship shapes the worshipper and transforms our person and deep inner-life, and our intergenerational community life, as well as our work, witness and mission in the world.

Finally, we will look at the development of worship as an intergenerational community of faith. Training and including children to grow in their participation in biblical worship is part of what it means for all of God’s people to be called to worship.  Practical help for congregations, church educators, parents and pastors will help raise up the next-generation of disciples to answer the call to life-long worship, witness and work as followers of Jesus.

Join us and be inspired by the power of Christian worship to shape the people of God for all of life.

* This is the 2nd part of 3-part series called Growing in Faith Through Worship. This series has been made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

About Dr. Robbie Castleman:

Dr. Robbie Castleman is the professor of biblical studies and theology at John Brown University and the author of twelve books and Bible study guides, including her best-seller “Parenting in the Pew”,  “Story-Shaped Worship” and “New Testament Essentials”. Robbie is a mother of two sons (and “Nona” to six grandchildren!) and lives with her pastor-husband in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Before her tenure at John Brown University, Robbie worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in both local campus and national leadership roles.
 
 

 

vital worship grantCarey Institute’s Centre for Worship Studies has received a worship renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
This is one of 29 grants totaling more than $300,000 awarded for 2015 by the CICW to churches, schools and seminaries across North America.  Read more HERE.
 
About this project:
 
This project will create a much-needed opportunity for discussion, examination, and learning how a church can help children to grow in faith through worship. We have observed a need to gather lay leaders and pastors together in order to better serve the children that are in our church. Under the theme of  “Growing in Faith through Worship,” a seminar series has been created to equip pastors and lay worship leaders in planning and leading worship services that minister to congregation members of all ages through the learning and observance of the Church Year. 
 
Primary goals of the project:
 
• To enable worship leaders and pastors in multi-age/multi-generational congregations to prepare people of different ages and abilities to receive and experience God’s Word as relevant to different life stages.
 
• To equip and empower pastors and worship leaders in the free church tradition to recover the meaning and practices of the early Christians through the observance of the Church Year.
 
• To encourage pastors and worship leaders to work together as a team using the Church Year as a common platform for planning both worship and preaching. Through learning together, these two groups of people will be able to bring worship renewal into their congregation and transformation to an intergenerational community that welcomes the full, conscious, and active participation in worship for all ages.
 
• To recover the formative aspect of Christian worship.
Feb
16
Tue
2016
Preaching the Gospel of Holy Week
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

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Date: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Westview Baptist Church, 1313 Ranchlands Way NW, Calgary AB
Cost: $49/person includes lunch
Presenter: Dr. Darrell Johnson
 
 

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About the workshop:

Everything leads up and flows out from what happened in those days we call “Holy Week.” Everything. It is, as many have put it, “The week that changed the world.” In our time together we will consider how to preach the events of that week, looking especially at the various texts of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday. And we will find ourselves freshly enlivened to announce the incredibly good, good news of the crucified and risen King!

 

About Darrell Johnson:

darrellRecently, Darrell Johnson served as Senior Minister of First Baptist Church, Vancouver.  Before joining First Baptist in 2009, he was an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College in Vancouver. A popular conference and retreat speaker, he has also served as the preaching pastor for a number of Presbyterian congregations in the United States as well as Union Church of Manila, Philippines, as well as serving as Adjunct Professor of Preaching for the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. In November 2015, Carey was thrilled to welcome Darrell and his wife, Sharon to the Carey family!

Read more about Darrell’s new role directing Carey’s Centre for Preaching.

 

Feb
20
Sat
2016
Transitions of Life: Healthy Aging, Retirement & The Spiritual Journey
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
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Transitions of Life: Healthy Aging, Retirement & the Spiritual Journey

*please note the change in location to Carey Centre on UBC campus
 
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 10:00-4:00
Location: Carey Centre on UBC Campus, 5920 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $50/person (includes lunch)   REGISTER
Presenter: Dr. Paul Pearce
 

About the Seminar: 

Canadians approaching retirement are now the fastest growing demographic in the country. The sharp increase can be attributed to the aging “baby boom” generation, who account for almost one-third of the nation’s population. This emerging trend will have significant ministry consequences for many years for churches and the communities they serve. There will need to be an intentional approach to preparation and provision of ministries in order to respond to the possibilities of mission and service with both those in the church and others in the community needing care and compassion.

This seminar will review the emerging trends, the challenges of aging and the Christian framework for understanding the retirement time of life as part of our spiritual journey. The content and discussion will cover material and resources designed to help maturing adults (50+), either approaching or already in retirement to discover peace and purpose for this season of life through personal growth and ministry development. The legacy of faith, support of others and the presence and power of the Spirit has the potential to transform an ordinary retirement into an exceptional journey of discovery!

The topics will focus on gaining an appreciation of the differences between the “old retirement” vs. “new retirement” approach to aging, including:

  • fragmentation vs. wholeness
  • purposelessness vs. purposefulness
  • fixation vs. creative change
  • idle busyness vs. life enrichment
  • dependency vs. independence
  • self-absorption vs. healthy self-esteem
  • attitude of criticism vs. attitude of mentorship
  • alienation vs. involvement

 

The day will be planned for those preparing for eventual retirement, those already moving into or in retirement, spouses and family of future and current retirees, church personnel and helping professionals. Through videos, lectures and dialogue there will be opportunities to be resourced for both personal and group ministries within your family, local church and community.

Join us for this important conversation!

 

paulpearceAbout Dr. Paul Pearce:

Dr. Paul Pearce served as the Executive Director of Beulah Garden Homes Society (BGH) in Vancouver and retired at the end of 2012. Beulah Garden Homes provides affordable, independent and assisted-living housing for an older adult (55+) community of 360 people (310 residents, 50 staff) in East Vancouver and is an affiliated ministry of the CBWC. Through the years, Paul also served in a number of ministry capacities across western Canada and in Ontario as an educator, a pastor and a CBWC denominational leader. He also directs Carey’s Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions (CHAT)

Feb
25
Thu
2016
Soulcare at Work: Cultivating Good Ground For Spiritual Health
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Soulcare at Work: Cultivating Good Ground for Spiritual Health

Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Prayer Room at Carey Centre
Cost: $49/person includes lunch 
Presenter: Rob Des Cotes
 
REGISTER * Please note- this is a closed event for UGM and CBWC New Pastors Orientation. If you are interested in having this retreat come to your workplace or local church, please email institute@carey-edu.ca.

About the retreat:

This retreat offers practical ways to counter the soul-depleting relationship we often form with life and with our work.  It helps identify the tell-tale signs of our  “branch withering”  and encourages the ancient discipline of recollection (attentiveness) as a way of remaining “yoked” with Christ.
 

About Rob Des Cotes:

Rob Des Cotes is a spiritual director, retreat leader and pastor of Imago Dei, an ecumenical network of Christian faith communities based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with sister groups across Canada, as well as in the USA, UK and AsiaHe is the author of three books of meditations for spiritual direction, Fan the Flame, Higher Than I and Ultreia! (Go Higher). He and his wife Ruth have three adult children and live at the A Rocha Brooksdale environmental farm in South Surrey, BC.

Mar
3
Thu
2016
Preaching Out of the Rest of God
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

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Preaching Out of the Rest of God

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Carey Centre, 5920 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $69/person includes lunch
Presenter: Dr. Darrell Johnson & Dr. Craig Smith
 

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Course description:

Someone once said that the secret of effective ministry, and in particular, effective preaching, is “to serve out of being at rest in the Rest of God.” What does that means? How do we do it? How do we help others do it?

In this seminar we will work our way through Hebrews 3-4, where the author makes the great claim, “there remains a rest for the people of God,” and gives the great exhortation, “be diligent to enter that rest.” “Come to Me, all who are weary and have over-burdened yourselves, and I will rest you.”

About Dr. Darrell Johnson:

darrellRecently, Darrell Johnson served as Senior Minister of First Baptist Church, Vancouver.  Before joining First Baptist in 2009, he was an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College in Vancouver. A popular conference and retreat speaker, he has also served as the preaching pastor for a number of Presbyterian congregations in the United States as well as Union Church of Manila, Philippines, as well as serving as Adjunct Professor of Preaching for the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. In November 2015, Carey was thrilled to welcome Darrell and his wife, Sharon to the Carey family!

Read more about Darrell’s new role directing Carey’s Centre for Preaching.

 

About Dr. Craig Smith:

craigsmithDr. Craig Smith is a professor of Biblical Studies at Carey. As a teacher for over twenty years on three different continents, he has had the opportunity to develop a personal and global approach to learning, and believes that theological education should be holistic, engaging students intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, relationally and professionally.  Craig enjoys playing the piano, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing with his kids and his wife who is a pastor with the CBWC.

Mar
5
Sat
2016
[APPL 549] Aging Matters 2016: Encouraging and Making Healthy Transitions
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

APPL 549 | Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Paul Pearce

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On-Site Dates: Saturdays (Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, and May 14)
(*Note:  May 14 is only for 3 credit students)
9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at Carey Centre
3 Graduate Credits

Course Description:

Every ten seconds someone in North America becomes a senior. This demographic reality has inspired both fear and hope. In this senior care course, we will explore the challenges and opportunities of becoming a senior, including critical issues such as diminished energy, the search for significance, continuing to work after work, calling and service in the world and church.  This course is designed to help those needing to address the issues of aging—whether seniors themselves or people working with seniors (e.g., pastors, counselors, social workers)—from a Christian perspective. In light of the realities of aging, the course will address the issues of vocation, meaning and security, and spirituality. There will be lectures, case studies, interviews and guests. There are no prerequisites for the course and the experience can be attributed to a graduate program or simply be a learning encounter.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To understand the process of aging and the challenges and opportunities faced by people in their maturing years.
  2. To gain a biblical and global perspective on how to grow old in Christ
  3. To develop appropriate spiritual disciplines for the experience of aging
  4. To gain skills in turning the aging population in the church from recipients of ministry to being elders and ministers in the people of God
  5. To gain some skills in caring for aging parents, aging church members and aging neighbours

Prerequisites: none

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Aging Matters Part I: Soulful Wellness for Maturing People
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Aging Matters Part I: Soulful Wellness for Maturing People

Date: March 5, 2016
Location: Carey Centre, 5920 Iona Drive UBC
Time: 9:00-4:30
Instructors: Dr. Paul Stevens & Dr. Paul Pearce
 
We are living longer than we ever have before.
 
In Part I of our Aging Matters Series, we will explore ways of keeping life balanced and spiritually vital in the Third Third of life, learn about factors contributing to wholeness and integrity, and engage with the concept of aging as a spiritual discipline.
 
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About the Aging Matters Seminar Series 2016

This series of seminars, designed to help those needing to address the issues of aging—whether seniors themselves or people working with maturing adults (e.g., pastors, counsellors, social workers)—from a Christian perspective. In light of the realities of aging, the sessions will address the issues of vocation, meaning and security, and spirituality. There will be lectures, case studies, interviews and guests. There are no prerequisites for the course or the seminars and the experience can be attributed to a graduate program or simply be a learning encounter. Learn more here.

About Dr. Paul Stevens

paul Dr. Paul Stevens has been a pastor, a student counselor, a business person and a professor. His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. He does this through teaching, coaching, advocating and publishing. His book, Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life, on the topic of aging and vocation is forthcoming in 2016.

 

 

About Dr. Paul Pearcepaulpearce

Dr. Paul Pearce is the Director of the Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions (CHAT), which is a ministry of the Carey Institute. He has served in a number of capacities across western Canada and in Ontario through the years as an educator, pastor, CBWC denominational staff and the Executive Director of Beulah Garden Homes, which is a CBWC ministry providing affordable housing for older adults in Vancouver.

Mar
12
Sat
2016
Understanding Teens: Issues & Resources
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Date: Saturday, March 12 2016
Time: 9:00-3:00
Location: First Baptist Church, Lethbridge
Cost: $10/person
Presenter: Peter Anderson
Local Contact: Kyle Merkel | kyle@firstb.net | (403) 327-2082

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About the seminar:

Have you ever thought, “I wish I could understand what is going through this teenager’s mind, because it sure doesn’t make sense to me”? If this is you, don’t be alarmed

Recent research has shown that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. This means that it is only natural that teenagers will think and act differently than you do (or more likely act without thinking). Therefore, the key to understanding teens is not in forcing them to think like adults, but rather learning how they think and then loving them by entering their world.

This seminar is for parents, teachers, pastors, youth leaders; anyone who loves and interacts with teens on a regular basis. Our hope is that you will be equipped to better understand teens in order to healthily walk alongside them as they become committed disciples of Jesus.

About Peter Anderson:

Peter grew up in a home that was “invaded” every Wednesday night by 50 or more teenagers. He was able to watch his parents share God’s love with students in an amazingly gracious and consistent way. In high school Peter soon discovered that he too was passionate about ministering to his teenage peers and he began serving as a student leader in his church youth group. Upon graduation, Peter attended Olivet Nazarene University and pursued a BA in Youth Ministry. During this time, God confirmed his call to youth ministry while giving him the opportunity of serving with Youth for Christ.

In the fall of 2005, Peter moved to Vancouver to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree at Regent College. He soon was volunteering with the youth at West Point Grey Baptist Church and has now served on staff as their youth and young adult pastor for nearly 8 years.

Peter has developed a holistic approach to Youth Ministry called Kurios (www.kurios.ca) and its mission statement summarizes well his heart for youth: “Our hope at Kurios is that students will come to know the God who loves them and what he has done for them in Jesus Christ, that they will grow as disciples of Jesus Christ daily, that they will show others what it means to be a Christian, and that their lives will flow with the deep, deep joy of Christ; all as the Holy Spirit works in their lives.”

 

Apr
2
Sat
2016
Aging Matters Part II: Finishing Well: Late and End of Life Issues and Care with Maturing People
Apr 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

Aging Matters Part II: Finishing Well: Late and End of Life Issues and Care with Maturing People

Date: March 2, 2016
Location: Carey Centre, 5920 Iona Drive UBC
Time: 9:00-4:30
Instructors: Dr. Paul Stevens & Dr. Paul Pearce
 
In Part II of our Aging Matters Series, we will explore biblical characters in their later years of life as they prepare for the Ultimate Transition, learn about late life care and living will directives as well as how to relate to the new legal medical and ethical dimensions of the End of Life.
 
SYLLABUS      |     REGISTER      |    REGISTER FOR CREDIT
 
 

About the Aging Matters 2016 Seminar Series

This series of seminars, designed to help those needing to address the issues of aging—whether seniors themselves or people working with maturing adults (e.g., pastors, counsellors, social workers)—from a Christian perspective. In light of the realities of aging, the sessions will address the issues of vocation, meaning and security, and spirituality. There will be lectures, case studies, interviews and guests. There are no prerequisites for the course or the seminars and the experience can be attributed to a graduate program or simply be a learning encounter.

Learn more here.

About Dr. Paul Stevens

paul Dr. Paul Stevens has been a pastor, a student counselor, a business person and a professor. His mission is to empower ordinary people to integrate their faith and life from Monday to Sunday. He does this through teaching, coaching, advocating and publishing. His book, Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life, on the topic of aging and vocation is forthcoming in 2016.

About Dr. Paul Pearcepaulpearce

Dr. Paul Pearce is the Director of the Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions (CHAT), which is a ministry of the Carey Institute. He has served in a number of capacities across western Canada and in Ontario through the years as an educator, pastor, CBWC denominational staff and the Executive Director of Beulah Garden Homes, which is a CBWC ministry providing affordable housing for older adults in Vancouver.

Apr
9
Sat
2016
The Spirituality of Suffering: Faith and Prayer In the Midst of Pain
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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The Spirituality of Suffering: Faith and Prayer in the Midst of Pain

Date: April 9, 2016
Time: 10:00-4:00
Cost: $79/person includes lunch
Location: Carey Centre on UBC Campus (GOOGLE)
Parking: $7/day.  Passes can be purchased at Reception upon arrival
Presenter: Rob Des Cotes
 
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About the seminar:

“Praise be to God, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4)

There has been much written about the theology of suffering and “why bad things happen to good people.”  But when it comes to the actual experience of suffering we are often challenged as to how to walk with and through the confusion of pain.  It is for such times that we need a “spirituality of suffering”—a faith posture that will not only help us understand our pain, but will also help us bear it.

This one-day seminar examines the effects that pain and suffering have on our faith, as well as the uncharted terrain we must negotiate for ourselves, or as we accompany those who suffer around us.

About Rob Des Cotes:

rob des cotesRob Des Cotes is a spiritual director, retreat leader and pastor of Imago Dei, an ecumenical network of Christian faith communities based in Vancouver, British Columbia, with sister groups across Canada, as well as in the USA, UK and AsiaHe is the author of three books of meditations for spiritual direction, Fan the Flame, Higher Than I and Ultreia! (Go Higher). He and his wife Ruth have three adult children and live at the A Rocha Brooksdale environmental farm in South Surrey, BC.

Apr
11
Mon
2016
[APPL 685] Reimagining the Educational Mission of The Church
Apr 11 – Jun 17 all-day

APPL 685

Reimagining the Educational Mission of The Church | Dr. Axel Schoeber
Online Course
April 11 – June 17, 2016
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisites: None

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Course Description:

How do we teach the Christian faith to the next generation? To those new to its embrace? To those who have been in church a long time, but whose appropriation of the Way of Christ is superficial? This course will explore such questions as we seek to deepen, in the context of our worshipping communities/churches, the “walk” of people at different ages and stages of life. It will reflect on the nature of our teaching in light of the task and the goal of Christian formation.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Through this class students should come away with a large vision of the educational mission of the church and potential opportunities. Specifically, they should:

  1. Understand more fully the learning needs of various age groups within the church and possibilities for unleashing their capacities to serve Christ faithfully.
  1. Plan an initiative in Christian Education within their ministry setting.
  1. Grow in their desire to fulfill the call to help others love the Lord their God with all their hearts, souls and minds, and love their neighbours as themselves. (Matthew 22:37-39)

 

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[DCC901] Research and Design Methodology
Apr 11 – Jul 22 all-day

DCC 901

Research and Design Methodology | Dr. Brian F. Stelck
April 11 – July 22, 2016
On-line Course
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisite: DMCO 992

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Course Description:

A core course designed to assist the student in action-reflection research and academic integration of ministry research into Christian ministry. An introduction will be given to qualitative research (ethnographic), quantitative research, and mixed methods research which might be utilized during both congregational engagements and the candidacy phase of the program. Particular attention is paid to the nature of research and various patterns of research procedures.

Educational Objectives:

Through this course the participant should develop a deepening understanding of the process and issues that shape research directed towards Christian ministry. Towards this end the participants should:

  1. Gain an understanding of the theoretical models surrounding research design;
  2. Be able to articulate definitions of grounded theory, ethnography, narrative, phenomenon;
  3. Establish perspective for ethical protocol, data collection, data analysis and reporting;
  4. Develop an awareness of the key issues confronting researchers today.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Qualitative and Quantitative research as well as use of Mixed methods in research:
    1. Grounded Theory
    2. Ethnography, Observation
    3. Interviews, Questionnaires
    4. Journals, Field-notes, Artefacts
  2. Ethical considerations and requirements in research
  3. Data, its actual collection, both design, and methodology
  4. Data analysis and reporting

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[FORM 501] Character and Call II – Health of the Minister and Health of the Ministry
Apr 11 – Jun 24 all-day

FORM 501

Character and Call II – Health of the Minister and Health of the Ministry | Dr. Peter Ahn & Kyung Baek
Course: April 11–June 24, 2016
Intensive: April 19–22, 2016 (8:30 am–4:30 pm)
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisites: None

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Course Description:

The essential foundation of Christian ministry is one’s “character and call.” Skills, knowledge, ministry practices and spiritual gifts are built on this essential and personal core, which is the foundation for leadership. The purpose of this course is to assist students in discerning their call to vocational Christian ministry (inside and outside of the church) and to explore with them the essential spiritual, familial, personality, emotional and character issues that enable a lifetime of faithfulness and enjoyment of Christian ministry. As such, the course serves to focus and strengthen the student in ministry/pastoral ethics. Our learning will be highly personal, dialectic and discovery focused, where more than academic competency is required.

Character and Call is divided into 2 weeks and 2 courses (FORM 500 and FORM 501). There are no prerequisites to the class and students may choose to enroll in FORM 501 without having taken FORM 500.

FORM 500 focuses on the shaping of the “Ministry Leader as a Person.” FORM 501 focuses on the shaping of the “Health of the Minister and the Health of the Ministry.”

Learning Outcomes:

“The Character and Call” is a shaping and learning experience focusing on the person of the Christian leader. Through participation, research, writing and discerning, the student will have the opportunity to mature in the following ways:

  1. To understand and integrate essential issues of health and wellbeing in the life of the minister and the vocation to which he is called.
  2. To “differentiate” between one’s earlier life and present maturity so as to make thoughtful decisions about personality, emotions, family, sexuality and other areas of intimacy pertaining to health and wellbeing in Christian ministry.
  3. To confront one’s particular capacity for failure in ministry and to understand how to handle this and grow because of it.
  4. To discover a deeper kind of understanding of one’s way in the world including one’s inner world of motivations, assumptions, emotions, hopes, and expectations and how these more unconscious aspects of one’s life interact with one’s character and call.

 

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[HIST 503] Historical Insights for Contemporary Issues
Apr 11 – Jun 17 all-day

HIST 503

Historical Insights for Contemporary Issues | Joyce Chan
Online Course
April 11 – June 17, 2016
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisites: None

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Course Description:

A survey of the history of Christianity from the end of the New Testament era (ca. 100 C.E.) to the present through an examination of both primary and secondary texts with an emphasis on Christian theology, spirituality, ethics, institutional developments, and the interaction between culture and faith, in a global context.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, the students will

  • Gain a knowledge of the major developments in the history of Christianity
  • Learn to use both primary and secondary sources for writing and discussions
  • Develop an appreciation of his/her own spiritual heritage as well as the spiritual heritage of others
  • Be able to articulate major theological, ethical, and political issues that confronted Christian communities in the previous centuries
  • Be able to apply historical insights to contemporary situations

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[MISS 535] God’s Mission for God’s People
Apr 11 – Jun 17 all-day

MISS 535

God’s Mission for God’s People | Allan Effa
Online Course
April 11 – June 17, 2016
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisites: None

 

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This is an in-depth exploration of the nature of the Church, the Gospel and our participation in the all-encompassing mission of God in the world. The course introduces challenging readings, examines key biblical principles, and provides an overview of mission methods and strategies that illustrate mission in practice. Students are given an opportunity to articulate a biblical and missional mandate for a specific ministry context.  This course seeks to establish a biblical and theological foundation for the contemporary church and its mission. Our theology of mission must determine the models we choose and those which we avoid. Scripture presents us with perspectives on the mission of the whole people of God, Kingdom growth, the role of the Spirit, culturally specific mission, and justice and mercy imperatives. Today’s challenges of global poverty, environmental destruction, the growth of non-Christian religions and the rapid secularization of the post-Christian West help shape the missionary agenda of the church.

 Learning Outcomes:

 Through this course students should:

1) Gain a deepened understanding of the biblical scope of the reign of God;

2) Be engaged in the discernment of the local church’s expression of mission;

3) Establish a personal, biblically informed commitment to the church and God’s mission.

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[SPIR 500CM] Deepening Life with God (Chinese Ministry)
Apr 11 – Jun 17 all-day

SPIR 500CM 

Deepening Life with God | Dr. Joyce Chan & Dr. Tim Ngai
Course: April 11–June 17, 2016
Onsite Dates: 4/16, 5/14, 6/4 (9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisites: None

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Course Description

Spiritual formation is the process of being formed by the Holy Spirit through Christ into the likeness of God.  It involves both an inward journey of a deepening life with God and the outward expression of that life in compassion.  This course will seek to lay a foundation for the inward journey, while SPIR 501, a companion course, will focus on the outward journey.  Through SPIR 500, it is hoped that participants will deepen their desire to grow in Christ and learn to use spiritual practices that facilitate that desire and sustain life with God.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, the student will:

  1. Gain a biblical base for the practice and experience of the Christian life
  2. Deepen the desire to grow in Christ and consent more freely to the love of God
  3. Appreciate how others in various times in the past have come to know and be formed by God
  4. Experience selected spiritual practices effective in the formation of the development of love for God and for neighbor
  5. Learn to live in ways that are increasingly attentive to God, oneself and others

 

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[SPIR 588] Introduction to Spiritual Direction
Apr 11 – Jun 17 all-day

SPIR 588

Introduction to Spiritual Direction | Joyce Peasgood
Course: April 11–June 17, 2016
Intensive: April 19–21, 2016 (8:30 am–4:30 pm)
3 Graduate Credits
Prerequisites: CSF 500; Prerequisite or Corequisite CSF 610

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Course Description:

Spiritual Direction is the simple gift of offering to another person the gentle but tenacious encouragement to open oneself fully to God’s loving presence and to co-discern God’s action in every aspect of life.  In receiving spiritual direction, we learn to open our hearts more deeply in trust and surrender.  In offering spiritual direction, we experience the transforming intersection of the Divine and human stories among the ordinary.  Spiritual direction provides a safe and yet stretching context where our story is honoured as the raw material in which we learn to discern and receive God’s drawing actions into the intimacy of loving union with God.  Through spiritual direction, we also learn to follow the Spirit’s guidance as we discover how to integrate and express God’s present love in our everyday choices.

This course is designed to give the student an overview of the gift of spiritual direction in the church.  It will broaden the student’s understanding, challenge the student to surrender to God’s direction as the primary Reality, open the student to the experience of the soul journey, and expose the student to a particular process of accompanying another on this journey.  Emphasis will be placed on providing a theological and historical context for this ministry, understanding the scope of spiritual direction, inviting students to observe and begin to practice some basic skills of spiritual direction, and relating this gift to ministry within the body of Christ.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of being involved in this course, each participant should:

  1. Develop an understanding of spiritual direction and the ways in which it differs from counselling, mentoring and other forms of spiritual friendship;
  2. Gain an historical overview of and a theological foundation for the ministry of spiritual direction;
  3. Deepen their trust in the primacy of God’s work within the participants and process of spiritual direction;
  4. Appreciate attentive listening and practice beginning skills in listening and responding to another person’s spiritual journey;
  5. Envision a possible vocation of spiritual direction for themselves and within their local faith community.

 

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[BIBL 501] Introduction to the old testament
Apr 11 @ 12:00 am – Jun 17 @ 11:45 pm

BIBL 501 | Kyung Baek

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The purpose of this course is to give an overview of the background and contents of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, to offer a basic orientation to the field of Old Testament study, and to locate the place of the Old Testament in the life of the Church today. (3 Credits)

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Have a basic but panoramic knowledge of the content and purpose of the major divisions and the books of the Old Testament, including some of their literary characteristics, historical background, theological themes, and their major characters, events, and places.
  2. Use the Old Testament more intelligently in their teaching and preaching ministry.
  3. Have greater access to study tools and methods introduced in this course.
  4. Develop a greater appreciation for the Old Testament and thus be motivated to continue their study of the Old Testament.

Prerequisites: none

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[APPL 512] Worship: Theology and Praxis
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – Jun 17 @ 4:30 pm

APPL 512

Worship: Theology and Praxis | Dr. Frank Senn
Course Start Date: April 11-June 17, 2016
On-site Dates: May. 16-19, 2016
Class Time: 9 am to 4 pm
3 Graduate Credits

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Course Description

This course examines the biblical origins, theological foundation, historical development and contemporary trends in Christian worship.  Students will be given opportunities for planning and leading worship and in performing Christian ordinances upon completion of the course.

 

Course Objectives

  1. Formulate a biblical and theological foundation for Christian worship
  2. Highlight the historical development of Christian worship in various traditions from the early church to the present.
  3. Learn how to plan and lead corporate worship (congregational worship, retreat, special occasions, etc.) with sound theological foundations
  4. To integrate Sunday public worship with the “other six days” and appreciate the important role of worship in personal, family, and congregational spiritual formation

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[APPL574] Introduction to Pastoral Care
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – Jun 17 @ 4:30 pm

APPL 574

Introduction to Pastoral Care | Dr. Ellis André
Course: April 11 – June 17, 2016
On Site Dates: April 11 – 14
3 Graduate Credits

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The course will survey the broad biblical, theological and practical foundations critical to the task of pastoral ministry.  From a theological understanding of pastoral care, the course will provide the student with skills to apply their learning in ministry and community settings.  Pastoral identity and practice, general care, crisis care, marriage, matters relating to sexual identity, death and bereavement will receive particular attention. (3 Credits)

At the conclusion of this course

  1. The student will understand the biblical, theological and historical basis for pastoral ministry and how this can be applied in the charged dynamic of the 21st century.
  2. The student will appreciate the theological and ecclesiastical resources of the Christian faith as they relate to care-giving within the community of believers.
  3. The student will acquire an understanding of Family Systems Theory as it applies to pastoral care, counselling, chaplaincy and other areas of Christian service.
  4. The student will be able to identify, analyze and critique models of pastoral care and counselling in the context of their own ministry.

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Apr
19
Tue
2016
[THEO 618] Theological Integration for Mission and Ministry
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – Jun 17 @ 11:45 pm

THEO 618 | Jonathan Wilson
Meeting dates: April 19-22, 2016
TWTh  9-5; F 8:30-12:30

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Christian ministry and mission live by participation in God’s redemption of creation. Our participation in that work is guided and deepened by our theological convictions. In this course, we will reflect intentionally and intensely on the ways that our ministry and history shape our theological convictions and the ways that those convictions shape our ministry and mission so that we may become more faithful, hopeful, and loving participants in and witnesses to God’s redemption of creation. By doing so, we may also become more faithful at calling others into this life and encouraging and guiding them on the way. (3 Credits)

The primary goal of this course is to integrate theology, that is, our vision of God’s identity and work, with the practice of mission and ministry to which we are called as servants among God’s people.

More specifically, by your participation in this course you should:

  1. Develop an understanding of the generous orthodoxy of the Christian faith that enables you to identify God’s redemptive work in the world.
  2. Develop a sound and workable method of engaging theologically with the context in which you live and minister.
  3. Gain experience in pinpointing the theological convictions that are operative in ministry and mission and develop expertise in drawing from solid theological convictions to meet the challenges of mission and ministry in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world.
  4. Cultivate a deeper desire for God as you reflect on who God is, what God is doing, and your participation in God’s redemption of creation.

Prerequisites: THEO 520

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Apr
23
Sat
2016
(April) Growing in Faith through Worship
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
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Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating & Nurturing Differing Abilities In The Church
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2015  
Time: 9:00 – 4:00
Location: Lecture Hall at Carey Centre
Cost: $60/person includes lunch 
Presenter: Dr. Marva Dawn
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 * this event is sponsored by Carey’s Centre for Worship Studies
 
October 31 | February 13 | April 23
** This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
 
About the Presenter:
Internationally renowned theologian, author, and educator Dr. Marva J. Dawn (recently retired) serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Under Christians Equipped for Ministry (CEM), she has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies, and universities throughout the United States and many other countries. A scholar with four masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Dawn is also a popular preacher and speaker for people of all ages. She is the author of numerous articles and over 20 books, several of which have won awards and\or been translated into other languages.


 

vital worship grant
Carey Institute’s Centre for Worship Studies has received a worship renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Mich. It is one of 29 grants totaling more than $300,000 awarded for 2015 by the CICW to churches, schools and seminaries across North America.  Read more HERE.
 
NEW for Fall 2015
 
This project will create a much-needed opportunity for discussion, examination, and learning how a church can help children to grow in faith through worship. We have observed a need to gather lay leaders and pastors together in order to better serve the children that are in our church. Under the theme of Growing in Faith through Worship (GFW), a series of workshops and seminars are planned.These seminars will equip pastors and lay worship leaders in planning and leading worship services that minister to congregation members of all ages through the learning and observance of the Church Year. We will work closely with at least three local churches from a variety of denominations and ethnic backgrounds to be our pilot churches.
 
Primary goals of the project:
• To enable worship leaders and pastors in multi-age/multi-generational congregations to prepare people of different ages and abilities to receive and experience God’s Word as relevant to different life stages.
 
• To equip and empower pastors and worship leaders in the free church tradition to recover the meaning and practices of the early Christians through the observance of the Church Year.
 
• To encourage pastors and worship leaders to work together as a team using the Church Year as a common platform for planning both worship and preaching. Through learning together, these two groups of people will be able to bring worship renewal into their congregation and transformation to an intergenerational community that welcomes the full, conscious, and active participation in worship for all ages.• To recover the formative aspect of Christian worship.