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.


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


Please click categories for listings such as COURSES or PROGRAM calendar listings.

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


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

baptistidentityHIST 562 | Dr. Axel Schoeber

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


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

THEO 630| Dr. Jonathan Wilson


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


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

THEO 520| Dr. Jonathan Wilson


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


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

BIBL 113/513 | Dr. Craig Smith


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


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


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

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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


[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


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)



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

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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



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.



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

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


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



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

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



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.


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

BIBL 501 | Kyung Baek


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


[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


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


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

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


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.


[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


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