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. 2-4 CBWC Church Plant Design Shop (a conference hosted at Carey)

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

May. 7 Aging Matters Part III: Aging and the Church: Ministry to and by 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

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.

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.


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


Children and Spiritual Formation NEW COURSE!
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Mar 18 @ 4:30 pm

SPIR 591 |

Online: January 11 – March 18

(3 credits)


Prerequisites: none

Contact for latest update and course syllabi.


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


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


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


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.
[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
Prerequsites: 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)



[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


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


[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



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:
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


[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


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:
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 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


[CSF600/610] Living in the Outward Journey
May 7 2016 – Feb 25 2017 all-day

CSF 600 / 610 | Dr. Les Biggs and Dr Dan Heavenor,

Hybrid Course
May 7, 2016 – February 25, 2017
Retreat: May 7 – 13, 2016
6 credits (CSF600) 9 Credits (CSF 610)

sprouting plants

Relationality is at the heart of God and thus the heart of Christian spirituality. We do not become spiritually mature without others. Christian community within which and through which we live out the spiritual life is a reflection of our relationship with God and others. Ours is a shared journey. As we willingly open ourselves to the transformative movement of the love of God, we open ourselves to the world around us. An ever-deepening spiritual experience is participation in Jesus’ incarnational presence, through the Spirit, giving flesh to God’s compassionate love of humanity and all creation.

The outward journey takes into consideration the persons we are, our interests, our personality, and our unique relationship with God and weaves that uniqueness into the fabric of community, the people of God. Together we are entrusted with the challenge of embodying the values and vision of God’s kingdom. The Spirit of God invites us to be an attentive and responsive presence as we listen for and respond to the guidance of that “still small voice” guiding our journey together; a journey that promotes and establishes healing and hope, compassion and justice, peace and reconciliation, in this created world … on earth, as it is in heaven.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this course, the students will:

  1. Gain a biblical base for the practice and experience of the Christian life as an outward movement of the Spirit.
  2. Deepen their desire for the practice of discernment that flows out of knowledge and experience of God, self, and community.
  3. Appreciate the varied and imperative relationships comprising the spectrum of spiritual companionship and their place in the transforming of Christian community.
  4. Envision living the attitudes and beliefs required of a community characterized by an attentive and responsive presence to the Spirit of God.
  5. Experience ministry/service opportunities that increase the spiritual impact of others who share the journey with emphasis on stewardship of the earth and the public life of the Church.



[APPL 549] Aging Matters 2016: Encouraging and Making Healthy Transitions
May 14 @ 8:30 am – Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm

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


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