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April 15 Pastors Retreat with Dr. Barbara Mutch (Victoria)
April 23 Preaching Workshop in Chinese with Rev. David Chan (Carey)
April 23-26 CBWC Assembly: The Gathering (Westview Baptist, Calgary)
May 8 Parenting class taught in Mandarin with Dr. Tina Wu (West Point Grey Baptist, Vancouver)
May 9 The Spirituality of Suffering with Rob Des Cotes (Carey)
May 15-17 May Long Weekend- No Seminars
May 23 It Takes A Village: As For Me & My House (Part II) with Sherry Bennett (Carey)
May 27 Preaching Workshop with Rev. Darrell Johnson (Carey)
June 13 Understanding Teens: Issues & Resources with Peter Anderson (First Baptist, Lethbridge)
June 28 Carey Graduation
August 29 with Sherry Bennett (Family Camp with Riverdale Baptist Church, Whitehorse YT)
HIST 503 | Dr. Joyce Chan
Online, April 13 – June 19, 2015
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.
SPIR 588 | Dr. John Kiemele
Online: April 13 – June 19 | On-site: April 27 – 30, 8:30am – 4:30pm in the South Classroom
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.
CSF 600 / 610 | Dr. John Kimele
Retreat, May 8-15, 2015 | Online, May 8, 2015 – February 26, 2016
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.
CSF 500 | Dr. Barbara Mutch
Retreat, June 8 – 15, 2015 | Online, June 8, 2015 – March 11, 2016
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 lay a foundation for the inward journey, while the companion course, CSF 600 Living in the Outward Journey, will focus on the movement outward.
APPL 533 (and SPIR 533) | Gilly Sakakini
Online: June 29 – Sept 4 | Hybrid Intensive: Aug 10 – 14, 9am-3pm
This course uses the arts to explore aspects of the salvation narrative from creation, through crisis, calling, Christ’s conception, incarnation, cross, and Christian community. Each section parallels key features of the creative process through which students will be given opportunities to look afresh at the biblical text by engagement with art history, poetry, and the practical creative process of art making.
The week-long intensive is preceded by one month of online work. Refer to the syllabus for more details. Note that there is opportunity to take the intensive portion only, not for credit. Find more information here.
About Gilly Sakakini:
Gilly is passionate about art and Christianity and what happens at their intersection. As a practical artist and teacher Gilly is gifted in communicating her interest with others in a variety of contexts: theological colleges, schools, churches and workshops. Gilly gained a Diploma in Christian Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and an MA in Christianity and the Arts at King’s College, London. Her teaching style is participatory, hands-on, and she encourages reflection on the creative process. Gilly teaches French and works in the arts in England where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a regular faculty member at the Grünewald Guild in Washington State and is currently co-writing a book (a curriculum for the church) called “Imaging the Story: exploring the visual and poetic contours of salvation” which will be published by Cascade/Wipf & Stock in 2016.
(BA Hons. Roehampton, London. PGCE Homerton College, Cambridge. Diploma in Christian Studies, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada.MA in Christianity and the Arts, King’s College, London.)
Fall term begins September 21st and goes to November 27th. All Online and Hybrid courses begin including DMin courses.
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APPL 695 | Instructor TBD
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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SPIR 690 | Dr. Joyce Peasgood
Online: September 21 – November 27
In this course, students will gain experience and knowledge in designing, leading, and evaluating spiritual formation ministries. Particular attention will be given to the context of each student’s anticipated ministry context.
Spiritual Formation can be understood as a formative work leading to deepening intimacy with God. For Christians, spiritually formative work is rooted in the fullness of our Triune God. This rootedness deepens the spiritual life of individuals and congregations alike, drawing us closer to the heart of Jesus. In Jesus’ own words, he offers life in “abundance” (Jn. 10:10), a life realized most completely in the convergence of two communities; the community of the Trinity and the community of the “whole people of God.” It is convergence for the here and now. This is further affirmed by the Apostle Paul’s prayer that we “…strengthened with power through the Spirit in [our] inner being, so that Christ may dwell in [our] hearts…” (Eph. 3:16-17a). Paul’s prayer offers a framework for the spiritually formative experience of an every-deepening intimacy with God.
The nature of spiritual formation in relation to the convergence of two communities means that effective leadership must both guide and accompany others into a convergence experience. The goal of such experience is transformation. Only then will the Church be “filled to…all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19). (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CSF 500, and 24 credits completed (or in progress).
Co-requisite: CSF 610
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BIBL 503 | Dr. Craig Smith
Online: September 21 – November 27
Within the Christian church and secular society we see renewed controversy concerning Jesus. One’s perception of Jesus is contingent on which sources one views as genuine. The course starts with a survey of the non-biblical sources for the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus. It then provides a historical overview of the most influential interpreters of Jesus. With this background, the student is prepared for a detailed study of the four New Testament gospels. While attention is given to the first century, the focus is on contemporary relevance of Jesus’ ministry and teaching for the life of the individual and church.
One scholar has said, “the kingdom of God is a revolution.” Jesus’ life and teaching on the kingdom of God started a revolution that redeems all creation. This course draws the student into Jesus the person, His teaching and ministry as they are presented uniquely through the four gospels so that you too can know the message which can impact your world. (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIBL 503
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