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APPL 580 | Rev. Jeremy Bell Online, September 21 – November 27, 2015 This course acknowledges that understanding servant leadership in the church is one of the major issues in the growth of the Christian community today. Drawing upon biblical teachings regarding servant leadership and reviewing current theory and practice from the business sector, this course will explore the nature of effective servant leadership. (3 credits) Prerequisite: none REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
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. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
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 REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
MISS 540 | Dr. Michelle D. Miller Online: September 21 – November 27 “Charity” (understood as giving to those who are poor) is a critical Christian practice, yet in order to create lasting changes in the lives of those who are poor and marginalized we need to go a step further to address root causes of oppression: the powerful structural inequalities, cultural norms and institutional practices that normalize systemic injustice. The more justice we have, the less charity we will need. This course will ignite hope and action through exploring a theological framework for interfering with structural violence, and renew a call for the church to organize with the poor for meaningful social change that promotes the common good. It will also deepen and broaden our understanding of “poverty.” Participants will develop practical “boots on the ground” skills in advocacy, prophetic witness, and faith-rooted organizing, and then dig deeply into their own contexts to discover the particular oppressions affecting the poor and how the church might respond. By the end of the course participants will have created a solid roadmap for intentional spiritual practices and faith-rooted action in their communities and begin prophetic advocacy as an act of obedience, hope, discipleship and joy. (3 credits) Prerequisites: none REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
DMCE 996 | Context-Based Praxis Online: September 21 – November 27 This is a guided study which assists the student to apply learning components to the practical ministry setting. The local congregation along with the student and the Faculty Supervisor will determine how the student’s ministry context will participate in the learning module which will be locally based. This will be an action-based research study component through which students organize and reflect on their respective application in ministry. (3 credits) Prerequisite: For 3rd year Doctor of Ministry Students. REGISTER NOW
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 REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
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 REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS | UNDERGRAD SYLLABUS
NACC 670 | Dr. Joyce Chan *Taught in Chinese Online: September 21 – November 27 | Hybrid intensive on 3 Saturdays: October 3, October 24, November 21 at Carey Centre This course will explore the historical background and cultural framework that influence the life and ministry of Chinese congregations in North America. Students will learn to reflect, interpret and critique theologically on the history of the Chinese and immigrant church, prominent Chinese Christian Spiritualities, cultural values such as face and shame, filial piety and family system, and in light of the larger North American context. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
DMCO 992 | Dr. Scott Hagley Online: September 21 – November 27 This course will provide opportunity for participants to analyze their own and other’s work of ministry and to continue to refine their working theology of ministry. Rather than being a refresher course in the theological content, this course is designed to be an exercise in doing theology within the context of each participant’s own ministry. Through the presentation and critique of ministry experience reports and an integration paper, each participant will have the opportunity to grow in skill and understanding of their own practice of ministry, and encourage the ministry of others. (3 credits) Prerequisites: DMCO 991 REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
Date: Saturday, October 24 2015 Time: 9:00-3:30Location: Lecture Hall at Carey CentreCost: $50/person includes lunch * up to 4 people is $50/person. after 4 people discount applies at $35/person for subsequent registrations.Presenters: Lawrence W. McAllister, Jo-Ann Matiachuk, Shelly MacDonald-Lin, Ruthi Mathewson and Edwin Zhang Do you want to learn & grow in your ESL Ministry? You are invited to join us for an inspiring one-day seminar hosted by Carey, and led by amazing keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Quality support by experienced presenters to help • ESL Ministry Program Leaders and • Classroom Teachers Join us for the day and gain an increased appreciation for the biblical foundations of faith-based ESL ministry and how these foundations can help guide your ministry. Come and build your skills, network with other faith-based ESL ministries through a variety of interactive sessions, and be inspired! Schedule: 9:00 Start (welcome, worship, prayer) 9:30-10:30 Jo-Ann Matiachuk “A Deep Welcome” 10:30-10:45 Coffee break 10:50-11:50 Lawrence W. McAllister “The Language of the Heart” 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-2:00 Workshops (Shelley, Ruthi, Lawrence) 2:00-3:00 Workshops (Shelley, Edwin) 3:00-3:30 Wrap up * workshops may be selected during online registration or by calling 604.225.5917. Keynote I: Jo-Ann Matiachuk A Deep Welcome How do we offer a “deep welcome” to the newcomer or returning student at a program level, classroom level and personal level? Our time together will explore how our motivations and values influence ESL ministry and result in an atmosphere of welcome (or possibly of confusion!). Come prepared to think about your own experience of a “deep welcome” and hear how others have been shaped by this powerful influence which reflects the heart of God. About the presenter: Jo-Ann Matiachuk (M. Div., M.Ed, TESOL) leads the ESL Ministry at Broadmoor Baptist Church. She is an experienced Educator and Ministry Leader with a broad range of interests. Most recently she has also been teaching in the Leadership degree program at TWU in Richmond, travelling with her husband, and learning Mandarin as a way to welcome her neighbors! Keynote II: Lawrence W. McAllister The Language of the Heart In this session, we will explore the profound relationship that exists between language and religion with the goal of ensuring that our church-based programs actually promote heart-level faith. About the presenter: Lawrence McAllister is an instructor of academic English at Fraser International College — a “feeder college” for SFU. Before moving back to Canada in 2002, Lawrence, together with his wife, Kay, served overseas in Indonesian and China as a linguist, a teacher-trainer of non-native ESL teachers and as an instructor of academic English both here and in China. Lawrence is actively involved the broader field of ESL and is a regular presenter at conferences. His main interests are grammar, pronunciation, and the implications of second language teaching on faith and identity. Workshop A: Shelley Macdonald-Lin The Power of a Story Everyone likes a good story, and stories are powerful tools for building English skills. In this workshop we will look at various ways that stories can be used to support listening, speaking, and reading skills and vocabulary development. Participants will practice a variety of techniques and receive handouts with suggested activities and materials. This workshop is most suitable for participants who work with high beginner to intermediate level language learners. About the presenter: Shelley MacDonald-Lin is a LINC instructional Coordinator at Burnaby English Language Centre where she helps support LINC instructors through training and curriculum development. Shelley has been teaching ESL to adult learners for over 20 years and discovered her passion for teaching ESL while serving as a volunteer in a faith-based organization. She loves working with adult language learners and exploring new techniques and materials in the classroom. Workshop B: Ruthi Mathewson Extending Friendships and Opportunities for Faith-based Conversations This workshop will explore practical ways / means of extending friendships and opening opportunities for faith-based conversations with our ESL friends. We will note from Scripture how Jesus models friendship to those around Him, and discuss how our friendship with God can be translated into extending the gift of friendship to our neighbours. We will share personal examples of ESL friendships and opportunities for meaningful faith-based conversations. Further, we will participate in “hands-on” conversation starters / activities which enhance the establishment of friendships and meaningful conversations within the ESL classroom setting. About the presenter: Ruthi Mathewson has been a volunteer teacher in Broadmoor Baptist Church’s ESL program since April 2005, and has facilitated a weekly ESL Bible Study group at BBC since 2012. She is married to Bruce (one of Broadmoor’s highly-esteemed ESL coffee-making volunteers), and she is the mother of two married adult children, and the Nana of two amazing granddaughters. She is a retired educator who was a Special Education Consultant, a Teacher-Librarian, and an (part-time) adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Education at York University. Earlier in her professional career, she taught a range of multicultural grade levels / Special Education groupings in the Toronto and Peel District School Boards in Ontario, Canada. After her formal retirement in 1999, she worked half-time for six years as Distance Education Coordinator at Tyndale University College & Seminary, before moving to B.C. She enjoys reading and writing, and she especially enjoys learning and laughing and eating Dim Sum with her Asian friends in Richmond! Workshop C: Edwin Zhang Chinese Adult ESL learners: Misconceptions, Common Language Errors, and Classroom Behaviors This workshop is intended to shed light on some of characteristics of Chinese-speaking adult ESL learners in the traditional classroom context. The presentation is mainly based on classroom observations and the presenter’s own experience both as an instructor and as an individual of Chinese origin immersed in the Chinese culture. The workshop is more geared toward ESL instructors whose classrooms have more and more Chinese adult students. About the Presenter: Edwin Zhang has an extensive experience in teaching ESL at all levels, as well as EAP and ESP at the postsecondary level. He has a Ph.D. in education and has published widely in the field of technology-enhanced language learning. He is also a frequent presenter at international conferences. He is currently[...]
Complex Communities: Concepts and Tools for Better Conflict Date:Wednesday, October 28Time: 9:00-3:00Location: Carey Centre, 5920 UBC, Vancouver BCCost: $79/person (includes lunch) REGISTERPresenter: Darrin HotteConflict is one of the most prevalent and destructive realities in Christian communities. Every year ministries are crippled, ministers are damaged and congregations are split –all due to conflict that was handled poorly. However, there is hope! Practical skills grounded in theory and theology are helping an increasing number of God’s people to leverage what God is trying to accomplish through conflict. This seminar will offer participants “Mediator tools” and theory to increase capacity for effective biblical peacemaking. The material can also be adapted for sermons and small groups. Topics include: Knowing The 5 causes of church conflict A theological basis for understanding and handling conflict Current theoretical foundations of conflict from the mediation industry Being Reflection on your personal approach to conflict The 5 conflict styles The physiology of conflict Doing Tools for self-management under high stress Tools for managing others in an escalated state The mediated conversation Our reason for biblical peacemaking –What’s the point? About the Presenter: Darrin Hotte is committed to empowering individuals and groups to work through conflict, transition and crisis. He has over 25 years of leadership experience and specialized training in the areas of conflict, complex family systems and relationships. He is passionate about building, restoring and preserving health within companies, families, communities and organizations. The focus of his mediation practice is Separation/Divorce, Corporate Training and Family Business. He has an exceptional ability in assisting two or more people to become “unstuck” in their conflict and helping people take advantage of the opportunities conflict can bring. Having served in leadership positions at all levels (Senior Pastor, Director, Committee Chair and Volunteer) in various organizations in BC and Alberta, Darrin has been instrumental in guiding families and groups to achieve specific goals while strengthening relationships within the team. Using his gifts in mediation, leadership, mentoring, coaching and teaching, he has facilitated groups, families and individuals to take crucial and positive steps forward. He has led organizations involving between 150 and 800 people. Darrin is a Certified Comprehensive Family Mediator (Family Mediation Canada) and a Member of the Family Roster of Mediate BC. He has a Certificate in Conflict Resolution: Family Mediation Specialization (Justice Institute of British Columbia) and has also attained an MDiv (Carey/Regent) and a BA in Psychology/Sociology (Concordia College). He is a Manager at Mediate BC (Mediation Advisor at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre, and previously Manager of the Family Mediation Program). He is a coach at the Family Law Mediation courses offered through Continuing Legal Education for lawyers who are training to become Accredited Family Law Mediators. Darrin has partnered as an Associate with David Bentall and Next Step Advisors in their work with family business. He is also an Associate with Outreach Canada in their Conflict Resolution and Mediation Department, bringing greater health to faith-based organizations. Darrin is Co-Director of Christian Mediation Canada (www.christianmediation.ca). He enjoys running, weight training, hockey, golf, cycling and photography and is also the drummer for the jazz band 49 North. However, his greatest joy is found in his wife and two children.
REGISTER The season of Advent is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus at Christmas. In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. This year the Carey Institute invites you to pause in the middle of the season to give space to the Christ Child and to prepare your heart for His birth. Inspiration and transformation await. 2014 Online Advent Video Series with Carolyn Arends also available HERE. “Look What Has Come to the World!” It was E. Stanley Jones who once observed: “The early Christians did not say in dismay, ‘Look what the world has come to,’ but in delight, ‘Look what has come to the world!'” Texts and titles for each video: Week 1: “For Unto Us …” Isaiah 9:2-7 Week 2: “Do Not Be Afraid” … texts from Matthew 1, Luke 1& 2 Week 3: “Somebody Sing!” … texts from Luke 1&2 Week 4: “He Himself” … Matthew 1 About the Video Series: Cost: $50/individual REGISTER You will receive a link to the series after you register and pay. * Note* Link will not be “live” until Oct. 31, 2015. This series is set up as an online, 4-session series to be viewed on a once-per-week basis over the Advent season which begins Sunday November 29, 2015. The series features 10-12 minute devotionals led by Dr. Darrell Johnson. The videos are in high definition video compatible for viewing on your computer or through a LCD projector for larger groups. Reflective questions for you to work through are provided below. Reflective Questions: Week 1: 1. Which of the names given to Jesus in this text means the most to you? Why? 2. Which of the four promises in Isaiah do you see Jesus fulfilling in your world? 3. Which of the four promises do you pray He more clearly fulfill? 4. Who in your life most needs to hear the news of this text this season? Week 2: 1. What do you make of the presence of angels in the story? What are we to make of this in our time? 2. Which of the four “do not be afraid” messages of the angel means the most to you right now? Why? 3. Which of the four “do not be afraid” messages do you want others in your life to hear right now? 4. For whom in your life would you like to be “an angel” this season? Week 3: 1. What is your favourite Advent-Christmas song? Why? 2. To which of the four songs in Luke are you most drawn right now? Why? 3. If our world could hear just one of the four sung this year which would you choose? Why? 4. If you were to compose a Carol to be sung in our city what three phrases from the songs in Luke would you especially want to include? Week 4: 1. Why is the Saviour given the name Jesus? 2. What does it mean to you that “He Himself will save His people from their sins”? 3. From what form of sin has He most clearly saved you? From what form do you still long for HIm to save you? 4. How can we say this good news to people who have never read the Bible?
Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating and Nurturing Differing Abilities In The ChurchDate: Saturday, Oct. 31 2015 Time: 9:00 – 4:00Location: Lecture Hall at Carey CentreCost: $60/person includes lunch Presenter: Barbara J. NewmanREGISTER * this event is sponsored by Carey’s Centre for Worship Studies Growing in Faith through Worship- Celebrating & Nurturing Differing Abilities In The Church is a series that provides a much-needed opportunity for discussion, examination, and learning how a church can help people with differing abilities to grow in faith. At the October 31st seminar, participants will work together to design some tools so that individuals of varying abilities will have ways to participate meaningfully and joyfully in worship. About the Presenter:Barbara J. Newman is the Church Services Director and Special Education Consultant for CLC Network in Wyoming, Michigan, and a Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Program Affiliate. In 2015, Barbara received the Henri Nouwen Award which “recognizes and acknowledge individuals who reflect the compassion, commitment, ministry and servant-hood that values and esteems people with developmental disabilities.” She is the author of several books on creating a place of welcome in our congregations for persons with disabilities including “Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship”, “Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities”, “Autism and Your Church”, “El Autismo Y Tu Iglesia,”, and “Body Building: Devotions to Celebrate Inclusive Community”. She is a frequent national speaker at conferences and churches. In addition to writing and speaking, Barbara enjoys working in her classroom at Zeeland Christian School. Session 1: Disabilities and its impact to our churchesSession 2: Vertical HabitsSession 3: Toolbox to help with Participation October 31 | February 13 Robbie Castleman | April 23 Marva Dawn** 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. 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.
REGISTER The season of Advent is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus at Christmas. In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. This year the Carey Institute invites you to pause in the middle of the season to give space to the Christ Child and to prepare your heart for His birth. This is indeed the Story of Stories! (recorded 2014) 2015 NEW series with Dr. Darrell Johnson also available HERE. About Carolyn: Carolyn Arends has released 11 albums and is the author of 3 critically – acclaimed books. 15 of Arends’ songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year. Arends has Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Regent College and a B.A. in Psychology and English from Trinity Western University. She lives in Surrey, BC with her husband Mark, and their two children. In addition to her busy concert and speaking schedule, she is a college instructor (ACTS, CBC, PLBC) and columnist. About the Video Series: Cost: $25/individual REGISTER You will receive a link to access the video once you have completed registration and payment. Series and links will not be available until November 1, 2015. The series is set up as an online, 4-session offering to be viewed on a once-per-week basis over the Advent season which begins November 29, 2015. The series features 10-12 minute devotionals led by Carolyn Arends, as well as 4 new songs from her new CD entitled Christmas: The Story of Stories. The videos are in high definition video compatible for viewing on your computer or through a LCD projector for larger groups. Reflective questions for you to work through are provided below as a printable pdf and you are encouraged to view them prior to watching the video. Reflective Questions: (pdf) AdventGuide1AdventGuide2AdventGuide3AdventGuide4About the CD: Rootsy, playful, thoughtful, and alive with wonder, CHRISTMAS: THE STORY OF STORIES features 9 Carolyn Arends’ originals, 3 traditional classics, and a rollicking cover of a Rich Mullins’ tune. Produced as a duo record with Carolyn’s longtime musical partner Spencer Capier, the project is an organic feast of fiddles, mandolins, guitars and bouzoukis, all centered around Arends’ fresh and poignant glimpses into the greatest story ever told. http://carolynarends.com/site/catalog/products/christmas-story-stories
Date: Saturday, November 14Time: 9:00-4:00Location: Carey Centre, Vancouver BC GOOGLE MAPCost: $90/person (includes lunch) REGISTERPresenter: Dr. Paul Stevens * in collaboration with the Institute for Marketplace Transformation How do I live out my faith Monday to Friday?What difference does Christian faith make to how and why I work?How can I do God’s work in the so-called secular workplace?What is it like to be a full-time minister in business or professional work?Work occupies a large chunk of our lives whether that work is voluntary or remunerated. What does it mean? How does our faith relate to it? Why does the Bible tells us so much about God’s work and our work? Is there a distinctive Christian way of working? By teaching, case studies, small group discussions and story-telling this seminar will attempt to answer these questions. Text: Stevens, Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture (available for purchase)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18Time: 9:00-3:00Location: Carey Centre, UBCCost: $59/person includes lunchPresenter: Rev. Darrell Johnson REGISTER What In The World Is Going On? Some Help For Preachers From DanielEverywhere we turn we face profound change. Indeed, the world has experienced more change in the last decades than all preceding history. Technologically. Geopolitically. Enviromentally. Morally. So, what is going on? Where is the Living God in it all? How do we discern God’s presence and action? And how do we preach in such a time? God met the prophet Daniel in very turbulent, uncertain times, through compelling visions and dreams. And what God did for and in Daniel, He can do for and in us – help us interpret the times through the lens of the Kingdom of God breaking into the world in Jesus. Come and envision together!
Date: Saturday, Nov. 21 2015Time: 10:00-4:00Location: Prayer RoomCost: $79/person includes lunch and inspirationPresenter: Rob Des CotesREGISTER In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius of Loyola offers practical wisdom for discerning the movements of God’s spirit in our lives. It is a pragmatic and Christ-centered approach that fosters a genuine love and desire to follow God’s will as the natural response to Christ’s love for us. This seminar will provide a working understanding of some basic “rules of discernment” that are essential for every Christian who wishes to live an authentic life in the Spirit.
HIST 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 REGISTER NOW
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 REGISTER NOW
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 REGISTER NOW
BIBL 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: BIBL 503 REGISTER NOW
DMCO 991 Dr. Jonathan Wilson and Dr. Craig Smith Onsite: January 11 – 15, 8:30 – 4:30 My informal title for this course is “being transformed by the renewing of our minds”: the pastoral function of Christian doctrine. (Ellen Charry) Doctor of Ministry colloquia provide places for those in ministry to connect with others in ministry and to reflect together on the reality of the gospel with which the participants are engaged. This colloquium seeks to enhance participants’ ability to interact with theological issues and integrate sound theological understanding into the practice of ministry: that is, to practice ministry as participation in God’s work of redeeming creation for new creation. In this course students will be led to engage in biblical-theological reflection on mission and ministry, participation in mission and ministry, and the particularities of their own place of mission and ministry. (3 credits) Prerequisites: none REGISTER NOW
APPL 656 or DMPM 956 | Dr. Darrell Johnson Online: January 11 – March 18 | Hybrid: January 18 – 22, 8:30 – 4:30 (3 credits) Prerequisites: APPL 511 REGISTER NOW This is part of the Centre for Preaching initiative. For more information click HERE.
FORM 500 | Dr. Peter Ahn and Dr. Kyung Baek Online: January 11 – March 18 | Hybrid: January 19 – 22, 8:30 – 4:30 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. 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. FORM 500 focuses on the shaping of the “Ministry Leader as Person.” (3 credits) We are looking forward to meeting students who are on the journey of knowing God and knowing themselves. It’s a privilege to be a part of that process, and hopefully we can be a resource and a help. For those who want to just get this mandatory course over with, as long as you do the work, you’ll do fine. But, if you are, for whatever reason, at a point where you want to reflect on character, calling, personhood and leadership, then we think the course will help facilitate your understanding of how those essentials work together. Everyone is called to lead, but not in the same way. This course looks at how your personal story impacts your relationships with God, self and others. – Dr. Peter Ahn Prerequisites: none REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS COMING SOON (This course was previously named Character and Call I)
APPL650 or DMPM 950 | Dr. Craig Smith Onsite: January 25 – 28, 8:30 – 4:30 The church in Ephesus was a troubled one and Timothy was its apostolic delegate sent there by Paul to rectify the situation through pastoring and preaching. Timothy, like many pastors today, was struggling and in need of encouragement and advice. This course sets out to understand the message of 1 & 2 Timothy in order to examine how Paul advised and encouraged the younger Timothy in his tough circumstances. This course will explore the message of 1 & 2 Timothy with the view to apply it to the issues facing pastors and teachers today and to learn how to preach this message to our churches today. (3 credits) Prerequisites: APPL 511 REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS This is part of the Centre for Preaching initiative. For more information click HERE.
Just Life: A Biblical Framework for Practicing Justice in Everyday LifeDate: Saturday, February 6 2016Time: 9:00-3:00Location: Carey Centre, 5920 Iona Drive, South ClassroomCost: $79/person includes lunch Presenter: Jonathan Bird, Executive Director, CityGate Leadership ForumREGISTER Biblical justice is less about engaging in a project or campaign, than it is a way of life and of being in community. It is less about concern for the plight of people far away, and more about attending to the person right in front of you and joining God in re-establishing the healthy relationships – personal and systemic – he intends for his Creation. In this workshop, we will explore how the practice of Sabbath is the root both of Christian spirituality and of Christian economics – how we can be sustained in our acts of sacrificial sharing and advocacy. We will examine how Scripture links righteousness and justice, so that by admitting our own spiritual and emotional poverty we can allow Jesus to bring the fuller richness of his salvation to us even as we seek to offer it our neighbours. And we will interact with practical examples of forging justice by discovering and building on the assets already present in the people and places of our neighbourhoods. About the Presenter:Prior to founding City Gate in 2004, Jonathan helped establish Crossroads Community Project out of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in east Vancouver, as their Program Coordinator and Chaplain. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Jonathan taught at the university level. When not in ministry or academia, Jonathan has enjoyed working with his hands as a self-employed home renovator, an installer of high-end custom cabinetry for a Beachy Amish shop, a maintenance man for a social housing complex, and a crew member for a custom homebuilder. Jonathan holds a MA in Old Testament Studies from Regent College (Vancouver) where he paid particular attention to the ethical thrust of Torah and the Prophets and to the implications of ancient Israel’s story – from Exodus to Exile – for Christian mission in the postmodern era. He also took a MA in Literature from Miami University (Ohio), where he studied critical theory and the aspirations of Avant-Garde artists to become the prime force for social justice and harmony after the “death of God.”
Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating & Nurturing Differing Abilities In The ChurchDate: Saturday, February 13, 2015 Time: 9:00 – 4:00Location: Lecture Hall at Carey CentreCost: $60/person includes lunch Presenter: Dr. Robbie Castleman REGISTER * this event is sponsored by Carey’s Centre for Worship Studies October 31 Barbara J. Newman | February 13 Robbie Castleman | April 23 Marva Dawn ** 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: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. First Session: The Biblical Shape of Christian Worship: Pleasing God, Paying Attention, Reading the DirectionsSecond Session: The Community Shaped by Christian Worship: Lifelong Discipleship, Witness and MissionThird Session: The Wonder of Intergenerational Worship: The Call, The Challenge, The Cost 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. 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.