This program is for experienced Christian leaders who are convinced that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Reflect and build on the breadth and the depth of your experience in ministry, become a more effective and creative leader, and learn to live increasingly out of the best of what you believe, not merely out of what works.
Get equipped for effective leadership in congregational life or other arenas of ministry. Work out the majority of your learning in your local context of ministry, and let God transform you increasingly into a follower of Christ and a leader of God’s people. Build the character that authentic leadership requires, develop a Christ-formed spirituality that sustains your ministry, and gain the experience needed for living out the vision of God with the people of God.
Learn to lead a congregation facing the bicultural challenges of Chinese churches in North American cities. Understand the rich tradition of Chinese Christianity and the particular challenges facing second and third generations. Integrate cultural realities with the Christian Gospel, learn how to preach and teach effectively, and develop a personal life formed by prayer and Scripture.
If you are called to lead others toward deeper relationship with God, you must first experience it yourself. Deepen your life with God while learning how to nurture in others a vibrant, meaningful faith. Understand biblical paradigms of the spiritual life, develop sustaining spiritual practices, and experience spiritual companionship and the transforming love of the triune God.
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Do you have a passion for deeper integration of your faith with your daily living? Do you wish to be faithful to where God is calling you in the marketplace and in your community? The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is customized to your needs and to your context. You will take a set of core courses along with supplementary electives that speak to your unique passions and calling.
ADVANCE DIPLOMA + CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
A doctoral-level diploma that explores the transformative power of preaching. Integrate into a Doctor of Ministry, or take as a stand alone diploma.
To serve a broad range of learning styles and student work experiences, we employ instructional technologies to teach some courses. These technologies, while reducing travel costs, can boost collaboration and allow students to learn in different modes.
Some learning options include electronic bulletin boards, computer-mediated class discussions, blogs, videoconferencing and web streaming. Each of these methods provide flexibility for students to access a Carey education.
As well, we offer Guided Studies, which provide our students with the opportunity to study areas of personal interest beyond those in the established curriculum. Details regarding such courses are available from the Registrar’s office. Such studies may be taken after approval by the Registrar, in consultation with the VP Academic, and the appropriate instructor’s consent.
Required courses will not be offered as Guided Studies, so students should plan to complete all required elements of their program in the modular format or online format when they are offered. Guided Studies are reserved for topics in which a student wants to pursue individual study with a professor and may be used only to fill electives within the academic program.
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) PRE-REQUISITE: CSF500 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: Gain a biblical base for the practice and experience of the Christian life as an outward movement of the Spirit. Deepen their desire for the practice of discernment that flows out of knowledge and experience of God, self, and community. Appreciate the varied and imperative relationships comprising the spectrum of spiritual companionship and their place in the transforming of Christian community. Envision living the attitudes and beliefs required of a community characterized by an attentive and responsive presence to the Spirit of God. 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. PRE-REQUISITE: CSF500 REGISTER NOW | 600 SYLLABUS | 610 SYLLABUS
APPL 511 Introduction to Preaching | Dr. Ellis Andre Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 On-site Dates: Oct 11-14, 2016 Class Time: Tuesday – Friday 8:30 – 12:00; 1:00 – 4:30 3 Graduate Credits Course Description This course is designed to provide the student with essential tools for crafting and delivering biblical sermons. Each student will preach three sermons in a worship context within a congregational setting. All sermons will be recorded on video. All students will preach at least one sermon in English. If a student serves a congregation whose language of worship is other than English, the student may elect to preach two of the sermons in that language. If this is the case, the sermon delivered in English as a second language will be graded with this accommodation in mind. All sermons will be evaluated by review of a DVD recording, as well as by representatives from the congregation where the sermon was preached. Course Objectives It is expected that by the completion of this course, the student will: Understand the skills of basic sermon preparation, Appreciate the role of preaching within the overall ministry of the pastor, and Have begun a life-long process of learning to prepare and deliver biblical sermons. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
APPL 584 Leadership in Faith-Based Contexts | Dr. Dan Russell Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 3 Graduate Credits COURSE DESCRIPTION Healthy leadership in faith-based contexts (church, agency, mission) is vital for organizational effectiveness, and is alternatively neglected, deified and debated. Servant leadership remains the model, yet must be informed and empowered by the best of “secular” corporate wisdom. Drawing upon biblical theology, Christian ethics, and current leadership theory and practice, the student will have opportunity to reflect and deliberate leadership skills in their own context. Key issues reviewed will be fundamentals and tasks of leadership, the family systems context, change and conflict resolution, relevant emotional intelligence competencies, empowering team growth, and the character and spirituality of leadership. LEARNING OUTCOMES The course participant will: Employ an integrative approach towards social psychology, theology and leadership theory, providing the opportunity to understand specific leadership skills and formulate a faith-based leadership framework. Be able to discern healthy and dysfunctional patterns in leadership and group dynamics, consider their own capability and resources, and thus seek to grow and apply these principles in their own context, toward the ends of both organizational effectiveness and personal growth. Apply an understanding of Family Systems Theory, emotional intelligence competencies, change and conflict theory, and general leadership practices to real life circumstances. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
APPL 690 Supervised Ministry | Dr. Axel Schoeber Course duration: Sept 26-June 6 2017 6 Graduate Credits (270hours [Master’s])/3 Graduate Credits (135 hours [Diploma]) Course Description: 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, through March.) Learning Outcomes: Through thoughtful and diligent participation in this course you will: Clarify and affirm your sense of call to ministry and the particular expressions of that call to which you are drawn. Demonstrate ability to integrate new perspectives in your ministry—both for the present and for the future—through reflection on ministry experience, Scripture, course texts and your own faith background. Demonstrate increasing competence in pastoral practice. Show openness to relationships and community as important settings in which ministry effectiveness can be sharpened. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
APPL 695 MASF Practicum | Dr. Les Biggs September 26, 2016 – April 28, 2017 6 graduate credit hours Course Description 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. Course Objectives By participating in this practicum, you can expect to continue growing as a person and leader in particular Christian spiritual formation ministries as you cooperate with God’s Spirit to enrich the transformational journey of others. Specifically, you can expect: To develop and demonstrate your values, perspectives, and practices related to a Christian Spiritual Formation vocation within a congregational, public or spiritual direction context; To deepen your ability to discern and respond appropriately to real-time dynamics associated with particular ministry opportunities; To demonstrate abilities to integrate previous learning, as well as to plan, lead and assess intentional experiences in Christian spiritual formation; To embrace and evidence personal practices reflecting an intentional life with God that sustains and informs your practicum experience. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
APPL 651/DMPM 951 Advanced Preaching Practicum: Preaching Romans | Dr. Darrell Johnson Course duration: Sept 26-Apr 19 2017 On site days: Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 23, Jan 18, Feb 8, Mar 15, Apr 19 3 Graduate Credits Course Description Through this course we will living, for over a half-a-year (!) in the massively transformative letter the apostle Paul wrote to believers and on-their-way-to-be-believers living in the capital city of the Roman Empire. We will living in the letter so that we can faithfully then preach the letter for the churches and cities of our time. We will, in the process, find ourselves rejoicing that we too get to join Jesus in His preaching the gospel of Romans: “How lovely are the feet of those who bring good news!” (10:15). Course Objectives Participants refresh their skills for reading sacred documents like Paul’s letter. Thus, participants will learn how to discern the structure of the letter, enhancing their skills to do so for other Biblical documents. This will be accomplished through honing skills like sentence diagraming which help us get inside the mind of Paul, to think his thoughts after him, to be lead to the goal for which he wrote Romans. Participants will gain a better understanding of the various rhetorical styles Paul employs (proclamation, teaching, exhortation, diatribe, witness, etc.), and then learn how to employ such styles in their preaching of the gospel according to Romans. Participants will, through text after text, come to further understand and articulate the (particular) gospel Paul seeks to preach in Rome. Participants will come to appreciate the challenges of preaching Romans in our time, and learn skills to navigate those challenges. Participants will come to be able to say with Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel” (1:16), and, therefore, gain greater confidence to preach the gospel of Romans in the Rome-equivalent cities and towns of our world. REGISTER NOW |APPL651 SYLLABUS|DMPM951 SYLLABUS
APPL 652/DMPM 952 Transforming Discipleship | Dr. Greg Ogden Course duration: Sept 26-Dec 2 2016 Onsite Days: October 3-7, 2016 3 Graduate Credits Course Description The goal of this course is to devise an intentional disciple-making plan in order to fulfill the primary mission of the church: “Go and MAKE DISCIPLES…” Key elements of this plan will be derived from Jesus’ definition of a disciple; both Jesus and Paul’s model for how disciples are made; and reflection on core ingredients necessary for growing a church or ministry based approach to making disciples. Learning Outcomes To devise a workable strategy of making reproducible disciples in your church or ministry. To assess the need for disciple-making as the primary mission of the church and the causes that have diverted us from this mission. To establish a theology of disciple-making that addresses the question of what is the biblical standard of discipleship, with a focus on what we mean by disciple, discipleship, and discipling. To have a working understanding of Jesus and Paul’s relational approach to making disciples as a basis for our own strategy. Examine in depth why micro groups (triads/quads) embody the optimum transformative environment to grow reproducing disciples. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
BIBL 503 Reading the Bible in Contexts | Dr. Craig Smith Course duration: Sep 26 – Dec 02, 2016 3 Graduate Credits Course Description: The message of the Bible takes place in settings and cultures significantly different from those in which we live today. The writers of these scriptures used contemporary literary tools available to them; some of which are different from those used today. The goal of the biblical writers was to present a message that would be understandable to their readers. The challenge for readers today is to uncover the authoritative meaning of the text then and to apply this meaning to their present context. This course seeks to help the student achieve this through examining the different aspects that affect meaning and interpretation. Educational Objectives: Through this course the participants should develop a deepening understanding of the various genres and literary forms in scripture and the need to contextualize their meaning for the audience. Towards this end the participants should: gain an understanding of the literary styles, forms and genres of the Bible and the role of the reader/interpreter in various cultural settings; be able to articulate the significance of exegesis, including the importance of the historical, geographical, political, social and literary context of the scriptures; gain an understanding of the role of the preacher and teacher in presenting the Word of God to the audience; develop an awareness to the inter and intra cultural principles for cross cultural communication; be equipped as students, pastors and church workers to interpret and apply scripture for themselves so they may begin to equip Bible study groups, lay preachers and lay leaders to be more faithful bearers of the word of God. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
BIBL 513 New Testament II: Acts to Revelation | Dr. Craig Smith Course duration: Sept. 26-Dec. 2, 2016 3 Graduate credit hours Course Description: 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. Learning Outcomes: This course has three learning outcomes. By the end of this course, the student should: know the different genres used in this corpus of material and the unique message and perspective of the respective writers. grow in his or her relationship with Christ through reflecting and applying the insights discovered in the course material. have applied material in this course to the ministry of teaching and preaching. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
DMCO 992 Reflecting Theologically in Ministry II | Dr. Scott Hagley Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 3 Graduate Credits COURSE DESCRIPTION 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 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 enhanced by focused reading, each participant will have the opportunity to grow in skill and understanding of their own practice of ministry, and to encourage the ministry of others. COURSE OBJECTIVES The goal of this course is to strengthen the ability of the participants to integrate their understanding of Scripture, theology and ministry so that they may become more effective and faithful ministers of the Gospel. To this end, the participants will: select meaningful experiences from their own ministry and identify assumptions, values and principles inherent in their own actions analyze the self-evaluation and ministry practice of others, thereby strengthening their competence as resource persons for ministry develop their ability to practice sound theological reflection about their own ministry and identify strengths and weaknesses in their ministry practice and their self-evaluation skills REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
DMPS 902 Literature Review | Project Supervisor Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 3 Graduate Credits This course is for DMin students who have completed their project seminar and have been assigned a project supervisor. Working with their supervisor, students will come up with a list of material relevant to their chosen topic. After reading these materials, students will write the Literature Review chapter of their thesis which interacts with other authors and situates their original work in light of past research. The credits for this course will be awarded after the thesis has been submitted and marked. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS (FORTHCOMING)
FORM 500CM Character & Call of a Leader (Chinese) | Tina Wu Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 On Site Dates: Sept 17, Oct 8, Nov 29 3 Graduate Credits Hybrid Course 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.” REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS (TBD)
SPIR 500 Deepening Life With God | Les Biggs Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 On Site Dates: Sept 27-29 3 Graduate Credits Hybrid Course Course Description Everyone is being spiritually formed one way or another. This course examines spiritual formation for people who want to follow Jesus and bear witness to his reign. Following Jesus involves both an inward journey of a deepening life with God and the outward expression of that life in compassion. This course will seek to lay a foundation for the inward journey, while SPIR 501, a companion course, will focus on the outward journey. Through SPIR 500, it is hoped that participants will deepen their desire to grow in Christ and learn to use spiritual practices that facilitate that desire and sustain life with God. Learning Outcomes As a result of this course, the student will: Gain a biblical base for the practice and experience of the Christian life for oneself and for a congregation Deepen the student’s awareness and participation in the story God is unfolding Appreciate how others in various times in the past have come to know and be formed by God Experience selected spiritual practices effective in the formation of the development of love for God and for neighbours Learn to live in ways that are increasingly attentive to God, oneself and others REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS