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 theological understanding of every day life? Do you wish to be faithful in where God is calling you in the marketplace/community? The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a modular and customized program where you take on a set of core courses along with a few supplementary electives (different sphere of community).
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.
APPL 685 Reimagining the Educational Mission of The Church | Dr. Axel SchoeberOnline Course April 11 – June 17, 2016 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: None Course Description: How do we teach the Christian faith to the next generation? To those new to its embrace? To those who have been in church a long time, but whose appropriation of the Way of Christ is superficial? This course will explore such questions as we seek to deepen, in the context of our worshipping communities/churches, the “walk” of people at different ages and stages of life. It will reflect on the nature of our teaching in light of the task and the goal of Christian formation. Learning Outcomes: Through this class students should come away with a large vision of the educational mission of the church and potential opportunities. Specifically, they should: Understand more fully the learning needs of various age groups within the church and possibilities for unleashing their capacities to serve Christ faithfully. Plan an initiative in Christian Education within their ministry setting. 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) REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
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: Gain an understanding of the theoretical models surrounding research design; Be able to articulate definitions of grounded theory, ethnography, narrative, phenomenon; Establish perspective for ethical protocol, data collection, data analysis and reporting; Develop an awareness of the key issues confronting researchers today. Topics to be covered: Qualitative and Quantitative research as well as use of Mixed methods in research: Grounded Theory Ethnography, Observation Interviews, Questionnaires Journals, Field-notes, Artefacts Ethical considerations and requirements in research Data, its actual collection, both design, and methodology Data analysis and reporting REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
FORM 501 Character and Call II – Health of the Minister and Health of the Ministry | Dr. Peter Ahn & Kyung Baek Course: April 11–June 24, 2016 Intensive: April 19–22, 2016 (8:30 am–4:30 pm) 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: None Course Description: The essential foundation of Christian ministry is one’s “character and call.” Skills, knowledge, ministry practices and spiritual gifts are built on this essential and personal core, which is the foundation for leadership. The purpose of this course is to assist students in discerning their call to vocational Christian ministry (inside and outside of the church) and to explore with them the essential spiritual, familial, personality, emotional and character issues that enable a lifetime of faithfulness and enjoyment of Christian ministry. As such, the course serves to focus and strengthen the student in ministry/pastoral ethics. Our learning will be highly personal, dialectic and discovery focused, where more than academic competency is required. Character and Call is divided into 2 weeks and 2 courses (FORM 500 and FORM 501). There are no prerequisites to the class and students may choose to enroll in FORM 501 without having taken FORM 500. FORM 500 focuses on the shaping of the “Ministry Leader as a Person.” FORM 501 focuses on the shaping of the “Health of the Minister and the Health of the Ministry.” Learning Outcomes: “The Character and Call” is a shaping and learning experience focusing on the person of the Christian leader. Through participation, research, writing and discerning, the student will have the opportunity to mature in the following ways: To understand and integrate essential issues of health and wellbeing in the life of the minister and the vocation to which he is called. To “differentiate” between one’s earlier life and present maturity so as to make thoughtful decisions about personality, emotions, family, sexuality and other areas of intimacy pertaining to health and wellbeing in Christian ministry. To confront one’s particular capacity for failure in ministry and to understand how to handle this and grow because of it. To discover a deeper kind of understanding of one’s way in the world including one’s inner world of motivations, assumptions, emotions, hopes, and expectations and how these more unconscious aspects of one’s life interact with one’s character and call. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
HIST 503 Historical Insights for Contemporary Issues | Joyce Chan Online Course April 11 – June 17, 2016 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: None Course Description: A survey of the history of Christianity from the end of the New Testament era (ca. 100 C.E.) to the present through an examination of both primary and secondary texts with an emphasis on Christian theology, spirituality, ethics, institutional developments, and the interaction between culture and faith, in a global context. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the students will Gain a knowledge of the major developments in the history of Christianity Learn to use both primary and secondary sources for writing and discussions Develop an appreciation of his/her own spiritual heritage as well as the spiritual heritage of others Be able to articulate major theological, ethical, and political issues that confronted Christian communities in the previous centuries Be able to apply historical insights to contemporary situations REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
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. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
SPIR 500CM Deepening Life with God | Dr. Joyce Chan & Dr. Tim Ngai Course: April 11–June 17, 2016 Onsite Dates: 4/16, 5/14, 6/4 (9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: None Course Description 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 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 Deepen the desire to grow in Christ and consent more freely to the love of God 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 neighbor Learn to live in ways that are increasingly attentive to God, oneself and others REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS (TBD)
SPIR 588 Introduction to Spiritual Direction | Joyce Peasgood Course: April 11–June 17, 2016 Intensive: April 19–21, 2016 (8:30 am–4:30 pm) 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: CSF 500; Prerequisite or Corequisite CSF 610 Course Description: 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. Learning Outcomes: As a result of being involved in this course, each participant should: Develop an understanding of spiritual direction and the ways in which it differs from counselling, mentoring and other forms of spiritual friendship; Gain an historical overview of and a theological foundation for the ministry of spiritual direction; Deepen their trust in the primacy of God’s work within the participants and process of spiritual direction; Appreciate attentive listening and practice beginning skills in listening and responding to another person’s spiritual journey; Envision a possible vocation of spiritual direction for themselves and within their local faith community. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
BIBL 501 Introduction to the Old Testament | Kyung Baek Online Course April 11–June 17, 2016 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: None 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: 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. Use the Old Testament more intelligently in their teaching and preaching ministry. Have greater access to study tools and methods introduced in this course. Develop a greater appreciation for the Old Testament and thus be motivated to continue their study of the Old Testament. Prerequisites: none REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS | DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
APPL 512 Worship: Theology and Praxis | Dr. Frank Senn Course Start Date: April 11-June 17, 2016 On-site Dates: May. 16-19, 2016 Class Time: 9 am to 4 pm 3 Graduate Credits Course Description This course examines the biblical origins, theological foundation, historical development and contemporary trends in Christian worship. Students will be given opportunities for planning and leading worship and in performing Christian ordinances upon completion of the course. Course Objectives Formulate a biblical and theological foundation for Christian worship Highlight the historical development of Christian worship in various traditions from the early church to the present. Learn how to plan and lead corporate worship (congregational worship, retreat, special occasions, etc.) with sound theological foundations To integrate Sunday public worship with the “other six days” and appreciate the important role of worship in personal, family, and congregational spiritual formation REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
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 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. The student will appreciate the theological and ecclesiastical resources of the Christian faith as they relate to care-giving within the community of believers. The student will acquire an understanding of Family Systems Theory as it applies to pastoral care, counselling, chaplaincy and other areas of Christian service. The student will be able to identify, analyze and critique models of pastoral care and counselling in the context of their own ministry. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
THEO 618 | Jonathan Wilson Hybrid Course 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: Develop an understanding of the generous orthodoxy of the Christian faith that enables you to identify God’s redemptive work in the world. Develop a sound and workable method of engaging theologically with the context in which you live and minister. 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. 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 REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
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
INDS 640CM Faith and Family in Chinese Canadian Context | Dr. Philip Tse Course: June 18-Aug 20, 2016 On-site Dates: June 18, July 23 and Aug 20, 2016 (ECBC) On-site Class Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM 3 Graduate Credits Prerequisites: None Course Description This course will explore the faith and family issues and cultural framework that may influence the life and ministry of Chinese congregations in North America. This course will guide students to read, study and reflect on basic family ministry, family system theory, caring and counseling concepts within the pastoral ministry context. Students will learn to link faith and family as the key element in church ministry, to identify areas for potential opportunities for deeper ministry, and to observe the influence of Chinese cultural context in the intergenerational and transgenerational settings in many facets of family issues, such as job/career challenges, marriage issues, parenting, etc. Learning Outcomes By the end of the course, students will be able to: Gain the knowledge within the North American Chinese cultural context for the analysis of faith and family issues. Raise the cultural awareness, family sensitivity and faith concerns for pastors and key leaders in approaching and handling church ministry. Identify problems and resources in faith and family issues within the Chinese local communities in North America. Design and implement effective approaches in family ministry within Chinese congregations. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS (TBD)
APPL 624 (Go here for the DMin version of this course DMPM 924) Effective Pastoring in the Twenty-First Century (M.Div.) | Dr. Ellis André Course duration: July 4-Sept 30, 2016 Intensive: July 11 – 15, 2016 MTWT 8:30 – 12:00; 1:00 – 4:00 F 8:30 – 12:30 3 Graduate Credits COURSE DESCRIPTION Christian ministry is a divinely instituted and humanly experienced means by which the exalted Christ continues to shepherd his flock in the world. As a calling directed specifically towards the gathering and well-being of the Christian community, it is pre-eminently a people-calling. At the heart of ministry, as a glance at any ordination liturgy will underline, is a commitment to care for the people of God. The common term for this is “pastoring.” APPL 624 seeks to enable you to become a more effective pastor through exposing you to biblical norms and other proven models of ministry; by encouraging you to reflect on your previous experiences of caring for others; and by developing personal criteria and goals which will inform and promote your pastoral ministry in the future. COURSE OBJECTIVES By your participation in this course you should: Understand five primary aspects of pastoral ministry, viz. the pastor as leader, as preacher, as care giver, as practical theologian, and as child of God. Identify primary principles, from Scripture and other models, which promote effective pastoral ministry. Become aware of what directs your caring, and reflect critically on that experience. Identify the basic working criteria by which you will set goals for future pastoral ministry. REGISTER NOW | SYLLABUS
DMPM 924 (Click here for the MDiv version of this course, APPL624) Effective Pastoring in the Twenty-First Century (D.Min.) | Dr. Ellis André Course duration: July 4-Sept 30, 2016 Intensive: July 11 – 15, 2016 MTWT 8:30 – 12:00; 1:00 – 4:00 F 8:30 – 12:30 3 Graduate Credits COURSE DESCRIPTION Christian ministry is a divinely instituted and humanly experienced means by which the exalted Christ continues to shepherd his flock in the world. As a calling directed specifically towards the gathering and well-being of the Christian community, it is pre-eminently a people-calling. At the heart of ministry, as a glance at any ordination liturgy will underline, is a commitment to care for the people of God. The common term for this is “pastoring.” DMPM 924 seeks to enable you to become a more effective pastor through exposing you to biblical norms and other proven models of ministry; by encouraging you to reflect on your previous experiences of caring for others; and by developing personal criteria and goals which will inform and promote your pastoral ministry in the future. Learning Outcomes By your participation in this course you should: Understand five primary aspects of pastoral ministry, viz. the pastor as leader, as preacher, as care giver, as practical theologian as child of God, and be able to effectively integrate these aspects in a holistic pastoral practice. Identify primary principles, from Scripture and some classic texts on the practice of pastoral ministry, distinguishing between perennial and context-related aspects of pastoral practice. Identify context-related factors that call for an amended pastoral practice and propose constructive ways to fulfill the biblical and pastoral office in one’s current ministry setting. Become aware of what directs your pastoral ministry, and reflect critically on your praxis in the light of both the pastoral theological tradition and an increasing familiarity with the behavioral sciences. REGISTER NOW |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
BIBL 503 Introduction to Preaching | Dr. Ellis Andre Course duration: Sept 26-Dec2 2016 On Site Dates: October 3-6, 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