MDiv Course Descriptions

APPL 511 Introduction to Preaching (3 credits)
The course focuses on the formation and development of the skills necessary to develop and deliver a biblical sermon. Sermons will be preached in ministry settings of the student’s choice. Sermons will be evaluated by a committee of congregation members in that setting, as well as by the professor.
Prerequisites: BIBL 503, BIBL 501, BIBL 512, & BIBL 513

APPL 512 Worship: Theology and Praxis (3 credits)
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 performing Christian ordinances.

APPL 574 Introduction to Pastoral Care (3 credits)
The course will survey the broad theological, psychological and practical foundations critical to the task of pastoral care. From a strongly articulated theological understanding of pastoral care, the course will provide the student with skill to apply their learning in real life settings. General care, crisis care, marriage, death and bereavement will be the main issues of the course.

APPL 580 Leadership (3 credits)
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.

APPL 685 Teaching & Learning in the Church (3 credits)
This course examines adult Christian education in view of the shifting ways that adults understand truth, religious belief, commitment and community. It examines various perspectives on learning, asking in each case how those perspectives might ground and enrich contemporary adult Christian education. With these foundations, the course helps its participants design and implement effective learning experiences for church-going adults. Participants will have opportunity to articulate their own philosophy of adult Christian education and to consider how to implement and realize that understanding in an actual church setting.

APPL 690 Supervised Ministry (6 credits)
The goal of this course is readiness for effective ministry. It is an eleven-month orientation to ministry which has at its heart an individually-designed ministry experience involving supervision, selected reading, reflection on ministry through journaling and reports, and direct ministry involvement. Students are advised to enrol when they have completed 15-30 credit hours of study.
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 15 credits

BIBL 501 Introduction to Old Testament (3 credits)
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 OT study, and to locate the place of the OT in the life of the Church today.
Prerequisite: BIBL 503

BIBL 503 Reading & Speaking the Text (3 credits)
This is an introductory course in which the student is exposed to the basic steps and some of the tools and methodology for interpreting the Bible. The course emphasizes hands-on experience in exegetical method. At the same time some of the preliminary questions of hermeneutics are also addressed.

BIBL 512 New Testament I: Jesus and the Gospels (3 credits)
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 an 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 the contemporary relevance of Jesus’ ministry and teaching for the life of the individual and church.
Prerequisite: BIBL 503

BIBL 513 New Testament II: Acts-Revelation (3 credits)
This course explores how Acts to Revelation build upon the foundation laid by Jesus’ life and ministry. Special attention is given to God’s use of people such as Paul, Peter and John to further the cause of the kingdom. Various critical theological issues and background information will be studied. In addition, the course provides an introduction to Biblical Greek.
Prerequisite: BIBL 503

FORM 500 Character and Call I (3 credits)
FORM 501 Character and Call II (3 credits)
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 these courses 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 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”, while FORM 501 focuses on the shaping of the “Health of the Minister and the Health of the Ministry”. Note: The two courses may be taken in either sequence, but not in the same term.

HIST 503 Global Christian History (3 credits)
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.

HIST 562 Baptist Identity (3 credits)
Baptists constitute a people within the family of Christian churches who share a common history and a common vision of the Christian faith. This course seeks to introduce the distinctive character of the Baptist heritage with a view toward our shared task, namely, ministering in western Canada in the twenty-first century.

MISS 535 Integral Mission (3 credits)
The notion of integral mission emerged out of 20th century discussion and debate in evangelical and ecumenical circles concerning the Church, the Gospel, and the mission of God in the world. This course introduces that history through relevant readings, examines key Biblical principles, and provides an overview of mission methods and strategies that illustrate integral mission in practice.

MLOS 500 Graduate Studies Orientation (non-credit)
The Graduate Studies Orientation introduces the learning objectives of the degree program and prepares students to re-enter the academic world while remaining involved in practical ministry. It provides a foundation for the process of discernment of ministry gifts and skills, and the deepening of Christian character, which are integral to readiness for ministry. Ministry audits are a part of this process.

SPIR 500 Spiritual Formation I (3 credits)
Through this course, students will learn to recognize the relationship between the inward journey of a deepening life with God and the outward expression of that life in compassion. In addition, they will deepen their desire to grow in Christ and learn to use spiritual practices that facilitate that desire and sustain life with God. This course precedes Spiritual Formation II.

SPIR 501 Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
Relationality is at the heart of God and thus the heart of Christian spirituality. We do not become spiritually mature without others. This course will consider the Christian community within which and through which we live out a shared spiritual life. A communal spirituality demands that we be full participants in a more vibrant, shared expression of Jesus’ incarnational presence; giving flesh to God’s compassionate love of humanity and all creation.
The outward journey is the way of community, a community 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. This course will focus on the role of leadership in community by addressing topics such as the temptations of spiritual leadership, contemplative communities of action, spiritual practices for the outward journey, and Christian spirituality and creation care.
Prerequisite: SPIR 500

THEO 503 World Religions (3 credits)
Knowledge of the major religions of the world is critical not only to understand global affairs but also numerous local issues. Many regions of Canada have become distinctly multicultural and often this includes religious diversity. This course provides a basic understanding of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Taoism. This course also evaluates their impact on both Canadian Society and world affairs and develops a strategy for witnessing to the adherents of these non-Christian religions.

THEO 520 Doctrinal Heritage of the Church (3 credits)
Effective Christian pastoral ministry demands that we live and minister “theologically,” that is, that we view life and ministry through the lens of Christian commitment. To do so requires a solid theological foundation consisting of an informed understanding of the core convictions that we share as Christians, from which we draw implications for living. This course surveys the central Christian doctrines as set forth in the biblical message and taught in the church throughout its history, and views them in the context of the contemporary world in which God calls us to live and minister. In so doing, the course seeks to help participants develop expertise as theologically informed Christian ministers who can connect stated beliefs with life and ministry.

THEO 618 Theological Reflection (3 credits)
Effective pastoral ministry requires that we minister “theologically,” that is, that we view ourselves, our vocational calling and those we serve through the lens of Christian commitment. Doing so, however, requires a solid theological foundation as well as an acute understanding of the manner in which life and ministry arise out of, or are informed by, core Christian convictions. This course explores both the manner in which Christian convictions arise and the way in which such convictions ought to affect the practice of ministry. Its primary goal is to assist you in developing expertise as a theologically oriented pastor or church leader who can come to solid theological conclusions and can draw from the resources of Christian conviction for the sake of God-honouring and effective ministry.
Prerequisite: THEO 520

THEO 630 Christian Ethics (3 credits)
In this course we seek to discern how to participate in the reality of God’s redemption of creation through the crucified and risen Messiah so that we may live and bear witness to that work especially in the areas where our lives overlap with the lives of those who do not know and believe the good news of Jesus Christ.


*Course offerings and schedules are subject to change without notice, but whenever possible we do endeavour to notify students in advance.