Course Requirements

Bible / Theology42

General Bible9

  • Introduction to the Bible 3
    B101 Explores the formation of the Bible from texts and canon, to translations, to contemporary biblical interpretation.
  • Critical Introduction to the Bible3
    B401 A three hour course designed to situate Biblical criticism, its history and methodologies in the great debates and contestations that have surrounded it, as well as its impact on the faith, life, and mission of the church.
    Prerequisite: B101 Introduction to the Bible
  • Biblical Hermeneutics3
    B402 A review of the principles of interpretation with emphasis on Biblical literary genres, specific interpretation themes and the history of interpretation.
    Prerequisite: B101 Introduction to the Bible

Old Testament9

  • Old Testament Literature3
    B111 A survey of Old Testament books with attention to the history of the Hebrew people and the ancient middle east.
  • The Pentateuch3
    B211 A study of the first five books of the Bible. Concentration upon the foundational importance of Genesis and the influence of the Mosaic Law.
    Prerequisite: B111 Old Testament Literature
  • Elective3

New Testament15

  • New Testament Literature3
    B121 A survey of New Testament books with attention to the Graeco-Roman world of the first century A.D.
  • Life & Teachings of Jesus3
    B122 The life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth will be explored according to the material presented in the synoptic gospels. Particular attention will be given to the historical, political, and cultural background of 1st century Palestine.
  • Acts3
    B221 The beginnings and developmental contours of the practice, teaching, and life of the communities of faith described in the New Testament book of “Acts,” within the context of late Second Temple Judaism and Graeco-Roman culture.
    Prerequisite: B121 New Testament Literature
  • Elective #13
  • Elective #23

Theology9

Professional Studies44

Practical Ministries17

  • Practical Ministries Lab12
    P100 Field service and equipping. Training implemented through supervision, counselling, reporting and evaluation. May be repeated for credit.
  • Spiritual Formation2
    P101 A rediscovery of classical perspectives and practices necessary to engage in a life of faithfulness to Christ in the contemporary world. P101.1 (first semester) P101.2 (second semester) – 1 credit each semester
  • Evangelism & Discipleship3
    P102 This course is an exploration of the assumptions, motivations and way of life necessary to become a faithful witness of Christ in the contemporary world.

Missional Leadership9

  • Homiletics I3
    P211 A course designed to guide the student in constructing and communicating a biblical message based upon a given passage of scripture using proper expository and presentation skills. Emphasis will be given to researching and articulating a “Big Idea” from selected passages of Scripture.
  • Pastoral Work3
    P412 The place and work of the minister in the church and community with concentration upon the effective conduct of funerals, weddings, baptisms and other special services.
    Prerequisite: P101 Spiritual Formation
  • Leadership & Equipping3
    P414 A course designed to support the mission of the College (To equip people for effective service and witness for Christ), by helping students understand and implement “best leadership practice” as an expression of the students God-given gifts and opportunities. Special attention will be paid to principles and behavior of effective, reproductive Christian leadership.

Christian Ministries6

  • Communicating the Story3
    P123 A survey of the principles and complexities of contemporary communication, how people give, receive and process communication, in an “information age.” Special attention will be paid to the unique requirement of response in communicating the Christian Story.
  • Introduction to Counselling3
    P251 An introduction to the crucial issues involved in the counselling process. Also considered will be the counselling issues most commonly encountered.

Global Studies9

  • Introduction to Missions3
    P231 A study designed to increase understanding and awareness of the nature of missions and missionary life from historical, biblical, anthropological, and practical perspectives. (3 credit hours/semester)
    Prerequisite: G131 Global Perspectives
  • Global Studies Internship6
    P431 A missions practicum with supervision. (3 credit hours/semester)

Professional Studies Electives3

General Education36

Arts6

  • Living the Story3
    G103 This course is a communal exploration of three aspects of God’s call: What does it mean to be a Christ follower? What is my unique mission or vocation as a Christ follower? Who am I as a Christ follower? The insights of both ancient wisdom and modern social science will apply.
  • Worship & The Arts3
    G244 The nature, history, theological foundations and contemporary significance and practice of the arts in worship are explored.
    Prerequisite: P121 Introduction to Teaching & Learning

History6

  • The 19th Century Reformation3
    G221 An investigation of the conditions and causes which led to the Campbell-Stone Movement, popularly known as the Restoration Movement. An understanding of its aims, principles, and effects.
  • Church History3
    G321 An overview of church history.

Languages6

  • Introductory Greek I3
    G311 Introduction to the grammar and syntax of New Testament (Koine) Greek.
  • Introductory Greek II3
    G312 A continuation of Introductory Greek I. Attention to the reading and translation of various New Testament passages.
    Prerequisite: G311 Introductory Greek I

Philosophy6

  • Global Perspectives 3
    G131 A consideration of various global crises including poverty, security, slavery, and environmental degradation. This course will seek to uncover the ideological roots of modern and postmodern society in an attempt to better understand reasons for hope in our contemporary world.
  • Comparative Religions3
    G332 An introduction to the world religions for the purpose of enriching your own faith, promoting interreligious dialogue, and fostering peaceful relations in the world.
    Prerequisite: G131 Global Perspectives

Social Sciences9

  • Canadian Sociology3
    G251 This course introduces sociology and social research methodology. The course also explores and analyzes key elements of contemporary Canadian society with a view to communicating the gospel to our culture.
  • Cultural Anthropology3
    G361 A course that examines the fundamental concepts of cultural anthropology with a view to their utilization in cross-cultural ministry.
    Prerequisite: G131 Global Perspectives
  • Marriage and Family Life3
    G351 The family as social and biblical institution. Direction for practical living in a changing society.
    Prerequisites: G241 Introduction to Psychology,P251 Introduction to Counselling

Information Technology3

  • Computer Literacy (or equivalent)3
    G202 A course designed to gain confidence with computers, understanding basic office software, and appreciate technology in congregational life.

Program Electives6

Bachelor of Religious Education

Global Studies Major

 

4 Years / 128 Credit Hours
2.00 G.P.A. Minimum

Purpose

A program designed to equip people as cross-cultural servant-leaders through a rigour of interdisciplinary training and study experiences.

Objectives

In addition to, and complementing the general objectives of the BRE, a student will by the end of this program fulfill the following objectives:

  1. Discuss the global diversity of what God is doing, both past and present, to draw all people to Himself, especially as it relates to today’s global issues and crises.
  2. Reflect upon and articulate the contribution of the churches’ missionary movements of the past, by exploring their impact and responsibility in Christ’s mission for humanity.
  3. Discover, contrast, and begin to integrate into their own practices the key distinctives of communication across cultures, language groups, belief systems and societies.
  4. Clarify a personal missiology through demonstrating respect for and skill-sets involved in cross-cultural living that contextualizes the message and heart of Jesus.
  5. Successfully engage in local ethnic ministries through practical ministry experiences.
  6. Prepare, travel, and immerse oneself in a non-North American culture/people group for a minimum period of 6-8 months, journaling and openly sharing with one’s ministry team concerning the internal struggles and challenges encountered.
  7. Appraise the principles of “restoration” in the Stone-Campbell movement.

This program qualifies for Canada and Alberta Student Loans.

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