Course Dates & Course Descriptions

Upcoming Courses

Classes run from 6:00 to 10:00pm Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks.
Download the 2018-19 PACE Program/Course Schedule (PDF).

Contact us for more information or to register email pace@abccampus.ca or phone 403.265.7223. You will need to fill out the PACE Course Registration Form.

Starting: January 8, 2019

Registration Deadline: December 21, 2018

B3275 Life and Teachings of Jesus

P3515 Life Planning Strategies

G4435 Developmental Psychology

P4545 Conflict Resolution

Starting: February 19, 2019

Registration Deadline: February 5, 2019

All PACE Courses

Bible / Theology Courses

B3025 Grasping God’s Word (3 credits)

This course expands students’ understanding of God’s revelation of himself through Scripture so that they are able to live more faithfully in today’s world. The formation of the Bible, and a method for independent Bible study, with an emphasis on grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture are included.

B3115 Old Testament Literature (3 credits)

This course surveys the books of the Hebrew Bible with particular attention paid to the history of the Israelite nation within the context of the Ancient Near East.

B3275 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3 credits)

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.

B3285 Acts of the Apostles (3 credits)

This course is an in-depth study of the structure and content of Luke;s Acts of the Apostles Special emphasis will be given to the textual, linguistic, rhetorical, and narrative aspects of Luke’s technique of telling the story of Jesus and the Early Church.

B3286 Introduction to Paul (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the life and letters of the apostle Paul, including critical issues pertinent to the whole Pauline corpus, as well as detailed reading of several representative letters.

B3325 Christian Theology (3 credits)

Students will study the basic theological concept related to Scripture, God, Jesus Christ and His work, humankind and their salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. The course will explore the historical development of these doctrines as well as the biblical basis for them.

B3326 Theology of Church and Ministry (3 credits)

This course surveys common understandings of the theology of the Church and philosophies of pastoral ministry within the Church. Emphasis will be given to understanding the dynamics of faithful pastoral ministry and how those dynamics relate to the biblical metaphors of the Church. Learners will articulate their own personal calling to, and philosophy of, pastoral ministry.

B3327 Theology of Care (3 credits)

This course explores the role of care in the course of ongoing institutional life (congregations, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.). It considers the Biblical text, the historic tradition of Christian care, as well as recent changes in values and language surrounding care. Narrative theories of care provide the basis for the assumptions and skill development of the course.

B4114 The Pentateuch (3 credits)

This course examines the first five books of the Hebrew Bible with an emphasis on creation and the fall of humanity, the call and redemption of the Israelite nation, and Israel’s reception of the Mosaic Law on the Journey to the Promised Land.

B4115 The Books of Poetry and Wisdom (3 credits)

This course considers Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon within the context of ancient Israel’s wisdom tradition. An emphasis is also given to these books’ devotional value in contemporary life.

B4125 Prophetic Literature (3 credits)

The message of the Hebrew prophets is examined and placed in the historical context of the exile and eventual return of the Jewish people to Palestine.

B4214 Johannine Literature (3 credits)

This course is an exegetical study of the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles with attention to the historical, social, literary, and cultural contexts, including critical issues and the letters’ continuing theological significance.

B4215 Romans and Galatians (3 credits)

This study of Paul’s letters to the Romans and to the Galatians introduces the student to a variety of methods scholars use to understand these letters. This class will also examine the importance that the interpretation of Romans and Galatians has had on the history of Christianity.
Prerequisite: One New Testament class; B3025 Grasping God’s Word

B4225 The Corinthian Letters (3 credits)

This course is an exegetical study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with attention to historical, social literary, and cultural contexts, including critical issues and the letters’ continuing theological significance.

B4235 The Captivity Epistles (3 credits)

This course is an exegetical study of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon with attention to historical, social literary, and cultural contexts, including critical issues and the letters’ continuing theological significance.

B4236 Revelation (3 credits)

This course is an exegetical study of the book of Revelation with attention to historical, social, literary, and cultural contexts, including critical issues and the letter’s continuing theological significance. Several interpretive models will be explored.
Prerequisite: One New Testament class; B3025 Grasping God’s Word

B4245 The Pastoral Epistles (3 credits)

By closely reading 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, known as the Pastoral Epistles (PE), this class explores the social world of the early Christians as well as the world imagined in the PE. Special attention will be given to the ancient Roman household and its roles in the Christian mission in the first century AD and the urban nature of the earliest Christian mission.

B4255 The General Epistles (3 credits)

This course is an exegetical study of the letters of James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude with attention to historical, social literary, and cultural contexts, including critical issues and the letters’ continuing theological significance.

B4275 Hebrews (3 credits)

The book of Hebrews is examined in its historical context, through the lens of historical interpreters and contemporary exegetes. A primary focus of this study will be on the author’s appropriation of the Old Testament and ability to persuade readers/listeners..

Professional Studies Courses

P3515 Life Planning Strategies (3 credits)

This course considers a theology of work as the basis for exploring God’s specific call to join his mission to change the world. Students will use a variety of assessment tools to explore their interests, gifts, strengths, personality, dreams, and values in order to understand their vocation.

P4000 PACE Practicum (3 credits)

PACE Practicum is intended to provide an opportunity to connect theology with daily living. Practicum takes place in a ministry or para-church setting usually over a three-month period, 1 credit per semester. 3 credits of Practicum are required.

P4425 Spiritual Formation (3 credits)

This course explores a practical approach to the Christian vocation of being conformed to the image of Christ. Attention is given to fostering the Spirit’s work in our lives through both inward and outward spiritual practices. An introduction to classical and contemporary spiritual writers of the Christian tradition is also offered.

Counselling

P3535 Counselling Theory (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of major theories in counselling and psychotherapy from a Christian perspective. Students will develop criteria for evaluation theories using a biblical framework and formulate their own philosophy of Christian counselling.
Prerequisite: B3327 Theology of Care

P3545 Counselling Skills (3 credits)

This curse is designed to blend personal growth and practical experience through developing the understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective counselling relationships. Integration of Christian beliefs, faith, and practice is expected.

P4515 Crisis Counselling (3 credits)

This course provides students with opportunities to explore the dynamics, components, goals, and process of crisis counselling, and requires practical application, through in-class triads, of strategies and interventions. Emphasis will be on suicide, family dynamics, divorce, and crisis arising out of grief and loss.

P4545 Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of conflict theory, as well as an introductory understanding of conflict resolution skills. Students will gain a framework for bringing biblical counsel and resolution to conflict situations at home, work, and the Church.

P4555 Family and Marriage Counselling (3 credits)

This course explores the biblical teaching on family and marriage and considers the importance of family as a foundational biblical and social institution. With the goal of building healthy families, students will develop assessment and counselling skills, as well as become familiar with professional resources available when referrals are necessary.

Leadership

P3135 Introduction to Preaching (3 credits)

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.

P4125 Pastoral Work (3 credits)

This course explores the practical dimensions of pastoral ministry, with the goal of equipping students to function effectively as pastoral leaders with the contemporary culture. Issues such as administration, systems development, dealing with the expectations of others, administering the sacraments, performing weddings and funerals, functioning effectively with a church staff (paid and volunteer), handling conflict and criticism, avoiding burnout, and other day-to-day aspects of the ministry are covered.

P4135 Advanced Preaching (3 credits)

This advanced course in preaching sharpens the skills in affective sermon preparation and delivery begun in Introduction to Preaching and begins to explore creative and contemporary models of preaching from both the Old and New Testament. Students will deliver at least 3 sermons in various ministry settings and receive both peer and instructor feedback.

P4145 Self-care in Ministry (3 credits)

Caring for self is an essential component in caring for others. This course is designed to assist individuals serving in all incarnations of ministry with practical strategies to lead healthy and balanced lives while serving God and others. Attention will be given to identity issues, the use of personality and gifts in ministry, recognizing healthy boundaries, addressing power and control issues, managing stress, conflict management and resolution, ministry transitions, and family dynamics.

P4195 Leadership and Equipping (3 credits)

The inauguration of the Kingdom of God by Jesus involved the equipping of twelve people who would continue to do his work. Contemporary Christian leaders follow that pattern of equipping others. This course will examine the kinds of challenges that leaders face, and the attitudes and behaviours essential to helping others grow to maturity in Christ, that they too will learn to equip others.

Non-Profit Leadership

P3315 Introduction to Non-Profit Management (3 credits)

This course introduces key issues for Canadian non-profit organizations, with focus on Alberta. Topics introduced are: leadership, human resources, governance, and financial management. The Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) handbook will be considered.

P3325 The Effective Organization (3 credits)

Effective leaders make effective organizations. Accordingly, this course focuses on the nature of effective leaders as they interact and foster effective organizations. The theoretical basis for this course comes from Friedman’s concept of a self-differentiated leader and Bolman and Deal’s four perspectives for re-framing organizations.

P3335 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)

This course will focus on program oversight: conceptualizing, building, managing, staffing and evaluating (managing risk). Students will apply the steps to a program within a church, charity, or organization.

P3345 Non-Profit Financial Management (3 credits)

This course applies financial management principles to charities and non-profit organizations. Students will become familiar with accounting essentials, the financial management cycle, budgeting, payroll, and reports and statements.

P4325 Essentials of Board Governance (3 credits)

This course focuses on the Craver model as a structure for the fundamentals of board governance, including the role of the board members, conceptual thinking and communication, change management principles and best practices for non-profit governance.

P4335 Strategic Leadership (3 credits)

Strategic leadership is about getting the right things done and getting them done rightly. This course explores the various strategic postures a leader can take to build efficient and effective organizations or ministries. The most important outcome of the course is that leaders will be able to plan, write, implement, and live out a strategic plan for their organizations.

General Education Courses

G3216 History of Christianity I (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the global Christian Church from the emerging Church to the Medieval period, with a focus on critical historical and theological developments. Attention will be paid to movements, monastic orders, major persons, socio-political location, events, and dominant controversies.

G3217 History of Christianity II (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the global Christian Church from the Reformation to the present day, with a focus on critical historical and theological developments. Attention will be paid to movements, monastic orders, major persons, socio-political location, events, and dominant controversies.

G3515 Introduction to Worldviews (3 credits)

This course considers major philosophies and significant religious movements in order to understand the concept of worldview. A Christian worldview, as well as a Christian approach to other worldview perspectives, is presented.

G4435 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

This course explores the relationship between developmental psychology and Christian formation. Students will critique various developmental psychological theories within a theological framework, and make application to Christian discipleship, education, and counselling.

G4525 Christian Ethics (3 credits)

Using the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament, this course examines various theological and philosophical approaches to ethics in working towards developing a personal and communal Christian ethic. Attention will be given to contemporary moral issues.

G4001 Credit by Demonstrated Competency (credits TBD)

Students with prior non-credit learning and/or ministry experiences may apply for credit. Credit will vary according to learning outcomes identified and documented.

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