College Program Course Descriptions

Course Designations

The first letter in the course designation indicates the topic:

  • B – Bible/Theology
  • P – Profesional Studies
  • G – General Education

The first number in the course designation indicates the level of instruction. For example, B122 is an introductory Bible course intended for incoming students. P411 is a senior level Professional Studies offering that assumes a certain degree of prior knowledge and/or experience that would be open to third and fourth year students.

Normally, students would choose courses from the following levels of courses:

Frequency of Course Offerings

“100” designated courses are offered each year. Internships and Youth and Counselling Seminars are also offered every year. Most other courses are offered every two years. B426 Greek Exegesis is offered on demand (email dean@abccampus.ca for information).

All College Program Courses

Bible / Theology Courses

Bible

B101 Grasping God’s Word (3 credits)

This course examines God’s revelation of himself in the Bible with application to how we live faithfully in today’s world. It includes a study of the formation of the Bible and teaches a method for independent Bible study, including an emphasis on grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture.

B111Old 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.

B121 New Testament Literature (3 credits)

A survey of New Testament books with attention to the Graeco-Roman world of the first century A.D. Special attention will be given to Hellenistic Jewish backgrounds and Post-NT foregrounds.

B122 Life & 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.

B211 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.

B221 Acts of the Apostles (3 credits)

This class 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.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: B121 New Testament Literature

B311 The Books of Poetry & Wisdom (3 credits)

This course considers Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Eccelesiastes 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.

B312 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.

B313 Old Testament Historical Books (3 credits)

This course examines the narratives of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Emphasis will be given to the rise and fall of Israel/Judah’s monarchy and the text’s theological reflection upon the nation’s history.

B321 Johannine Literature (3 credits)

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

B322 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.

B323 The Captivity Epistles (3 credits)

This course is a 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.

B324 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.

B325 The General Epistles (3 credits)

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

B327 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 will be on the author’s appropriation of the Old Testament and ability to persuade readers/listeners.

B401 Critical Introduction to the Bible (3 credits)

This course examines the history and methods of biblical criticism, as well as its impact on the faith, life, and mission of the Church.
Prerequisite: B101 Grasping God’s Word and other other 200 or higher NT elective

B402 Biblical Hermeneutics (3 credits)

This course examines principles of interpretation from historical, literary, and thematic perspectives.
Prerequisite: B101 Grasping God’s Word and one other 200 or higher NT elective

B421 Romans & 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: B121 New Testament Literature, one other New Testament class

B423 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: B121 New Testament Literature, one other New Testament class

B426 Greek Exegesis (3 credits)

Selections from the Greek New Testament will be examined with attention to grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and reading in the Greek New Testament.
Prerequisite: B121 New Testament Literature, one other New Testament class, G312 Introductory Greek II

Theology

B231 Christian Theology (3 credits)

The course examines the basic approaches to, and foundations for, the study of Christian theology, with an emphasis on the most central key doctrinal teachings: theology, divine revelation, theological anthropology, soteriology, harmatology, Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and missiology.

B333 Christian Ethics (3 credits)

This course is a biblical examination of various theological and philosophical approaches to ethics, while working towards the development of a personal and communal Christian ethic. Attention will be given to the teachings of Jesus with representative engagement of contemporary moral issues

B334 Mission: Theology and Practice (3 credits)

Working from a perspective that sees God as missional by nature, this course articulates a biblical theology rooted in God’s self revelation that inspires particular practices that reflect God’s missional identity and activities

B431 Theology of Sin and Salvation (3 credits)

This course is an intensive exploration and understanding of sin and the key elements of salvation as found in the Bible in general and the New Testament in particular

B432 Theology of Church and Spirit (3 credits)

This course is an intensive exploration of the doctrine of the Church and Holy Spirit as derived from the Bible and specifically the New Testament. Attention will be given to historical and contemporary understandings of each of these doctrines.

B433 Theology & Practice of Prayer (3 credits)

This course offers a theological exploration of prayer as revealed in Scripture and Christian tradition. It also provides particular emphasis upon the practice of prayer in the Christian life

Professional Studies Courses

P100/200/300 Field Experience (2 credits)

Field experience provides a variety of service and ministry oppourtunties that enable students to acknowledge, strengthen, and use thier gifts and abilities as they experience the local church as a community of people making a difference in the world. May be repeated for credit.

P101 Spiritual Formation (2 credits/semester)

This year-long 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 classic spiritual writers of the Christian tradition is also offered. P101.1 (first semester) P101.2 (second semester) – 2 credit each semester

P108 Vocational Seminar (1 credit)

This seminar explores a verirty of topics surrounding vocation and provides strategies for making decisions and setting goals in order to expand students’ abilities to impact their world with passion and skill.

P147 Vocal Music for Ministry (1.5 credits)

This course provides oppourtunities for students to develop musicial abilities and interests through practice and performance as a small group vocal ensemble. May be repeated for credit.

P206 Living the Story (3 credits)

This course is a communal exploration of work, vocation, and Christian ministry designed to have students consider how they will uniquely particpate in God’s redemptive story. The insights of ancient wisdom and modern social science will be discussed.

P245 Worship and the Arts (3 credits)

This course explores the theological foundations as well as the nature and history of the arts within Christian worship. Their practice and significance in contemporary worship is also examined.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: B231 Christian Theology

P261 Youth Ministry (3 credits)

This course examines Jesus’ approach to ministry as a foundation for the exploration of youth ministry theories and methods. Students will form a philosophy of youth ministry.

P313 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.

P316 Adaptive Leadership (3 credits)

This course is designed to help students understand and appreciate “adaptive leadership” as a practical leadership framework that draws upon the relationship among leadership, adaptation, systems, and change. Students will learn to identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo and identifying tachnical and adaptive challenges.

P321 Adult Ministry (3 credits)

This course will explore theories and methods of encouraging spiritual formation in congregational settings. Particular focus will be given to the place and practice of spiritual direction.

P322 Building Community (3 credits)

An investigation of biblical community, hospitality and belonging that aims to challenge individuals to live lives that welcome the stranger and equip leaders to build community within the 21st century church.

P327 Creating Learning Experiences (3 credits)

This course focuses on curriculum, teaching and learning for spiritual formation by examing and practicing the design, creation, delivery, and assessment of learning experiences.

P331 Administrative Leadership (3 credits)

This course explores the administrative tasks and skills that leaders are required to provide in order to effectively organize and manage local churches and non-profit organizations. A toolbox of skills will be developed.

P351 Pastoral Counselling (3 credits)

This course provides a biblical and theological foundation for pastoral ministry shaped by a family systems perspective. Students will practice being reflective practitioners able to bring a non-anxious presence to day-to-day and crisis ministry situations.

P412 Pastoral Work (3 credits)

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.

P413 Advanced Preaching (3 credits)

This advanced course in homiletics sharpens the skills in effective sermon preparation and delivery begun in Homiletics I and begins to explore creative and contemporary models of preaching from both the Old and New Testament. Students will deliever at least 3 sermons in various ministry settings and receive both perr and instructor feedback.

P414 Leadership and Equipping (3 credits)

A course designed to explore best leadership practices as an expression of God-given gifts and oppourtunities. Special attention will be paid to principles and behaviours of effective, reproductive Christian leadership.

P415 Ministerial Internship (6 credits 3/semester)

Internship is designed to provide students in the B.Th. and B.C.S. programs with practical field experience under the guideance of qualified leadership. Internships typically require students to serve in a local church or Christian organization for the 8 months of the academic year.
Prerequisite: 12 credits of Field Experience

P144 Creative Ministry Planning (3 credits)

The practical aspects of creative ministry within a church or other ministry setting, including a philosophy of art in the church, building a creative team and finding resources.

P149 Choir (1 credit)

Large group vocal music. May be repeated for credit.

General Education Courses

Arts

G101 Communications Theory (3 credits)

This course explores what communication actually is and how to ensure the message that is sent is what is actually perceived and understood, via both verbal and nonverbal communication. Students will develop and deliver oral presentations.

G281 Arts and Culture (3 credits)

This course explores culture as a way of life and considers how the arts impact and promote culture, as well as the influence culture has on art.

G284 Heart of the Artist (3 credits)

A sociological look into “the artist” with practical implications.

Languages

G311 Introductory Greek I (3 credits)

Greek I is an introductory study of Koine Greek (the common Greek dialect from approximately 200 BC to 600 AD) of the New Testament. This course emphasizes (1) vocabulary building (2) declination of nouns and adjectives and (3) concludes with an introduction to verbs (in preparation for G312 Introductory Greek II).

G321 Introductory Greek II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of Greek I. After a review of nouns and adjectives, this courses continues (1) vocabulary building, (2) introduces the Greek verb, and (3) the Greek participle, the infinitive, and specialized construction contributing to a reading of the Greek New Testament.

History

G220 History of Christianity (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of Christianity from the emerging Church 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.

G323 History of Christian Spirituality (3 credits)

This course provides an in-depth look at the development of Christian spirituality throughout history, with a focus on important spiritual masters, key teachings, social and ecclesial developments, and primary documents.

G327 North American Christian History (3 credits)

This course looks at the key ideas, people and movements of North American Christianity, along with the social, political, and religious context it which is developed. Special attention will be paid to the heritage of the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Philosophy

G131 Contemporary Thought (3 credits)

This course seeks to uncover the ideological roots of modern and postmodern society, while engaging significant worldviews, major philosophies, and world religions, in an attempt to better understand reasons for hope in our contemporary world.

G231 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

This course is a survey of major philosophers and their contribution to contemporary thought, including basic issues and major positions in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.

G232 New Religious Movements (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to contemporary “alternative” religious movements found in the North American religious landscape. The course will examine origins and beliefs of both established and emerging movements.

G333 Introduction to World Religions (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the history, beliefs, and sacred writings of the different world religions, to encourage understanding, promote interreligious dialogue and foster peacefull relations in the world.

G335 Christian Apologetics (3 credits)

This course is designed to equip students with understanding and skills so that they can have intelligent and Christ honouring conversations with those who have intellectual problems with the Christian faith. A variety of issues are explored.

Science

G234 Science, Technology and Society (3 credits)

This course provides a historical examination of scientific and technological innovations upon society, with focus on the modern world. Students will be challenged to consider the implication these innovations have on their faith.

Social Sciences

G241 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

This course will provide an introduction to the concepts, theories, and practices of North American psychology. Students will be expected to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of these theories from a Christian perspective.

G243 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

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

G245 Psychology of the Family (3 credits)

This course will consider individual development, as well as interpersonal and intra-family relationships within family systems. Students will gain understanding of why they may behave differently when they compare their behavior in the presence of their families and their behavior when they are in school or at work.

G251 Canadian Sociology (3 credits)

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.

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