Bachelor of Theology

The Bachelor of Theology (90 credit hours, three years if full-time) is designed to equip those who are called to leadership roles in the Christian community. In addition to giving an exciting introduction to the Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and History, this program also provides an introduction to current and proven ministry approaches that make a difference in the lives of people. Foundational courses in arts and science also provide an understanding of the historical and current context for the practice of ministry. Learning is flexible and many courses can be taken either on campus, online or in intensive units that make studying possible for students who are unable to attend locally or full time.

The BTh (Ordination Track) is specifically designed to meet the ordination requirements of some denominations and churches. Prospective students who have credits from uncompleted degree programs are encouraged to ask the ADC Registrar or BTh Director, Dr Chris Killacky, about the possibility of transferring courses into the BTh program.

The BTh (non Ordination Track) is a more flexible degree that is suited to those wishing to exercise ministry that is not traditionally understood to be in the context of ‘formal ordination’. This is idea for those interested in missions work, bi-vocational or part-time ministry as well as those serving in leadership and other work supporting churches, groups, and Christian organizations in Canada or overseas.

The BTh (2nd Degree) is designed for students who have completed their first degree at Acadia University and are able to enroll in the ‘2nd Undergraduate Degree’ program which requires, in addition to their first degree, a minimum of 30 additional credit hours of study in the BTh program to graduate. This is also ideal for those who have been taking some theology courses or the ‘Minor’ in Theology during their time at Acadia University.

Please contact the BTh Director, Dr Chris Killacky if you would like more information and advice.

Program Requirements

A grade of 2.0 is necessary for each course in order to apply that course toward the Bachelor of Theology degree. A CGPA of 2.0 is necessary to graduate.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
IDTH 2010OrientationPass / Fail
Arts and Science
English electives (normally 1000-level)6
Economics/Political Science/Sociology6
Biology/Physics/Chemistry/Math/other Science6
Classics/History/Philosophy/Language2/Music6
Biblical Studies
BIBL 2013Interpreting the Bible3
BIBL 3013Introduction to the Old Testament 13
BIBL 3023Introduction to the Old Testament 23
BIBL 3033Introduction to the New Testament 13
BIBL 3043Introduction to the New Testament 23
Christian Thought
CHUR 2033History of Christianity3
THEO 3013Christian Theology 13
THEO 3023Christian Theology 23
THEO 3033Christian Ethics3
Ministry
EVAN 3013Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society3
EVAN 3023Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations3
SPFM 3013Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders3
PAST 3053Preaching as Practice and the Practice of Preaching3
PAST 3063Christian Worship…Now3
PAST 4053Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’3
DISP 3013Transformational Discipleship Ministry3
PACC 3013Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling3
PAST 4013Mentored Ministry 13
PAST 4023Mentored Ministry 23
NXGN 3013 OR NXGN 3063Youth and Family Ministry OR Children’s Ministry3
Electives3 (Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, or Ministry)
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90

 

1 Individuals seeking ordination within the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches should note that those under the age of 35 are required to
complete a Master of Divinity degree to be approved for ordination.
2 Greek and Hebrew recommended.
3 Those seeking ordination within a Baptist context take Baptist History and Polity (CHUR 3023). Those seeking ordination within another denominational family should contact the Academic Dean regarding a Directed Study or alternate option for meeting denominational studies requirements within their tradition.

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
IDTH 2010OrientationPass/Fail
Arts and Science
English electives (normally 1000-level)6
Economics/Political Science/Sociology6
Biology/Physics/Chemistry/Math/other Science6
Classics/History/Philosophy/Music6
Language electives26
Biblical Studies
BIBL 2013Interpreting the Bible3
BIBL 3013Introduction to the Old Testament 13
BIBL 3023Introduction to the Old Testament 23
BIBL 3033Introduction to the New Testament 13
BIBL 3043Introduction to the New Testament 23
Christian Thought
CHUR 2033History of Christianity3
THEO 3013Christian Theology 13
THEO 3023Christian Theology 23
THEO 3033Christian Ethics3
Ministry Electives (to be chosen from Leadership, Next Generation Ministry, Discipleship, or Evangelism and Mission)
Ministry elective3
Ministry elective3
Ministry elective3
Ministry elective3
Ministry elective3
Ministry elective3
Electives3 (to be chosen from any university Faculty, including Theology)
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Total Credit Hours90

 

1 This degree alone is not intended to prepare for Ordained Ministry. Prospective students seeking ordination should consult their
denomination or church to determine ordination requirements before commencing a program of study.
2 Greek and Hebrew recommended
3 Pastoral Ministry courses excluded.

Program Faculty

Dr. Christopher Killacky

Associate Professor of Theology

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Dr. Dorothy Hunse

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care

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Dr. John McNally

Director of Mentored Ministry Program

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Dr. Melody Maxwell

Associate Professor of Church History

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Dr. Spencer Boersma

Assistant Professor of Theology

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Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe

John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship

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Lecturers

Rev. Dale Stairs

Director, Crandall-Acadia Bachelor of Theology Partnership

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Rev. Dan Pyke

Director, Next Generation Ministry Program

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Dr. Jody Linkletter

Associate Director of Doctoral Studies

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Current Adjunct Faculty

Wade White

Adjunct Faculty

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Rev. Dr. Malcolm Card

(Retired) Staff, Canadian Baptist Ministries

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Rev. Renée MacVicar

Associate Pastor, Hillside Baptist Church

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Admission Requirements

Those applying to the Bachelor of Theology normally have a high school diploma, or equivalent, with a minimum 70% average over 5 Grade 12 academic courses, including English 12 (or equivalent).

Program Director
Contact
Catherine Cole
Manager of Recruitment and Admissions: (902) 585-2220: catherine.cole@acadiau.ca
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