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Graduate Courses

Aramaic
ARAM 7013 Biblical Aramaic

This course will introduce students to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Aramaic of the Old Testament. Building off the basics of Hebrew grammar, students will learn the basic grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Aramaic. As part of this course, students will translate portions of the Aramaic sections of Daniel and Ezra. Prerequisite: HEBR 5023

ARAM 7913, 7923, 7933, 7943, 7953, 7963 Directed Study in Aramaic

Advanced independent study of Aramaic texts or grammar under the supervision of a professor.

Bible
BIBL 5013 Survey of the Bible

This course lays the foundation for advanced study of the Bible by helping students acquire knowledge of the basic contents and narrative of the Bible. This course is required of students who have not passed the Bible Knowledge Entrance Test. Normally, this course is taken prior to, or concurrent with, BIBL 5023 or BIBL 5033.

BIBL 5023 Interpreting the Old Testament

The Old Testament contains most of the Christian Bible. This course will introduce the student to the different sections and genres of literature in the Old Testament, to interpretative methods appropriate to them, and to theological principles. The course will also survey aspects of the historical and cultural context of the Old Testament. This course assumes knowledge of the contents of the Old Testament, and is the foundation for advanced studies. Recommended prior study: Completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, BIBL 5013 is recommended for those who have not passed the Bible Knowledge Entrance Test.

BIBL 5033 Interpreting the New Testament

This course will introduce the student to the different sections and genres of literature in the New Testament, to interpretative methods appropriate to them, and to theological principles. The course will also survey the world of Jesus and the early Christian Church. This course assumes knowledge of the contents of the New Testament, and is the foundation for advanced studies. Recommended prior study: Completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, BIBL 5013 is recommended for those who have not passed the Bible Knowledge Entrance Test.

BIBL 5043 Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus

The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is central to historic Christian belief. This course will consider how the historicity of these events can be established confidently, despite criticisms and objections. Through a close reading of the evidence in the four Gospels and other portions of the New Testament, and examination of other historical and archeological evidence, the historicity of these events will be explored.

BIBL 5503 Hebrew Scripture Foundations

A general introduction to the historical, sociological, and theological context in which the Hebrew Scriptures came into existence, this course will provide the student with an understanding of the major emphases of the texts. In addition, the student will be introduced to themes of community life and praxis in the Hebrew Scriptures that find parallels in historical Indigenous worldviews of creation and Creator. The course will use community understandings, models and paradigms as a basis for comparison. This course is normally taught by an Indigenous instructor. This course is normally available only to students enrolled in the MA-INCD program.

BIBL 5513 New Testament Foundations

A general introduction to the historical, sociological, and theological context in which the New Testament Scriptures came into existence, this course will familiarize students with the content and structure, distinctive theology, and introductory matters of the New Testament. In addition, the student will be introduced to the nature of the early Christian community, its transitions and changes from a strictly Hebraic construct as found within the Jewish community, and projections made for its future development. This course is normally taught by an Indigenous instructor. This course is normally available only to students enrolled in the MA-INCD program.

BIBL 6013 Genesis

In this course students will study the book of Genesis by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and narrative technique will also receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Genesis and other Old Testament narrative. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5013.

BIBL 6023 Deuteronomistic History

In this course students will study selected texts from Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and narrative technique will also receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in these books and other Old Testament narrative. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5013.

BIBL 6033 1 and 2 Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah

In this course students will study the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and narrative technique will also receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, and other Old Testament narrative. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5013.

BIBL 6043 Daniel

In this course students will study the book of Daniel by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and apocalyptic world- view will also receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Daniel and other apocalyptic literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5013.

BIBL 6053 Amos and Isaiah

In this course students will study the books of Amos and Isaiah by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and social justice issues will also receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Amos, Isaiah, and other prophetic literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5013.

BIBL 6063 Psalms

In this course students will study the book of Psalms by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and poetic technique will also be receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Psalms and other poetic literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5013.

BIBL 6113 The Gospel of Matthew

In this course students will study Matthew’s gospel by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and Matthew’s portrait of Jesus will receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Matthew and other gospels. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 5013.

BIBL 6123 The Gospel of Luke and Book of Acts

Luke-Acts is a two-part work that describes the life and ministry of Jesus and moves seamlessly to the life and ministry of the church, with the early church’s ministry modelled upon the ministry of Jesus. This course will examine the narrative and theological unity of Luke-Acts, focusing particularly on the mission of the early church. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 5013.

BIBL 6133 The Gospel of John

In this course students will study the John’s gospel by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and John’s portrait of Jesus will receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in John and other gospels. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 5013.

BIBL 6143 Romans and Galatians

In this course students will study the Epistles of Romans and Galatians by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033. In addition to studying the contents, contexts, and interpretive issues involved in the study of the apostle Paul’s major epistles to the churches in Galatia and in Rome, the epistles’ contribution to the Christian teaching regarding righteousness and justification before God will be emphasized. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Romans, Galatians and other New Testament epistles. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 5013.

BIBL 6153 Hebrews and James

In this course students will study the Epistle to the Hebrews and James by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033. In addition to studying the contents, contexts, and interpretive issues involved in the study of Hebrews and James, these letters’ contribution to the Christian understanding of Jesus Christ’s saving work will be emphasized. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Hebrews and other New Testament epistles. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 5013.

BIBL 6163 Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon

In this course students will study Paul’s Prison Epistles by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033. In addition to studying the contents, contexts, and interpretive issues involved in the study these epistles, these letter’s contribution to Christology and a life of integrity in the face of adversity will be emphasized. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in the Prison Epistles and other New Testament epistles. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 5013.

BIBL 6503 Community Models in Scripture

This course is a theological and exegetical exploration of how the Scriptures speak about community, how they present and promote particular values and praxis of community, and what examples of community appear in both testaments. This understanding is critical to a community development program focused through the lens of a biblically-informed worldview. Finally, the course will seek to enable understanding of the nature of community in the early church and its implications, if any, on our thinking about the holistic development of community within the Kingdom of God.

BIBL 7113 Dead Sea Scrolls

This course introduces students to the Dead Sea Scrolls and their contribution to our understanding of the world of Jesus and the early Church. The course surveys the Scrolls and related literature of the intertestamental and New Testament periods, including a survey of the history of these periods and the debate surrounding the origin of the Scrolls. The course engages in the study of a number of texts and themes that shed light on Jesus, the Gospels, and Paul. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, 5033.

BIBL 7123 Life and Teaching of Jesus

This course offers an introduction to the life of Jesus, with emphasis on religious and historical context. Sources—canonical and noncanonical—will be critically assessed, criteria for determining authenticity will be reviewed, and the history of critical study of the life of Jesus will be surveyed. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033.

BIBL 7133 Israel Study Tour

A study tour in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (and surrounding areas as possible) designed to introduce the geography of the land and to shed light on events of the Old and New Testaments and the intertestamental period. Some consideration will also be given to the role that Christians and the Church have played in the land in ancient and modern times.

BIBL 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Old Testament

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Old Testament studies.

BIBL 7633, 7643 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in New Testament

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of New Testament studies.

BIBL 7733, 7743 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Second Temple Judaism

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Second Temple Judaism.

BIBL 7916, 7926 MA (Theology) Thesis
BIBL 7990 Continuance
Chaplaincy
CHAP 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy

An overview of the profession of chaplaincy, exploring the diversity that exists in this ministry. A variety of specialists will be involved in the course instruction through discipline-specific didactics, including prison chaplains, airport chaplains, military chaplains, university chaplains, and chaplains who are involved in the business, sport, and healthcare sectors. Students will be introduced to organizational and vocational aspects of these specialized ministerial settings. In addition, students will begin developing theological understandings of the chaplain’s unique call and will begin to develop a personal theology of care. Pastoral interventions will also be taught and competence developed in the areas of crisis response, stress management, dealing with loss, death, and dying. There will also be the opportunity for self-examination, where one might consider interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics that influence one’s own relationships and faith development. Cross-listed as PACC 5023.

CHAP 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry

This course considers the specialized form of ministry with persons who are incarcerated. Areas considered will include the following: an historical view of corrections, the social structure of prisons, prison violence, understanding the effect of guilt, grief, and shame in the prisoner’s life, worship, approaches to pastoral counselling, the development of chaplaincy programs, and restorative justice. Cross- listed as PACC 5033.

CHAP 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics

In this course professional ethics in chaplaincy and counselling ministry settings will be considered. In this regard, issues such as codes of conduct, personal rights and freedoms, pertinent legal issues, knowing one’s professional limits, how and when to make a referral, maintaining confidentiality, and standards for ongoing professional and personal development will be addressed. Attention will also be given to ethical and religious concerns of a professional working in a multi-faith context. Cross-listed as PACC 6013.

CHAP 7016 Clinical Pastoral Education 1

Students complete Basic Unit 1 of Clinical Pastoral Education (comprising 400 hours of supervised chaplaincy experience and instruction) within an approved setting. To register for this course students must apply, and be accepted by, an approved clinical training site. Recommended prior study: CHAP 5023, 6013. Prerequisite: Successful application to Canadian Association of Spiritual Care process required.

CHAP 7026 Clinical Pastoral Education 2

Students complete Basic Unit 2 of Clinical Pastoral Education (comprising 400 hours of supervised chaplaincy experience and instruction) within an approved setting. To register for this course students must apply, and be accepted by, an approved clinical training site. Prerequisite: CHAP 7016 and successful application to Canadian Association of Spiritual Care process required.

CHAP 7103 Prison Ministry Practicum 1

Students complete 120 hours comprising mentored prison chaplaincy experience in an approved setting, and required reading and reflection. Open only to students admitted to the Master of Divinity in Prison Chaplaincy or the Master of Arts (Theology) in Prison Chaplaincy. Recommended prior study: CHAP 5023, 5033, 6013.

CHAP 7113 Prison Ministry Practicum 2

Students complete 120 hours comprising mentored prison chaplaincy experience in an approved setting, and required reading and reflection. Open only to students admitted to the Master of Divinity in Prison Chaplaincy or the Master of Arts (Theology) in Prison Chaplaincy.  Prerequisite: CHAP 7103.

CHAP 7916, 7926 Thesis
Christian History
CHUR 5013 Introduction to Christian History

Christians have developed many ways to live out their faith in the world. An examination of the development of doctrine, worship forms, patterns of ministry and organization, and the interaction between culture and the church in different times and places all provide a window into understanding the church in its present context. In this course the student will gain a critical appreciation of Christian tradition both in its relationship to the norm of Scriptures and in its changing diverse regional, cultural, and denominational expressions.

CHUR 6013 Baptist History and Polity

This course is a survey of Baptist history and of Baptist principles and polity. Baptist principles and polity flow from both Baptist history and their distinct theological interpretations drawn from Scripture. Students will learn to understand both the past and the present of the people called Baptists. This course will satisfy the history and polity ordination requirement within the Canadian Baptist context.

CHUR 6033 Women in the Christian Tradition

This seminar course will explore the biblical, theological, and historical understandings of women in the Christian tradition. It will emphasize women’s lived religious experiences, female leaders, and changing views of women’s roles throughout Christian history. Students will read both primary and secondary source texts related to women from throughout Christian history. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 6043 History of Christian Missions

This seminar course explores how Christians have sought to spread the good news of Christ around the world from the early church to the present day. Students will consider a variety of paradigms for missions engagement used throughout the history of Christianity, including those of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Christians. Topics considered will include monasticism, colonialism, ecumenism, and world Christianity. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 7013 Reformation and Free Church Origins

The Reformation period was one of the key eras of historical change in the last one thousand years. The understanding of the world and humanity’s role within it was reshaped as such key ideas as the priesthood of all believers, grace alone, faith alone, and scripture alone were applied not only to the lives of individuals, but also to the concepts people had of the Church. In northern Europe, new state churches, free- church movements, and Anabaptist groups emerged and continue to be part of the present day religious landscape. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 7023 Religious Traditions in Canada

This seminar course explores the many formative influences on the development of distinctive features in Canadian religious life such as: the role of the church in French Canada; Western revivalism and the rise of new political parties; religion and education; the spread of non-Christian religious groups; and the increasing confrontation between religious and secular forces. Beginning with an examination of the present culture and church in Canada, the course will trace the developments of the various traditions from about the time of Confederation to the present. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 7033 History of Baptists in Atlantic Canada

This seminar course will explore Baptist history in Atlantic Canada, stretching back into the eighteenth century with the founding of numerous congregations in the wake of the Wesleyan Revivals in Britain and the Great Awakening in the American colonies. The nineteenth century became the Baptists’ century in the Maritimes with remarkable growth because of revivals that significantly shaped the emerging “denomination”. A growing number of materials facilitate the study of the history and development of the Baptist churches including their doctrinal views, political involvement, social commitment, missionary activity, educational institutions, and church government. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 7043 Movements of Awakening and Renewal

Renewal and revival movements have influenced both Protestant and Roman Catholic Church life since the Reformation. These movements were usually a reaction to what some perceived to be a lack of vibrant spirituality in the existing church. Some of the movements were turbulent in reaction to tradition, while others were quieter and their impact not so readily observed. All of the movements, in diverse regional, cultural, and denominational expressions, were an interplay of structural forces (tradition, organization, social context), personal influences (the impact of leaders), and, as some believe, divine power. Whatever the forms or explanations, these renewal movements forced change on the church and had an impact upon the society in which they developed. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 7053 History of Evangelicalism

Evangelicalism has reshaped the modern church. This vibrant movement has its roots in the Reformation and the revivals of the seventeenth century and in its evolution has developed new ways of remaining a force in the world-wide church and its ministries. Exploring the history of Puritanism, Pietism, the Wesleyan Revivals, the Great Awakenings and various 20th century manifestations of the increasingly diverse movement called Evangelicalism will provide a lens through which to view many important trends in the church of the 21st Century. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CHUR 5013.

CHUR 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Christian History

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Christian History.

Discipleship
DISP 5013 Transformational Discipleship Ministry

This course prepares students to be transformational leaders in the discipleship ministries of their local congregations. Based on a Biblical understanding of making disciples who will make disciples, the course provides models for transformative change and spiritual growth in the lives of individual believers as well as in the life of the corporate faith community, especially in the midst of a secular social environment.

DISP 6013 Faith Development through Small Groups

Explores the place of small groups within the wider ministry of the church in nurturing Christian spiritual growth – both in the individual and in the community of faith. Provides a practical knowledge of small-group ministry with its benefits and challenges and of various models, approaches, and leadership training. Recommended prior study: DISP 5013.

DISP 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Discipleship

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Discipleship. DISP 7913, 7923 MA (Theology) Project

DISP 7916, 7926 Thesis
Evangelism and Mission
EVAN 5013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society

The aim of this course is to provide the theological and practical tools necessary to reach people in contemporary society with the good news of Jesus Christ. The course will provide a comprehensive understanding of current changes and trends in Canadian society as they relate to religious beliefs and practices. Students will develop a practical understanding of how congregations can effectively engage their communities and successfully reach people with the gospel and integrate new members into the congregation.

EVAN 5033 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Building on a Biblical rationale for world evangelization, this course examines the challenges involved in, and skills necessary for, communicating the gospel cross- culturally. The course considers the components necessary for strategic and intelligent planning in the missionary task of the Church. Students are given the necessary perspectives for effective participation in the complex tasks of world evangelization and international development. New avenues and opportunities available for involvement in world missions at home or abroad are examined.

EVAN 5043 Integral Mission

This course explores, from a multidisciplinary approach, the role of the church in bringing shalom (peace with justice) to a broken world. In integral mission, word and deed are woven together. Students will explore the implications of the Christian Gospel within the psycho-social, economic, political, environmental and spiritual realm of human suffering. Offered in partnership with CBM (Canadian Baptist Ministries).

EVAN 6023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations

This course will consider how to give effective leadership to older, established congregations in order to bring renewal and growth. Beginning with a Biblical understanding of renewal, students will consider the strengths and weaknesses of established churches, why established churches don’t change easily, and how to lead real change in an established church. The typical life cycle of established congregations will be examined, along with ways to interrupt the cycle. The course will examine both spiritual and social reasons for congregational decline, the effect of the social environment on church life, and how to interact with contemporary society. The course will emphasize the pastor’s leadership role in church renewal, and will look at practical ways to attract younger adults to a congregation of older members. Cross-listed as PAST 6023. Recommended prior study: EVAN 5013.

EVAN 6033 Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth

This course explores the theology, methods, and tools for effective evangelism and discipleship of youth. The course considers how to reach youth in today’s culture with the Gospel, how to communicate the Gospel in worevand an deed to this generation, and how to engage this generation in transformational discipleship. Cross-listed as NXGN 6033

EVAN 6043 Reaching and Retaining Young Adults

This course will examine the changing young adult (18-30) culture. Through examining demographic and developmental issues, students will explore ministry implications for local churches. Various models will be introduced as students are taught how to develop effective and contextualized young adult ministries. Cross-listed as NXGN 6043.

EVAN 6063 Leading Healthy and Effective Churches

This study of principles and practice for effective leadership will focus on ways to lead congregations in rural, small-town, and urban settings. Students will learn about a variety of local church models and congregational dynamics. Effective local church pastors and leaders will provide input and answer questions about their ministries. Students will be taught how to incorporate diverse groups of people in the church, how to lead consistent numerical and spiritual growth, how to build effective team ministries, how to provide wise financial leadership for the congregation, how to resolve conflict effectively, and how to lead significant social impact in the community. Cross- listed as LEDR 6063. Recommended prior study: EVAN 5013/3013.

EVAN 7013 Praxis

An international short-term mission and study experience sponsored by Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) under the supervision of CBM Global Field Staff. Students will explore the application of Integral Mission theology and theory in a developing country. Offered in partnership with CBM. Limited seats. Competitive application process. Recommended prior study: EVAN 5033 or EVAN 5043.

EVAN 7133 Apologetic Engagement of Church and Contemporary Culture

This course will orient students to the field of Christian apologetics in contemporary context and equip them to engage faith and culture for ministry. We will examine the rationale for apologetics and its place in contemporary society, identify and explore cultural shifts that need to be addressed by the church, explore the nature of worldview and the philosophical viability of faith, and consider some major issues in apologetics today. Special topics include the existence of God, the problem of pain, the authority of the Bible, the supremacy of Christ, creation-evolution and other religions, while considering how Christians express their faith in contemporary context. Cross-listed as THEO 7133.

EVAN 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Evangelism and Mission

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Evangelism and Mission.

EVAN 7913, 7923 MA (Theology) Project
EVAN 7916, 7926 Thesis
Greek
GREE 5013 Foundations of New Testament Greek 1

Careful study of the New Testament is based upon access to the language in which it was originally written. This course will equip students to use the many tools available for the study of the New Testament in its original language. In order to prepare students for careful and critical study foundational New Testament Greek grammar and vocabulary will be covered.

GREE 5023 Foundations of New Testament Greek 2

This course builds on GREE 5013, focusing on developing vocabulary acquisition and a more in-depth understanding of grammar. At the end of the course, students should be able to translate portions of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: GREE 5013.

GREE 6013 Intermediate Greek

Intermediate Greek builds upon the foundation of an introductory year of Greek. The focus of the course is on increasing students’ reading skill by building vocabulary, solidifying introductory grammatical foundations, introducing the student to Greek syntax, and reading larger portions of New Testament text. Prerequisite: GREE 5013 and GREE 5023, or permission of the instructor based on qualifying test.

GREE 7013 Greek Exegesis of Matthew

In this course, students will study the Greek text of Matthew’s gospel by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033 and Greek language skills learned in GREE 6013. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and Matthew’s portrait of Jesus will receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Matthew and other gospels. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 6013.

GREE 7023 Greek Exegesis of Luke and Book of Acts

In this course students will study the Greek text of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Luke-Acts is a two-part work that describes the life and ministry of Jesus and moves seamlessly to the life and ministry of the church, with the early church’s ministry modelled upon the ministry of Jesus. This course will examine the narrative and theological unity of Luke-Acts, focusing particularly on the mission of the early church. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 6013.

GREE 7033 Greek Exegesis of John

In this course students will study the Greek text of John’s gospel by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033 and the Greek language skills learned in GREE 6013. In addition to the contents, context, and interpretive issues, authorship, date of composition, theology, and John’s portrait of Jesus will receive attention. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in John and other gospels. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 6013.

GREE 7043 Greek Exegesis of Romans and Galatians

In this course students will study the Greek text of the Epistles of Romans and Galatians by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033 and the Greek language skills learned in GREE 6013. In addition to studying the contents, contexts, and interpretive issues involved in the study of the apostle Paul’s major epistles to the churches in Galatia and in Rome, the epistles’ contribution to the Christian teaching regarding righteousness and justification before God will be emphasized. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Romans, Galatians and other New Testament epistles. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 6013.

GREE 7053 Greek Exegesis of Hebrews and James

In this course, students will study the epistle to the Hebrews and James by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033 and the Greek language skills learned in GREE 6013. In addition to studying the contents, contexts, and interpretive issues involved in the study of Hebrews and James, these letters’ contribution to the Christian understanding of Jesus Christ’s saving work will be emphasized. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Hebrews and other New Testament epistles. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 6013.

GREE 7063 Greek Exegesis of Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon

In this course, students will study Paul’s Prison Epistles by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5033 and the Greek language skills learned in GREE 6013. In addition to studying the contents, contexts, and interpretive issues involved in the study of these epistles, these letters’ contribution to Christology and a life of integrity in the face of adversity will be emphasized. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in the Prison Epistles and other New Testament epistles. Prerequisite: BIBL 5033, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, GREE 6013.

GREE 7713 Study of the Septuagint of Genesis

In this course students will translate sections of the Greek version of Genesis, which dates from more than two centuries before the time of Christ and which was used by the Early Church. Students will use both Greek and Hebrew skills in the study of the book’s translation technique and will compare the Greek text to the Hebrew text. Consideration will also be given to the use of this text in the New Testament. This course will develop Greek translation skills, and will provide students with the foundation for advanced study in the Septuagint and further research in Genesis. Prerequisite: GREE 6013, HEBR 5013, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5023.

GREE 7723 Study of the Septuagint of Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings

In this course, students will translate sections of a Greek version of Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, or 1 and 2 Kings, dating from more than two centuries before the time of Christ and used by the Early Church. Students will use both Greek and Hebrew skills in the study of the book’s translation technique and will compare the Greek text to the Hebrew text. Consideration will also be given to the use of the texts in the New Testament. This course will develop Greek translation skills, and will provide students with the foundation for advanced study in the Septuagint and further research in the Septuagint. Prerequisite: GREE 6013, HEBR 5013, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5023.

GREE 7733 Study of the Septuagint of 1 and 2 Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah

In this course students will translate selected texts of the Greek version of 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, or Nehemiah, which date from two centuries before to two centuries after the time of Christ and which were used by the Early Church. Students will use both Greek and Hebrew skills in the study of the books’ translation technique and will compare the Greek text to the Hebrew text. Consideration will also be given to the use of the texts in the New Testament. This course will develop Greek translation skills, and will provide students with the foundation for advanced study in the Septuagint and further research in the Septuagint. Prerequisite: GREE 6013, HEBR 5013, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5023.

GREE 7743 Study of the Greek versions of Daniel

In this course students will translate one of the Greek versions of the Book of Daniel (Old Greek or Theodotion), which date from the second century before to second century after the time of Christ and which were used by the Early Church. Students will use both Greek and Hebrew skills in the study of the books’ translation technique and will compare the Greek text to the Hebrew-Aramaic text. Consideration will also be given to the use of the texts in the New Testament. This course will develop Greek translation skills, and will provide students with the foundation for advanced study in the Septuagint and further research in the Septuagint. Prerequisite: GREE 6013, HEBR 5013, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5023.

GREE 7753 Study of the Septuagint of Amos and Isaiah

In this course students will translate selections of the Greek text of the Books of Amos and Isaiah which dates more than two centuries before the time of Christ and which were used by the Early Church. Students will use both Greek and Hebrew skills in the study of the book’s translation technique and will compare the Greek text to the Hebrew text. Consideration will also be given to the use of the text in the New Testament. This course will develop Greek translation skills, and will provide students with the foundation for advanced study in the Septuagint and further research in the Septuagint. Prerequisite: GREE 6013, HEBR 5013, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5023.

GREE 7763 Study of the Septuagint of Psalms

In this course students will read sections of the Greek text of the Book of Psalms which date more than two centuries before the time of Christ and which were used by the Early Church. Students will use both Greek and Hebrew skills in the study of the book’s translation technique and will compare the Greek text to the Hebrew text. Consideration will also be given to the use of the text in the New Testament. This course will develop Greek translation skills, and will provide students with the foundation for advanced study in the Septuagint and further research in the Septuagint. Prerequisite: GREE 6013, HEBR 5013, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 5023.

Hebrew
HEBR 5013 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 1

Careful study of the Old Testament is based upon access to the language in which it was originally written. This course will equip students to access the many tools available for the study of the Old Testament in its original language. In order to prepare students for careful and critical study foundational Hebrew grammar and vocabulary will be covered.

HEBR 5023 Foundations of Biblical Hebrew 2

This course builds on HEBR 5013, focusing on developing vocabulary acquisition, and a more in-depth understanding of grammar. By the end of the course, students should be able to translate portions of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: HEBR 5013.

HEBR 6013 Intermediate Hebrew

Intermediate Hebrew builds upon the foundation of an introductory year of Hebrew. The focus of the course is on increasing students’ reading skill by building vocabulary, solidifying introductory grammatical foundations, introducing the student to Hebrew syntax, and reading larger portions of Old Testament text. Prerequisite: HEBR 5013 and HEBR 5023 or permission of the instructor based on qualifying test.

HEBR 7713 Hebrew Exegesis of Genesis

In this course students will study the Hebrew text of Book of Genesis by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023 and the Hebrew language skills learned in HEBR 6013. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Genesis and other Old Testament narratives. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 6013.

HEBR 7723 Hebrew Exegesis of Deuteronomistic History Texts

In this course students will study selected Hebrew texts from Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, or 1 and 2 Kings, by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023 and Hebrew language skills learned in HEBR 6013. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in these books and other Old Testament narrative. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 6013.

HEBR 7733 Hebrew Exegesis of 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah

In this course students will study the Hebrew text of the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles or Ezra-Nehemiah by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023 and the Hebrew language skills learned in HEBR 6013. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in 1 and 2 Chronicles or Ezra-Nehemiah and other Old Testament narrative. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 6013.

HEBR 7743 Hebrew Exegesis of Daniel

In this course students will study the Hebrew text of the Book of Daniel by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023 and the Hebrew language skills learned in HEBR 6013. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Daniel and other prophetic literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 6013.

HEBR 7753 Hebrew Exegesis of Amos and Isaiah

In this course students will study the Hebrew text of the books of Amos and Isaiah by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023 and the Hebrew language skills of HEBR 6013. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Amos, Isaiah and other prophetic literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 6013.

HEBR 7763 Hebrew Exegesis of Psalms

In this course students will study the Hebrew text of the Book of Psalms by applying the hermeneutical and exegetical skills learned in BIBL 5023 and Hebrew language skills learned in HEBR 6013. This course will provide students with the foundation for preaching, teaching, and further research in Psalms and other poetic literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 5023, and completion of, or simultaneous enrolment in, HEBR 6013.

Interdisciplinary Study
IDTH 5010 Orientation

This non-credit, Pass/Fail course is part of the annual orientation to Acadia Divinity College (ADC) and is normally required for all entering students at ADC (not including students in program partnerships). It will orient students to ADC and to seminary-level research and writing. Through lectures, demonstrations, practice exercises, readings, testing, and an all-day retreat, students will be introduced to various expectations, skills, and resources necessary for advancing successfully through their degrees, and they will also begin their preliminary personal testing. A part of this course will be an all-day session which provides an overview of the Bible’s narration of events from Abraham to the early church.

IDTH 7813 MA (Theology) Graduate Seminar

A seminar course focused on research methodologies, advanced critical-thinking skills, and seminar presentation skills appropriate to graduate-level MA thesis work. Students will read in areas of general research skills, and in methodologies relevant to their individual specializations. During seminar sessions, students will present for engagement by student and faculty colleagues, their research findings from thesis research or research associated with upper-level courses. Prerequisites: Open only to Master of Arts (Theology) students who are in the last 30 hr of the degree.

Indigenous Community Development
INCD 5513 Cultures and Systems Change

The experience of Christianity has been culturally devastating for Indigenous peoples. Through exploring the process of decolonization and indigenization, this course will examine how Indigenous people live a biblically-informed Christian faith in the context of Indigenous cultures. Jesus, as a change master in a complex cultural system, is the model for guiding effective and lasting change. This course utilizes perspectives and tools for interpreting and guiding a cultural system towards deep change. Insights from various disciplines, such as anthropology, social psychology, and organizational science, will stimulate the exegesis of culture in fresh ways.

INCD 5523 Theory and Praxis in Development – History and Method

This course begins with a brief examination of historic relief and development theories, focusing in on a more careful examination of post WWII models and their evolution through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s toward the Transformational Development models of the 1990s and beyond. The continued emphasis on Modernization and Westernization in contemporary practice will create a frame around a discussion of alternate ideas for community health and well-being. The cost-benefit between asset- and deficit-based methodologies will emerge through the examination of the biblical and theological issues raised when applied to human systems and communities.

INCD 5533 Indigenous Leadership Development

This seminar course will introduce students to concepts of leadership, organizational change theory, and skills required to lead organizations and communities in the context of the changing demographics. The emerging practice of diversity as central to leadership theory and practice, the holistic nature of diversity, social justice within a diverse society, and the role these have in contributing to effective and appropriate leadership will be explored to gain an informed understanding. Reflection on multicultural, and intercultural perspectives and partnerships, specifically, those between Indigenous Peoples and Western culture is a focal aspect of this course. Leaders require knowledge, skill and attributes that support inclusion and promote unity.

INCD 6503 Asset-based Development

The course is an introduction to asset-based planning and design as a human and organizational capacity-building approach. ABCD seeks to locate, underscore, and emphasize, in a selective way, the life-giving forces and successes within an organization, group, or community. The course will focus on different ways of engaging life within communities and organizations, while exploring the skills of community development facilitation for practitioners. Several tools used in asset-based planning and development will be carefully examined with a view to creating proficiency in both their theory and practice.

INCD 6513 Community Field Placement

The student will work in a community agency or non-profit organization as a field placement, selected jointly with their supervisor. This should be a setting focused on community transformative development where possible, from a primarily asset- framed perspective. The placement will be chosen so as to provide the optimum contributory learning experience. This 3-credit-hour course will take place over two semesters.

INCD 6523 Family and Social Systems

Indigenous family contexts have changed dramatically over the course of the centuries, since contact. Family systems, including parenting, intergenerational roles and relationships, as well as governance and provision for need, have come under significant stress, as a result. Proposed remedies over the 20th and into the 21st centuries have attempted to accommodate what constituted traditional ways within often invasive new ways. This course examines the impact of cultural and social forces upon the family system including major systems theories, strategies, and techniques of engaging family and family relationship in the midst of shifting dynamics and demographics. Issues of family and inter-generational conflict as well as the ethical considerations of intervention are also examined.

INCD 7603 Directed Study

This course provides students with an opportunity to pursue an interest in a particular topic related to Indigenous peoples. The goal is to expand the student’s depth and breadth of knowledge in a specific area, including Indigenous History, Indigenous Philosophy, or Indigenous Religious Contexts.

INCD 7613 Cultural Anthropology

In this course, participants explore together a variety of historical anthropological theories. Trajectories in the study of anthropology have been helpful and hurtful, particularly to Indigenous people globally. The course will explore anthropology as a discipline, and invite other worldviews to contribute to the shaping of anthropological theory and practice for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

INCD 7623 Colonization and Decolonization

This course will consider the critiques made by Indigenous and postcolonial scholars of the methodological approaches used in the humanities and social sciences for their complicity in colonialism. It will examine various attempts to “decolonize” methodology and to construct Indigenous and postcolonial methodological approaches to society and community. Students will work to develop their own philosophical and methodologicaincdl approaches to decolonization.

INCD 7633 Studies in a Holistic Gospel

The course will explore how the body and soul dualism, out of which much Christian mission operated in the past (i.e. saving souls only), has proved inadequate and damaging to many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. In this course, participants will explore and participate in developments in Christian missiology, in order to provide a more robust understanding of the nature of the gospel.

INCD 7663 Social Construction of Identity

This course examines critically the social construction of ethnicity and identity within First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities, as well as the implications for broader community social responses to those identities. Students will study the myths and realities surrounding the development of racial, ethnic, and cultural categories in North America and learn how social, political, and economic forces have shaped the experiences of different ethnic groups. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of socialization, social interaction, identity formation and self-fashioning; the social construction of class, gender and race, age, and deviance; and other social phenomena.

INCD 7723 Indigenous Spirituality and Formation

Indigenous understandings of the nature of the spiritual and of spirituality differ in many respects from those commonly held within Western traditions of Christian faith. The focus of the course, therefore, is to introduce the student to the ways in which Indigenous people participate as followers of Jesus in a manner that is authentic to their own cultural understandings, seeking to encourage spiritual growth and development from within such an Indigenous framework. This course will also discuss the appropriation of what has been perceived to be Indigenous spirituality by non- Indigenous people as well as a brief focus on what can be effectively learned from Indigenous understandings of the spiritual.

INCD 7733 Indigenous Practice of Andragogy

Andragogy is the study of methods, epistemologies, philosophies and contextual understandings of education that pertain to and enhance an adult-focused learning environment. This course will introduce the student to andragogical method as a theological framework and a contextual teaching practice, exploring the theological, philosophical, and pragmatic underpinnings of teaching. The course will also introduce the student to a variety of strategies to advance their development as a teacher.

INCD 7813 Indigenous Research and Writing

This course covers all aspects of research and writing at an academic level. The student develops their voice as an academic writer by learning how to identify and use rhetorical strategies in writing. The course will also explore the specific needs or concerns of Indigenous writing and research methods including protocol. Other topics covered are: proper citation and bibliography formatting, grammar, crafting solid thesis statements, building a line of reasoning and other organizational strategies of formal research papers, finding and interacting with quality secondary sources and how to synthesize and interact with secondary sources in an academic essay.

INCD 7823 Indigenous Symposium Seminars

In order to foster deeper relationship, more effective academic engagement, and an overall greater involvement within the NAIITS community, students are required to attend two symposia as they progress through their studies. They will be required to participate in the concurrent seminar, and complete required assignments. Students will only register for the course at the time of their second Symposium following which, grades assigned to first and second Symposium work will be recorded.

INCD 7913, 7923 Project in Indigenous Community Development
INCD 7916, 7926 Thesis
Leadership
LEDR 5073 Leadership that Advances the Mission

This course will explore leadership theory and leadership arts that can help a Christian leader advance the mission of the ministry he or she has been asked to lead. Topics to be explored will include: defining leadership and followership, establishing and communicating vision, time management, communications, financial development and stewardship, and growth strategies. Barriers to success in ministry leadership including failure, disappointment, and conflict will also be discussed. Cross-listed as PAST 5073.

LEDR 6023 Leadership and Youth Ministry

This course will explore contemporary leadership theory from a Christian perspective with a view toward applying discoveries to ministry among youth. The course will include significant reflection on the student as a leader. Other topics will include: leading change effectively, time management, stress management, budgeting, and recruiting a leadership team. This course will also explore practical ways youth leaders can assist adolescents in developing their leadership gifts. Cross-listed as NXGN 6023.

LEDR 6043 The Practice of Leadership in Contemporary Ministry

Based on Biblical models and principles of leadership, students will learn how to lead in times of change to integrate a Biblical understanding of Christian leadership with the realities of contemporary society. Students will consider the characteristics of good leaders (from both Biblical and sociological perspectives) and the congregational dynamics that must be understood and applied by an effective leader. The challenges of Christian leadership in the contexts of bureaucratization, institutionalization, and secularization will be addressed, as well as why leaders fail and how to respond appropriately in times of failure or stress.

LEDR 6063 Leading Healthy and Effective Churches

This study of principles and practice for effective leadership will focus on ways to lead congregations in rural, small-town, and urban settings. Students will learn about a variety of local church models and congregational dynamics. Effective local church pastors and leaders will provide input and answer questions about their ministries. Students will be taught how to incorporate diverse groups of people in the church, how to lead consistent numerical and spiritual growth, how to build effective team ministries, how to provide wise financial leadership for the congregation, how to resolve conflict effectively, and how to lead significant social impact in the community. Cross- listed as EVAN 6063. Recommended prior study: EVAN 5013/3013.

LEDR 6083 Camping Ministry

This course examines camping ministry by considering a variety of camping ministry models and the theological rationale undergirding each model. A focus on understanding children and youth campers will include a review of typical stages of development and faith formation. Students are introduced to camp leadership topics including: staffing, programming, the business side of camp and the skills needed for camp leadership. The course explores the role camp plays in evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development of children and youth, as well as the potential benefit to the child, church and community. Cross-listed as NXGN 6083.

LEDR 7613 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Leadership

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Leadership. LEDR 7913, 7923 MA (Theology) Project

LEDR 7916, 7926 Thesis
Next Generation Ministry
NXGN 5013 Youth and Family Ministry

This course will study the application of theology to the youth and family ministry context. Students will investigate current youth and family ministry philosophies and methods while considering the underlying theological and biblical foundations of these approaches. The role of families and the importance of intergenerational connections will also be explored. Students also develop practical ministry skills for ministering to youth and their families.

NXGN 6023 Leadership and Youth Ministry

This course will explore contemporary leadership theory from a Christian perspective with a view toward applying discoveries to ministry among youth. The course will include significant reflection on the student as a leader. Other topics will include: leading change effectively, time management, stress management, budgeting, and recruiting a leadership team. This course will also explore practical ways youth leaders can assist adolescents in developing their leadership gifts. Cross-listed as LEDR 6023.

NXGN 6033 Evangelism and Discipleship of Youth

This course explores the theology, methods, and tools for effective evangelism and discipleship of youth. The course considers how to reach youth in today’s culture with the Gospel, how to communicate the Gospel in word an deed to this generation, and how to engage this generation in transformational discipleship. Cross-listed as EVAN 6033.

NXGN 6043 Reaching and Retaining Young Adults

This course will examine the changing young adult (18-30) culture. Through examining demographic and developmental issues, students will explore ministry implications for local churches. Various models will be introduced as students are taught how to develop effective and contextualized young adult ministries. Cross-listed as EVAN 6043.

NXGN 6063 Children’s Ministry

This course considers the importance of children’s ministry in the local church, as well as different models and philosophies, including the Biblical and theological rationale for each. Students are challenged to think purposefully about children’s ministry, and to examine ways to launch new children’s ministries in a variety of settings and demographics. This course explores ways to support and reach families, ways to cultivate intergenerational ministry opportunities, and ways to support children with diverse needs and from different backgrounds. The intention is for students to develop practical ministry skills for initiating and leading children’s ministry in today’s culture.

NXGN 6083 Camping Ministry

This course examines camping ministry by considering a variety of camping ministry models and the theological rationale undergirding each model. A focus on understanding children and youth campers will include a review of typical stages of development and faith formation. Students are introduced to camp leadership topics including: staffing, programming, the business side of camp and the skills needed for camp leadership. The course explores the role camp plays in evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development of children and youth, as well as the potential benefit to the child, church and community. Cross-listed as LEDR 6083.

NXGN 7013 Counselling Adolescents and their Families

Addictions, eating disorders, self-injury, sexual choices, media saturation, sexual abuse, family breakdown, anxiety, depression, and suicide – these are the dark realities that mark the lives of many young people today. This class is designed to address a number of these contemporary behavioural, emotional, and relational issues faced by new millennium adolescents. It is meant to prepare the student for increased ministry effectiveness through a deeper awareness of underlying issues affecting adolescents and their families today. Students will develop a greater level of freedom in addressing and discussing these issues with both adolescents themselves and adults who intersect with the adolescent world. Cross-listed as PACC 7013. Recommended prior study: PACC 5013

NXGN 7553, 7563, 7573, 7583, 7593 Directed Study
NXGN 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Next Generation Ministry

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Next Generation Ministry

NXGN 7913, 7923 MA (Theology) Project
NXGN 7916, 7926 Thesis
Pastoral Care and Counselling
PACC 5013 Understanding Pastoral Care and Counselling

This course is a study and exercise in understanding the nature, form, and purpose of the pastoral relationship in bringing about healing and wholeness to those with whom we journey. Pastoral response involves understanding of the situation of others and understanding one’s self through a process of self-exploration and theological reflection. Through the acquisition of relational, pastoral care, and counselling skills, each person will consider and form their own identities and skills as caregivers who care for the body, mind, and spirit.

PACC 5023 Introduction to Chaplaincy

An overview of the profession of chaplaincy, exploring the diversity that exists in this ministry. A variety of specialists will be involved in the course instruction through discipline-specific didactics, including prison chaplains, airport chaplains, military chaplains, university chaplains, and chaplains who are involved in the business and healthcare sectors. Students will be introduced to organizational and vocational aspects of these specialized ministerial settings. In addition, students will begin developing theological understandings of the chaplain’s unique call and will begin to develop a personal theology of care. Pastoral interventions will also be taught and competence developed in the areas of crisis response, stress management, dealing with loss, death, and dying. There will also be the opportunity for self-examination, where one might consider interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics that influence one’s own relationships and faith development. Cross-listed as CHAP 5023.

PACC 5033 Introduction to Prison Ministry

This course considers the specialized form of ministry with persons who are incarcerated. Areas considered will include the following: an historical view of corrections, the social structure of prisons, prison violence, understanding the effect of guilt, grief, and shame in the prisoner’s life, worship, approaches to pastoral counselling, the development of chaplaincy programs, and restorative justice. Cross- listed as CHAP 5023.

PACC 6013 Professional and Personal Ethics

In this course professional ethics in chaplaincy and counselling ministry settings will be considered. In this regard, issues such as codes of conduct, personal rights and freedoms, pertinent legal issues, knowing one’s professional limits, how and when to make a referral, maintaining confidentiality, and standards for ongoing professional and personal development will be addressed. Attention will also be given to ethical and religious concerns of a professional working in a multi-faith context. Cross-listed as CHAP 6013.

PACC 6043 Ministry in the Face of Grief, Loss, and Death

The reality of death dramatically informs our living, and yet it is a reality that we can tend to ignore until forced to consider it. It is vital for ministering-persons to grapple with the reality of mortality and to develop means of caring that address the complexity found in experiences of dying and grief. In this course, Biblical, theological, spiritual, psychological, social, medical and ethical dimensions of dying and bereavement will be discussed. Students will be given opportunity to embrace more deeply the reality of their own mortality, and will develop strategies to effectively and compassionately care for others in the midst of dying and grief.

PACC 6053 Care for People with Mental Health Concerns and Addictions

Drawing on relevant and current research, this course will provide students with an overview of a range of mental health concerns and an overview of addictions, as well as best practices for offering care. Students will be challenged to relate Christian theology to mental illness and to addiction and to consider the possibilities and limitations for offering care within a congregational setting and as an aspect of the church’s mission. Appropriate boundary-setting, the need for self-care and a theologically robust understanding of care will be important aspects of this discussion.

PACC 7013 Counselling Adolescents and their Families

Addictions, eating disorders, self-injury, sexual choices, media saturation, sexual abuse, family breakdown, anxiety, depression, and suicide – these are the dark realities that mark the lives of many young people today. This class is designed to address a number of these contemporary behavioural, emotional, and relational issues faced by adolescents. It is meant to prepare the student for increased ministry effectiveness through a deeper awareness of underlying issues affecting adolescents and their families today. Students will develop a greater level of freedom in addressing and discussing these issues with both adolescents themselves and adults who intersect with the adolescent world. Cross-listed as NXGN 7013. Recommended prior study: PACC 5013.

PACC 7023 Marriage and Family Counselling

This course focuses on how to support couples and families in times of transition, difficulty, and crisis. Students will be introduced to the structure and function of marriage, the various aspects of the marital relationship, family systems, and ways the counsellor may approach premarital, marriage, and family counselling as a creative, preventative, and healing ministry. Recommended prior study: PACC 5013.

PACC 7033 The Church’s Response to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious and pervasive problem in contemporary society and in church congregations. This course will define and explain what domestic violence is, provide an overview of current research, explain the role of churches and church leaders in responding to the needs of victims, and provide information about accessing community resources, all in the context of a Biblical understanding of care for those who suffer. The course will consider the church’s response to social needs as an important aspect of witness.

PACC 7063 Suicide: Perspectives and Intervention

Suicide is a devastating issue, both for those considering it, and for their friends and loved ones and community. This course will draw on current research, theological resources and historical perspectives to illuminate the complexity of the phenomenon and means of care for those at risk of suicide and for those who have experienced the death of a loved one due to suicide. Issues of self-care for the pastoral caregiver will also be addressed. Students will participate in the nationally-accredited, two-day ASIST workshop (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to equip participants to recognize, effectively intervene, and offer care to those considering suicide.

PACC 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Pastoral Care and Counselling

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Pastoral Care and Counselling.

PACC 7913, 7923 MA (Theology) Project
PACC 7916, 7926 Thesis
Pastoral Ministry
PAST 5053 Preaching as a Practice and the Practice of Preaching

In this course, participants will focus upon three sets of skills. First, the interpretation of the Scriptures for preaching. Second, the design of sermons. Third, the delivery of sermons. The first will involve practicing basic exegesis to determine what a Scripture is talking about and what it is saying about what it is talking about. The second will focus on crafting sermon structure and content that enables communicating a clear message according to a predetermined purpose. The third will focus on matters of verbal and non-verbal communication in public speaking and negotiating mediated delivery. Throughout this course, participants will be required to prepare, design, and deliver various messages to be delivered publicly and on which they will receive peer and tutor feedback. In-between classes, participants will be expected to give time and attention to preparation, practice, and rehearsal.

PAST 5063 Christian Worship….Now.

Participants will be introduced to the biblical, historical, and theological understandings of gathered Christian ‘worship’. With reference to history and geography the variety of potential approaches will be highlighted before focusing on what is meant by ‘traditional’, ‘contemporary’, ‘blended’ and ‘alternative’ worship. The potential acts and activities that can constitute a worship service and the range of possible service ‘orders’ will be explored. Specific attention will be given to several key practices such as the public reading of Scripture, public prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and Baptism. Through observation, reflection and rehearsal, participants will have the opportunity to design worship services and develop the skills of leading public corporate worship.

PAST 5073 Leadership That Advances the Mission

This course will explore leadership theory and leadership arts that can help a Christian leader advance the mission of the ministry he or she has been asked to lead. Topics to be explored will include: defining leadership and followership, establishing and communicating vision, time management, communications, fund raising, and growth strategies. Barriers to success in ministry leadership including failure, disappointment, and conflict will also be discussed. Cross-listed as LEDR 5073.

PAST 6023 Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations

This course will consider how to give effective leadership to older, established congregations in order to bring renewal and growth. Beginning with a Biblical understanding of renewal, students will consider the strengths and weaknesses of established churches, why established churches don’t change easily, and how to lead real change in an established church. The typical life cycle of established congregations will be examined, along with ways to interrupt the cycle. The course will examine both spiritual and social reasons for congregational decline, the effect of the social environment on church life, and how to interact with contemporary society. The course will emphasize the pastor’s leadership role in church renewal, and will look at practical ways to attract younger adults to a congregation of older members. Cross-listed as EVAN 6023. Recommended prior study: EVAN 5013.

PAST 6053 Creative Preaching: Beyond the ‘Big Idea’

This course will focus upon preaching as the embodied oral/aural communication of biblically informed Christian convictions with the purpose of effecting some sort of change. Participants will be introduced to the embodied nature of preaching before exploring a variety of approaches and understandings of the practice of preaching. The course will cover-form sensitive; testimony; sequential; trouble and grace; collaborative; prophetic; evangelistic; extreme; and African-American celebratory styles of preaching. In exploring these approaches, the contribution that women’s styles of preaching, and black styles of preaching in particular make to our understanding will be highlighted and themes such as the use of multi-media, post- modern culture, preaching and politics, and ‘out-church’ preaching discussed as appropriate. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on two approaches to preaching that particularly interest them and can enhance their own practice and will have the opportunity to design and deliver sermons in these styles receiving peer and tutor, group and individual feedback. Prerequisite: PAST 5053

PAST 7013 Mentored Ministry 1

This course guides students in the formation of pastoral identity and in the development of ministry skills. This will be accomplished in class through the integration of theory and theology under the direction of the professor, and within a congregation chosen in consultation with the Director under the mentorship of a pastor. Minimum of 240 in-ministry hours required. May be completed in the summer or during the fall and winter semesters. Open only to Master of Divinity students. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours.

PAST 7023 Mentored Ministry 2

This course guides students in the formation of pastoral identity and in the development of ministry skills. This will be accomplished in class through the integration of theory and theology under the direction of the professor, and within a congregation or other approved ministry setting, under the mentorship of a pastor or ministry leader. Minimum of 240 in-ministry hours required. May be completed in the summer or during the fall and winter semesters. Open only to Master of Divinity students. Prerequisite: PAST 7013 and completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours.

PAST 7916, 7926 Thesis
Spiritual Formation
SPFM 5013 Christian Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders

This course will consider the Biblical and theological foundations of Christian discipleship. Students will reflect on the indispensable role that spiritual disciplines have in cultivating deeper Christian spiritual formation. While aimed at those who are called to be leaders in the church, the course will also explore the application of spiritual disciplines to the life of the church as a whole and to its mission in the world.

SPFM 7013 Pathways of Prayer: The Soul’s Quest for God

Prayer is as vital to the health and vibrancy of the soul of the church, as breathing is to the human body. This course will consider the biblical and theological foundations of prayer and is designed to equip ministry leaders to lead and encourage the church in the practice of consistent prayer as a vital aspect of our relationship with God and one another, and a viable means of nurturing healthy growing congregations. Recommended prior study: SPFM 5013.

SPFM 7023 The Soul of Leadership

This personalized and individualized course will provide one-on-one spiritual direction, with a focus on the practice of spiritual disciplines as a regular habit of those in Christian leadership. Students will be guided in developing and implementing a plan for spiritual formation based on the Bible, selected historical models, and contemporary practices of Christian spirituality. Prerequisite: SPFM 5013 or permission of the instructor.

SPFM 7613 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Spiritual Formationv

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Spiritual Formation.

SPFM 7913, 7923 MA (Theology) Project
SPFM 7916, 7926 Thesis
SPFM 7990 Continuance
Theology
THEO 5013 Christian Theology I

An introduction to Christian doctrine and theological inquiry. Students will become familiar with theological methods and approaches to the use of biblical data, theological literature, and personal transformation in shaping their theological identities. This first course in Theology will focus upon prolegomena and the doctrines of God (including revelation), Christ, and Holy Spirit. An overall Trinitarian orientation will be developed through the image of an integrated web rather than traditional vertical categories or silos. Various theological sub-disciplines will be used, including biblical, historical, and systematic approaches and priority will be given to evangelical emphases.

THEO 5023 Christian Theology II

This course will focus on doctrinal areas of humanity, sin (including evil and theodicy), salvation, the church, and last things. Students will become familiar with various theologians of the contemporary era and the application of theological method to specific projects and questions. Methods observed and employed will give attention to biblical, historical, and systematic theological approaches with emphasis upon evangelical responses to theological issues. Recommended prior study: THEO 5013

THEO 5503 Theology I: Indigenous Perspectives

This course is a theological reflection focused on the concept of community. It will examine the Christian doctrines of creation, fall, and redemption, identifying God’s community-creating purpose in the world. Other issues examined include evil and the fall in their spiritual and cosmic dimensions, ecology and the cultural mandate. The course will include understandings of the nature and origins of community as portrayed within Indigenous cosmologies and spiritual perspectives. This course is normally taught by an Indigenous instructor. This course is normally available only to students enrolled in the MA-INCD program.

THEO 6013 Christian Ethics

An introduction to the methods and processes of Christian moral concerns and appropriate responses. In the context of classical thinkers and schools, the range of Christian ethics will be presented, with special attention to categories of ethical inquiry such as race/ethnicity, sexuality, bioethics, the environment, peace and justice, and global concerns/human rights, especially from a Canadian perspective. In developing blended strategies for decision-making (deontological, teleological, character ethics, etc.), priority will be given to the use of key biblical texts and viewing the church as an ethical community. Recommended prior study: THEO 5013, 5023

THEO 6503 Theology II: Theology and Ethic of the Land

The course will help students to develop an integrated understanding of God, humanity and culture focusing on current debates and their bearing on Christian mission and community. Practical issues such as the relationship between the sacred and the secular, the role of art, the place of work and leisure, and the significance of political engagement will receive particular attention in juxtaposition with Indigenous perspectives in each area. This course is normally taught by an Indigenous instructor.

THEO 6513 Ethics in Intercultural Context

An intercultural and contextual introduction to central issues in Christian ethics, with attention to the way in which moral reflection interacts with philosophy and culture. The course explores biblical-theological foundations for ethics, the role of scripture and Jesus’ example in ethical formulation, and deals with major contemporary topics including gender, sexuality, marriage, euthanasia, war, bioethics, wealth, and poverty. This course is normally taught by an Indigenous instructor.

THEO 6523 Creation and Transformation

The centre of Christian theology is Jesus Christ who unites Creator and creation. Therefore, this course will focus on the scriptural and ecclesiastical traditions concerning the person and work of Christ in transforming creation. This will provide the basis for a discussion about the implication of Christology for the transformation of creation community. Thus, the course will seek to engage the ideas represented by the councils, creeds of past theologians, and then move to examine the theological praxis that resulted in a colonial and post-colonial context. This course is normally taught by an Indigenous instructor.

THEO 7013 Theology in the First Five Centuries

A seminar in the development of Christian theology in the first through the fifth centuries. Using major writers and primary texts in translation, themes such as church, ministry, the sacraments/ordinances, community, and authority will be examined. Major emphasis upon the doctrines of Christ and Trinity in debates and conciliar discussions. Students will explore the approaches suggested by the work of W.H.C. Frend, W. Meeks, J. Pelikan, A. McGrath, R. Williams, T. Oden, and G. R. Evans. Attention will be given to the emergence of orthodox and non-orthodox interpretations. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, THEO 5013 and CHUR 5013, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7023 Theology of the Reformers

Seminar in the several theological traditions that emerged in the reforming movements of the 15th and 16th centuries: Lollardry, Hussite, Lutheran, Reformed (Zwingli and Calvin), Radical/Anabaptists, Anglican, and Catholic (Erasmus and St. Therese). Leading theologians will be examined in context, and the importance of emerging confessions will be underscored. Major thinkers to be used for essay orientation and analysis include: R. Bainton, S. Ozment; G.H. Williams; H. Oberman; C. Lindberg; and Hillerbrand. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, THEO 5013 or 5023, and CHUR 5013, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7033 Contemporary Theology

Seminar focused on Post-Enlightenment theological trends comprising the discussion at present. Categories include 19th century Liberalism, rise of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Neo-Evangelicalism, Radical Theology, Post- Foundationalism, Process Theology, Paleo-Orthodoxy, Radical Orthodoxy, Pentecostal voices, and the critiques of New Atheism and Non-Theism. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, THEO 5013 or 5023, and CHUR 5013, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7043 Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

A foundational seminar in the development of theological thought about the person and work of Jesus Christ. Biblical themes from Hebrew prophecies and the narratives of the New Testament include (Christology from below): birth and infancy; Jesus’ teaching as a rabbi; work in healing; crucifixion and resurrection; post-resurrection; ascension; and parousia. These themes will be integrated with doctrinal categories (including Christology from above) like: the pre-existent Christ with the Father; Christ in Creation; the two natures of Christ; Christ and the Spirit; the Saviour as atonement for sin; Christ as Judge, Christ in the church and sacraments/ordinances; the Lordship of Christ; the finality of Christ; and the Eternal Christ. Major recent Christological theologians for this course include K. Barth; R. Aldwinckle; W. Pannenberg; E. Schillebeeckx; P. Knitter; N.T. Wright; R. E. Brown; D. Migliore; and C. E. Gunton. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, THEO 5013 or 5023, and BIBL 5023, 5033, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7053 Holy Spirit

This course will explore leading contemporary thinkers in pneumatology to understand the doctrine’s biblical, historical, and contemporary contours. Emphasis is placed on understanding Free Church contributions, including Baptistic and Charismatic perspectives, as well as balancing local Canadian contributions with Global voices, all to articulate one’s theological convictions in light of trends such as the rise of Pentecostalism, liberation theology, feminism, and pluralism. The course will engage specifically pastoral issues such as questions concerning the nature of salvation, the role of experience, the interpretation of Scripture, the nature of spiritual gifts, and phenomena such as Spirit-baptism, spiritual warfare, and healings. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, THEO 5013, and BIBL 5023, 5033, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7063 Eschatology

Seminar in various approaches to the doctrine of last things. Using eschatological issues as basic human questions, students will work with categories of Christian eschatological discourse: death, resurrection, judgment, Jesus Christ, consummation, and eternal life. In addition to gathering biblical data (including the apocalyptic and messianic traditions), attention will be given to evaluating various schools of interpretation, including: chiliasm, the Augustinian model, Joachimism, covenantal theology, dispensationalism, Barthianism, realized eschatology, kingdom thought, theology of hope, logical positivism, eco-eschatology, the Orthodox and Catholic traditions, Process thinking, and nihilism. The historic creeds will provide a frame of reference for building an authentically Christian eschatology. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, THEO 5023, BIBL 5023 and 5033, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7083 Being Human

In this course, students will engage critically with what it means to be human, in biblical, theological, and contemporary contexts, leading them to develop a Christian anthropology appropriate to life and ministry today. Raising the questions, “Who am I?” “What am I?” and “Why am I here?” will lead to philosophical and theological explorations of personhood and identity, as students consider the nature and destiny of human beings. The course will address concepts such as naturalism, mind-body dualism, and post-modern identity, creation, imago dei, sin, relationality, and the significance of Christology for human self-understanding. Insights will be applied to contemporary issues including disability, human rights, artificial intelligence, and post-humanism. Prerequisite: THEO 5013, 5023, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7113 Christian Theology in a Pluralistic Context

This course focuses on the nature of pluralism in Western culture, in its philosophical, religious, and cultural forms. Through an examination of the nature of truth-claims, the concept of worldview, and shared cultural assumptions, students consider some of the potential and challenges of expressing Christian faith in contemporary Western and global context. They consider how to interact with and respond theologically to other religious traditions. Students explore the contours of relating faith and culture, including the impact of culture on theology, and potential for religious expression in the public square. Prerequisites: THEO 5013, 5023, or permission of instructor.

THEO 7133 Apologetic Engagement of Church and Contemporary Culture

This course will orient students to the field of Christian apologetics in contemporary context and equip them to engage faith and culture for ministry. We will examine the rationale for apologetics and its place in contemporary society, identify and explore cultural shifts that need to be addressed by the church, explore the nature of worldview and the philosophical viability of faith, and consider some major issues in apologetics today. Special topics include the existence of God, the problem of pain, the authority of the Bible, the supremacy of Christ, creation-evolution and other religions, while considering how Christians express their faith in contemporary context. Cross-listed as EVAN 7133.

THEO 7143 Theology of Political Reconciliation

In this course students will develop a theology of political reconciliation through the lens of collective ethical responsibility. They will explore the place of social sin, forgiveness, and repentance in political reconciliation, and consider the tension between individual and collective responsibility. Students will apply their learning to contemporary contexts as they consider the political role of the church and what it means for Christian leaders to be ambassadors of reconciliation.

THEO 7153 Theology of Love

What is love? Why is it considered the most essential human value for so many? How is it connected to such fundamental facets of the human condition as family, sex, religion, justice, forgiveness, etc.? This course will engage the topic of love as it is related to perennial dimensions of our human experience, and how our humanity can be understood through divine love. This course will set out to define love in its various forms, chart its history from ancient ideas (such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Bible, Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine) to modern ones (such as C. S. Lewis and Thomas Jay Oord), and will set out to explore modern contributors to the practice of love (such as Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa).

THEO 7613, 7623 MA (Theology) Guided Reading in Theology

A guided reading course surveying significant scholarship in the field of Theology.

THEO 7916, 7926 MA (Theology) Thesis
THEO 7990 Continuance
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