Church History

Course Description: Beginning with only a handful of oppressed Jewish believers, the church now enfolds, at least in nominal belief almost one billion people. Church History could be described as a series of revivals and declines, each successive restoration carrying it further than before. It is aggressively evangelistic. Church History covers the world at the time of Christ, the birth of the Church, the old Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Reformation, the Evangelical era, the Pentecostal Church and modern outpourings and revivals.

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Church Planting

Instructor: Pastor Brad Dewar

Course Objectives:

Planting new churches is no optional activity - it forms the heart and soul of the Great Commission. It is desperately needed all around the world today. New churches infuse the body of Christ with new excitement, new ideas, new frontiers of ministry and new people. New churches are vital to the health and continued growth of the whole church. However, like many other worthwhile things, church planting is easier ‘said than done’. This course is intended to take us far beyond theory and offer the kind of practical wisdom that can only be gleaned from those who have been, and continue to be personally involved in numerous church planting endeavors. Topics to be covered include:
Determining when to plant
How to create and plan a pre-launch checklist
Choosing the right launching strategy
Leading a planting team
Establishing a functional church government structure

Textbook:
“Planting Healthy Growing Churches” – by Dr. G. Hill and Pastor B. Dewar (Victory International Publishing)
(Note: This textbook is available through the Victory Bookstore. Call the Registrar's Office to order)

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Counselling I

Course Objectives:
To understand the dynamics of issues and identify what people need counselling for.
To determine common problems presented in a counselling office.
To understand and be able to help people work through issues.
To understand and be able to apply basic skills of counselling to assist individuals in a supportive, ethical manner.
To understand when professional help is needed.

Textbook: "Christian Counselling- A Comprehensive Guide" by Gary R. Collins, Ph.D.

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Counselling II

Objectives: In this course, we will examine different approaches to therapy and personal wholeness in Christ. We will discover why the Biblical approach of community is the very best setting for wholeness and healing to take place, and learn how to build Biblical community into our own lives, families and churches.

Textbook: "Soul Talk" by Larry Crabb

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Essentials of Pastoral Care

Instructor: Pastor Sherry Loewen B.A. (Psy), MCC

Course Objectives:
This course is designed as an introduction to the Biblical concept of Pastoral Care. The understanding of this topic provides the student with the basic concepts as outlined in Scripture, as well as the different methodologies and strategies for effective pastoral care in the local church. A specific emphasis will be on equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to provide Pastoral Care.

Textbook: “Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide” by: John Patton

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Excellence in Ministry

Course Description: In Malachi 1, the Lord rebukes His people Israel because they had a propensity to offer to Him less than their very best. For sure, they had offered something, but it wasn’t the very best they had to offer. God took it as an insult then, and there is no doubt He does now. We need to first get a vision for excellence, and then strive for excellence in every area of life and ministry. This course will begin to further this process.

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Hebrews

Course Description: This course provides students with an understanding of the Letter to the Hebrews. To train the student in developing suitable Bible Studies and Sermons from the letter to the Hebrews. To see student’s lives transformed as they come to understand whom Jesus Christ is and what God has done for us through the new covenant.

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Homiletics

Course Description: This course supplies ministers and theological students, as well as laymen who are called upon to preach, with a helpful tool for their ministry. It is not an attempt to complete an exhaustive treatment of homiletics but rather a clearly outlined guide for study, selection of sermon texts and themes and sermon building.

Textbook: None

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Leadership III

Objectives: This 3rd level leadership course moves past self-leadership and covers areas such as leading organizations, the training, reproducing and releasing of leaders, effective delegation, building a leadership team, coaching staff, human resource relations and visionary leadership.

Textbook: “Courageous Leadership” by Bill Hybels - Click Here to purchase this book.

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Pastoral Theology

Course Objective: This course familiarizes students with the responsibilities, duties and qualifications of a full-time minister. It enables a student to recognize whether he or she has the call into full-time ministry, and provides practical and scriptural theory concerning the roles, duties and responsibilities of pastors and other full-time ministers.

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