Apologetics: Facts for Creation

Instructor:

Pastor Terry Murphy

Course Objectives:

1 Peter 3:15 – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
In today’s culture the Christian Faith is being challenged in the arena of ideas like never before. With secularizing of our society, and the rise of the anti-Christ spirit, believers need to be prepared with information that can help them defend their faith and also witness in an informed way to others.

Course Outline:

Personal Story and Introduction
Can I Trust the Bible
Genesis the Foundation of All Major Biblical Doctrines
Apologetics: Classical Arguments
Lying Spirit behind Evolution
Two Prevalent Accounts of Origins
Miracles of Evolution
A Reasonable Faith
Four Blood Red Moons

Required Textbooks:

In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation (Master Books; a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc., Green Forest Arizona) 2000 Ashton, John F. Editor
In depth - Creation Basics and Beyond, (Institute For Creation Research, Dallas, Texas), 2013

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Conflict Resolution

Instructor:

Susan Hastie

Course Description:

Each one of us encounters conflict at some time in life. This course will examine practical and biblical ways in which to attempt to restore peace to relationships. These methods can be used to teach clients how to achieve unity and harmony in relationships.

Required Textbook:

“Resolving Everyday Conflict”, Kevin Johnson and Ken Sande

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Counseling Theories II

Instructor:

Dr. Jamie Scutchings, Ph. D.

Course Description:

This course covers the role of the counselor, different counseling theories and approaches and their effectiveness as well as what God says about wholeness and healing for individuals. Some of the topics included are: Peace and healing; World theories; Blocks to healing and wholeness.

Required Textbooks:

Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapies: A Case Approach (2nd edition) by Nancy L. Murdock

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Counseling the Whole Man

Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe

Description: The challenges people face can have compounded, complicated root causes. Effective counselors skillfully guide others through those causes as well as the approaches that best fit as potential solutions. In this course, students will look at an integrated approach to counseling practices that factor the various influences of a persons spirit, soul, and body.

Required Textbook: "Restoring the Foundations: An Integrated Approach to Healing Ministry”, Chester and Betty Kylstra
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Foundations of Inner Healing

Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe

Description: The student will focus on specific areas that restrict individuals from maturing into healthy relational beings. This introductory course will unmask the effects of sin, ongoing cycles and undercurrents that leave individuals searching for meaning and purpose. This course will equip VBCI students and enable them to guide others into empowered and abundant living.

Required Textbook: "Transforming the Inner Man" - OOOOOOOOO

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Grief Counseling

Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe

Description: Grief Counseling will cover the skills necessary to facilitate the process of grief, initiate healing, and promote a sense of growth. It will provide strategies which can be used with children, adolescents, those who are grieving as well as with those who are receiving palliative care. The course will examine how the pain associated with grief is a necessary factor in the healing process.

Textbook: “Counseling for Grief and Bereavement” 2nd Edition, Geraldine M. Humphry and David G. Zimpfer

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Growing a Healthy Church

Instructor: Pastor Kelly Stickel

Course Description:
To give the student a better understanding of leadership and its role within the local church.

Course Outline:
Continuing with the 7 growth points of any organization as described in the Leadership Challenge 1 Course, this course will focus on leadership in the local church and, in particular, its role in the development of organizational systems.
There are three basic elements that make a game worth playing: the object of the game, the rules of the game, and how to keep score. Building off of this concept, we will offer leaders a way to organize congregations for success by creating structure and systems that enable church life and health.
We will discuss systems, culture, as well as the role of the board, the pastor, the staff, and the congregation.

Textbooks:
“Winning on Purpose”, by John Edmund Kaiser
“Simple Church”, by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger

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Intro to Human Sexuality

Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe

Description: This course is designed to teach first year students areas of human sexual functioning, behavior, and relationships from a clinical and Kingdom perspective. There will be some emphasis on both the biological and physical differences between the two genders. The student will learn some clinical treatment options in dealing with sexual issues.

Textbooks:
1) Purity, Kris Vallotton
2) “Knowing the Heart of the Father”, David Eckman.

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Leadership Character Markers

Instructor: Brian Rushfeldt

Course Description: This course is designed to help every Christian be influential – hence a leader. Jesus exhorted us to be salt and light. That is a call to EVERY Christian to be influential. James said “Be doers, not just hearers.” And Paul also pressed on toward that same high call. Our influence quotient depends significantly upon our character - “character markers." Consistently developing those markers allows us a more full release to fulfill the call/ dream/ vision from God. In this course, students will develop an accurate self-portrait that reveals their character strengths and weaknesses. Students will learn certain “laws” of leadership that will help to release them into their destiny. Finally, by exercising what is learned, students will experience a release to GO and influence the world they encounter.

Required Textbooks:
“Leadership Gold”- by John C. Maxwell
“Spiritual Leadership” - by Henry and Richard Blackaby

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Leadership Development

Instructor: Dr. Ron Den Otter, Ph.D.

Description: If you build a leadership model that isn’t designed around Jesus’ model of leading, you won’t train leaders to lead as Jesus did. The New Testament model for leadership is “servant leadership”. Jesus says, “I came to serve, not to be served” yet, Jesus was the greatest leader the world has ever seen.

Textbook: “Understanding Leadership” by Tom Marshall

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Marriage and Family

Instructor: Dr. Jamie Scutchings, Ph. D

Course Description: To help students attain an understanding of effective counselling approaches when working with couples and families. Some of the topics covered include: What is marriage and family counselling; Marriage and family restoration; Blocks to relationship healing; Communication skills; How to effectively counsel couples.

Textbooks: Five Love Languages, (Garry Chapman) - Click here to purchase the book

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Old Testament Types and Shadows

Instructor: Pastor Terry Murphy, MTheo

Course Objectives:
To examine Types and Shadows given in the Old Testament that are seen fulfilled in the New Testament. Particular emphasis will be given to the types and shadows around the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will gain a richer understanding of what the Son of God has already accomplished and a clearer understanding of soon-to-happen future events.

Course Description:
Will define how “types and shadows” are used within Scripture.
Will delve into various examples of the above to see the mysteries of God prophesied through types and shadows.
Will gain a deeper understanding of truths contained within Types and Shadows.

Textbooks:
“Jesus was a Jew” by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.
Available free for download as a PDF.
A Study of Biblical Typology” by Wayne Jackson
Types and Shadows of Yeshua in the Old & New Covenants” by Jonathan Bernis

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Pastoral Counseling

Instructor: Dr. Ron Den Otter,Ph.D.

Description:
The counseling that pastors tend to do most of is counseling related to relationships and related to personal and family crisis.
- What are the right things to say to a couple that comes to you for pre-marriage counseling? How can you help them establish their marriage on a good foundation?
- What do you say to the couple that comes to you for help with a marriage that’s in trouble?
- What do you tell the parents who have lost control of their teenager, and want you to help them?
- When the phone rings and the teary voice on the other end tells you that her dad has died, what do you say? What do you do?
- How do you offer hope to the person who has just received “bad news” from the doctor?
- How do you counsel the person who has just learned that his or her spouse has been unfaithful?
As a pastor, it’s only a matter of time until you run into each of these situations. Whether the person seeking your help is from you church, or is approaching you because they “found you in the phone book," your response needs to communicate the love of God, and bring the wisdom, the perspective, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Textbook: “Christian Counseling” 3rd Edition by Gary R. Collins

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Psychology of Christian Ethics

Instructor: Dr. Jaime Scutchings, Ph.D.

Description: The Psychology of Christian Ethics will examine the controversial issue of Christian ethics from a biblical viewpoint. It will focus on the importance of developing and upholding a code of ethics when counseling others.

Textbooks:
“Decoding the Ethics Code” 2nd Edition, Cecilia B. Fisher
"Counseling Ethics: Issues and Cases, Canadian Counseling Association" by William E. Sheppard, Glenn W. Lehr, Ron Shephard, Blythe Schulz (2006)

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Psychology of Stress

Instructor: Dr.Ron Den Otter, Ph.D.

Course Outline: Stress is everywhere and in many ways, it’s unavoidable. Learning to deal with stress appropriately is a skill that many people lack. Stress manifests in many ways in our bodies, our emotions, and our behaviors. Some of the topics covered include: The definition of stress; the sources of stress; The Physiology of Stress; The Theology of Stress; and The Psychology of Stress. The focus is on giving counsellors tools to help measure stress and techniques to help clients deal with stress more effectively.

Textbooks: none

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Sociology

Instructor: Susan Hastie M.A.

Description: Sociology is the study of how the world impacts people and people impact the world. As Christians we are not of the world by we must live in the world. It is therefore essential that the Christian has an understanding of the society in which they live. In this course the student will explore the North American society, its’ change, and progression as depicted in the Bible. The student will explore societal trends and the impact of these on the individual and the Church as a whole. Finally, the student will gain insight into the influential norms on their clients and how this impacts their healing.

Textbook: “Canadian Social Trends” 3rd Volume, by Craig McKie
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Call: 1-800-565-9523 (University of Toronto Press).
Order by using ISBN number: ISBN 978155077-1053
Cost: $29.95

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Spiritual Warfare: Understood & Applied

Instructor: Dr. Ron Swanson, D.Th.

Course Description: Avoiding the “spiritual excess” and extra-Biblical “revelations” that have often surrounded this subject, this course presents a balanced, Scriptural look at Spiritual Warfare. Building on the premise that Jesus has already defeated the enemy and we are enforcing his defeat in our daily lives, this course takes an in-depth look at the following: The Authority of the Believer; the Armor of God; the Enemy (his nature and strategies); Strategies for walking in victory and much more. As Christians, we do wrestle against principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12), but we’re wrestling from a position of victory.

Textbook: The Triumphant Church – by Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin
Dressed to Kill – Rick Renner

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Spirit/Soul Hindrances to Change

Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe

Description: The freedom afforded to the believer is complete in Christ, yet prevented by inerrant choices we can make. Students will gain insight into how to guide others through healing of old emotional scars, bitterness, anger, and other emotionally binding strongholds. Discussion includes an in depth look at Co-dependency and it’s affect on those involved in it. Dynamic exercises and practical Biblical application provide students with access to tools to effectively assist others through their past experiences.

Textbook: "Escape from Co-Dependent Christianity", by Dr. James B. Richards

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Systematic Theology I

Instructor: Dr. Dan Cowans

Description: Theology is the study of God Himself as revealed through the scriptures. It begins from the basis of the unfolding revelation of God, portrayed not only in His acts and attributes as recorded on the pages of Scripture, but also in the revelation of God through a study of His names. It includes a study of errant and inerrant understandings of God as espoused by various philosophical and biblical proponents, leading to a Scriptural basis for understanding and knowing God. The great themes of biblical doctrines are examined in detail.

Textbooks: “Lectures in Systematic Theology”, Henry C. Thiessen

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Systematic Theology II

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Description: Theology is the study of God Himself as revealed through the scriptures. It begins from the basis of the unfolding revelation of God, portrayed not only in His acts and attributes as recorded on the pages of Scripture, but also in the revelation of God through a study of His names. It includes a study of errant and inerrant understandings of God as espoused by various philosophical and biblical proponents, leading to a Scriptural basis for understanding and knowing God. The great themes of biblical doctrines are examined in detail.

Textbooks: “Lectures in Systematic Theology”, Henry C. Thiessen (If you've taken Systematic Theology I, you probably already have this book.)

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Systematic Theology III

Instructor: ---

Description:
Theology is the study of God Himself as revealed through the scriptures. It begins from the basis of the unfolding revelation of God, portrayed not only in His acts and attributes as recorded on the pages of Scripture, but also in the revelation of God through a study of His names. It includes a study of errant and inerrant understandings of God as espoused by various philosophical and biblical proponents, leading to a Scriptural basis for understanding and knowing God. The great themes of biblical doctrines are examined in detail.

Textbooks: “Lectures in Systematic Theology”, Henry C. Thiessen

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The Leadership Challenge

Instructor: Pastor Kelly Stickel

Course Description: To give the student a better understanding of leadership and its role within the local church.

Course Outline:
How to Perform at Your Personal Best by Engaging the Five Practices of Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.
Learn the Five Levels of Leadership and How to Apply Them to Your Ministry or Business Roles: Position, Permission, Production, People Development, Pinnacle Discover the Seven Growth Points of Any Organization and How to Maximize the Growth Potential of Yourself and Your Team.

Textbooks:
The Leadership Challenge – by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
The 5 Levels of Leadership – by John C. Maxwell

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World Missions

Instructor: Pastor Paul Juss

Description: Missions is the heart beat of God, redeeming a lost world back to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. The church is the hands and feet of the Body of Christ that are going to get the job done. The second coming of Jesus pivots and is dependent on a job well done. Put on your spiritual seatbelt for this life-altering course as it has the potential to wreck you forever from a life of average and status-quo.

Textbooks: “The Missions Addiction”, David Shibley
“What in the World is God Doing?”, C. Gordon Olson

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