Our Courses

 
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PATHWAYS COURSE OFFERING

Students will participate in seven academic courses and three field education courses. Academic courses are delivered utilizing a combination of intensive in-class time, online content delivery, and distance learning. In-class sessions are offered on location at the Central Canadian District Ministry Centre in Burlington Ontario. The field education courses require the student to be actively involved in an internship placement at a church or ministry, where they will receive hands-on opportunities for development and mentorship from experienced ministry leaders.

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Baptism of the Spirit Course Description

The Apostle Paul said, “For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” This course will delve into the Biblical and C&MA materials that teach of the baptism/infilling of the Holy Spirit. Students will examine various traditions of what this term means, and develop a comprehensive understanding of how to receive, live within, and teach on Spirit baptism. Students will develop a theology of Word and Spirit through combining exegetical scholarship with C&MA history, devotional prayer, and journaling. A framework for discernment will be developed and practiced in the classroom setting, with a goal that being Spirit-led in communal decision-making becomes a part of their leadership culture. 

Cultivating Leaders in Ministry Course Description

Pastoral ministry is a rewarding and demanding vocation that requires spiritual maturity, personal competence, and cultural awareness. On any given day ministering persons are required to offer biblical counsel, navigate complex denominational processes, adhere to local church governance, discern vision, provide pastoral insight, and communicate the Gospel in a broken world. This course will help to equip students to navigate these complex and at times competing dimensions of the vocation of ministry. Students will be guided to understand their own ministry calling, challenged to practice authentic ministry, survey the organizational geography of the C&MA in Canada, and develop the tools to practice ministry in a sustainable and healthy manner. Rooted in the vision of developing Christ-Centred, Spirit-Empowered and Mission-Focused leaders, this course will explore a pastoral theology of ministry that delights in the triune God, embraces C&MA perspectives, and confirms one’s own calling and giftedness for ministry.

Disciple Making Course Description

Jesus left his disciples with the instruction to “go and make disciples”. They were to carry on the work of the Father with this one strategy. It was the same strategy Jesus had modeled and trained them in during his ministry, an intentional, Spirit dependent, relational, sanctifying and multiplicative method. Ever since Jesus gave this instruction the church has been engaged in seeking to fulfill this mandate. In this course we will examine Jesus’ purpose for discipleship, the pattern and principles He left to be repeated, the application of these in the ministry of Paul and the early church and the ever-growing present-day discipleship models. Students will participate in and reflect on being a discipler, identify their personal discipleship progress in light of Jesus’ discipleship pattern, and form an approach to making disciples for their specific church or ministry context.

Field Education & Ministry Formation Course Description

Pathways Field Education & Ministry Formation courses are intentional field education experiences consisting of 3 consecutive semesters, designed to introduce students to the practice of ministry. An important element of these courses is to aid students in identifying and co-operating with how God is forming them as a ministering person as well as learning how to theologically reflect on the practice of ministry. The student will come away with a greater understanding of ministry, a deeper appreciation for their spiritual giftedness, and develop skills which will help them serve effectively as a ministering person.

MINISTERING THE FOURFOLD GOSPEL COURSE DESCRIPTION

The fourfold gospel describes the historic emphasis of the C&MA on the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Saviour, our Sanctifier, our Healer, and our Coming King. These aspects of the ministry of Jesus is what defined the C&MA more than 100 years ago and continues to lay out the foundation of our work today.  This course will provide the student with an in-depth learning of what constitutes the fourfold gospel, how the values of the Christian and Missionary Alliance are built on this Christological summary, and how the fourfold gospel can be applied to various areas in church ministry. Students will have opportunity to develop a deep and personal understanding of the person and work of Christ in a believer’s life as the key to transformational ministry.

MISSIONAL THEOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTION

To quote Christopher J. Wright, “God himself has a mission. God has a purpose and a goal for his whole creation … And as part of that divine mission, God has called into existence a people to participate with God in the accomplishment of that mission. All our mission flows from the prior mission of God.” Missional Theology is an interdisciplinary course in which biblical theology, hermeneutics, ecclesiology and missiology come together. The goal is to allow students to develop a theological and biblical framework that supports the practice, and nature of mission. It is also expected that the student will be able to develop and deploy culturally relevant mission within the student’s ministry context, as well as articulate a theological and biblical perspective of mission as a logical extension of God’s mission to redeem and restore His creation for His glory.

Prayer and the Practice of Ministry Course Description

This course will examine the mutual relationship between prayer and the practice of ministry. By exploring the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of prayer this course will develop a spiritual theology of prayer that both informs and is informed by the practice of ministry. At its core this course will celebrate and reflect on the relational nature of the triune God and how both prayer and practice are defined by the rhythms of grace which originate within God’s being. Prayer excites participative action with God, finds stillness in contemplation on God, and pursues relational and spiritual communion with God. The biblical and Christian tradition of prayer will be drawn on to inform the mutuality of prayer and the practice of ministry. We will explore a variety of types of prayer such as adoration, lament, confession, and intercession and consider their relationship on the practice of ministry. In doing so students will discover how prayer and the practice of ministry informs what it means to be Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered and Mission-focused in all aspects of Christian life and ministry.

Spiritual Formation Course Description

Follow me.” With two words, Jesus invited his disciples to a journey of being spiritually formed in and around him. This course will address some of the key aspects involved in pursuing a deep and fully-formed life in Christ, such as personal disciplines, calling, and giftedness in an approach that is biblically grounded, theologically engaged, historically rooted, and personally applied. As M. Robert Mulholland Jr. states, “Spiritual formation is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.” Students will be invited to further formulate their own understanding of spiritual formation as they consider the biblical, theological, historical, and personal dimensions of life in Christ by engaging the thoughts and insights of other Christian writers – including Albert Simpson and A. W. Tozer. This course includes a retreat to the 3crosses Retreat Centre in Huntsville Ontario.