Seminary Courses

 

Christian Ministry

CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry (3)

An exploration of the theology of Christian life and spiritual formation through attention to the biblical theme of union with Christ. Students will also examine the formation of Christian character, as well as the rationale for and practice of spiritual disciplines. The course culminates in a 24-hour retreat.

Note: Also available through Continuing and Distance Education

CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry (3)

This course assists students in responding, according to sound scriptural principles, to a rapidly changing culture and often confounding church scene. Attention is given to the biblical foundations of ministry, the development of mission, vision, and cultural responsiveness, the identification of calling, and the formation of core values. Students are guided through the process of developing a well-articulated philosophy of ministry.

CM 608 Experiential Ministry Internship (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships are typically taken over two academic semesters or an eight month period.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Master of Christian Ministries program

CM 609 Experiential Ministry Internship (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships are typically taken over two academic semesters or an eight month period.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Master of Christian Ministries program

CM 615 Child, Church, and Mission (3)

This course provides an overview of holistic child development, the Biblical foundations for children’s ministries, the work of child development, the roles and responsibilities of the church in caring for needy chil¬dren, and the place of children’s ministries as strategies and resources for mission. This course develops awareness of contemporary church and mission issues and strate¬gies in order to understand how ministries to children fit into this broader picture, and helps the students grasp the global and eternal significance of their ministries.

CM 621 Theology of Mission and Evangelism (3)

This course offers students the opportunity of exploring some recent thinking about both the centrality and the nature of mission in the teaching of the Scriptures, and to reflect on the relevance of a biblically faithful theology of mission for the church’s obedience to Christ in our contemporary world.

CM 632 Homiletics (3)

This practical course explores a theology of preaching, as well as the preparation and delivery of biblical sermons from the epistles and poetic texts. Students are guided through the foundational disciplines of choosing, exegeting, and preaching a biblical passage.

CM 670 Heart of Canadian Methodism (3)

An examination of the historical roots and contemporary presence of the Methodist church and the Wesleyan tradition in Canada. This course may be offered as part of the ordination requirements of the Free Methodist Church in Canada.

CM 701 Pastoral Theology and Practice (3)

This course explores the many dimensions of pastoral ministry from a biblical standpoint, with the goal of equipping students to function effectively as pastoral leaders within the contemporary culture. This course covers issues such as planning, scheduling, dealing with the expectations of others, administering the sacraments, performing weddings and funerals, functioning effectively with church staff (paid and volunteer), handling conflict and criticism, avoiding burnout, and other day-to-day aspects of the ministry.

CM 704 Small Group Ministry (3)

This course examines the theory and practice of Christian community through small group ministries. Major types of small groups and church programming models are highlighted. Special attention is given to local church administrative requirements, leadership training, implementation difficulties and issues, and oversight requirements which enable such ministries to be fruitful over the long-term.

CM 708 Experiential Ministry Internship (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that focuses on a specific and substantive project or ministry. These internships are typically taken over two academic semesters or an eight month period.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Master of Christian Ministries program, and completion of CM 608/609 Experiential Ministry Internship

CM 709 Experiential Ministry Internship (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that focuses on a specific and substantive project or ministry. These internships are typically taken over two academic semesters or an eight month period.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Master of Christian Ministries program, and completion of CM 608/609 Experiential Ministry Internship

CM 714 Multigenerational Ministry in the 21st Century (3)

This course is an exploration of current sociological perspectives and the rapidly changing cultural views of North American family dynamics. The course places the family of today in its historical perspective and explores the variety of forms contemporary families have taken. Practical elements such as family communication, conflict resolution, spiritual growth, etc., are covered, with particular emphasis placed on the ministry implications of the changes being observed.

CM 730 Church Planting and Development (3)

An examination of biblical and theological rationales and principles for church planting. Students will interrogate the best practices and strategies needed for creating and nurturing new congregations.

CM 734 Dynamics of Small Church Ministry (3)

An exploration of the advantages, challenges, and opportunities present in small church ministry in both urban and rural settings. Students will develop a biblical ecclesiology that promotes effective small church ministry.

CM 736 Discipleship and Mentoring (3)

A comparison and evaluation of different models and strategies of biblical discipleship and mentoring. Students will explore individual, small group, and congregational discipleship and mentoring in relation to the process of sanctification as presented in the Scriptures.

CM 814 Ministry Issues in Contemporary Culture (3)

This course will appraise significant theological, missiological and methodological trends and shifts in evangelical ministry in North America. An examination and evaluation of current literature and models of evangelical church and parachurch ministry will also be included. Specific topics and methods of instruction will vary by the instructor’s background and ministry expertise.

CM 819 Christian Ministry Specialty (3)

This course focuses on a particular emphasis of Christian ministry. The focus of this course varies from year to year.

CM 835 Advanced Preaching (3)

Students in this course investigate recent sermon development models in order to add variety and creativity to their biblical preaching ministries. Students are able to develop and practice a basic philosophy of creativity, especially in relation to preaching.

Prerequisite(s): CM 632 Homiletics