Certificate of Denominational Studies

The Certificate in Denominational Studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the traditions, practices and ideas of a particular denomination.

Certificate in Denominational Studies
 

The Certificate in Denominational Studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the traditions, practices and ideas of a particular denomination. Students may choose to pursue the Certificate in Denominational Studies by itself in order to gain a deeper understanding and capacity for service within a particular denomination or students may elect to integrate the Certificate in Denominational Studies into their MA or MDiv programs. In most cases, the Certificate in Denominational Studies can be completed within a degree program without taking any additional courses.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the 21 credit hour program of studies as outlined
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty
  • Complete 9 credit hours of study in a chosen denomination
  • Meet the specified curricular expectations of the program
  • Meet all financial obligations to the seminary

Certificate in Denominational Studies: Anglican Studies

Program Coordinator: Dustin Resch, PhD

In partnership with the Diocese of Qu'Appelle in the Anglican Church of Canada, the Certificate in Denominational Studies can be tailored toward focused study in the Anglican tradition. Students will gain an overview of the history, spirituality and worship of the Anglican tradition alongside of formation in Briercrest's core theological and ministry disciplines. The Anglican Studies focus of the Certificate in Denominational Studies may be undertaken on its own or may be integrated entirely into most MA or MDiv programs at Briercrest Seminary. While this Certificate aims to contribute to the formation of ministry leaders, students pursing ordination in an Anglican context are encouraged to approach denominational leadership with their intention.

Certificate Requirements (21 credit hours):

Core (12 credit hours) 

In consultation with the Program Coordinator, students choose one course from each of the following four areas of study: 

 Christian Ministry Formation*  3
 New Testament  3
 Old Testament  3
 Theology OR History  3

 *May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry, CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development

Electives (9 credit hours)

 Denomination-Specific Electives**  3 

**To be chosen in consultation between Briercrest Seminary and the student's denomination in order to select denomination-specific classes to help meet the credentialing requirements for ministry.

 

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Program Coordinator

Dustin Resch, PhD

dresch@briercrest.ca
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dresch.pngDustin and his wife, Jolene, were born and raised in southern Saskatchewan. They have two school-aged children: Nathanael and Charis.

Dustin has served as Assistant Registrar, the Director of Distance Learning and now as Dean of Briercrest Seminary.

In 2006, Dustin and his family moved to Hamilton, ON, where he studied at McMaster University's Department of Religious Studies. His research and teaching interests grew out of his desire to interpret Scripture in a way that is spiritually profitable for the church in modernity.

The Resch family attends St. Aidan Anglican Church in Moose Jaw. His main interest outside of theology and his family is ethnic food, especially Indian and Middle Eastern. Sadly, however, his cooking skills are not as well-honed as his appetite.