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Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Sheldon Ball, B. Mgt., C.A., M.Th (Candidate) 

Course Description: This course is designed as an advanced leadership training class, moving past personal leadership to the leadership of teams and organizations. The topic provides the students with the understanding of training, reproducing and releasing leaders, effective delegation, building a team, working with volunteers, and effective coaching of staff. It will also provide a brief overview of the legal requirements in starting a church, including discussion on human resources and the Canada Revenue Agency.  

Recommended Textbook: "Courageous Leadership", by: Pastor Bill Hybels

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Brad Dewar, M.Th

Course Description: This course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the Epistle to the Hebrews, its general outlines, and its relevance to the church today. 

Recommended Textbook: Hebrews - Course Manual

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Brad Dewar, M.Th

Course Description: 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. 

Course Objectives: 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

Recommended Textbook: "Planting Healthy Growing Churches", by: Dr. G. Hill and Pastor B. Dewar (Available through the Victory Bookstore)

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Dr. George Hill

Course Objectives: To equip students to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission

Recommended Textbook"Fasting For Breakthrough and Revival"by: Drs. George and Hazel Hill (available through the Victory Bookstore)

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Sharon Williams

Course Description: We live in a culture that doesn’t rightly understand God’s intentional design for authority. In this class we will explore the origin and divine plan for God’s delegated authority on the earth and in the spiritual realm. After completing this course, each student should have a clear understand of how to live under authority and of his/her own personal authority to live triumphantly, through Christ Jesus and the finished work of the cross.

Recommended Textbook: "Under Cover", by John Bevere

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Rowan Fraser 

Course Description: This course will increase your overall understanding and appreciation of the older (and perhaps less used) half of your Bible. It will allow you to demonstrate an ability to use it skillfully and find things quickly. We will emphasize each book's basic theme, structure and spiritual truths, as well as developing a high-level overview of the Genesis to Malachi's story line. 

Recommended Textbook: "What the Bible is All About", by: Henrietta C. Mears

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Brad Dewar, M.Th

Course Description: The key role of a good leader is not merely to direct followers effectively, but to help them develop their own potential and become capable leaders in their own right. Leaders get things done. The leader who can develop the leadership potential in those around him will be able to vastly increase the scope of what can be accomplished. This course teaches you, as a leader, to know how to develop those around you into capable leaders.

Course Objectives: To build on the personal development principles learned in Leadership I and enable students to understand the principles of leading others. By the end of the course a student should be able to:

  • Understand how vision is applied to leadership
  • Recognize leadership potential in others for leadership
  • Design a strategy to prepare others for leadership
  • Oversee and direct others as a leader 

Recommended Textbook: " Developing the Leaders Around You", by: John C. Maxwell

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Dr. Ron Swanson. D.Th

Course Description: In this course, we will examine the Bible's teachings concerning future events, beginning with the rapture of the church and concluding with the new heavens and the new earth. Included in the course is a look at the current events in the light of the Bible prophecy, a chronology of end-time events (including an examination of each of the popular "rapture theories" held within the body of Christ), and an overview of the book of Revelation. 

Course Outline: This course will cover the following:

  • Signs of the end times.
  • Chronology of the end time events. 
    • "Time line" of the end times
    •  The Olivet Discourse: Matthew 24-25
    •  Overview of Daniel: Daniel's 70 weeks
    •  Events of the tribulation period
    •  The future of the church and planet earth 
  • Study of the book of Revelation 

Recommended Textbook: "Earth's Final Hours" by: Dr. Ron Swanson  (available through the Victory Bookstore)

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

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

Course Description: God has created each one of us with specific spiritual gifts and talents. Each one of us was designed for a purpose to function in the body of Christ. This course is designed to help each student find and fulfill the call of God for their lives. Tests will be given to help each student evaluate their own spiritual gifting, personality and temperament, natural abilities, and then will focus on leadership development. The philosophy of ministry for Victory Churches International will also be shared and discussed.

Course Outline:

  • Finding and fulfilling the call of God on your life
  • Our destiny as Christ followers
  • Your personality and temperament
  • The personality of a leader
  • Discovering your gifts, talents, and dreams
  • Discovering your ministry
  • Vision springs from purpose: defining and articulating your purpose
  • How and why Victory Churches was formed; finding your place
  • Goals and plans: Setting, fulfilling, and altering 

Recommended Textbook:  "SHAPE", by: Erik Rees

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

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

Course Objectives: The Christian Life is in essence a “stewardship”.  This means that all we have: resources, time, gifts, talents, relationships and money - we are not to possess as our own, but to steward and manage until the Lord returns.

In this course, the objective is to instruct the students in the Biblical and common-sense approach to managing all that the Lord has placed in our care. We will be studying in the Scriptures how to steward everything in our lives for the Glory of God.

Recommended Textbooks: 

"The Total Money Makeover, A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness", by: Dave Ramsey

"The Four Laws of Financial Prosperity (Get Control of Your Money)", by: Blaine Harris and Charles Coonradt

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Sharon Williams

Course Description: The main purpose of this course is to equip students with a Biblical understanding of the basic elements required to build, attain, and support a healthy Christian family.

Course Objectives: This course will address the progression of intimate relationships throughout seasons of singleness, courtship, marriage, parenting, and beyond. Students will be equipped to navigate through relational challenges including:

  • Sexual integrity and identity
  • Physical/emotional/spiritual health and wellness
  • Conflict resolution, and
  • Wise money management. 

Recommended Textbook: "God, Marriage, and Family" by: Andreas J. Kostenberger and David W. Jones. 

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Sheldon Ball, B. Mgt., CPA; C.A.; M.Th (candidate)

Course Description: This course is designed as an introduction to the New Testament. The understanding of this topic provides the student with the key themes, focus and intention of each book contained within the New Testament. The student will gain an overview of the background of each book’s writer, and the cultural, political and economic circumstances of the historical period in which it was written.

Recommended Textbook: "Who Is This Man? – The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus", by: Pastor John Ortberg

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Jason Silver 

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to create within the student an awareness of what God has accomplished in us through the new birth. The revelation of who we are in Christ fundamentally affects every other New Testament truth. A proper Biblical understanding of this will allow us to operate effectively as believers in our relationship with God, Satan, and the world we live in. 

Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student should:

  • Be assured of God's grace and blessing upon their lives.
  • Understand who you are in Christ today: Who He says you are and who He has made you to be in His great redemptive work.
  • Have a living picture of the entire substitutionary work of Christ. It is the legal background of our redemption.
  • Understand the inner secret of God's mighty purpose in the incarnation. 

Recommended Textbook: "New Creation Realities", by: E.W. Kenyon

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Dr. Ron Swanson, D.Th


Course Description: This course is a study of the life and teachings of Christ as reflected in the four Gospels. Included is an in-depth study of each of His major discourses, as well as a comprehensive look at the miracles recorded in the Gospels.


Course Objectives:

  • To gain a clear understanding of the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • To receive clear answers to many of the “problem passages” in the gospels.
  • To gain insight into the one-on-one ministry of Jesus.
  • To understand how to receive and minister healing.

Recommended Textbook: The Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the Bible.

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Don Delaney

Course Description:  Everything rises and falls on leaders!  Leadership is not just something we do – it is who we are and what we are becoming.  “Good leadership” begins with a clear understanding of tested principles of management and human relations.  This course will help even those without the spiritual gift of leadership skills so they will be able to effectively lead and influence others.  Leadership I focuses on developing yourself as a leader.

Recommended Textbook: "Developing the Leader Within You", by: John C. Maxwell

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Wendy Dewar

Course Objectives:

  • To become acquainted with, and develop intimacy with the person of the Holy Spirit
  • To be able to prove through Scripture that the Baptism of the Spirit is a legitimate experience, separate from the experience of Salvation
  • To undertake an in-depth study of the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit
  • With the overall objective to be led by the Holy Spirit thereafter in everyday life and ministry. 

Recommended Textbook: "Release the Gifts of the Holy Spirit" by: Drs. George and Hazel Hill (available through the Victory Bookstore)

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Nick Williams 

Course ObjectivesThe God-kind of faith is the same faith that God used to create the universe, and every born-again believer has been given "the measure" of it (Romans 12:3). The Bible tells us that without faith it's impossible to please God. Therefore, it's of utmost importance that every child of God learns Scriptural principles of faith, and how to increase their faith. We discover how to use faith to take hold of what belongs to us, how to see ourselves as God sees us, and why faith connects us to the supernatural so that we may dominate our natural circumstances. 

Recommended Textbook:  "Faith - The Link With God's Power" by: Reinhard Bonnke

Credit Value: Audit  - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Dr. Ron Swanson, D.Th

Course Objectives:  The purpose of this course is:

  • To learn how to pray effectively in order to consistently receive answers to our prayers. 
  • To draw close to God through the discipline of daily prayer. 

Course Description:  This course consists of an in-depth examination of the nine kinds of prayer discussed in the New Testament, and the principles that govern them. 

Recommended Textbook: "Praying God’s Word" by: Dr. Hazel Hill (available through the Victory Bookstore)

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Dave Meyers

Course Objectives: The purpose of this course is:

  • To lead the students into a personal knowledge of God and intimacy with Jesus Christ.
  • To learn how to function in proper relationship to the body of Christ.
  • To harness the God-potential in your life through godly discipline and a proper understanding of God’s authority in your life.
  • To learn how to minister to those around you.
  • To learn how to disciple new converts and lead them into a place of full surrender and obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Recommended Textbook:  "The Life You’ve Always Wanted" by: John Ortberg

Credit Value: Audit - (All open studies courses are upgrade-able. Can be used for credit at a later time if required assignments and tests are completed and full tuition paid).

Cost: $40.00

Instructor: Pastor Jason Silver 

Course Description: In exploring Scripture, it is clear that God is looking for ‘lifestyle worshipers’.  Jesus instructed us that God is seeking worshippers - those who would worship Him with both word and life (John 4).  This course will examine the theology behind praise and worship, as well as how we can become ‘lifestyle worshippers’ today.

Recommended Textbook: "Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship" by: David Peterson