Degrees in both Theology and Christian Counselling are offered in a combination of Online courses as well as through module-format courses consisting of one week of classroom instruction twice a year. All Degree assignments must be completed within one year.

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Course Name: Apologetics - Facts For Creation

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Pastor Terry Murphy, M.Th


Course Description: 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 the ever-increasing secularization 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.


Required Textbooks:
"In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation", by: John F. Ashton, Ph.D.
"In depth - Creation Basics and Beyond", by: Institute for Creation Research


Course Name:Conflict Resolution

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Susan Hastie, M.A.


Course Description: ach 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”, by: Kevin Johnson & Ken Sande


Course Name:Counselling Theories II

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Jamie Scutchings, Ph.D.


Course Description: This course covers the role of the counsellor, different counselling 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 Textbook: "Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapies: A Case Approach (2nd edition)", by: Nancy L. Murdock


Course Name:Counselling The Whole Man

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe


Course 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 person’s spirit, soul, and body.


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

Required DVD Purchase (session 3): “Fear and Stress – Anatomy and Physiology.” (Order here)


Course Name:Experience of Grief

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Pastor Sherry Loewen, MCC


Course Description: One of life's most stressful events is the death of someone close to us. Fear and despar are most certainly felt, as well as the loss of companionship and all the changes this event brings to life. It takes time to heal. Grieving is unique for each individual, unearthing very differing responses. Walking with individuals through this time in their lives is a very tangible display of God's love.


Required Textbook: "Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart", by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. and John DeBerry


Course Name:Grief Counselling

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Randy Johnson


Course Description: Grief Counselling 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.


Required Textbook: "Counselling for Grief and Bereavement" (2nd Edition),by: Geraldine M. Humphry & David G. Zimpfer


Course Name:Growing A Healthy Church

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Pastor Kelly Stickel. M.Th.


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


Required Textbooks: "Winning on Purpose", by John Edmund Kaiser - "Simple Church", by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger


Course Name:Intro To Human Sexuality

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe


Course 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.


Required Textbooks: "Purity", by: Kris Vallotton - "Knowing the Heart of the Father", by: David Eckman.


Course Name:Leadership Character Markers

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
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


Course Name:Leadership Development

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ron Den Otter , Ph.D.


Course 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. To prepare them for leadership, Jesus taught his disciples:

  1. To receive next-level revelation by:
    • Practicing next-level thinking
    • Building next-level habits
  2. Learn how to build effective Leadership Development Plans for yourself, and for the leaders God has given you to train and mentor. Learn how to be the catalyst that inspires others to develop their leadership potential.

Required Textbook: "Understanding Leadership", by Tom Marshall


Course Name:Marriage and Family

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
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.


Textbook: "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman


Course Name:Mechanics of Research

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ron den Otter, Ph.D


Course Description: Writing a thesis is one of the most important steps in completing your degree. There are many rules that you must respect if your thesis is to meet the standardized requirements in regards to format. Whether you are writing the thesis to complete a degree in Theology or in Christian Counselling, this course is designed to help and guide you during the process of your writing.

NOTE: A student should NOT take this course unless ready to begin their thesis project.


Required Textbooks:

  • "A Manual for Thesis Research & Writing": - pdf version available on this site for download/print.
  • Kate L. Turabian's: "Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Thesis and Dissertations" (7th or 8th edition). This book may be found in any local library and online bookstores


Course Name:Old Testament Types and Shadows

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Pastor Terry Murphy, M.Th.


Course Description: 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

  • 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

Required Textbook: "Jesus was a Jew", by: Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum. Available free as a PDF at: http://www.windowview.org


Course Name:Pastoral Counselling

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Ron Den Otter, Ph.D.


Course Description: The counselling that pastors tend to do most is counselling 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 counselling? 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 some of these situations. Whether the person seeking your help is from your 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.


Required Textbook: "Christian Counseling" (3rd Edition), by: Gary R. Collins


Course Name:Psychology of Christian Ethics

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
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 counselling others.


Required Textbooks:

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


Course Name:Psychology of Stress

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value:
3
Instructor: Dr. Ron den Otter, Ph. D.


Course Description: 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.


Required Textbooks: no additional textbooks required.


Course Name:Sociology

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Susan Hastie M.A.


Course Description: Sociology is the study of how the world impacts people and people impact the world. As Christians we are not of the world yet 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.


Required Textbook: "Canadian Social Trends (3rd Volume)", by Keith Thompson & Craig McKie


Course Name:Spirit/Soul Hindrances to Change

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Mark Crowe


Course 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 its effect on those involved in it. Dynamic exercises and practical Biblical application will provide students with access to tools to effectively assist others through their past experiences.


Required Textbooks:

  • "Escape from Co-Dependent Christianity", by Dr. James B. Richards
  • "Biblical Foundations of Freedom" by Dr. Art Mathias


Course Name:Spiritual Warfare

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value:
3
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: Our Commander-In-Chief ("the Lord is a Man of War" – Exodus 15:3), 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. Dr. Ron describes the course as follows: It’s Spiritual Warfare without the "weird".


Required Textbooks:

  • "The Triumphant Church", by: Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin
  • "Dressed to Kill", by: Rick Renner


Course Name:Systematic Theology I

Cost: $450.00
Credit Value: 3
Instructor: Dr. Daniel W. Cowans


Course 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.


Required Textbook: "Lectures in Systematic Theology", by: Henry C. Thiessen