Bible & Theology Courses

100 Level

BT113 GOD AND THE BIBLE 3 Hours
A study of the Bible’s teaching concerning the nature, character and activity of the Godhead, and the inspiration and reliability of the Scriptures. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the attributes of the Godhead and His Word in the life of the believer today.
God and the Bible Syllabus

BT114 LIFE OF CHRIST 3 Hours
A study of the Gospels with particular emphasis on the Gospel of John. The life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus will be the central focus of this course.

BT115 PENTATEUCH 3 Hours
A survey of Genesis to Deuteronomy, with a focus on creation, the birth of the nation Israel, and the covenant relationship between God and His people.
Pentateuch Syllabus

BT123 APPROACHING THE BIBLE 3 Hours
This course sets out to introduce the student to the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and show how each book relates to the “big story”. The student will engage in exercises that will equip them to accurately study and interpret Scripture for themselves, and be able to effectively share those truths with others.

BT124 LETTERS OF PAUL: EPHESIANS TO THESSALONIANS 3 Hours
An expository study of some of Paul’s letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,1 & 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. Strong attention will be given to personal implications of Paul’s teaching.

200 Level

BT214 HUMANITY, SIN, & SALVATION 3 Hours
A study of the Biblical truths concerning the origin and character of humanity, our sinfulness, and the salvation that is provided for those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Humanity, Sin & Salvation Syllabus

BT215 ISRAEL: CONQUEST TO CRISIS 3 Hours
A chronological survey of the history and literature of Israel from the conquest under Joshua to the division of the kingdom in 931 B.C.

BT222 CORINTHIANS 3 Hours
A detailed study of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. The major themes will be explored and practical application will be made for the church and the individual believer.

BT224 HERMENEUTICS 3 Hours
A course for students who have taken Approaching the Bible. Hermeneutics is the science and art of biblical interpretation. This course explores the message of the biblical text as it was written to the first readers and then seeks to apply that message to its contemporary readers. Hermeneutics concerns itself with three major areas: 1) historical and cultural backgrounds, 2) grammar, and 3) literary genre.
Hermeneutics Syllabus

BT251 WISDOM LITERATURE 2 Hours
An introductory study of Hebrew poetry and the part it played in Old Testament life and literature. Emphasis also will be given to the major themes in Old Testament Wisdom literature.
Wisdom Literature Syllabus

BT252 HEBREWS 2 Hours
A chapter by chapter study of this first-century sermon. The student will consider the supremacy of Jesus and the dynamics of the persecution of believers in the first-century. The course will emphasize the applications of the truths of the completeness of our salvation in Jesus, and our responsibility to remain faithful to Him.

BT254 ROMANS 2 Hours
A detailed study of one of the great doctrinal books of the New Testament. The major themes will be explored and practical application will be made for the church and the individual believer.

BT257 SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2 Hours
A look at how the spiritual life of an individual can flourish to the point of bountiful fruitfulness and an honest assessment of seasons of spiritual dryness and the impact of sin on this life. Current issues within spiritual formation will also be discussed.

BT258 THEOLOGY OF WORSHIP 2 Hours
This course features a study in the biblical themes and theological perspectives regarding worship. It traces the progressive and developing character of God’s self-revelation, purposes and actions throughout Scripture, and the ways in which God has been calling out a community of worshipers for Himself. Particular attention will be placed on the activity of the Trinity in worship; the centrality of the word; the importance of the congregation and the way worship forms the focus and primary motivation for global evangelism.

300 Level

BT310 ISRAEL: CRISIS TO RESTORATION 3 Hours
The course will follow the spiritual deterioration, refining under judgment, and eventual restoration of the nation of Israel through the eyes of the prophets.

BT311 GENERAL EPISTLES 3 Hours
An expository study of the Epistles of James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, and Jude. This study will emphasize practical lessons and also focus on some of the theological and textual problems that have been raised in regard to these letters.

BT312 THE CHURCH & LAST THINGS 3 Hours
A study of the Bible’s teaching concerning the nature, character and activity of the Church, and the teaching of the Scriptures regarding eschatology or “Last Things.” Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the Church and its involvement in preparation for the Last Days.

BT352 DANIEL 2 Hours
An expositional study of the book of Daniel in its historical and cultural context with a view to understanding the application of the book in the 21st century. Attention will be given to the genre of Apocalyptic literature.

BT353 GUIDED READING STUDY 1 Hour
At least 1,000 pages of reading in relation to the student’s emphasis or major, as selected by the student and approved by faculty. Summary and critique reports are required.

400 Level

BT411 HOLY SPIRIT & THE CHURCH 3 Hours
A study of the personality, deity and work of the Holy Spirit presented in the Scriptures. It will also cover some of the current issues of the topic as well as the diversity of views on the Spirit within the different traditions of Christianity.

BT412 PASTORAL EPISTLES 3 Hours
The detailed study of these epistles will give students the opportunity to develop their own views on a variety of ministry-related topics. The format will allow students a choice in topics of concern, including: roles of leaders in the Church, role of women in ministry, and contextualization of the gospel.

BT421 BIBLE/THEOLOGY RESEARCH PROJECT 6 Hours
A course which will require the student to integrate their Biblical and theological training with a current need or issue in society. This will involve direct research and guided study.

MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY PAPER
Part of the requirements of the Bible/Theology Research Project is to write a Ministry Philosophy Paper. This will include topics like a biblical understanding of ministry, what it means to be called to ministry, an understanding of spiritual gift(s) in the life of the student. It will also include an understanding of the life of a minister, detailing ways the minister can stay fresh in ministry both personally and publicly. If the student has developed some goals they would like to achieve in their life as a minister, these can be included.

BT423 THE PROPHETS OF ISRAEL 3 Hours
This course will introduce the prophetic movement in the Old Testament. The role and message of the prophet will be considered. The prophetic books, both major and minor, will be surveyed in their historical context as well as their contemporary application in the 21st century.
Prophets of Israel Syllabus

BT424 NEW TESTAMENT BOOK STUDY 3 Hours
Students will focus on a specific book(s) of the New Testament selected in conjunction with the instructor.

BT429 LECTURESHIP 2 Hours
This course is offered annually and taught by instructors who specialize in a specific and relevant theological topic. Instructors and topics for this course have included Dr. Andy Bannister (RZIM - Apologetics), Dr. David Guretzki (Kingdom & Resurrection), Dr. Barry Slauenwhite (Compassion Canada - Social Justice & the Local Church).

BT452 THEOLOGY STUDY 3 Hours
A course where the student explores a theological topic of their choice. Through independent research the student will discover the biblical teaching, historical development and how the chosen topic is relevant to the church today.

Christian Ministry Courses

100 Level

CM111 DISCIPLESHIP & EVANGELISM 3 Hours
A course that focuses on the personal application and the development of a biblical lifestyle, and principles for conduct and personal growth with God. A key part of this discipleship is understanding of the principles of evangelism and how to apply this in their everyday relationships. The course includes the memorization of key Scriptures vital for Christian growth and witnessing.
Discipleship & Evangelism Syllabus

200 Level

CM211 COMMUNICATIONS 3 Hours
A practical course introducing basic principles for public speaking. The course is designed to prepare the student on an inward level and then develop basic communication and evaluative listening skills. Significant opportunity is given to exercise personal verbal skills.

CM251 YOUTH MINISTRY 2 Hours
This course discusses the formulation of a Biblical basis for youth ministry in the church. Emphasis will be placed upon youth program planning, and ministering to youth inside and outside of the church.

CM252 THEOLOGY OF WORSHIP 2 Hours
This course focuses on understanding the role of music in the ministry and worship of the church, developing a Biblical philosophy of music and music evaluation. An introduction will be given to basic skills for leadership in music worship.

CM255 CHURCH DYNAMICS 2 Hours
This course explores the various issues that the pastor of a small church may face. A number of topics will be addressed as they relate to effectively dealing with the daily functions and problems confronting pastors of small churches.
Church Dynamics Syllabus

CM256 TEACHER DEVELOPMENT 2 Hours
The teaching ministry of the church is crucial to its mission. This course gives an overview of the ministry of teaching as it relates to the ministry of the church. Areas of study include the biblical foundations for Christian teaching, approaches to the teaching/learning process, and the methodology of the instructional process. Emphasis will be placed on practical application for the student.

300 Level

CM312 LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS 3 Hours
A study of basic theories and principles in leadership, management, and administration, with special attention to their application in ministry contexts. Attention will be given to Biblical principles of servant leadership.
Leadership Foundations Syllabus

CM313 SERMON DESIGN & DELIVERY 3 Hours
The basic elements of the structure and development of sermons will be discussed, with attention to the importance and means of the expository method. The student will receive supervised preaching and evaluation.

CM321 INTERPERSONAL CARE & COUNSELLING 3 Hours
This course is designed to equip the student with a wide range of people helping skills. It will seek to develop their own relational skills in a context of personal care and pastoral ministry. Biblical imagery of care and restoration will be applied to various issues. The course will make use of case studies to assist the student with the practical application of these Biblical principles.

CM351 TEAMWORK IN MINISTRY 2 Hours
Ministry was never intended to be done alone. This course discusses the dynamics of group leadership, the pitfalls of teams, and the advantages of teamwork. Students will have opportunity to experience the interdependence necessary for a team to function effectively. This course will be applicable to teams in any life setting.

CM352 URBAN MINISTRY RESEARCH PROJECT 3 Hours
A course which will require the student to integrate Biblical knowledge and ministry training with the needs of the “urban poor.” This is a guided study requiring biblical and sociological research, along with personal interviews and ministry exposure.

CM353 GUIDED READING STUDY 1 Hour
At least 1,000 pages of reading in relation to the student’s minor or major, as selected by the student and approved by faculty. Summary and critique reports are required.

CM354 CONFLICT RESOLUTION 2 Hours
This course provides students with a basic knowledge of conflict theory, as well as a beginning understanding of conflict resolution skills. Students will also be equipped with a framework of bringing Biblical counsel and resolution to conflict situations at home, work, and the church.

CM356 YOUTH CULTURE 2 Hours
This course introduces the student to the current trends and issues of youth culture. The goal of the course is to understand youth culture in order to have effective ministries for contemporary youth.

400 Level

CM413 MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS 3 Hours
The Ministry Foundations course orientates the student to life in vocational ministry. As the student will be engaged in real time ministry in their internship, this class will speak to expectations in ministry, enemies of ministry, behaviour in ministry, personal life and ministry, and foundations to put in place as the student enters ministry.
Ministry Foundations Syllabus

CM421 FOUNDATIONS IN CHRISTIAN COUNSELING 2 Hours
This course builds on the philosophical and theological foundation of Interpersonal Care and Counselling, and will offer students some practical skills in helping others through the ministry of soul care. Through the use of an assessment-goals-interventions rubric, common problems in living will be better understood and students given opportunity for study and practice.

CM422 ADVANCED PREACHING 3 Hours
A practical course for students who have taken Sermon Design & Delivery. This course is designed to develop the student’s skills in the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of sermons. Attention will also be given to pastoral roles relating to weddings, funerals, communion, and baptism.

CM423 LEADERSHIP DYNAMICS 2 Hours
This class is designed to give emerging leaders a better understanding of key leadership functions. The course will review fundamental leadership issues and then move to a number of key leadership functions: vision, strategic planning, governance, meetings, evaluation, feedback, and job descriptions.
Leadership Dynamics Syllabus

General Education Courses

100 Level

GE122 ETHICS & CULTURE 3 Hours
A study of the principles and problems of ethical decision making. This will include a survey of the history and variety of approaches to ethics. Biblical principles will be sought and emphasis placed on the application of these principles to contemporary ethical issues.

200 Level
GE212 HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY: REFORMATION TO PRESENT 3 Hours A survey of the history of the Church (Christianity) from the Reformation through to the present, including the emergence of contemporary denominations and church issues. GE255 FAMILY LIFE & FINANCES 2 Hours This course discusses key principles for building a solid Christian home, as well as how to develop healthy relationships in the student’s current family. It is also designed to give the student a foundational understanding of God’s principles for handling finances.
300 Level

GE312 HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY: THE EARLY CHURCH 3 Hours
A survey of the history of the Church (Christianity) from the Apostolic age through to the Reformation.
The Early Church Syllabus

Mission Studies Courses

100 Level

MI121 FRESHMAN MISSIONS PRACTICUM 3 Hours
Students will participate in an intense ministry practicum designed to expose them to a broad range of needs and ministry opportunities in a first nations community context. This course will cost the student an intense course fee in addition to the normal tuition fees.

200 Level

MI223 CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW 3 Hours
A study of the principles and truths that govern the Christian’s view of the world and his/her place in it. The development of a Christian and Biblical way of thinking about our world and the important issues of life is central. The course will consider valid questions raised about the Christian faith. Historical developments and current events will be evaluated from a Christian perspective.

MI224 OUTREACH MISSIONS PRACTICUM 3 Hours
Students will participate in an intense ministry practicum designed to expose them to a broad range of needs and ministry opportunities in an inner city context. (Students will need to raise additional funds for the practicum.)

MI256 CULTS 2 Hours
A study of the major pseudo-Christian religions and contemporary sects. Students receive an overview of their historical development, beliefs, and practices, along with a Biblical evaluation. Attention is given to evangelizing these religious adherents.

MI257 WORLD RELIGIONS 2 Hours
A study of the major religions. Students receive an overview of their historical development, beliefs, and practices, along with a Biblical evaluation. Attention is given to evangelizing these religious adherents.

MI258 APOLOGETICS 2 Hours
This course focuses on training students to appropriately defend their Christian beliefs. They will study both the evidence and arguments that support Christian theism while learning rebuttals to common objections resulting in a more confident faith and outreach.

300 Level

MI321 MISSIOLOGY IN LUKE/ACTS 3 Hours
A study of the Biblical Theology of mission using the books of Luke and Acts. This course will explore the role of the church as a sending agency for mission both locally and globally. Attention will be given to where and how the church is growing in all the world.

MI352 ISSUES IN MISSIONS 2 Hours
An introductory study of cross cultural missions which includes a biblical and historical survey of mission as well as the challenges of modern missions, such as: preparation requirements, financial issues, current trends, and the relationships in mission service (home church, nationals, mission agency, etc.).

MI353 GUIDED READING STUDY 1 Hour
At least 1,000 pages of reading in relation to the student’s minor or major, as selected by the student and approved by faculty. Summary and critique reports are required.

MI354 MISSIONS RESEARCH PROJECT 2 Hours
A course which will require the student to integrate their Biblical and missions training with a current trend or issue in missions. This will involve direct research and guided study.

MI355 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 2 Hours
A study of the various components of culture and how their culture determines the people’s world view. Attention is given to the means by which the gospel could possibly penetrate these various cultures.

Other Courses

Music Studies

Individual music courses are offered at the student’s request, usually consisting of 1 hour per semester. Intermediate and Advanced music studies are available for advanced music students, including courses not listed below. These studies are tailored to the student’s skill level and personal goals in music studies. Contact the Academic Dean for information.

MU153/154 INTRODUCTORY PRIVATE PIANO 1 Hour
Instruction for the beginner and intermediate pianist aimed at providing the student with a sound fundamental technique and sight-reading skills. The student will proceed through graded piano literature in the course. Requirement: one lesson per week and daily practice.

MU156 MUSIC THEORY 1 Hour
This course is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of basic theory and to introduce basic music writing and arranging skills valuable to a church-related ministry. Theory content is comparable to Royal Conservatory Grade Two Rudiments and Grade Four Western Board.

** MUSIC HISTORY & HARMONY will be offered if at least three students are at the same level of study.

Practical Ministry Studies

PR115/125 STUDENT MINISTRY 1 Hour
A weekly student ministry program, involving the student in actual ministry and service opportunities, combined with written evaluations. It is designed to give the student experience, exposure, and the opportunity to develop skills in practical Christian ministry.

PR 251 MINISTRY ELECTIVE 1 Hour
Students will commit to a weekly ministry role and be guided in their growth and learning by both a faculty member and a ministry supervisor. This course is only available to those who have completed at least two credits of Student Ministry.

PR 253 SUMMER MINISTRY PRACTICUM 2 Hour
Students will conduct an equivalent of four weeks of ministry prior to the start of their second year of study. Ministry may take the form of visitation, leading a Bible study, Sunday School teaching, Vacation Bible School, camp ministry, NBC drama or music tour, etc.

PR317/327 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM 2 Hours
A practical ministry experience in a church or parachurch setting (including NBC) in which the student will engage in a leadership role. This practicum will be flexible in nature based on the student’s gifts and objectives, but must fit into the student’s chosen BCM minor.

PR433 MINISTRY INTERNSHIP 18 Hours
Through an arrangement with a church, youth ministry, mission, or other organization of the student’s choice, this is an opportunity for the student to have a hands-on experience of ministry leadership. Through supervision, journals, and evaluation tools the student is provided an opportunity to maximize their awareness of the role of a ministry leader and the various aspects of full-time ministry.

MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY PAPER
Part of the requirements of the Bible/Theology Research Project is to write a Ministry Philosophy Paper. This will include topics like a biblical understanding of ministry, what it means to be called to ministry, an understanding of spiritual gift(s) in the life of the student. It will also include an understanding of the life of a minister, detailing ways the minister can stay fresh in ministry both personally and publicly. If the student has developed some goals they would like to achieve in their life as a minister, these can be included.