NBC firmly believes that first hand experience helps students put into practice what they have learned in the classroom. Through both the Freshmen Ministry Practicum (FMP) and Outreach Ministry Practicum (OMP) student experience both native ministries and inner city mission in a very personal way.
Freshmen Missions Practicum (FMP)
In the second semester all Freshmen students participate in a week and a half long missions trip to a First Nations context working alongside ministry veterans. Exposure to First Nations ministry will provide students with an appreciation for the needs that exist and what it takes to minister in cross-cultural contexts. This intense missions experience teaches students what it means to work as a team to be successful in ministry. Student teams partner with organizations such as North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) and Northern Canada Evangelical Mission. There are opportunities to serve directly on reserves such as Kinistin Saulteaux Nation or to work with Healing Hearts Ministries in Regina.
Outreach Ministry Practicum (OMP)
Each January the second year students go on a two week missions trip to Vancouver. This powerful experience helps to reveal the broad needs and ministry opportunities in urban and inner city contexts. Students work with various organizations, each focused on a unique aspect of ministry to those in need of the love of Christ. Organizations that students partner with have included Urban Promise, Union Gospel Mission, and the Salvation Army. Along with serving alongside various ministries, students often have the opportunity to experience other cultures and worldviews by visiting venues such as the East Indian Friendship Center, a Mosque, and Westminster Abbey.
All students participate in Student Ministry on a regular basis over their first two years. Student Ministry gives you the opportunity to put your classroom training to practical use. It is also an opportunity for you to begin discovering ways in which God can use you. Some of the types of Student Ministry include: youth, seniors visitation, teaching Sunday School, kids’ clubs in public schools, residence assistants (RA’s), and NBC music & drama teams.
Christian Leadership Practicums
During the third year of student ministry, a practicum allows students to develop and grow their leadership abilities. Practicum students have the opportunity to lead in areas such as ministry teams (FaceDown, Living Proof, or Access Team), three60five committee, at church in youth groups or other areas as fits the student’s gifts and abilities as well as their chosen program minor.