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1 Corinthians: A Conflict Management Perspective (New Testament)
DEBS1121 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Principles of conflict management from a thematic and topical exploration of First Corinthians.

Course Description: This course will study the key theological concepts presented in the book of 1 Corinthians and introduce the student to the fundamental principles of successfully managing conflict within the Christian community. Themes explored in this course are based on the typical problems in the church at Corinth that precipitated the conflict in the first century. While the “”contestants”” in the struggles in that church have left the scene of this earth, the issues and elements of human conflict remain the same. Paul’s interventions with the church then are as timely today.

Galatians: Law, Grace and the Church (New Testament)
DEBS1122 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Freedom from bondage, legalism and lawlessness are studied from the New Testament epistle of Galatians.

Course Description: For many followers of Christ, true freedom may be one of the most sought after, and yet least attained goals in life. This course will take an in-depth look at the New Testament book of Galatians so that the student will gain a clearer and more thorough understanding of the wonderful freedom available in Christ. The key objective of this is course is to assist the student to arrive at the place where it can be said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…” Galatians 5:1

Gospels (New Testament)
DEBS2231 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: The Synoptic Gospels provide four vivid and reliable expressions of the life and ministry of Christ

Course Description: The words, works, life, death and redemptive work of Christ are captured for all people to engage. The Synoptic Gospels are an expression of the stance of Almighty God as He engages the transformational work of saving an alienated and lost humanity. This course will introduce the student to the cultural milieu, the parables of Christ, the message of the Kingdom of God and strategies for responding to the message of the Gospels.

Nehemiah: The Marks of a Christian Leader (Old Testament)
DEBS1211 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: The life and times of Nehemiah provide the basis for study in this introductory leadership course.

Course Description: The IBOLT course Nehemiah is based on Christian leadership insight and principles as evidenced by this remarkable Old Testament leader. TheNew American Commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther by Mervin Breneman is used by both the course developer and by the student to unearth these principles.  The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley is used for its practical application of the leadership principles Nehemiah gives us. The sub-title captures the essence of this course. Author Andy Stanley suggests we must start living in the right direction with “the principle of the path”.

Old Testament Prophets (Old Testament)
DEBS1102 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: A selected study of the background and theological themes of Biblical messengers with an application to notions of contemporary prophetic ministries.

Course Description: Old Testament Prophets is a selected study of the background and theological themes God’s messengers and their prophecies from the 9th through the 5th Century B.C.. These social reformers addressed the secularization of religion, the need to protect those socially disadvantaged and ‘saw’ the promises of a new day on the horizon. This course will equip the student with the skills to discuss the nature and role of Old Testament prophets, abstract some great theological principles for practical living and apply some of the books to challenging ministry positions faced today. Pre-requisites for this course are Hermeneutics (DETS3201) and Homiletics (DEPS2102).

Pastoral Letters (New Testament)
DEBS3121 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Paul’s pastoral instruction to first century leaders directs contemporary leaders through the pastoral letters.

Course Description: This course examines Paul’s letters to discover his thoughts and strategies for dealing with issues that arose in those churches at that time. Themes in this course examine Paul’s timely advice to church leaders of the day with direct application to issues facing church leaders in our modern times. Regardless of urban or rural setting, this course and the writings of the apostle Paul will serve to guide today’s pastor to more effective strategies in dealing with skills such as preaching, teaching, and dealing with issues of leadership and authority, conflict, pastoral care and pacing in ministry.

Pauline Literature: Romans
DEBT201 - Biblical Studies, Theological Studies

The course will approach Romans as a letter in its entirety, with reference to theological convergence with the rest of Scripture in general, and Pauline literature specifically. The course will reinforce (in an introductory sense) some of the ideas behind the metanarrative of the Scripture, some basic principles of hermeneutics, and some preliminary considerations in exegesis. Students will receive some initial instruction on components of the metanarrative.

Pentateuch (Old Testament)
DEBS2111 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Examine the Pentateuch for authorship, purpose and unity with a focus on analysis of message and theme.

Course Description: This course will engage the student in a study and examination of the Pentateuch in light of questions relating to structure, documentary hypothesis and major themes. Some of the major themes such as Creation of the World, the Fall of Humanity into Sin, the Flood of the Earth and God’s Covenant with Humanity through Abraham will receive special attention as we attempt to trace the redemptive thread that is very much part of both the Old and New Testament story-line.

The Bible as Story
DEBS1224 - Biblical Studies

This entry-level course is designed to demonstrate the importance and relevance of the whole Bible for today. For many, it is a mystery how the Old Testament is related to the New Testament. Some think the former is a source of unrelated devotional stories, laws and prophecies. In truth, the two testaments are the complete story of God’s progressive plan for his people. There can be no real understanding of the New Testament without a clear view of the overall message of the Old Testament.
It is the purpose of this course to concisely trace the story of Scripture and to help students build a central foundation with which they can understand, interpret and apply God’s word to their lives today.

Wisdom Literature (Old Testament)
DEBS4211 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Poetic Old Testament wisdom literature is a relevant anecdote for modern predicaments.

Course Description: The Old Testament contains some of the most poetic and well-written wisdom literature of the entire Bible. With King Solomon’s writings as the background, this course will take the student on a journey on the meaning of wisdom, examples of types of wisdom, and then introduce the student to a comparison of a life with wisdom and then one without. An excellent and timely course for today when it seems that foolishness abounds in every arena of life.

World Religions
DEBS0101 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: World Religions examines major world religions, modern trends and the impact of spirituality

Course Description: Participants in this course will develop a broad, basic knowledge of the main world religions with special focus applied to Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This course will also afford students an overview of Buddhism, Hinduism and Shinto. The underlying theme of this course will be to investigate each of these religious movements with a view to enable students to engage adherents of other religions with a caring and humble attitude and in so doing, defend orthodox Christianity.


Adolescent Development
DEGS0913 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Study adolescent development in both theoretical and practical approaches and supports application to youth ministry.

Course Description: The intent of this course is to introduce students to the scientific study of adolescent development and apply this knowledge toward effective youth work. Although the volume of material in print on these two areas is vast, we will survey the most important topics as they relate to youth and youth work. This course is introductory in nature so it will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development and foundational principles that will serve as a basis for further study. The course is both theoretical and practical. The student is encouraged to always ask, “How can I apply this information toward working with teens today?”

Biblical Language Usage
DEGS2134 - General Studies

This course is a basic introduction to the Biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew and to the
tools with which the student can study the Scriptures more effectively. Beginning with an
appreciation for the nature and challenges of working with the original languages of our
Scriptures, the student will be equipped with the skills necessary for the proper use of
language and interpretative tools such as interlinear, lexicons, dictionaries, encyclopedias,
critical commentaries, and word studies. An essential part of the course is the integration of
tools of exegesis with the study of the original languages of the Old and New Testaments,
Greek and Hebrew.

Church History
DEGS204 - General Studies

This is a survey course to introduce the student to the history of the Christian church primarily focusing on renewal and revival movements. This course examines the history of the church as it developed from the apostles to the present era. The course objective is to thoroughly acquaint the student with the historical and theological development of key figures, movements, and doctrines.

Church History: From the Crusades to the Modern Age
DEGS2222 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Beginning with the Reformation, through the period of the Enlightenment, trace the impact and decisions of historical people and events.

Course Description: Beginning with the Reformation, through the period of the Enlightenment and into the Twentieth Century. Students will be exposed to the historical forces that created many of our current denominations and underlines our cherished theologies. We will explore various movements within this period such as the Missions/Pietism movement and the Pentecostal/Charismatic component of Christianity. Attention will be given to a full understanding of our roots and an appreciation of those God has used before us to shape and mold the Church into what it is today.

Church History: The Early Church to Pre-Reformation
DEGS2221 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: From the Church Fathers to the Reformation students trace events and people who shaped the way we see the church today.

Course Description: This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the key personalities, events and movements that have influenced the history of the Church of Jesus Christ from its founding to the end of the Middle Ages. Topics covered include the following: The expansion of Christianity, the development of doctrine and the struggle against heresy, the rise and decline of the Papacy, the emergence of the Holy Roman Empire, the forerunners of the Reformation and the Renaissance.

Cross Cultural Communication
DEGS151 - General Studies

Course Description: This course will address principles and processes to understand cross cultural interaction and communications. The course will provide an understanding of the essential components of communication to avoid pitfalls in cross cultural communication that can render ministry ineffective at best and disastrous at worst. It is designed to equip the student with understanding of cross cultural communication and the needed skills to be effective in developing friendships and healthy relationships to communicate effectively and accurately.

Cross Cultural Studies
DEGS2201 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Avoid cultural irrelevance and ethnocentrism by applying contextual awareness to maximize personal effectiveness in Christian cross culture experiences.

Course Description: Understanding someone else’s culture means that first you need to understand your own culture and how you function in it. From there you can apply the principles to a global context, allowing for an in depth study of a chosen culture. With these skills it is possible to incorporate the skills necessary to provide Christ-like care and intervention in the lives of others who are not from your own culture.

English Composition and Literature
DEGS207 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: This course explores examples of imaginative literature and deals with key grammar elements. Students will deepen their understanding of the ways that writers can use language to provide both meaning and plea- sure for their readers. The second component of this course addresses the skills necessary to pay attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. Prerequisites: English 30 or as approved by IBOLT

DEGS401 - General Studies

Course Description: Ethics is the study of right and wrong. This course examines six major approaches to ethics, three Christian, and three non-Christian, with emphasis placed on the former. It then reviews several hotly debated ethical issues in our society, including abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, homosexuality, pacifism/war, and divorce and remarriage. Extensive classroom discussion and debates are used to supplement lecture material. Students are encouraged to think critically and search the Scriptures to decide for themselves what is or is not ethical.

Interpersonal Communication
DEGS101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Communication skills for leaders to enhance effective dialogue, and exchange of ideas in daily communication.

Course Description: Communicating creatively to be heard and understood today is trickier than you might expect. We are constantly bombarded with a barrage of conflicting messages. This course focuses on understanding communication theory and using these insights to practice effective interpersonal, public and organizational communication. Students will have greater confidence and competence to communicate personally and publicly.

Introduction to Christian Counseling
DEGS4101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: An introduction to Christian Counseling with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of Christian Counseling

Course Description: Other counseling approaches will also be reviewed including Brief Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. The course will explore the foundation of Christian Counseling, developing a Therapeutic Relationship, the process of Christian Counseling and major uses of Christian Counseling. In addition, skills will be developed around how to support individuals and families who experience a range of problems.

Prerequisite: DEGS3102 Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology
DEGS3102 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Introduction to Psychology as presented from a Christian perspective affords a balanced approach to introductory issues.

Course Description: This foundational course provides an introduction of the field of psychology. The goal of the course is to understand the major schools of psychological through practical application of ideas. Theory will be integrated with Christian world view and personal experience. Topics covered include development, learning, mental health, personality and integration of psychology and theology.

Issues in Counseling
DEGS1204 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Building on the course, Introduction to Christian Counseling, students will address and explain a number of issues in counseling practice.

Course Description: 
Students will consider the causation of a wide array of personal and interpersonal problems, with particular focus on biological, personal, social, familial and spiritual causes. Students will research and create treatment plans for a variety of both personal and interpersonal issues and topics may range from: depression, anxiety, pride, anger, forgiveness, addiction, procrastination, family of origin issues, low self-esteem, problems with marital communication, and sexual issues.

NT Greek I
DEGS4110 - General Studies

This is the first of two undergraduate courses the student will take toward building a solid foundation in New Testament Greek. Introductory Greek grammar, vocabulary, and translation will be the focus of this first course. This course is designed to get the student into the Greek New Testament as quickly as possible. The student will be translating simple sentences from the Greek New Testament by the third week of studies.

NT Greek II
DEGS4210 - General Studies

This course is the second introductory course leading to a mastery of the general principles underlying the grammatical and syntactical structure of biblical Greek. The student will continue to lay a strong foundation of basic linguistic skills that enable them to read, translate, and exegete selected passages from the original language of the New Testament into contemporary English. In addition to grammar and syntax, special attention will be given to helping the student to develop usable vocabulary knowledge.

Pentecostal History
DEGS402 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore fundamentals of modern Pentecostal and Charismatic history to meet ministerial credential requirements.

Course Description: Where did Pentecostals come from? Explore the origins of the Pentecostal movement and its unique growth. Historical antecedents, theological development and socio-cultural issues will be assessed. Emphasis will be given to the development of the Pentecostal movement in Canada and this course will provide the student with an analysis of other Charismatic movements around the world.

Philosophical Foundations
DEGS3101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Examine philosophical and world views such as atheism, agnosticism, dualism, polytheism and contemporary approaches to life.

Course Description: The basic philosophical schools of thought of the past and present are presented, with particular attention given to examining the reasonableness of Christianity. Students are challenged with the opportunity of presenting an articulate and reasoned presentation of the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity.

Science and Religion
DEGS3201 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Examination of Christian science, creationism and other scientific schools of thought.

Course Description: This course examines the basic scientific schools of thought of the past and present, with particular attention given to examining how science can, particularly the natural sciences, challenge and contribute to the understanding of the Christian faith and the Bible.

Worldviews and Contemporary Culture
DEGS102 - General Studies

An exploration of the concept of worldview especially as it affects Christian formation and interaction with contemporary culture. These powerful forces shape the lives of people often without clear reflection or intentionality. A person’s worldview has a huge influence on identity formation. Therefore, it is crucial to increase awareness and purposeful development of our worldview.


Administration of Children & Family Ministry
DEPS332 - Professional Studies

Organization and administration are essential skills for any children’s pastor to develop. This course will help students gain a basic proficiency in these areas by helping them take a closer look at ministry to children and their families in the local church in order to evaluate and improve it. Course topics include (but are certainly not limited to) the importance of vision, mission, and strategy, recruiting and developing volunteers and budgeting, policies and procedures.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.

Art of Pastoral Care
DEPS202 - Professional Studies

Course Description: This course is an experiential and critical exploration of pastoral care. Care giving in a faith community is by its nature a theological activity, drawing on religious tradition, social sciences, theology and the gifts of the people involved. In pastoral care giving, the integration of person, faith, belief, method and practice is foundational.
Prerequisite: DEGS203

Building Effective Teams
DEPS3201 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Building effective teams assists in effective accomplishment of the goals of the ministry.

Course Description: Serving as an effective team member requires skills and techniques that will enable you to make a valid contribution in the group. Building Effective Teams will focus on the processes required to encourage team unity, trust and effective partnerships to accomplish the mission of the leadership context.

Counseling Theory and Skill Development
DEPS1109 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Students will learn effective counseling skills that will guide the student in a variety of real-life helping situations.

Course Description: This is a practice-oriented course with the goal of learning effective counseling skills that will guide the student in a variety of helping situations. Students will use the text and companion workbook titled, “The Skilled Helper.” Through this model, students will learn to develop an effective caring relationship, to listen and empathize, to probe, to challenge, to plan and to motivate action.

Curriculum Design and Development
DEPS231 - Professional Studies

Churches have many good curriculum options to choose from, but with this blessing also come some challenges: How do they evaluate and choose a curriculum? If they decide to write their own, how do they go about it? How can they adapt what they already use to better meet their needs? Students will explore these and other questions that surround the exciting challenge of what churches teach children.

Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups
DEPS3102 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups for change, care, growth and service within the local church.

Course Description: Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups will introduce the student to the patterns of small groups within scripture, the various models of small group developing a small group ministry and the ways in which small groups can assist in the accomplishment of many different goals within church life. This course is practical, theoretical, experiential and will afford the student the tools necessary to start or work within an existing small group ministry.

Expository Presentation
DEBT408 - Professional Studies

Course Description: This course is an advanced study in effective sermon preparation and delivery, with special emphasis on the techniques used in preaching the Word of God in an expository fashion.

Prerequisite: DEPS2102 Homiletics

Foundations of Christian School Education
DEPS1107 - Professional Studies

Course Description: Teachers in Alberta become certified to practice in the province only after they complete four years of university education. Christian schools that wish to obtain a higher percentage of funds provided for private schools must hire certificated teachers and in many cases these teachers have had no training in Christian school education. Koinonia Christian Schools encourages its teachers to engage in professional development activities related to the skills sets required to teach in a Christian school. Based on the textbook produced by the (ACSI),Foundations of Christian School Education, this course will provide teachers with the skills to incorporate the four foundational blocks in Christian education into all aspects of their teaching.

Foundations of Family Ministry
DEPS101 - Professional Studies

Course Description: This course will examine contemporary family life and its biblical purpose. Students will study the idea of a holistic family ministry model as well as the importance of an intergenerational mindset for church ministry. This course will include current strategies for various ministries that involve the family.

Global Worker: Principles and Practice
DEPS151 - Professional Studies

Course Description: This course addresses the many issues the cross cultural missionary worker needs to understand to prepare for effective service from a Biblical and practical perspective. It will equip the student with understanding and preparation for a life of fruitful cross cultural ministry in Canada or around the world. It will present a focus on spiritual health, ministry calling and gifting as well as marriage and family life in a mission setting. International issues of administration and the necessary steps to get from where you are to effective global ministry will be discussed.

Holistic Mission Engagement
DEPS251 - Professional Studies

Course Description: This course seeks to understand and integrate the biblical principles of evangelism, conversion, and personal salvation with the biblical mandate for compassion and social concerns. A brief survey of the historical and current trends will be presented to help understand the complexity of the issues, and help the students develop methods to accomplish a biblically sound holistic gospel message that impacts nations. Students will gain insights on how to plant the gospel into communities, empowering the church of the host country to engage in balanced holistic ministry that affects the whole person.

DEPS2102 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Developing strategies for effective preaching in a postmodern context and across varied audiences.

Course Description: Delivering objective Biblical truth in a postmodern context is the challenge of contemporary preaching. This course provides students with the skills to exegete a passage, determine the big idea, develop that idea into an effective message that can be delivered to a cross section of audiences. While this course is concerned primarily with development of sermon outlines and manuscripts, students are also expected to improve their public speaking skills.

Introduction to Personal Formation
DEBT103 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore and develop personal and spiritual formation patterns for a rich and vibrant interior life as a disciple of Christ.

Course Description: The primary focus of this course is to equip students with the knowledge and tools they need to develop a vibrant devotional life. Using spiritual disciplines as a starting point, they will learn about, engage with and reflect on various ways Christians can grow in their relationship with Jesus. Attention will also be given to how students can use this knowledge to lead others to develop a stronger faith.

Introduction to World Missions
DEPS2233 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Introduction to World Missions explores the purpose and methodology of missions as presented in the scriptures.

Course Description: The basic theme of the study is the unchanging purpose of God in revealing Himself for the redemption of the whole human race. After laying the foundation of the universality of God’s missionary purpose, the course will present the task of missions and the means of accomplishing that task. The historical and cultural perspectives will be studied, as well as strategies for development.

Introduction to Youth Ministry
DEPS1105 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore contemporary youth ministry models with accompanying roles and responsibilities for modern youth leader.

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview of contemporary youth ministry in the church and para-church settings. Students will become familiar with a variety of models of youth ministry as well as the various roles and responsibilities of youth pastors. This course is introductory in nature and serves as a foundation for further studies or volunteering in a youth ministry.

Leadership and Team Dynamics
DEPS102 - Professional Studies

Throughout our lives, and in varying degrees we both give and follow leadership. In other words, we both have and submit to authority. Given that leadership and followership are so inseparable and mutually influential, this course explores how followers can set healthy relationships with their leaders and teammates through clarifying personal values and effective observation skills.

Leadership Systems and Services
DEPS301 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a senior course that prepares students for their leadership roles in ministry.

Course Description: This course will examine the elements of effective management within multiple dimensions of holistic Christian ministry settings. Attention will be given to establishing a foundation for the understanding of the essential functions of management, individual and collective performance, organizational systems, governance, change issues and the stewardship of resources, human as well as financial. Students will also be challenged to apply their leadership learning in internship experiences, as well as in practicing and learning how to lead people through transformative life experiences like sacraments/ordinances, water baptism, child dedication, weddings and funerals.

Managing Ministries
DEPS3222 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a study of effective management within a Christian setting. Attention will be given to the essential functions, skills and activities of management including mission and leadership, individual and collective performance, human resources, and team building as well as fund development and management.

Attention will also be given to the essential functions, skills, and activities of managing and leadership, including envisioning, planning, organizing, controlling, and team building. In addition, students will learn to manage ministries and meetings, manage change, and manage conflict in the local congregation.

Orientation to Online Learning
DEPS0196 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: The purpose of this course is to introduce you to online learning. This includes an overview of independent study, online learning, research tools available to you, and essay writing, and APA formatting.

Course Description: If you have been away from formal study for some time, or if you are new to online learning, this course should be informative for you and provide you with tools to be successful in your online studies.  This course offers an opportunity for you to do “big picture” reflection for why you are studying with Vanguard Online.  It also offers practical insight for the academic writing you are required to do throughout your online studies.

Pastoral Counselling
DEPS302 - Professional Studies

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the preparation, philosophy, theology, and skills of the pastoral
counsellor. It addresses issues and situations commonly faced in the pastor’s office. Practical
application of the principles and skills learned during lectures will be applied through various
experiences and integrative assignments.

Prerequisite: DEGS203

Pastoral Life
DEPS3205 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Pastoral Life is a sacred calling from God to share His heart with His people through the life of a minister.

Course Description: Ministry can be a complicated and difficult calling; but it might also be said that it is a joyful burden. The Pastoral Life is a course that explores the problems associated with an incorrect personal identity and subsequent performance issues in ministry. This course will help the student to develop strategies to develop a healthy personal identity and answer a regular call to personal renewal as a person of depth and worship.

Prerequisite: DEBS3121 Pastoral Letters

Philosophy of Leadership
DEPS1104 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Philosophy of Leadership grounded in servant leadership provides enduring meaning and purpose in any leadership context.

Course Description: Serving others is at the heart of Christian leadership. With this ideal at the center of this course, Philosophy of Leadership introduces the student to some of the major themes and issues in leadership today. This course explores biblical and contemporary definitions of leadership, issues in leadership style and the unfolding role of leaders in Christian ministries. Of particular importance in this course is the exploration personal mission, influence, setting priorities and developing community.

Philosophy of Worship
DEPS1108 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Biblical foundations of the role of music and worship in the ministry of the local church.

This course is an introduction to the Biblical foundations of the role of music and worship in the ministry of the local church.Students will engage in a thorough investigation of theological and philosophical issues related to preparing for worship services and other occasions.

This course may be taken as a Professional Studies Course: DEPS-1104 or as a General Studies Course: DEGS-1103 

Practics of Worship
DEPS1204 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: At the heart of Christian public worship is a skilled leader who can lead people from the mundane to the sacred in collective expressions of worship.

Students will be introduced worship preparation skills such as the creative and context-sensitive culmination of multitasking, coordination of many people’s efforts and as a support of the preaching of the Word of God. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in leading public worship in their own context.

Preaching Seminar
DEPS0921 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a practical course in development and delivery of sermons.

Course Description: This preaching seminar is a practical course in the development and delivery of sermons. It is intended to move learners towards skill in preaching the biblical text from a variety of literary genres and to facilitate their ongoing development as preachers.

Prerequisite: DEPS4104 Expository Preaching

Senior Integration – Pastoral Ministry
DEPS4401 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: A senior integration course that serves as a capstone course to provide a rounded approach to the ministry studied.

Course Description: Integrating the student’s entire college learning, forming a cohesive approach to ministry is the aim of this course. At the same time an examination of effective ministry management skills for developing and maintaining a healthy ministry is a significant concentration of the course. This includes managing time, stress, conflict and programs.

Senior Integrative Seminar – Youth
DEPS4119 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: A senior integration course that serves as a capstone course to provide a rounded approach to the ministry studied.

Course Description: Integrating the student’s entire college learning, forming a cohesive approach to ministry is the aim of this course. At the same time an examination of effective ministry management skills for developing and maintaining a healthy ministry is a significant concentration of the course. This includes managing time, stress, conflict and programs.

Youth Discipleship and Pastoring
DEPS2214 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Effective youth ministry, philosophy of ministry to develop strategies for programming youth events and discipling today’s teens.

Course Description: Establishing and maintaining an effective youth ministry in a local church requires a biblical philosophy of ministry that is worked out in a carefully designed strategy including small and large group programming. This course provides the student with the necessary skills to evaluate the effectiveness of a youth group, craft a philosophy of youth ministry, and establish the necessary structures to disciple teens.

Youth Ministry Issues
DEPS4105 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Compassionate and informed pastoral care for youth-related social issues encompasses the heart of this course.

Course Description: Responding with competence and compassion to the myriad of pastoral and social issues associated with contemporary youth work is the focus of this course. Emphasis will be placed upon the relationship between developmental issues and emerging challenges presented by youth culture. Further, this course will examine the role of the youth worker, minister, or pastor and critical issues that relate to their role in the lives of adolescents.


Advanced Studies in Soteriology/ Christology
DETS4111 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a continuation of DETS2102 which covers the study of Soteriology and Christology. This course is designed specifically for students who have taken a combined Soteriology and Christology course through IBOLT or Vanguard College and would like to take an additional 3 credits for credentials with the PAONL. While this course may be an approved elective for students who wish to continue their studies in this field, students are directed to take DETS2202: Christology and DETS2203: Soteriology

Prerequisite: DETS2102 Soteriology/Christology

DETS4201 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Designed to equip students to be able to articulate a relevant, informed and Biblical defense of the faith in modern academic and societal contexts.

Course Description: 
A biblical examination of the fundamentals of orthodox Christianity will afford the student with foundation to engage others in meaningful dialogue regardless of their opposing or contradictory worldviews. Apologetics will assist the student to develop skills for effective expression of personal beliefs and defense of the Christian faith.

Biblical Theology: Luke-Acts
DETS3212 - Theological Studies

Course Description: This course is developed with the intention that you would work firsthand with Luke-Acts and recognize the explicit and implicit teaching emphasized in the narrative. While contradictory opinions abound concerning the application of the text for today, it is my hope that you would begin to see why the Charismatic community is convinced that spiritual gifts and signs are still necessary, available, and beneficial for all believers today. Most of all, it is my prayer that you would come away from this study with a deep desire to be continually filled with the Spirit and find power from Him to live day to day as a witness to Jesus.

DETS2202 - Theological Studies

This course is designed, not just to fill your head with theological knowledge, but also to lead you into a deeper relationship with the One who indwells you! By the end of this course, you will more fully understand and appreciate the miracle that was the incarnational ministry of Christ on this earth, and comprehend the tremendous love and mercy of God as shown throughout His incredible plan of salvation.

DEBT102 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Grow to a deeper level of academic use and personal enjoyment from scripture by employing sound principles of interpretation and effective application of Biblical truth.

Course Description: The heart of this online course is to inspire and instruct students in how they read and study the scriptures. The student will be acquainted with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, meaning principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, and special hermeneutics, meaning principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devises that are present in the Bible. The purpose is to develop a balanced approach to the biblical interpretation, both scholarly as well as an emphasis on role of the Holy Spirit.

Life in the Spirit
DETS1201 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Taught from a charismatic perspective, the Holy Spirit resides in believers to lead, teach and seal to the Day of the Lord.

Course Description: The life of Christ resides in every believer and the work of the Holy Spirit is to cause the disciple of Christ to grow to be more like Him. Living and working with a constant awareness of the Holy Spirit in our lives is at the heart of this course. It is important to note that this course is taught from a Pentecostal, charismatic perspective.

Pastoral Theology
DETS3202 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Examine foundational issues in pastoral theology such as the work of the ministry and developing essential skills.

Course Description: Pastoral Theology affords the student insight into foundational skills in pastoral work. The foundational themes include: the work of the pastor, prayer, proclamation, presence, working with teams and working with others. Further, this course is designed to facilitate the students engaging of active practitioners with a goal to observe and incorporate skills essential to longevity in Christian ministry.

Pauline Literature: Romans
DEBT201 - Biblical Studies, Theological Studies

The course will approach Romans as a letter in its entirety, with reference to theological convergence with the rest of Scripture in general, and Pauline literature specifically. The course will reinforce (in an introductory sense) some of the ideas behind the metanarrative of the Scripture, some basic principles of hermeneutics, and some preliminary considerations in exegesis. Students will receive some initial instruction on components of the metanarrative.

Senior Theology
DS4101 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore theological systems that have challenged evangelical theology such as neo orthodoxy, process theology, liberation theology, and liberalism.

Course Description: The 20th Century theologians posed new challenges to the evangelical church. These divergent streams of theology continue to have far reaching implications for Christians today. The object of this course is examine the basic tenets of each of these schools of thoughts and the personalities behind each of these theological systems.

Prerequisite: DETS3203 Eschatology/Ecclesiology

DETS2203 - Theological Studies

This course deals with God’s incredible plan of salvation. It is designed to encourage and strengthen your convictions, your understanding of salvation, the work of Jesus Christ and the role of the Holy Spirit.

Upon completion, students will be able to identify, discuss and explain the various theories of atonement, the gravity of sin and God’s holiness. Students will also differentiate between Calvinism and Armenianism in their views on salvation and eternal security. You will also be asked to deal with your personal position on issues such as Universalism, Pluralism and the conditions and content of salvation.

Systematic Theology III: Eschatology/Ecclesiology
DETS3203 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Systematic theological approach to the emerging church and eschatological themes the Bible.

Course Description: The third of three courses designed to cover the key topics of Christian theology in a systematic approach. Topics include: the Holy Spirit; the Church; and the End Times. Students will engage in a study of an example of a “Young Adult” church with over one thousand attendees and unique features of reaching today’s emerging adult with an uncompromising message of salvation and the good news of the gospel.

Prerequisite: DETS2102 Soteriology/Christology OR DETS2202 Christology AND 3 credits of study in Soteriology.

Theology I: God and the Human Condition
DEBT105 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Life after God is not the message of this course as it explores the Biblical assertion of God’s existence, nature and relationship with humanity.

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to examine the teaching of the Bible and develop a systematic theology that addresses four important themes: the Word of God, the doctrine of God, biblical anthropology, and the doctrine of sin. Efforts will be made to explain how these themes are developed through promise and fulfilment from Genesis to Revelation.

Theology II: Soteriology/Christology
DETS2102 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: The person, work and nature of Christ is examined and the ministry of salvation for humanity is explored.

Course Description: The second of the Major IBOLT Systematic Theology courses deals with the person, nature, and work of Christ with particular emphasis placed upon the great salvation that Christ brought to humanity. The student will examine the Incarnational ministry of Christ on this earth and explore the significance of this ministry as an expression of the love and mercy of God through His plan of salvation.

Prerequisite: DETS1203 God and the Human Condition


Internship – Children’s and Family Ministry
DEPS3503 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Internship is an eight-month placement designed to develop the practical skills needed in the area of church or para-church ministry.

Course Description: The third year internship is the professional placement that provides the backbone of experience for those planning to enter full-time church work or parachurch work. The intern will be involved in a variety of experiences so that he or she will be better equipped to serve in a multiplicity of ministry environments. A detailed process of evaluation, reflection, feedback and mentoring helps integrate learning and maximize the educational experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service in the local church or parachurch setting.

Internship – Pastoral Ministry
DEPS3503 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Internship is an eight-month placement designed to develop the practical skills needed in the area of church or para-church ministry.

Course Description: The third year internship is the professional placement that provides the backbone of experience for those planning to enter full-time church work or parachurch work. The intern will be involved in a variety of experiences so that he or she will be better equipped to serve in a multiplicity of ministry environments. A detailed process of evaluation, reflection, feedback and mentoring helps integrate learning and maximize the educational experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service in the local church or parachurch setting.

Internship – Youth Ministry
DEPS3581 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Internship is an eight-month placement designed to develop the practical skills needed in the area of church or para-church ministry.

Course Description: The third year internship is the professional placement that provides the backbone of experience for those planning to enter full-time church work or parachurch work. The intern will be involved in a variety of experiences so that he or she will be better equipped to serve in a multiplicity of ministry environments. A detailed process of evaluation, reflection, feed back and mentoring helps integrate learning and maximize the educational experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service in the local church or parachurch setting.

Internship: Intercultural Ministry
DEFE455 - Practicum Courses

This practicum is designed to help the student preparing for internship in the next semester by participating in the STM preparation course as well as time spent in the class discussing things relevant to preparation for travel and time spent in each location. The Missions Internship is a minimum 10-week (400 hrs.) cross-cultural experience to practically prepare students for their future ministry & calling. The student will build upon the 1st year cross-cultural team experience and 2nd year placement. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the life and work of a missionary in a supervised setting that will begin to prepare the student for a life of missions. The goal is to facilitate the entire internship process with an emphasis on developing an approach to responding to a personal missions calling. The class will be discussion based. You will be expected to share openly and honestly your reflections. Your efforts will benefit not only yourself, but also the class. The class will be a focal point for internship preparation and personal development as well missions, information and issues. Please refer to the School of World Discipleship Internship Manuals.

Internship: Pastoral Care & Counselling Ministry
DEFE445 - Practicum Courses

This course sits at the top of the experiential component of developing skills in Pastoral Care & Counselling. It involves on site involvement practicing the skills of one on one work, group leadership, administration, as well as self-care and self-understanding.
Prerequisite: DEFE342

Practicum 1: Project Management
DEPS1103 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: College practicum in Project Management combines theory with supervised on-site ministry experience.

Course Description: This first IBOLT practicum will help you learn the fundamentals of project management. From inception to completion, the student is introduced to visioning, planning, and gathering participation, delegation, problem solving, implementation and evaluation. For students in the degree program, participation in the practicum courses will afford assistance in completing the Senior Integrative Seminar.

Practicum 3: Technology
DEPS1203 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Theology of information guides development of information technology solutions in Christian ministry.

Course Description: Is there such a thing as a “”theology of information?”” Is God even interested in our use of technology? The proliferation of ministry/church-based computing compels the wise Christian leader to consider the use of storage and retrieval of information within a wider context of careful planning and decision-making. In this practicum, students will be introduced to strategies for fiscally responsible use of information technologies.

Practicum 7: Property
DEPS4103 - Practicum Courses

Course Description: All churches and non-profit organizations operate from a bricks and mortar location. Regardless of the size, location and square footage, the property is an essential part of the equation for the delivery of the services of that endeavor. Churches and non-profits alike will invest funds in the acquisition and maintenance of their property, and astute management of the property is essential for good stewardship of the limited funds available. In this course, the student will examine the ‘tangibles’ of ministry. This practicum will assist the student in developing stewardship of ministry facilities and an awareness of safety issues, overall presentation and utilization of the property.

Practicum 8: Law
DEPS4204 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Evangelical Christian churches require awareness of legal issues in a complex society.

Course Description: The myriad of legal issues today require the Evangelical Christian to possess an awareness of the implications of decisions in the local church or para-church ministry. While this course is not designed to make “ministers into lawyers” it will afford the student insights into key issues such as:
– land title transactions
– wills and estates
– divorce and remarriage
– confidentiality
– charitable status of churches and para-church organizations

While this course is developed from a Canadian context, it will be adapted to the student’s nation of residence.


Practicum: Meetings
DEPS3103 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Structure effective decision-making committees in a Christian church or para-church context.

Course Description: Many Christian churches and para-church organizations choose to structure decision-making around a committee. Committees can either be a source of effective leadership or ineffectiveness. This practicum will assist the student to develop skills in mandating, leading and monitoring effective committees.

Practicum: Personal Effectiveness
DEFE191 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Personal effectiveness is rooted in longevity, personal credibility and a sense of purpose.

Course Description: Students will explore several important elements in developing and maintaining personal effectiveness the Christian ministry. Discovering that personal effectiveness is rooted in longevity, credibility, purpose and team will enhance the capacity to lead with effectiveness. Of significant content in this course is a guided examination of the characteristics of effective leader’s within the student’s own context.

Practicum: Relationships
DEFE192 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Emotional intelligence in relationships provides essential skills for effective relationships in the work and ministry environment.

Course Description: Mature and emotionally intelligent relationships are an important element for developing and maintaining effectiveness in Christian ministry or any other work environment. Developing an accurate awareness of self and the social context are important skills to capture in this practicum course. Students will examine and practice implementing strategies for fostering healthy and meaningful relationships in their context.

Practicum: Volunteers
DEPS3204 - Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Church volunteers practicum teaches skills in caring, nurturing, coaching and supervising others in a ministry context.

Course Description: Volunteers are the backbone of Christian ministry. Volunteer staff departments, chair committees, teach classes, lead in services and provide much of the church governance. This practicum will provide practical insights into recruiting volunteers and will touch on the art of leading, loving and caring for volunteers.