On-site Course Dates: October 21 - 22, 2019
Instructor: Cole Hartin, DMin
Overview: This course aims to help students understand some of the major emphases and movements in spiritual formation in pre-Reformation Christian history. It highlights ideas and practices from monks, martyrs and mystics.
On-site Course Dates: October 24-25, 2019
Instructor: Caleb Congrove, DMin
Overview: This course develops the students' knowledge and understanding of pioneering mission and evangelism. It enables students to explore ways in which the Church has responded to changing contexts through history, making links with key theological and Biblical ideas. They will apply this knowledge to their own local and organizational contexts in order to appreciate Christianity as a pioneering faith.
But this may not be what we have traditionally thought it was. If we understand the missio dei, we will understand that God, who is missional in nature and action, acts differently than we may have expected in seeking to draw all people to Himself. He is at work in the world, and in and through His people – the church. Throughout history, God’s people have been surprised to see the work of God in the world, and at times, lost as to how to participate with Him on mission. What has happened throughout history is that they have had a “renewed theological vision of the church on mission, serving as a sign, servant and foretaste of the kingdom of God.”
On-site Course Dates: October 28-29, 2019
Instructor: Brad Jersak, PhD
Overview: Hermeneutics (Greek for “interpretation”) covers some of the key principles for studying the Bible with the goal of hearing its intended message. Among these essential elements, students will be introduced to aspects of the Bible’s composition (from oral tradition to written documents, redaction, collection and canonization) along with the challenges of interpreting various biblical genres. Special attention will be paid to the apostolic and patristic (versus modern rationalist) approach to interpreting Biblical narrative in light of and through the lens of Christ and the gospel (a la the Road to Emmaus). Finally, we’ll discuss contextualizing God’s self-revealed message in our contemporary world as it shapes and informs life.
On-site Course Dates: October 31 - November 1, 2019
Instructors: Terence and Jasmine Chandra
Overview: We will explore what it means to be Christian witnesses in the current Canadian cultural context. We will wrestle with what it means to be living in a post-Christendom, post-modern and pluralistic society. We will explore how we are to bear witness to our culture in this context and how we might engage with other worldviews and beliefs which are at odds with the Christian faith. We will also consider how followers of Jesus can be faithful bearers of the Good News from a position of weakness and alienation.