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PC 431 - Personal Development and Ministry

Term: Fall 2013

Course Description:

An introductory course that focuses on increasing the interpersonal and intrapsychic awareness of the pastor. The course is geared to helping pastors become  more caring persons by increasing their self-understanding.

Professor Willy Muller
Text Books
  • Bellous, Joyce E. Educating Faith: An approach to Christian Formation. Edmonton, AB:Tall Pine Press, 2012.
  • Dann, Jill & Derek Dann,The Emotional Intelligence Workbook: The Practical Way to Get Results. London, UK: Hodder Education, 2012.
  • Lencioni, Patrick.The Five Temptations of a CEO. San Francisco, CA: Jossey - Bass, 1998.
Details Type: Mod/Hybrid   Location: Taylor  Credits: 3

PC 531 - Essentials of Pastoral Care

Term: Fall 2013

Course Description:

An introductory course dealing with the theology, theory, and practice of pastoral care in the context of Christian ministry. Attention will also be given to how pastoral care is performed though the leading of special worship services: Lord's Supper, baptism, weddings, and funerals, etc

Professor Len Thompson
Text Books
  • Miller, Calvin. Letters to a Young Pastor.Colorado Springs: David C. Cook Publishers, 2011, (256 pages)
  • Purves, Andrew. Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition. Louisville, Ken.: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2001 (125 pages)
  • Patton, John. Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005. (120 pages)
  • Stairs, Jean. Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual direction. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000. (213 pages)
  • Stone, Howard. Crisis Counselling (3rd Edition). Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009 (128 pages)
  • Thompson, Leonard. Developing the Spiritual Life. Edmonton: Urban Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation, 2010.*
  • __________________. Strengthening Spiritual Relationships. Edmonton: Urban Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation, 2010.*
  • __________________. Conquering the Flesh Nature. Edmonton: Urban Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation, 2010.*
  • __________________. Discerning a Deeper Sense of Calling. Edmonton: Urban Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation, 2010.*

* These texts are available through the Urban Sanctuary – either electronically or in printed form.

Details Type: Semester   Location: Taylor  Credits: 3

PL 633 - Essentials of Christian Leadership

Term: Fall 2013

Course Description:

An examination of what constitutes Christian leadership, how leaders are developed and how leadership styles are engaged. In this practicum course, students will also be expected to engage the practice of leadership in local ministry. The goal of this course is to take leadership out of the realm of theory and focus on the practical applications of leadership within local ministry.

Professor Jim Leverette and Terry Fossen
Text Books
  • Brady, Chris, & Orrin Woodward. Launching a Leadership Revolution. New York: Business Plus, 2005.
  • Ford, Leighton.Transforming Leadership: Jesus’ Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values & Empowering Change. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1991.
  • Malphurs, Aubrey. Leading Leaders. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.
  • Sinek, Simon. Start With Why. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Details Type: Mod/Hybrid   Location: Taylor  Credits: 3

PW 431 - Introduction to Preaching

Term: Fall 2013

Course Description:

A course consisting of a study of the foundations and fundamentals of biblical preaching. Learning how to develop biblical sermons will be the primary focus of this course. This course will also give students the opportunity to preach in class. These preached sermons will be evaluated by the instructor and by the class.  Prerequisite: BI 412 or permission from the instructor.

Professor Lyle Buyer
Text Books
  • Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. 2nd ed. Baker Academic, 2001
  • Stott, John R. W. Between Two Worlds. Eerdmans, 1982.
  • Sunukjian, Donald. Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Kregel, 2007.

Type: Semester   Location: Taylor  Credits: 3


PW 631 - Christian Worship

Term: Fall 2013

Course Description:

An introductory course consisting of class lectures and practical worship ministry assignments. The class lectures will provide an understanding of the theocentric and christocentric focus and  structure of Christian worship. Emphasis will be placed on intentional worship planning based on the Christian Church year and on the role of music in Christian worship. Special attention will be given to: The Christian Year as a desirable framework for intentional long-term worship planning, Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Eucharist), and planning and leading a component of a  worship service in the classroom setting.

Professor Allan Effa
Text Books
  • Cherry, Constance M. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services. Baker Academic, 2010.
  • Labberton, Mark. The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice. IVP, 2007.

Term: Jan. 6-10  Type: Mod/Hybrid   Location: Taylor  Credits: 3