BIBE 500 – Theory and Application of Biblical Interpretation
This course is a study of the pivotal principles of biblical interpretation. The aim of the course is to equip the student with sound theory and skills to interpret the biblical text. The focus of this course will be upon an understanding of historical precedents and the application of established hermeneutical principles in Pentecostal-evangelical traditions.
The course concentrates on three areas. First, the disciplines (exegesis and hermeneutics) are defined and hermeneutical principles are discussed. Secondly, the steps of the interpretative process are studied in detail and applied to selected texts. Finally, the history of interpretation is outlined, including current trends in hermeneutics. Since this course is foundational, further study on hermeneutics is highly recommended, such as BIBE 501.
BIBE 501 – Contemporary and Pentecostal Approaches to Biblical Texts
This advanced hermeneutics course focuses on three areas. It begins with a brief discussion of the discipline itself and basic exegetical steps for sound interpretation of Scripture before moving to a discussion about contemporary issues in hermeneutics, such as theological and philosophical challenges. The discussion also includes the overview of the classic methodologies, such as the historical-grammatical method and form and redaction criticism, before moving on to modern hermeneutical approaches.
Secondly, the course presents new research and interpretative methodologies that have transformed classical biblical studies and the view of “text” and “reader” over the last thirty years, focusing on disciplines such as rhetorical, canonical and new literary criticisms, postmodern approaches such as reader-response and resistant readings, structuralist and deconstructive readings as well as social-scientific and socio-rhetorical criticisms. The final part of the course discusses Pentecostal issues in biblical hermeneutics, especially the role of the Holy Spirit in the interpretative process, and current trends in Pentecostal hermeneutics of community.
This course brings awareness of various approaches to the biblical text, including awareness of the possible interpretative outcomes when these approaches are applied to the biblical text. It also helps students to recognize the challenges that are present in every reading model, including contemporary Pentecostal trends in interpretation. The course has practical implications for students as they can apply this knowledge to biblical interpretation, theological discussions, and sermon building.
THEO 502 – Pentecostal Pastoral Theology: Culture, Theology and Method
This course deals with the theology and methodology of pastoral formation distinctively suitable to the pastoral ministry in the context of Pentecostal churches. The goal is to help to shape the student into an effective, ethical, Biblical pastor - a pastoral team member and a leader who can develop spiritual formation and leadership abilities in others. The course seeks to immerse the student in Biblical principles of pastoral ministry and allows the student to reflect upon those principles in the professional ministry within contemporary culture.
THEO 503 – Pentecostal Distinctives: Theology of Luke-Acts in Pentecostal Tradition
This course will trace the rise of Pentecostalism in the twentieth century, specifically the development of various distinctives that have come to mark the movement. Particular attention will be given to this evolution by way of Pentecostal readings of Luke-Acts. Topics will include a short history of interpretation of Luke-Acts, hermeneutical developments, and subsequent application of core Pentecostal doctrines and ecclesial practices such as Spirit baptism and healing. Further analysis will be devoted to emerging theologies and practices based upon global readings of Luke-Acts.
THEO 504 – Canadian Pentecostal History
This course is an in-depth study on the Pentecostal Movement in Canada.
By using a combination of sociological, cultural and historical analyses, the course will examine the origins, development, growth, impact, and global expansion of Pentecostal / Charismatic movements in Canada. Specific attention will be given to the role of revivals, institutional development, theological trends, renewal among historic Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, and their impact upon evangelicalism. The course brings understanding not only to the Pentecostal movement’s past but also its current state within Canadian context.
THEO 505 – Pentecostal Preaching in Post-Christian Culture
This course on homiletics explores the specific challenges and opportunities for effective preaching in the western post-Christian culture. The course discusses how the post-Christian context impacts theology and the dynamics of communication. A central theme in the course addresses how “narrative intelligence” and the use of imagination in sermon construction and delivery impact the ability of preaching to bring about spiritual transformation for today’s listener. The course answers questions like, “How does imagination influence the delivery and reception of preaching?”, “How can imagination and story energize sermon development?”, and “What is Pentecostal narrative-imaginative preaching?”
Various approaches to preaching are explored. The course includes both theoretical and practical elements, which offers the prospect of immediate application to one’s preaching ministry.
THEO 615 / RELG 625 – Pentecostalism and Pneumatology in Global Perspective
The purpose of this course is to investigate global Pentecostalism through the lens of its pneumatology, by putting it in a sympathetic and critical dialogue with both traditional and current developments and themes in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Alongside the most distinctive Pentecostal beliefs in Spirit-baptism, healing, exorcism, and missionary enthusiasm, the Spirit’s role in creation (including scientific accounts), cosmos, society, and religions will be analysed and discussed.
The nature of the course is dialogical: along with the instructor’s lectures and critical written assignments, the student should be prepared to give [joint-]presentations on given topics that focus on comparing and contrasting Pentecostal and other accounts of the Spirit. Hence, a successful completion of the course requires a careful reading of assigned texts which will then be critically engaged and discussed in the classroom.
BIBE 612 – Studies in Pauline Writings: Doctrine and Spirit for Today’s Church
This course is an advanced exegetical study on selected passages in Pauline writings. It brings contemporary issues in society to a discussion point with Pauline writings to formulate doctrine for today’s church. Special attention is given to Pauline teaching about the Spirit in relation to the church, individuals, and society at large. In addition, various topics focusing on the similarities and differences between Lukan and Pauline pneumatology are addressed. The course emphasizes the necessity of biblical doctrine and the work of the Spirit in today’s church.
NPOL 511 - Strategy & Principles for Leading NPOL Organizations
This course examines the essential practices of leading and governing a Non-Profit Organization to meet community needs. A strong focus is placed on applying leadership skills that build the organization, engage with the community and manage strategic partnerships. Effective operating practices of governing boards and the key working partnership with the CEO are examined, along with developing a leadership lens for engaging in strategic planning. Other topics include: strategic planning, program development, program implementation, evaluating effectiveness, and performance measurement to guide organization and program improvement.
NPOL 512 - Financial Management for NPOL: Fund Principles & Practices
This course examines the principles, issues and skills of financial management and accountability in managing the financial resources of a Non-Profit Organization. Topics include variance analysis, accounting, financial statement and ratio analysis, forecasting, cash flow analysis, internal controls, and other key financial tools. Focus is placed on developing proficiency in the use of financial data for organization and program decision-making, and to communicate and work with organization stakeholders (governing boards, funders and community) in using financial data and tools. With diverse funding practices in mind, the course provides specific guidance on grant and proposal writing, government contracts and compliance issues with the handling and raising of funds.
NPOL 513 - NPOL Human Resource Management
This course examines the principles, issues and skills of personnel management and accountability in overseeing and leading the employee resources of a Non-Profit Organization. Leadership includes understanding the legal requirements and Biblical basis for how we should and are required to deal with employees and volunteers. Topics include recruitment, hiring, training, developing, compensating staff and volunteers. Effective principles and practices will be identified to help the student develop a framework for Human Resource policy, application and stewardship of staff and volunteers.
NPOL 514 - Business as Mission and Social Entrepreneurship
This course is an examination of the emerging movement of Business as Mission and Social Entrepreneurship, both international and domestic. The general themes covered in this course include: 1) the theology and definition of Business as Mission and Social Entrepreneurship; 2) practical issues related to using business and Social Enterprise as a vehicle for missions, and 3) specific for-profit business models, ministry models, and case studies.
The student will have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with integrating business, mission, and entrepreneurship. In addition, this course will increase student’s awareness of the ministry potential of for-profit businesses, motivate them to view their own business career as a ministry, or how to integrate the practices into traditional Non-Profit Organization.
NPOL 515 - NPOL Project Integration
This course provides an opportunity for the practical application of principles learned in an organization that operates in a foreign and/or domestic context. Students will use the applications learned and apply them in a project in a Non-Profit Organization. This will take the form of the student identifying a problem within an organization and coming up with a solution in the form of a consultation to be presented to the Non-Profit Organization.