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PTH 580 - Special Topics – Pastoral Theology 3 Credits

This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Pastoral Theology. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.

PTH 600 - Pastoral Formation  3 Credits

This course deals with the theology and methodology of pastoral formation. It is designed to help shape the student into an effective biblical pastor – a pastoral team member and leader who can be used of God to help produce spiritual formation and leadership development. It seeks to further the pastoral formation process by immersing the student in biblical principles of pastoral ministry and applying those principles to the calling of pastorship within contemporary culture.

PTH 603 - Integrative Preaching 3 Credits

The student will study the preparation and delivery of expository sermons with in-class preaching and evaluation. Videotape feedback will form a major component of evaluation.

PTH 605 - Pastoral Counselling  3 Credits

This class explores pastoral counseling in the context of pastoral care from a family systems perspective. It aims to integrate pastoral counseling as part of shepherding a congregation. Included are training in empathetic listening and reflection skills, an overview of key issues and topics (i.e., suicide prevention, crisis intervention, ethics, domestic violence and child abuse), training in premarital counseling and assessment, and a survey of common mental disorders encountered by pastors (i.e., depression, stress/anxiety, substance abuse, chronic mental illness). The course includes a substantial experiential component, including skills practice, and personal and systemic theological reflection about our beliefs, family relationships, and emotional health in the Church.

PTH 606 - Theology of Work  3 Credits

Participants will develop a biblical theology of work that incorporates a person’s various kinds of work into the Christian’s vocation and enables a follower of Jesus to worship and minister within the occupational and other work contexts. Work stories in Scripture, as well as consideration of the Creation and Redemption mandates will form the foundation for spirituality in a person’s diverse workplaces. Case studies will assist students to discern the implications and applications of these principles within their occupational settings and an individualized plan for Kingdom influence in that setting will be an intended outcome.

PTH 613 - Evangelism and Faith Formation  3 Credits

This course focuses on helping students develop an incarnational and prayerful approach to making disciples where they journey with people as Jesus’ representatives and spokespeople. It will enable students to increasingly view ministry in a missional way while growing a passion for and developing skills in helping people follow Jesus within vibrant faith communities. We will look at personal and collaborative approaches to incarnational living and disciple-making. The class will also help students understand how we can effectively live as Christ’s ambassadors in the Canadian context with consideration given to the plurality of faiths and cultures in our cultural mosaic.

PTH 613 Q - Evangelism and Faith Formation (Korean) 3 Credits

This course, taught in Korean, focuses on helping students develop an incarnational and prayerful approach to making disciples where they journey with people as Jesus’ representatives and spokespeople. It will enable students to increasingly view ministry in a missional way while growing a passion for and developing skills in helping people follow Jesus within vibrant faith communities. We will look at personal and collaborative approaches to incarnational living and disciple-making. The class will also help students understand how we can effectively live as Christ’s ambassadors in the Canadian context with consideration given to the plurality of faiths and cultures in our cultural mosaic.

PTH 616 - Marriage Enrichment 3 Credits

This graduate course in Marriage Enrichment is designed to train students in the theory and skills necessary to conduct a marital enrichment program in Church or community settings. The course will combine significant experiential learning, lectures, readings and discussion. Students will learn a specific model of research based marriage enrichment (Christian PREP: The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program), will receive training in the Prepare-Enrich Inventories, and learn how to implement a Marriage Mentoring program. Cross-listed as MFT 616.

PTH 630 - Healthy 21st Century Churches 3 Credits

This course aims to explore the theology and methodology of growing healthy and missional churches for the 21st Century. It will examine various church growth principles currently advocated by the church growth/health movement that are intended to produce relevant, strategic, and successful churches. It will prepare the student to evaluate the many strategies with the goal in mind of helping the student recognize those principles that lead to growing healthy and missional churches that effectively worship God, build up the saints, and reach the lost. It will also provide the tools necessary to help the student to discern between those methods that are the direction of the Holy Spirit to grow the church of the 21st Century and those that are merely the church’s accommodation to culture.

PTH 660 - Spiritual Resources in Marriage and Family Therapy  2 Credits

This course focuses on the intentional inclusion of spiritual and religious resources in the theory and practice of marriage and family therapy. Given that religion and spirituality frequently influence personal and family narratives, it is important that therapists gain comfort and competence with the integration of spirituality in therapeutic conversations. This course presents the opportunity for students to develop a philosophical/theological basis for human spirituality, a relational ethic of care and compassion, and the clinical competencies to integrate spiritual resources within individual, couple and family practice.