Online Learning at Taylor

Taylor Seminary offers a number of courses in an online format each semester, and other courses are offered in a hybrid format (some classroom teaching, with a significant online component). These online courses have attracted students from across Canada and the United States, and from places around the world such as Peru and Russia.

In a recent survey of our students (Fall 2012), Taylor students were asked, "In what educational context have you completed the larger portion (more than 50%) of your courses?" The responses were as follows:

64.8% On campus (traditional academic terms)
24.0% Online courses

11.1% Modular (week-long or weekend)

Students were also asked to rank their agreement with the following statement: "On-line courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning." The results are encouraging for anyone thinking about taking advantage of distance learning opportunities from Taylor Seminary.



Helpful Links

Taylor Seminary's Moodle (online learning) site is here.

Online Course/Moodle FAQ

Learn more about studying online at Taylor, check out the list of online courses on the Registrar's Home Page (look for "Syllabi" or for the most recent Timetable).


Taylor Seminary Online Introduction and Tutorial


In keeping with our mission, Taylor Seminary is committed to developing Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world. In keeping with our commitment to the standards of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), we set out objectives for our degree programs and measure our effectiveness in serving our students with excellence.

Taylor Seminary has just conducted a survey of some current students and its graduates of the last five years, and some of the survey results provide our most current and quantitative measurements of the seminary’s educational effectiveness.

Satisfaction with the Educational Process

To obtain the most informed data available, the surveys were sent to:

  • Students who have attended in the last five years (most of whom would have hopefully experienced our revised programs and delivery systems), have completed a minimum of nine credit hours, and all who have taken online and offsite courses in the last five years (because their numbers are relatively small); and
  • Alumni who graduated in the last five years.

Those sections of the survey most directly related to the educational (teaching and learning) process reveal the following for current students.

The objectives for the program in which I am registered are meeting my educational needs. 95.50%
I am satisfied with the degree to which the courses I am taking at Taylor Seminary are increasing my understanding of:
   o   The Bible 91%
   o   Christian theology & church history 97.50%
   o   The society in which I expect to minister 88.90%
I am satisfied with the degree to which the courses I am taking at Taylor Seminary are helping me:
   o   Grow spiritually 95.50%
   o   Develop moral integrity 90.60%
   o   Mature emotionally 84%
   o   Formulate a distinctly Christian worldview 93.1
Taylor Seminary supports and encourages the participation of women:
   o   In classroom discussion 91%
   o   In student government 84%       (9% don’t know)
   o   In chapel programs 77.2%   (15.9% don’t know)
   o   In ministry leadership 72.7%   (15.9% don’t know)
Taylor Seminary supports and encourages the participation of ethnic minorities
   o   In classroom discussion 79.9%   (11.1% don’t know)
   o   In student government 63.6 %   (25% don’t know)
   o   In chapel programs 63.5%   (25% don’t know)
   o   In ministry leadership 63.5%   (22.7% don’t know)
Instructional methods are sensitive to the varied cultural contexts of the students 84.30%
Instructional methods are sensitive to the varied faith communities of the students 88.50%
Instructional methods are sensitive to the varied learning styles of students 73.20%
My seminary education is effective in each of the following areas of study:
   o   Providing a comprehensive understanding of theology, biblical studies & church history 95.50%
   o   Providing an understanding of the cultural contexts of ministry 91%
   o   Providing development in personal and spiritual formation 95.50%
   o   Cultivating capacity for ministerial and and public leadership 93.30%
   o   Integrating materials from the various theological disciplines, field education and personal experience 84.40%
The extracurricular programs of Taylor Seminary:
   o   Encourage spiritual growth 71.1 %   (20% not applicable)
   o   Develop ministerial skills 62.1% (24.4% not applicable)
On-line courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning 73.2% (11.1% not applicable)
Weekend courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning 73.2%   (13.3 don’t know)
One-week courses provide an effective mode of teaching and learning 73.3% (15.5% not applicable)
I received the needed technical support to negotiate these courses               70.5 % (13.3% not applicable)

Placement Data

When the alumni of the past five years were asked: “If you were looking for employment, how long did it take after graduation for you to obtain your first paid ministry position,” they responded:

  • 40.6%  I was already working when I graduated from seminary
  • 25%     I did not pursue a paid professional position
  • 18.7%  Less than six months
  • 6.2%    One to two years
  • 6.2%    I have not attained a paid professional position
  • 3.1%    Longer than two years

Graduation Percentage Rate

Based on the number of students that entered the following programs since 2005, minus those who dropped out and those who are still with us, the percentage that have graduated are as follows: the M.Div. 43%; the MTS 66%; and the MA 100%. Why there is such a difference between these degree programs is something that we are still attempting to analyze.

Retention Rates in all Programs




Retention Rate

Fall 2008


Fall 2009


Fall 2010


Fall 2011


Fall 2012


How the Retention Rate is Calculated

Current Fall program students who were registered in previous Fall semester divided by (Previous Fall semester program students minus Graduates from most recent graduation minus previous winter semester dismissals)

The lower retention rate for the fall of 2012 is not a final figure. Since these numbers were produced in September, additional students have continued to register for one week intensive modules that are offered in October and November. January Intersession courses will also be included in the final numbers for the Fall Semester 2012.




An analysis of these data would require at least two to three times the space needed to present the data itself. My impression is that these reports are to be relatively brief. Therefore, we are just letting the data speak for itself and trust that meets the requirements of this report.

Textbook List for Taylor Seminary Courses

Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

(Updated July 27, 2012)

Students are encouraged to order books early to ensure that they arrive in time for your first class.

There are numerous sources for books, including local 'bricks and mortar' stores (Blessings, Christian Book and Record, Inspirations, Scott's, Greenwood, Chapters, Audrey's, etc.). Online sources include,, and

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  Course Code Course Instructor Author Title Publisher Date
  BI 412 Biblical Hermeneutics Jerry Shepherd William W. Klein, Craig L. Blomberg and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., with Kermit A. Ecklebarger Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (2nd ed.) Thomas Nelson 2004
  CE 532 Educational Task of the Church Su Jin Chong Anthony, Michael J. (ed.) Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the Twenty-first Century Baker Academic 2001
  CH 420 Church History to 1500 Randal Rauser Justo Gonzalez The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1, The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation Harper Collins 2010
  Mark Noll Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 2nd ed. Baker 2001
  Bettenson, Henry and Maunder, Chris Documents of the Christian Church to Present Day, 3rd. Ed. Oxford  
  FE 442 Field Ed Experience Unit 1 Bill Muller & Team Hellman, George, M. Ministry Greenhouse: Cultivating Environments for Practical Learning The Alban Institute 2008
  FE 443 Field Ed Experience Unit 2 Bill Muller & Team Manning, Brennan The Ragamuffin Gospel Multnomah 2005
  FE 444 Field Ed Experience Unit 3 Bill Muller & Team Nouwen, Henri J. M. In the Name of Jesus, Reflections on Christian Leadership Crossroad Publishing Co. 1997
  FE 445 Field Ed Experience Unit 4 Bill Muller & Team Scazzero, Peter The Emotionally Healthy Church Zondervan 2003
  FE 446 Field Ed Experience Unit 5 Bill Muller & Team MacDonald, Gordon Ordering Your Private World Thomas Nelson ?
  Miller, Calvin Letters to a Young Pastor David C. Cook 2001
  IN 531 Orientation to ICS Internship Joost Pikkert Course Pak
  MI 432 Integral Mission Allan Effa Ott, Craig, Stephen Strauss and Timothy Tennent Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues [Available as an electronic book at; Kindle edition available at] Baker Academic 2010
  Kirk, J. Andrew What is Mission? Theological Explorations [Available as a Kindle electronic download at] Fortress Press 2000
  MI 534 Intercultural Communication Joost Pikkert Lustig, Myron and Jolene Koester Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures Allyn and Bacon, 6th ed. 2009
  Livermore, David Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World Baker 2009
  MI 545 Evangelism and Church Planting Darrell Muth Bowen, John Evangelism for “Normal” People: Good News for Those Looking for a Fresh Approach Augsburg/ Fortress 2002
  Payne, J. D. Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting Paternoster 2009
  MI 547 Language and Culture Learning Joost Pikkert Howell & Paris Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective Baker 2011
  Pikkert (provided by instructor) Field Manual for the LACE Method of Language Learning   2002
  MI 651 MA Research Paper Proposal Joost Pikkert McKinney Reading (provided by the instructor)    
  NT 416 New Testament Introduction Syd Page Mark Allan Powell Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey. Baker 2009
    NIV (1984) will be primarily used in class    
  NT 517 Luke Syd Page Darrell L. Bock Luke. NIV Application Commentary Zondervan 1996
  David Lyle Jeffrey Luke. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. Brazos 2012
    NIV (1984) will be primarily used in class    
  NT 616 Ephesians Syd Page Peter T. O’Brien The Letter to the Ephesians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) Eerdmans 1999
    NIV (1984) will be used in class    
  OT 417 OT Introduction Jerry Shepherd Raymond B. Dillard and Tremper Longman III An Introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed.) Zondervan 2006
  OT 611 Psalms Jerry Shepherd Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Life Together; Prayerbook of the Bible. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works 5.  (If you already have or can access less expensive versions of these two books, that will be fine.) Fortress Press 1996
  Broyles, Craig C. Psalms. New International Biblical Commentary 11 Peabody Mass. Hendrickson 1999
  Longman, Tremper III How to Read the Psalms Intervarsity 1988
  Davidson, Robert The Vitality of Worship: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms Eerdmans 1998
  OT 614 The Wisdom Literature Jerry Shepherd Crenshaw, James L. Old Testament Wisdom: An Introduction. 3d ed Louisville: Westminster John Knox 2010
  Murphy, Roland E. The Tree of Life: An Exploration of Biblical Wisdom Literature.  3d ed. Eerdmans 2002
  PC 431 Personal Development and Ministry Larry Froese, Willy Muller, Ray Seutter
    (please see the course syllabus for updated textbook list)    
  PC 531 Essentials of Pastoral Care Len Thompson Thompson, Leonard Developing the Spiritual Life Edmonton: Urban Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation 2010
  Strengthening Spiritual Relationships
  Conquering the Flesh Nature
  Discerning a Deeper Sense of Calling
  Carson, D.A. Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson Crossway 2008
  John Patton Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide Abingdon 2005
  Andrew Purves Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition Westminster/ John Knox 2001
  Jean Stairs Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction Fortress Press 2000
  Howard Stone Crisis Counselling (3rd ed.) Fortress Press 2009
  PC 631 Marriage and Family Care Prof. Elizabeth Thambiraji Allender, Dan and Longman III, Tremper  Intimate Allies
Tyndale House Publishers  1995
  Goldenberg, I. and Goldenburg, H. Family Therapy: An Overview, 8th Edition Brooks/Cole Publishing 2007
  Richardson, R. W. Family Ties that Bind International Self-Counsel Press Ltd 1995
  Thomas, Garry Sacred Marriage Harper Collins 2002
  DeMuth, Mary E. Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture Harvest House 2007
  Kirwan, William T. Biblical Concepts for Christian Counseling Baker


  PC 636 Spiritual Direction as Pastoral Care Len Thompson Nemeck, Francis Kelly & Coombs, Marie Theresa The Way of Spiritual Direction The Liturgical Press 1985
  Moon, Gary and Benner, David Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christain Approaches and Practices IVP Academic 2004
  Barry, William Spiritual Direction and the Encounter with God: A Theological Inquiry Paulist Press 2004
  Fryling, Alice Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction Intervarsity Press 2008
  PL 633 Essentials of Christian Leadership Terry Fossen Brady, Chris, & Orrin Woodward Launching a Leadership Revolution Business Plus: New York 2005
  Ford, Leighton Transforming Leadership: Jesus’ Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values & Empowering Change InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, Illinois 1991
  PT 540 Spiritual Formation Allan Effa Foster, Richard Streams of Living Water [Available as a Kindle eBook at] San Francisco: Harper 2001
  Foster, Richard and James Bryan Smith, eds Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups San Francisco: Harper 2005
  Thompson, Marjorie Soul Feast [Available as a Kindle eBook at] Louisville: Westminster John Knox 2005
  PW 431 Introduction to Preaching Lyle Buyer 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 Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance Kregel 2007
  PW 538 The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching Lyle Buyer Robinson, Haddon and Larson, Craig Brian Larson (eds.). The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators. Zondervan 2005
  Fee, Gordon and Stuart, Douglas How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, 3rd ed.


  Buechner, Frederick Telling the Truth; The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale. HarperOne 1977
  Kushner, Malcolm Public Speaking for Dummies: 2nd Edition. Wiley 2004
  various (A series of articles will be made available on Moodle at the beginning of April.)    
  PW 631 Christian Worship Allan Effa Dyrness, William A. A Primer on Christian Worship: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go [Available as a Kindle eBook at] Eerdmans 2009
  Labberton, Mark The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice[Available as a Kindle eBook at] IVP 2007
  PW 633 Introduction to Preaching Lyle Buyer Mathewson, Steven D. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative Baker 2002
  Green, Joel B. & Michael Pasquarello III (eds.). Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: Reuniting New Testament Interpretation and Proclamation Baker 2003
  TH 531 Systematic Theology I Randal Rauser Fred Sanders The Deep Things of God Crossway 2010
  Randal Rauser Faith Lacking Understanding: Theology Through a Glass Darkly [available from Dr. Rauser for $15.00] Paternoster 2008
  Timothy C. Tennent Theology in the Context of World Christianity Zondervan 2007
  Alister McGrath Christian Theology: An Introduction 5th edition Wiley-Blackwell 2011
  TH 532 Systematic Theology II Randal Rauser Beilby, James and Eddy, Paul The Nature of the Atonement IVP 2006
  Rauser, Randal Faith Lacking Understanding: Theology Through a Glass Darkly [available from Dr. Rauser for $15.00] Paternoster 2008
  Tennent, Timothy C. Theology in the Context of World Christianity Zondervan 2007
  McGrath, Alister Christian Theology: An Introduction, 5th edition Wiley-Blackwell 2011
  TH 534 Christian Worldview Randal Rauser Cavanaugh, William Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire Eerdmans 2008
  Rauser, Randal You’re not as Crazy as I Think Biblica 2011
  Moreland, J.P. Kingdom Triangle Zondervan 2007
  Nicholi, Armand M. The Question of God Free Press 2002
  TH 634 Christian Apologetics Randal Rauser Hautman, Pete Godless Simon Pulse 2004
  Craig, William Lane Reasonable Faith 3rd Ed. Crossway 2008
  Rauser, Randal The Swedish Atheist, The Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails Intervarsity 2012
  Koukl, Greg Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions. Zondervan 2009
  WR 523 Christian Encounter with World Religions Joost Pikkert Terry Muck, Frances S. Adeney Christianity Encountering World Religions Baker 2009
  Hopfe & Woodward Religions of the World Pierson/ Prentice Hall After 2006


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