Taylor Seminary makes a number of courses available in a one-week intensive format each year as a way of making theological education more accessible to working students. Our modular course schedule is as follows:

October 16-20 (NT Intro and Christian Worship)

January 8-12
January 15-19

May 7-11
May 13-18


October 16-20

NT 416 New Testament Introduction  - October 16-20
A survey of the contents, message, form, and background of the New Testament. Attention will also be given to the major theological themes in this literature. Note: NT 416 functions as a prerequisite for all other NT courses unless otherwise noted. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Keir Hammer: Dr. Hammer has served as a university professor and pastor, and is the Director of White Cross Canada (a humanitarian organization).
¤ THIS COURSE IS REQ’D FOR ALL DEGREES

PW 631 Christian Worship  - October 16-20
An experiential and participatory study of worship that focuses on the cultivation of worship as a lifestyle and offers a theological framework and practical resources for planning & leading corporate worship events. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Allan Effa: Dr. Effa is the Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies at Taylor Seminary. He has served churches in North America as well as in Nigeria, where he served as a professor at Mambilla Baptist Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests include mission, evangelism, spiritual formation and ecology.
¤ THIS COURSE IS REQ’D FOR THE MDIV DEGREE


January Intersession

(January 8-12 and January 15-19)

MI 534 Intercultural Communication  - January 8-12
An introduction to the principles and processes of communicating from one socio-cultural context to another, with special focus on the communication of the Christian message. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Carol Potratz: Dr. Potratz has spent her life in educational and cross-cultural ministry, having served as a denominational leader, an academic and a two-term missionary to Japan. She served ten years at Taylor (then NABC) as Associate Dean of Students where she developed close relationships with students who now serve in varied ministry positions around the world. Dr. Potratz was honored for her distinguished service with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Taylor Seminary in 2015.
¤ THIS COURSE IS REQ’D FOR THE MAICS-TESOL DEGREE
¤ THIS COURSE CAN FULFILL A REQUIREMENT FOR THE MAICS DEGREE

PL 634 Pastor as Leader  - January 8-12
As the church is being shuffled to the margins in a post-Christian context, it gives us the opportunity to re-evaluate how we see the gift of leadership, and to re-imagine the ways we lead. Some say we are in difficult times, but what if this gave us the opportunity to learn to follow Christ and to lead God's people in “new” ways? The course will deal with leadership as it relates to God's people learning to follow Him on mission. We are followers of the King of kings, in a spiritual kingdom, seeking to help others to follow the King. This looks very different than the corporate model we have adopted. Many competencies employed by current leaders have taught us how we might grow a crowd – but this is very different than allowing God to use us to build His church.

The emphasis of the course will be on the call, character and competencies, for leading a community of God's people in a post-Christian context. We will focus on knowing God and His plan for leading His people, becoming like Christ in the way we lead, and practicing leadership in the ways of Christ so that His people reflect His nature. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Cam Roxburgh: Cam is the Vice President for Missional Initiatives for the North American Baptists, the National Director for Forge Canada and the Senior Pastor of Southside Community Church in Greater Vancouver. He has degrees from Wheaton College, Regent College and Fuller Seminary. Cam has taught at numerous seminaries and has been a conference speaker in North America and Europe.

MI 545 Evangelism and Church Planting  - January 15-19
A study of the biblical foundation of evangelization that aims at developing an effective witness in today’s context. Includes a practical seminar on church planting as well as an opportunity for students to develop a plan for personal and congregational witness. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Vinod John: Dr. John serves in pastoral ministry in Edmonton and ministers internationally. He earned his PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2013.
¤ THIS COURSE IS REQ’D FOR THE MDIV AND MA DEGREES


Spring Session

May 7 - May 18

CE 532  The Educational Task of the Church  - May 7-11
An overview of the teaching and learning methods that apply to Scripture, adding teaching as a complement to the other leadership roles of a minister. In particular, the course helps students understand the spiritual needs and styles of congregants. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Joyce Bellous: Dr. Joyce Bellous is Professor of Christian Faith Education at Taylor Seminary. The author of numerous books, she is well-known in the fields of Christian education and church leadership

TH 534  Christian Worldview  - May 7-11
An introduction to the concept of worldview and the lineaments of the Christian worldview and Christian mind. The course will include both an introduction to the way Christian belief impacts all Christian thinking as well as a critical analysis of major challenges to the Christian worldview (such as atheistic naturalism, post-modernism and consumerism). Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Randal Rauser: Dr. Rauser is a prolific author, blogger and speaker, and is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary.

PL 633  Essentials of Christian Leadership  - May 14-18
An examination of what constitutes Christian leadership, how leaders are developed and how leadership styles are engages. 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. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Terry Fossen: Dr. Terry Fossen is a former  pastor and a former Vice-President of Taylor, and presently serves as Associate Regional Minister for the Alberta Baptist Association.

PT 540  Spiritual Formation  - May 13-17
This popular course returns once again in a retreat format! Studying at beautiful Camp Caroline, students will study the process of making space for the Holy Spirit's work of transformation into the likeness of Christ. It introduces spiritual practices, grounded in Christian tradition, that sustain and nurture a life-long pursuit of union with God. Three credits.
Taught by Dr. Allan Effa: Dr. Effa is the Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies at Taylor Seminary. He has served churches in North America as well as in Nigeria, where he served as a professor at Mambilla Baptist Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests include mission, evangelism, spiritual formation and ecology.

Remember -

All courses are available for audit (for half price) if space is available. Also, graduates with a degree from Taylor Seminary are entitled to return to take one course each academic year at no cost (except for fees).

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE MAICS

The student shall be able to demonstrate:

Biblical Studies

  • An understanding of how the books of the Bible came to be written and familiarity with their contents and distinctive ideas,
  • Basic knowledge of the various contexts of both the OT and NT,
  • A basic understanding of some of the critical methods used in biblical studies and an appreciation for the history of biblical scholarship and interpretation,
  • The ability to read and interact with both popular and critical commentaries, and
  • Skill in biblical interpretation, research methods and documentation.

Church History and Theology

  • A familiarity with the basic lineaments of the history of the church,
  • Value for the essential place of history in shaping our understanding of the Christian faith,
  • A basic understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian faith,
  • Value for the importance of a theological understanding for life and ministry, and
  • Serving the church and culture through the integration of doctrine and ministry.

Church Mission and Ministry

  • Having developed a mindset for ongoing theological reflection,
  • An understanding of the dynamics of spiritual warfare,
  • Having established a personal, biblical perspective on the missional church and integral mission,
  • Becoming familiar with the history and major theories of intercultural communication,
  • Increasing awareness of one’s own cultural values and attitudes and one’s own style as a communicator,
  • Having developed a biblical and theological framework for the task of evangelism,
  • An understanding of the biblical imperative of church planting & being familiar with a number of models,
  • Having been exposed to some tools to analyze contemporary culture,
  • An understanding of the basic cultural and linguistic issues related to languages and culture learning,
  • The ability to use different language and cultural learning techniques, methodologies and activities,
  • An awareness of cultural and non-verbal communication issues,
  • The ability to articulate the ethics and attitudes essential for successful language and cultural learning,
  • The ability to design a research proposal,
  • Familiarity with several types of research methodologies used in missiological studies,
  • An understanding of some of the unique concerns of missionary research,
  • Being able to understand and articulate spiritual formation from a biblical and historical perspective,
  • An increased awareness of the value of Christian community,
  • Fostering a commitment to the role of offering spiritual direction,
  • An understanding of the presence and impact of non-Christian religions in the world today,
  • The ability to compare and contrast the basic teaching of non-Christian faiths with Christianity, and
  • Engagement in evangelistic dialogue with those of other faiths.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE MDIV

The student shall be able to demonstrate:

Biblical Studies

  • An understanding of how the books of the Bible came to be written and familiarity with their contents and distinctive ideas,
  • Basic knowledge of the various contexts of both the OT and NT,
  • A basic understanding of some of the critical methods used in biblical studies and an appreciation for the history of biblical scholarship and interpretation,
  • The ability to read and interact with both popular and critical commentaries,
  • A basic understanding of the nature of the biblical languages and the skills necessary to interpret the Bible,
  • Competency in the use of various biblical tools,
  • An understanding of the different philosophies of translation,
  • Skill in biblical interpretation, research methods and documentation,

Church History and Theology

  • A familiarity with the basic lineaments of the history of the church,
  • Value for the essential place of history in shaping our understanding of the Christian faith,
  • A basic understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian faith,
  • Value for the importance of a theological understanding for life and ministry, and
  • Service to the church and culture through the integration of doctrine and ministry.

From Christian Ethics: or

  • The ability to think ethically and theologically about our lives,
  • Skill in the use of Scripture in ethical thinking,
  • An understanding of the centrality of peace, love and justice in Christian ethics, and
  • Faithful ethical reflection brought to bear on contemporary issues.

From Christian Worldview: or

  • An understanding of the intellectual coherence and force of a Christian worldview,
  • An understanding of how a truly Christian mind affects one’s total life-experience,
  • Value for the power of thinking Christianly, and
  • Serving by modeling a Christian mind in praxis.

From Christian Apologetics:

  • An understand of the major arguments and evidences for and against Christian faith,
  • An understand of the major divisions of apologetics and the lineaments of a sensitive and sound apologetic method, and
  • Value for the importance of thinking about the faith critically and rationally.

Church Mission and Ministry

  • An understanding of the biblical, theological and historical foundations of Christian education,
  • The ability to theologically reflect on the educational ministries of the church,
  • An understanding of the teaching-learning process from a biblical basis,
  • An understanding of the role of the family in Christian education,
  • Insight in the development of Christian education leadership,
  • Advancement in the process of pastoral formation and preparation in life,
  • Having established a personal, biblical perspective on the missional church and integral mission,
  • Having developed a biblical and theological framework for the task of evangelism,
  • Being acquainted with some of the significant literature on evangelism,
  • An understanding of the biblical imperative of church planting and familiarity with a number of models,
  • Having been exposed to some tools to analyze contemporary culture,
  • Having begun a process of self-discovery, resulting in a strong sense of personal identity,
  • Becoming aware of the vulnerabilities and temptations pastors and other professionals face,
  • A better understanding of how their spiritual, relational, emotional, psychological and physical health are intertwined and interrelated,
  • Having begun to intentionally develop disciplines and life-style habits,
  • Being engaged in theological reflection on experiences of giving and receiving pastoral care,
  • Empathetic and skillful dialogue with people,
  • Having developed an approach that is systematic and practical to pastoral care,
  • The ability to do theological reflection on ministry,
  • An understanding of the different theories of church organization, mission, & sacraments,
  • Being able to understand and articulate spiritual formation from a biblical and historical perspective,
  • An increased awareness of the value of Christian community,
  • Fostering a commitment to the role of offering spiritual direction as a priority,
  • The ability to develop a sermon that is faithful to the biblical text and effective,
  • The ability to articulate and apply key principles of oral clarity,
  • Having developed a theological framework for Christian worship and familiarity with a variety of resources,
  • Having become a better worship leader,
  • An understanding of the presence and impact of non-Christian religions in the world today, and
  • The ability to compare and contrast the basic teaching of non-Christian faiths with Christianity.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE MTS

The student shall be able to demonstrate:

Biblical Studies

  • An understanding of how the books of the Bible came to be written and familiarity with their contents and distinctive ideas,
  • Basic knowledge of the various contexts of both the OT and NT,
  • A basic understanding of some of the critical methods used in biblical studies and an appreciation for the history of biblical scholarship and interpretation,
  • The ability to read and interact with both popular and critical commentaries,
  • Basic understanding of the nature of the biblical languages,
  • Competency in the use of various biblical tools,
  • An understanding of the different philosophies of translation, and
  • Skill in biblical interpretation, research methods and documentation.

Church History and Theology

  • A familiarity with the basic lineaments of the history of the church,
  • Value for the essential place of history in shaping our understanding of the Christian faith,
  • A basic understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian faith,
  • Value for the importance of a theological understanding for life and ministry, and
  • Serving the church and culture through the integration of doctrine and ministry.

From Christian Ethic: or

  • The ability to think ethically and theologically about our lives,
  • Skill in the use of Scripture in ethical thinking,
  • An understanding of the centrality of peace, love and justice in Christian ethics,
  • Faithful ethical reflection brought to bear on contemporary issues, and

From Christian Worldview: or

  • An understanding of the intellectual coherence and force of a Christian worldview,
  • An understanding of how a truly Christian mind affects one’s total life-experience,
  • Value for the power of thinking Christianly, and
  • Service by modeling a Christian mind in praxis.

From Christian Apologetics:

  • An understanding of the major arguments and evidences for and against Christian faith,
  • An understanding of the major divisions of apologetics and the lineaments of a sensitive and sound apologetic method, and
  • Value for the importance of thinking about the faith critically and rationally.

Church Mission and Ministry

  • Having established a personal, biblical perspective on the missional church and integral mission,
  • Being able to understand and articulate spiritual formation from a biblical and historical perspective,
  • An increased awareness of the value of Christian community,
  • Fostering a commitment to the role of offering spiritual direction as a priority,
  • An understanding of the presence and impact of non-Christian religions in the world today, and
  • The ability to compare and contrast the basic teaching of non-Christian faiths with Christianity

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