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Biblical Literature (BIBL)

BIBL 111 C Bible Survey
This course provides an overview of the background, content, and message of the Bible. It includes brief summaries of the substance, structure, and key themes of individual books within their broader Biblical sections. The purpose of the course is to give a general, introductory understanding and knowledge of the Bible that is foundational to other Biblical courses.

BIBL 113 C Hermeneutics
Hermeneutics is the science and art of Biblical interpretation. This course provides a threefold, integrated approach to Biblical interpretation, namely, 1) the background to the Biblical world, 2) the literature and genre of the Bible, and 3) the self-understanding of the interpreter.

BIBL 114 C Pentateuch
This course is a detailed study of the first five books of the Bible (the Torah or Law of the Hebrew Scriptures). These books give the historical, theological, legal, and covenantal foundations for the faith of Israel, and ultimately for the Church.

BIBL 115 C Gospels
This course offers an introductory study of the individual Gospels, and explores the historical backgrounds of the era. All four Gospels are studied concurrently from the standpoint of the harmonized life of Christ. Since Jesus Christ is the very center of Christianity, this study is extremely valuable to every Christian.

BIBL 125 C Biblical Introduction
This course studies the reception, transmission, and preservation of the Bible. Revelation, inspiration, canonicity, illumination, application and the authority of the Scriptures are carefully considered.

BIBL 211 C Historical Literature of the Old Testament
A study of Israel's history from the time of the entrance into Canaan (c.1400 BC) to the time of the Restoration (c. 450 BC). This focus on Biblical history includes periods of the Conquest (Joshua), the Settlement (Judges and Ruth), the Monarchy (the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles), the Exile and Restoration (Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah).

BIBL 212 C Acts of the Apostles
A systematic study of the Book of Acts as the second volume to Luke’s Gospel. Exposition includes Luke’s selected history and charismatic theology, the world’s first charismatic community, six remarkable charismatic leaders, and Paul’s amazing travel narratives.

BIBL 311 C Pauline Literature
Paul is one of the most important and influential writers in history. This course surveys the life of the Apostle and includes the study of: Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

BIBL 312 C Major Prophets
This course is a historical and thematic study of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The theological implications of the message of each prophet are explored and the practical lessons found in these books are emphasized.

BIBL 316 C Eschatological Literature
The books of Daniel and Revelation are studied in connection with the doctrine of end time events. The content of these books is investigated in relationship to such topical concerns as the second coming of Christ, final judgment, millennialism and more.

BIBL C 318 Hebrews
The letter to the Hebrews is a deep well in Scripture. Written to Jewish Christians facing the lure of relinquishing their Messiah and returning their ancestral influences, it is full of reflections on Old Testament persons, institutions, practices, and Hebrew history. These “shadows” merely prefigured Jesus and His work which is in every respect “better.”

BIBL 413 C Minor Prophets
This course presents the themes and messages of those writing prophetic books that are short in length. For that reason (only) they are called the “minor” prophets. They make up what is known as the “Book of Twelve” of the Hebrew Bible.

BIBL 414 C Letters of Peter & John
The General Epistles, also called the “Catholic Epistles” are all those New Testament letters outside of the Pauline corpus and Hebrews. They consist of James, I & II Peter, I, II, & III John, & Jude. This course explores their historical background and message.

Biblical Languages (BIBL)

GREE 235 C Elementary New Testament Greek
A basic introduction to koine Greek designed to prepare the student for readings in the Greek New Testament. Greek vocabulary and grammar are emphasized.

GREE 236 C Elementary New Testament Greek
A continuation of the basic introduction to koine Greek introduced with GREE 235 C Elementary New Testament Greek I. It is designed to prepare the student for reading the Greek New Testament, including a reading of the Johannine epistles in Greek. (Prerequisite: GREE 235 C Elementary New Testament Greek I)

Systematic and Biblical Theology (THEO)

THEO 321 C Pneumatology
This course studies the Holy Spirit from three perspectives: a survey of the key Biblical texts about the Holy Spirit, the historical development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and a theological exposition of significant topics, such as the Trinity, the new birth, sanctification, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and spiritual gifts. The course encourages an experiential approach to walk in the Spirit and to serve in the church and in the world by His power and giftings.

THEO 323 C Doctrine I
This course works through the Biblical doctrines of Revelation (God’s Self-disclosure to man), God (Theology), Humanity (Anthropology), and Sin (Hamartiology). The student will derive a more wholistic and systematic understanding of these fundamental doctrines.

THEO 324 C Doctrine II
This course discusses the systematic theology subjects of Christ (Christology), Salvation (Soteriology), The Church Ecclesiology, and The Last Things (Eschatology). The student will derive a more wholistic and systematic understanding of these fundamental doctrines.

THEO 421 C New Testament Theology
This course elucidates the message and meaning of the New Testament as it is revealed through the discipline of Biblical rather than systematic theology. The history and methodology of New Testament theology are briefly reviewed. The major themes of each New Testament witness are analysed and recognition is given to both the fundamental unity of New Testament theology and to the diversity of emphasis and expression characteristic of each witness.

THEO 422 C Old Testament Theology
This course elucidates the message and meaning of the Old Testament as it is revealed through the discipline of Biblical rather than systematic theology. The development and legitimacy of this discipline are examined. Key theological themes of the Old Testament are discussed in the light of the historical context in which they arose. The relationship between the theology of the Old and New Testaments is also investigated.

Pastoral Theology (RELS)

RELS 233 C Small Groups
After a study of the Biblical and historical bases of small group ministry, the course pursues practical methods and secrets for success of small group ministry in local situations.

RELS 234 C Preaching
This homiletics course advances the student’s understanding and skill in sermon preparation through the critical evaluation of sermon outlines and preaching under supervision. Lab period required. RELS 241 Youth Communication or equivalent course is a recommended prerequisite for taking Preaching.

RELS 331 C Pastoral Theology
This course examines the biblical and practical aspects of pastoral ministry. Biblical teaching and metaphors as well as contemporary paradigms of pastoral work will be explored. The pastor’s call, qualifications, relationships, and unique duties will be discussed with an emphasis on his/her mandate to equip people for ministry to the Lord, the church, and the world while ensuring appropriate self-care. Special consideration will be given to the pastoral implications of the policies of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

RELS 334 C Leadership Development
Drawing from Biblical, theological, and social science sources, this course seeks to construct a theology of leadership development that will result in ministry being returned to the people of God. A primary focus of the course will be how individuals can be equipped and mobilized to build a vital faith community through small groups. Various approaches to small groups will be explored, including Bible studies, accountability groups, support groups, ministry teams and house churches. Issues of group life such as leadership recruitment and coaching, curriculum development, life cycles, problem people, multiplication, organizational structure and evaluation will be covered.

RELS 335, 336 C Pastoral Ministry Internship
RELS 338 C Chaplaincy Internship
Internship is an organized program for participating in Christian service activities under the supervision of an experienced pastor in a local church. Internship is not credit for work experience but is a structured program of mentoring and evaluation. In addition to the local church ministry involvements, students are expected to communicate with the instructor once every two weeks for mentoring, encouragement and evaluation during the period of the internship. Internships are restricted to students who have completed at least 45 credit hours of study.

RELS 339 C Apologetics
This course is a manifesto on the truth of the Christian faith. Theism in general and Christianity in particular are defended rigorously and advocated thoroughly for contemporary students who face an onslaught of sceptical allegations. Subjects included range from the sciences to logic to evidential dynamics such as miracles, archaeology, and the great pillar of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

RELS 340 C Local Church Leadership and Administration
This course studies church administration and leadership issues involved in church ministry. Topics include church facilities, building projects, architecture, financing, promotion, meetings and parliamentary law. The student will practice and use the principles of established parliamentary procedure for the chairing of effective meetings.

Intercultural Studies (RELS)

RELS 132 C Introduction to Missions
This course is an introduction to the study of missiology and cross-cultural perspectives. Old and New Testament backgrounds for missions are explored in order to understand the importance of culture and God’s expectations for his people in regard to “mission.” An overview of the rise and development of missions in church history from the apostolic church to the present follows. Practical issues for engaging missionary work are discussed in the light of contemporary missionary activities and global challenges.

RELS 133 C Religious Conversion in a Multi-faith Society
This course is an overview of religious conversion from a sociological-religious perspective. It examines religious plurality and relativism in our Canadian context. It compares and contrasts Christian truth claims with those of other religions in order to enable Christians to sensitively and effectively dialogue with people of other faiths. This will involve understanding both Old and New Testament perspectives on other religions. Current cultural trends toward pluralism in Canada and its impact on the process of evangelism in an Evangelical context are explored.

Youth Leadership (RELS)

RELS 232 C Contemporary Youth Issues
Contemporary Youth Issues explores the spiritual, moral and psychological significance behind the contemporary issues that North American youth face. The goal of the course is to prepare youth workers to recognize and to learn how to respond wisely. It covers basic practical theology skills that enable the student to research the issues from a secular and biblical viewpoint in order to provide the necessary guidance for adolescents on their journey in following Jesus.

RELS 342 C Youth Leadership Administration
This course focuses on the practical administrative and organizational aspects of leadership in a local youth ministry. It is designed especially for students seeking ministerial credentials with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada; however, students seeking credentials with other groups will be accommodated. Topics such as vision casting, strategic planning, leadership and policy development, plan to protect, event planning, and budgeting will be explored.

RELS 432 C Career Youth Leadership
This course is designed to integrate the student’s knowledge and skill of youth ministry into a study of vocational youth work. It surveys a variety of youth ministry philosophies, strategies and programs suitable for both church and para-church ministries. The student will consider the role and function of the youth leader within contemporary youth culture. The student will be challenged to develop a youth ministry plan in correlation to their personal philosophy of youth ministry.

Christian Education (EDUC)

EDUC 142 C Principles of Teaching
This course is an initial orientation to the field of Christian education. Since Christian education is vitally related to both the ministry of the church and the life of the individual Christian it must be built upon a solid foundation. Biblical, theological, historical, sociological, philosophical, psychological and structural aspects of the educational ministry of the local church are studied. (Prerequisite to all other Christian education courses.)

RELS 238 C Contemporary Child and Family Issues
This course studies major current issues facing North American children and families. Subjects to be discussed include developmental issues, child/adult relationships in the family, parental spiritual leadership, technology and parenting, discipline, and the child’s role in church life.

EDUC 241 C Youth Communication
This course is a detailed study of the technical aspects of oral communication. It seeks to equip the student with specific knowledge, skills, and practice in the preparation and presentation of messages. The SCORRE method of preparation will be foundational in this process. Students also learn about the distinctives of speaking and preaching to contemporary North American youth. Opportunity is given for one general oral presentation and two specific preaching presentations. This course is a prerequisite for RELS 234 Preaching.

EDUC 243 C Resource & Program Development
This course is designed to equip the student to assess the spiritual formation needs of children and families within a church. Creating strategies to meet those needs will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on surveying resources and developing a viable educational program for child and family ministries within the local church.

RELS 344 C Child and Family Leadership
This course studies child and preadolescence from birth through age twelve. Attention is given to age-group characteristics, methods, and objectives in working with children and families in the church. Emphasis is given to students having practical involvement in observing children in a learning setting and leading or teaching children. Practical methods of identifying, recruiting, training, empowering, and evaluating leaders for children and family ministry will be explored. Concurrent or previous enrollment in Child and Family Leadership internship is recommended.

Counselling Foundations (COUN/PSYC)

COUN 245 C Foundations of Counselling I
This course promotes the importance and value of counseling, to acquaint students with the basic principles and techniques of counseling, and to prepare them to use these skills effectively. Focus will be on the role of the Christian worker in dealing with specific needs in the local congregation or community. Basic counselling methodologies as well as the student’s personal growth will be emphasized.

DIVISION OF GENERAL EDUCATION

Summit offers a variety of General Education courses. The purpose of integrating Biblical and General studies is to provide a strong Biblical worldview which prepares the student for dynamic engagement with society. This encompasses a diversity of subjects and disciplines that work together to develop analytical, critical, and communicative skills for ministry. Approximately 13 courses in the curriculum at Summit’s Distance Education is course work that is general in nature and covers a number of disciplines which are indicated below.

Courses that may qualify for General Studies are:

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • GREE 235 C Elementary NT Greek I
  • GREE 236 C Elementary NT Greek II
HISTORY
  • HIST 260 C Church History
  • HIST 172 C History of Canadian Pentecostals
LITERATURE
  • ENGL 102 C Academic and Theological Composition
  • ENGL 103 C Introduction to Literature I
  • ENGL 104 C Introduction to Literature II
  • ENGL 474 C Modern Christian Literature
NATURAL SCIENCES
  • SCIE 447 C Natural Science Survey
PHILOSOPHY
  • PHIL 105 C Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 210 C Ethics
SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • PSYC 106 C Introduction to Psychology
  • RELS 332 C Christianity and Culture

ENGL 102 C Academic and Theological Composition
The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the various aspects of academic and theological composition. It is important that the student know that this course does not provide remedial English help. Rather, it will introduce the student to the practice of scholarly reading and writing. Focusing on a variety of styles, the pursuit will be to hone the student’s skills in academic reading and composition, followed by an introduction to the nuances of theological writing, thereby allowing the student to engage the academic community in their study and work. The student should be prepared to read and comprehend university/seminary level material.

ENGL 103 C Introduction to English Literature I
This course seeks to introduce the student to the study of the novel and short fiction. The selected works provide breadth, representing various authors with differing styles, as well as depth since they vary in difficulty and complexity. The assigned texts are primarily from the early part of the twentieth century, providing an insight into the author’s understanding of the world and, to a large extent, the modernist ideas that were prevalent.

ENGL 104 C Introduction to English Literature II
This course introduces the student to the study of drama and poetry. The selected works will provide the student with literature that will engage and challenge his/her thinking and develop his/her appreciation of literature of poetry and drama. The works of drama explored in this course are Shakespearean, and the plays focus the student’s attention on the theme of revenge and mercy. The literature for the second part of the course—poetry—is primarily from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The dramas focus their attention on revenge, pity, mercy and injustice, while the poems, engaging a wider array of themes, seek ways of living that cope with time, beauty, decay, death and the afterlife.

PHIL 105 C Introduction to Philosophy
This is a general introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the basics of philosophical inquiry and rational thought. Special attention is given to various areas of contemporary philosophical concern. The course is designed to help the student gain awareness of abstract thinking and the nature of philosophy, particularly where these intersect theistic understanding.

PSYC 106 C Introduction to Psychology
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology as a science. The practical, life-oriented application of scientific principles of psychology is explored. As well, development, learning, biological bases of behavior, motivation and emotion, perception, measurement and fundamental statistics, personality, behavioral and mental disorders, group and social processes are touched on.

BUSI 111 C Church Administration and Business
This course explores principles and practices of management and administration as they are adapted to churches and non-profit organizations. Organizational issues as well as methods and tools for effective administration are discussed.

HIST 172 C History of Canadian Pentecostals
This course presents a survey of the beginnings of 20th century Pentecostalism in the U.S. and its subsequent worldwide spread. It focuses on the origin and growth of the Pentecostal movement in Canada, particularly as embodied in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

PHIL 210 C Ethics
Ethics concerns conduct and the principles by which God’s people can make moral evaluations. In this introductory course no set of blanket, readymade answers will be provided, but rather a priming of your thinking with some basic information in these vital areas.

HIST 260 C Church History
The history of the Christian Church from the First Century to current is reviewed. The study is divided into two sections: 1) the ancient and medieval church, and 2) the modern church. Persons, theologies, movements, synods, and missions are all part of what has shaped us the global leader in worldview.

RELS 332 C Christianity and Culture
A study of the place of Christianity in the secular, multi-cultural, world of North America. This course focuses on how Christians should understand contemporary North American culture, exploring what aspects of this culture Christians ought to repudiate, what aspects Christians may be ambivalent about, and what aspects Christians should affirm. This course examines how the entertainment media (e.g., movies, T.V.), the fashion industry, sports, the news media, etc. function as the cultural conditioners of our society.

SCIE 447 C Natural Science Survey
This general survey of the natural sciences spans topics and disciplines of life sciences (such as biology, genetics, biochemistry, homology, anthropology), earth sciences (geology, paleontology, geophysics, hydrology, meteorology), astronomical and physical sciences (astronomy, cosmology, thermodynamics, chemistry, physics). Basic concepts and ideas regarding the natural world are introduced, and the student will learn how science works, how scientists approach problems, and why science is constantly adapting in its search for understanding.

ENGL 474 C Modern Christian Literature
An introduction to contemporary Christian English literature. This survey is intended to give some impression of the significant works, styles and influences of Christian writers such as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Dorothy L. Sayers. It is organized on the basis of the first appearance of the author, and will include the literary essay, the novel, poetry, drama and fantasy stories within its compass.

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