MB Faculty Courses

FALL 2017 COURSES

Mark Wessner, PhD

President
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies for Leadership

BOT 692 – Preaching the Old Testament: Narratives, Law, and Prophets

This course prepares students to carefully discern the message and meaning of Old Testament texts, and effectively preach them in the student’s church and cultural contexts. This course focuses on preaching the narrative, law, and prophetic sections of the Old Testament. Students will prepare and preach in class on specific texts, and will explore methods of public communication, audience analysis, leadership through preaching, and other significant aspects of the preaching experience.

September 12 – November 13, (Eight) Tuesday mornings
9:00am-12:00pm
Prerequisites: n/a
markwessner@mbseminary.ca

Gloria Woodland, DMin

Director of Chaplaincy Program
Assistant Professor of Chaplaincy Studies and Spiritual Care

CHP 540 – Spiritual Care for Dying, Grief and Loss

This course will assist pastors, chaplains, counsellors and other helping professionals develop a pastoral theology and response to dying, grief and loss through biblical, cultural, and psychological insights.  Students will gain an understanding of the grief journey for people from diverse backgrounds, affirming and respecting strengths and differences.  The course will encourage an understanding of how one’s personal losses enrich them and equip them for ministry.  This course will equip pastoral care givers for ministry to those who are experiencing dying, grief and/or loss.

October 11-13, Wednesday to Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
gloriawoodland@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017 (intensive)

LOCATION: Langley

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Gloria Woodland, DMin

Director of Chaplaincy Program
Assistant Professor of Chaplaincy Studies and Spiritual Care

CHP 630 – Biblical & Theological Foundations of Spiritual Care

This foundational course recognizes that the practice of contemporary chaplaincy has been enriched by lessons from the human & behavioral sciences, while ensuring that the pastoral practice of chaplaincy is rooted in the foundational disciplines of biblical and theological studies. Students will be challenged to consider how pastoral practice is responsibly informed by biblical, theological and traditional perspectives. Concepts of hope, community and compassion will be examined. The ministry of the professional chaplain occurs in pluralistic society a course emphasis will be on how to carry an evangelical imperative in a public ministry context.

Sept-Dec, Thursday evenings
6:00pm – 8:40pm
gloriawoodland@mbseminary.ca

Brian Cooper, PhD

Director of Student Development
Assistant Professor of Theology

THS 602 – Christian Ethics

 

October 23-27, Monday to Friday
8:30am – 12:30pm
briancooper@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017 (intensive)

LOCATION: Langley

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Brian Cooper, PhD

Director of Student Development
Assistant Professor of Theology

THS 671 – God Who Creates, Sustains, and Redeems

This course is a study which begins to unfold the Bible’s story of creation, fall, and redemption. This course begins with the existence and nature of God, especially focusing on God’s action in creation and providence. Discussion then moves to consideration of the person of God the Redeemer and the nature of human beings as creatures and sinners.

Sept-Dec, Monday evenings
6:00pm – 8:40pm
Prerequisites: THS 540; THS 571; preferably both
briancooper@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017

LOCATION: Langley (live-stream avl.)

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Brian Cooper, PhD

Director of Student Development
Assistant Professor of Theology

THS 691 – Mennonite Brethren Convictions

This course is a study of Mennonite Brethren theology and practice as a shared conviction set that reflects continuity with the MB journey and offers a vision for the church today. Attention will be given to biblical support, contextual expression, and contemporary application.

Online
Prerequisites: 1 introductory theology course
briancooper@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017

LOCATION: Langley (online course only)

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Andrew Dyck, PhD [cand.]

Faculty
Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies

BTS-5331M-1 Issues in Congregational Leadership

This course provides students an opportunity to focus on specific leadership, polity, and management realities of Christian ministry. The course will provide opportunities to develop skills in these aspects of ministry, and to think theologically about them. Course topics can vary from year to year, and may include the following: developing leaders, strategic planning, decision-making, constitutions and bylaws, financial management, time management, conflict resolution. The course will engage guest specialists on the topics under consideration.

Fridays and Saturdays, September 29-30, October 20-21, November 17-18
9:00am-4:00pm
andrewdyck@mbseminary.ca

Andrew Dyck, PhD [cand.]

Faculty
Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies

BTS-5390M-1 Spiritual Formation

This experience-centred course introduces students to practices and perspectives for growing in attentiveness to God’s presence in order to be continually formed into Christlikeness by the Holy Spirit. The course helps cultivate spiritual habits that can sustain students in their future ministries within and beyond local congregations. Both individual and communal spiritual formation will be explored.

Sept-Dec, Monday afternoons
2:30pm – 5:15pm
andrewdyck@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017

LOCATION: Winnipeg (live-stream avl.)

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Bruce Guenther, PhD

Associate Dean
Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies

HIS 540 – History of Christianity I

Sept-Dec, Monday afternoons
2:30pm – 5:10pm
bruceguenther@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017

LOCATION: Langley

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Bruce Guenther, PhD

Associate Dean
Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies

HIS 745 – History of Christianity in Canada

October 23-27, Monday-Friday
1:00pm – 5:00pm
bruceguenther@mbseminary.ca

SEMESTER: Fall 2017 (intensive)

LOCATION: Langley

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Pierre Gilbert, PhD

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Bible and Theology

BTS-5080M-1 Topics – Principles of Biblical Interpretation

In the Christian tradition, the nature of the Bible is closely related to the notion of inspiration, which suggests that the text exhibits a special quality: it is unique. This uniqueness is not to be found at the literary level; as a work of literature, the Bible is like any other book. The difference is epistemological. Christians believe that the Bible is ultimately God’s message, first to the people of the Covenant, second to the entire human race. Christians believe that the Scriptures provide a unique window on the meaning and purpose of human existence. This implies that the Bible is the most valuable text ever produced in human history. If this is the case, then the process of interpretation should and must receive our utmost attention.

Sept-Dec, Monday mornings
8:30am – 11:15am
pierregilbert@mbseminary.ca

SUMMER 2017 COURSES

Gloria Woodland, DMin

Director of Chaplaincy Program, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Chaplaincy Studies and Spiritual Care

CHP 631 – Foundational Theory & Practice of Spiritual Care

This course will explore the professionalization of chaplaincy in contemporary society.  Students will examine spiritual and religious care practices that can facilitate persons in their spiritual growth and healing. The theory and practice of the professional chaplain as a non-congregational minister in contemporary society will be examined. Learners will further develop the ability of spiritual assessment and care planning, theological reflection and ethical discourse in the application of spiritual/religious interventions.

June 12-16, Monday to Friday

8:30am – 12:30pm

SEMESTER: Summer 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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Brian Cooper, PhD

Director of Student Development, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Theology

THS 571 – Believers Church Theology

This course lays a foundation for theological study and reflection in all ACTS graduate degree programs. We will begin with a discussion of the nature and importance of theology and a review of key tools and methodological principles for the Christian thinker. We will also reflect on the particular dynamics of doing theology in the Evangelical and Believer’s Church tradition. As an illustration of good theological reflection in action, we will explore the doctrines of revelation and Scripture, which are basic to our work. And we will provide a practical orientation to the expectations and opportunities for theological study in the ACTS curriculum.

May 15-19, Monday to Friday
8:30am – 12:30pm

SEMESTER: Summer 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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WINTER/SPRING 2017 COURSES

Brian Cooper, PhD

Director of Student Development, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Theology

THS 540 – Introduction to Theology

This foundational course assists the student in gaining an overall orientation to the purpose and language of theology. The specific areas of systematic theology will be surveyed including the impact of the church throughout history on the development of doctrine. The importance of the teaching of theology in the local church will be emphasized. THS 540 is required of those who have not studied systematic theology in their undergraduate training and it is conducted as either an intensive course or reading course.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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Brian Cooper, PhD

Director of Student Development, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Theology

THS 672 – Systematic Theology II

A study of the Christian doctrines of the work of Jesus Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Last Things. We will begin with some brief reflections on the importance of good theological thinking and on the methods and tools that help us to do this task well. We will then seek to put these principles and tools into practice as we examine the Bible’s teaching concerning the Bible’s story of redemption.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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Andrew Dyck, PhD [cand.]

Faculty, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies

BTS 5310M – Prayer

“This course will help students develop their convictions and practices of prayer—both individual and communal—by examining Christian prayer in church history, theology, and scripture (incl. Psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, and other New Testament prayers). Students will be given opportunities to experience and respond to various prayer practices individually and in small groups. An underlying theme for the course is ‘No one prays alone.’” (as posted at www.cmu.ca).

SEMESTER: Winter/Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Winnipeg

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Andrew Dyck, PhD [cand.]

Faculty, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies

BTS 5360M – Pastoral Care

“This course will attend to theoretical and practical issues related to pastoral care among persons in various stages of life, including those who are encountering transitions such as birth, baptism, marriage, career transition, accident, illness, or death. Biblical and theological understandings along with a diversity of resources, methods, and approaches will give insight into effective ways of ministering to others. The course will focus not only on care given by pastors, but also on mutual care offered by people in the congregation” (as posted at www.cmu.ca).

SEMESTER: Winter/Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Winnipeg

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Pierre Gilbert, PhD

Associate Dean, MB Seminary
Associate Professor of Bible and Theology

BTS 5246M – Biblical Languages for Exegesis Tools

This course will introduce the student to the original languages of the Bible with English as the language of comparison and contrast. The course is designed for the non-specialist who wishes to get maximum benefit from Hebrew and Greek language tools for the study of the biblical text. The goal is to survey the characteristics and distinctive features of Greek and Hebrew in order to help the student evaluate the commentaries, engage in more sophisticated linguistic and semantic analysis, and use electronic resources and printed research aids to fuller advantage.

SEMESTER: Winter/Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Winnipeg

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Bruce Guenther, PhD

Associate Dean, MB Seminary
Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies

HIS 541 – History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Present

A continuation of HIS 540 (“History of Christianity I”), this course brings the chronological survey of important individuals, issues and movements in the history of Christianity into the twentieth century. (Note: the completion of HIS 540 is NOT a prerequisite for this course). It will examine developments from the Reformation until the end of the twentieth century. While some attention will be given to the modern missionary movement, the central focus of the course will be upon the history and theology of the church in the cultural context of Europe and North America. The course explores the major changes and continuities in Roman Catholicism and Protestantism by considering factors such as nationalism, the Enlightenment, and the development of a globally dispersed and diverse Christianity. Attention will be given to theological developments, church-state issues, ministry changes and alternative forms of inter-church relationships. Students will gain an understanding of the various cultural, political and theological influences that have shaped the church’s institutional development as well as an appreciation for the interrelationship between the Christian faith and western culture.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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Bruce Guenther, PhD

Associate Dean, MB Seminary
Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies

THS 680 – Christianity in Culture: Critical Assessment and Engagement

The relationship between Christians and culture in North America is variegated, prompting leaders such as Tim Keller to state, “The relationship of Christians to culture is the singular current crisis point for the church.” The course will help Christians understand and interpret culture. It is about understanding the ongoing relationship between Christianity and culture, and how cultural awareness along with critical skills for critiquing culture from a Christian perspective enhances ministry and leadership effectiveness both in the church and within society at large. The first half of the course lays the biblical, theological and historical foundations for a Christian understanding of culture, while the second half of the course is a more practical exploration of specific spheres of culture. The seminar-style course will feature an interdisciplinary range of lectures, readings, and group activities and discussions.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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Gil Dueck, PhD [cand.]

Adjunct Faculty, MB Seminary
Gil Dueck is Program Director of MCC SK and teaches in the area of theology

BTS 5310 – (Trans)formation in Christian Discipleship

This course will be a theological exploration of faith development. More specifically it will involve a close consideration of how God acts within the so-called “normal” stages of human development as faith changes and grows over time. The perspective offered in this course will suggest that the Spirit’s work of transformation encompasses both incremental human change as well as dramatic and climactic encounters with God. The purpose of this course, then, is to provide, within a robust Christocentric framework, theological tools for understanding transformation in an integrated and pastorally relevant way.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Winnipeg

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Mark Wessner, PhD

President, MB Seminary
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies for Leadership

PTH 691 – Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders

Christian spiritual formation is a popular concept that stems from ancient roots. This introductory course will invite students to explore the nature of their own spiritual formation as well as introduce beliefs and practices of formation and community from Christian traditions of spirituality. Students will discover a variety of ancient and modern Christian spiritual practices that encourage a Biblical and holistic approach to life. Throughout the course, participants will explore specific theological and practical frameworks to evaluate their own spiritual health and ministry leadership.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

COURSE FEES: $400*

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Gloria Woodland, DMin

Director of Chaplaincy Program, MB Seminary
Assistant Professor of Chaplaincy Studies and Spiritual Care

CHP 691 – Special Topic – Distinctives of Spiritual Care for the Elderly and those at the End of Life

Students will review the concepts of spirituality/religion in the elderly and how the impact of gerontilogical/physical changes will effect their ministry. Topics to be covered will include spiritual assessment and care planning, dementia and Alzheimer’s, the impact of life losses, and anticipatory end-of-life issues. The bio-psychosocial-spiritual implications of geriatric and end-of-life will be reviewed with a discussion of appropriate spiritual care interventions. A day of focus will be given, as a MinistryLift event to understanding Medical Assistance in Dying and the need for pastoral preparedness as we minister to individuals, families and health care staff as chaplains and as pastors in the community.

SEMESTER: Spring 2017

CAMPUS: Langley

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