MB Convictions – Engaging in Community

Brian Cooper, PhD 

Associate Professor of Theology
Director of Student Development
Registrar

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If being a Christian is about personally confessing Jesus as Lord, what does it mean to be a community of disciples living the mission of the church in the world? Why do Mennonite Brethren emphasize community so strongly? This course will focus on the key elements of visible discipleship as articulated in the Confession of Faith, drawing upon the principle of letting biblical conceptual language about discipleship shape the theological reflection of the believing community in discerning ethical and missional outcomes.

Ready to dive in? Choose from one of three learning options below: enrol for graduate credit (begin by applying to become a graduate student), register for continuing education, or attend the teaching intensive for personal interest.

You can earn graduate credit by enrolling in our Ministry Transformation Certificate program and successfully completing each Ministry Transformation course. To qualify, you will need to apply and be accepted as a graduate student at MB Seminary. In addition to attending the Teaching Intensive, each course also has required readings and assignments that need to be completed over the term. In some partnership contexts, the course schedule is designed to run sequentially and can be completed within one academic year. Once you have successfully completed all four courses, you will receive our Ministry Transformation Graduate Certificate (worth 12 graduate-level credits). If desired, you can choose to enrol in another Certificate option, a master’s degree program, or explore transferring these graduate credits to another institution.

Graduate Course Enrolment

  • Burnaby, British Columbia

All leaders are learners, and many people and workplaces recognize the value-added benefit of continuing education. Now you can receive official recognition by integrating ministry and learning together through our Ministry Transformation Continuing Education Certificate. This certificate (and continuing education credit) is achieved in two parts: by attending a teaching intensive and by completing an applied ministry assignment. After successfully completing all four courses, you will earn the Ministry Transformation Continuing Education Certificate which provides you with an official record of completion and can be used to satisfy a credentialing body.

Continuing Education Registration

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
    • Onsite Teaching Intensive: Sep 24-26 at Willingdon Church
    • Course Preview (not yet available)
    • Registration not yet available

If pursuing graduate credit or a continuing education certificate is more than you need at this time, we invite you to participate in our teaching intensive for your personal interest. You’ll gain valuable insights and ideas from leaders in their field and strengthen your personal knowledge and ministry. No assignments or readings are required.

Registration

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
    • Onsite Teaching Intensive: Sep 24-26 at Willingdon Church
    • Course Preview (not yet available)
    • Registration not yet available