Program

The Centre for Christian Studies offers various programs to help you develop into the faith-filled transformative leader you are called to be.

Do you want a thorough grounding in Christian leadership from the margins, perhaps with an eye to a career as a diaconal minister or deacon?  The Diploma in Diaconal Ministries is for you!

Want to beef up your ability to provide effective spiritual care?  Or Christian education and worship?  Or maybe you want to expand your toolbox for social justice work.  Sounds like one of our Certificate programs might be just the ticket.

Maybe you’ve got some study leave and there’s an individual course that catches your eye.  Or perhaps you want to take our 2-week Learning on Purpose course as a stand-alone course, to develop your understanding of yourself as a leader and learner.  Well, you can!  Take what interests you as a Continuing Studies student. (Prerequisites apply.)

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See “Courses and Circles” for descriptions of our courses and the various components of the CCS programs.

Course Requirements

DIPLOMA IN DIACONAL MINISTRIES

  • 1 Learning on Purpose circle
  • 12 Theme Learning Circles
    •  minimum 3 Spiritual Care
    • minimum 3 Social Justice
    • minimum 3 Education & Worship
  • 3 Field Placements
    • maximum 2 in same setting
  • 3+ Diaconal Praxis Years
    • for each active year in the program
  • 8 Academic Courses (externals)
    • taken at a recognized educational institution
    • required courses:
      • Introductory Theology, Christian Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures
      • Elective Theology, Christian Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures
      • Christian Ethics
      • Church History
  • 1 Global Perspectives Experience
    •  includes pre- and post- trip learning
  • 3 Integrating Circles
    • taken in final year of the program

CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUAL CARE

  • 1 Learning on Purpose circle
  • 4 Spiritual Care learning circles
  • 1 Field Placement
  • 1 Vocational Praxis Year (concurrent with Field Placement)

CERTIFICATE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • 1 Learning on Purpose circle
  • 4 Social Justice learning circles
  • 1 Field Placement
  • 1 Vocational Praxis Year (concurrent with Field Placement)

CERTIFICATE IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & WORSHIP

  • 1 Learning on Purpose circle
  • 4 Education & Worship learning circles
  • 1 Field Placement
  • 1 Vocational Praxis Year (concurrent with Field Placement)

CONTINUING STUDIES

Individual courses, workshops, mini-courses, and theme learning circles can be taken by clergy or lay people, for general interest and continuing education.


Program Transition

The course requirements outlined above were adopted by the CCS Program Committee in 2017 after an extensive program review and redesign process.  For students who are partway through the Diploma in Diaconal Ministries program at the time of transition, each previously completed theme year will be credited as follows:

  • Pastoral Care Year = 4 Spiritual Care Learning Circles, 1 Diaconal Praxis Year, 1 Field Placement
  • Social Ministry Year = 4 Social Justice Learning Circles, 1 Diaconal Praxis Year, 1 Field Placement
  • Educational and Liturgical Ministry Year = 4 Education and Worship Learning Circles, 1 Diaconal Praxis Year, 1 Field Placement