Post-Secondary, Post-Graduate, and Doctoral Studies
The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Canada has been developing leaders since the 1920s. Since then, workers have been trained and sent throughout the world from the Alliance’s education institutions, found in western and eastern parts of the country.
Official Schools of the C&MA
With nearly 100 years of higher education in Canada, Ambrose University is the official English-language school of the C&MA and the Church of Nazarene Canada based in Calgary, Alberta.
Attending university is your time to explore and grow personally, intellectually and spiritually. Ambrose offers you the opportunity to define yourself and your future path in life. In this close, connected learning environment, professors become mentors who can lend you vital support as you learn and explore options for your future.
Ambrose offers a quality of education that you just won’t get at a larger university. Ambrose goes beyond the traditional imprint of a Bible college and offers accredited degrees in arts & science, ministry, education, and business. Additionally, the Seminary offers graduate programs in theology, leadership, intercultural ministries and biblical studies.
Strong student support comes with any program at Ambrose, which starts at your first inquiry through admission and is sustained beyond graduation through student services, faculty mentorship and spiritual nourishment. There’s always a lot happening on our campus—from athletics events to music recitals, from chapel services to community days—because we want you to be involved and to feel at home here.
Ambrose is a community of transformative Christian higher education – with a vision for the welfare of our city and our world. A rich campus life starts with diversity – of people, professionals, peers and perspectives. This is a place where you are constantly learning from others and they are learning from you. Experience the Christian faith in all its dimensions and be part of many congregations, groups and activities that enable you to discover the beauty, truth and goodness of God.
The best investment you will ever make in your future is the investment you make in your education. Ambrose offers a range of awards and scholarships that enable you to achieve your academic, professional and personal dreams. To find out more, visit the Ambrose University website or contact Ambrose Enrolment.
L’École de Théologie Évangélique du Québec (ETEQ) is the name of our new Quebec Alliance school and will be the learning community with which we will continue to see the Lord Jesus prepare men and women to take part in the mission. We expect to work more and better as the Spirit empowers us for Quebec and the Francophone community.
As the world is changing, it is increasingly important to have men and women qualified to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ in the Francophone world. This is the mandate of ETEQ—the Alliance Theological training school located in Montreal, Quebec.
Do you want to improve your French and become truly bilingual? Do you want to be an active participant in the wider evangelical community? How about becoming a catalyst in developing the church and transforming your society? Then ETEQ (École de théologie évangélique du Québec) is your school.
Serving the larger evangelical community—which is demonstrated by the makeup of our faculty and our students—ETEQ (formally L’École de théologie évangélique de Montréal and l’Institut Biblique VIE) is the product of a partnership of two church families—one school that serves both the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Mennonite Brethren. ETEQ also offers exceptional theological training that is contextualized for the changing landscape in Quebec and the larger francophone world.
Starting in September 2018, ETEQ is pleased to announce that for the first time ever, they will be offering courses in English.
Other Preferred Post-Secondary Institutions
Emmanuel Bible College
Education at an accredited Bible College is a special blend of the kinds of education that you find in other settings. The underlying focus is discipleship – how we grow in Christ and live out our life and faith in the world. The level of education is that of the university. Students are stretched by faculty teaching at a high level. Finally, the intent of the education is vocational. While some students come for only a year, or take a degree in a field that enhances the breadth of their knowledge and understanding (as might be done in a university setting with many degrees), Emmanuel also provides vocational training that leads to careers in both ministry and secular settings.
A high percentage of degree program graduates have been appointed to pastorates, to cross-cultural service and missions positions, and to a variety of leadership and service positions within churches, other ministry organizations, and the broader community. Others have continued their studies in seminaries or with advanced standing in university programs. Still other graduates choose to use their degrees as do many university students who take programs in the arts and humanities. An Emmanuel degree provides a sound foundation for entry into various careers. Diploma and certificate program graduates provide strong lay leadership in a variety of Christian ministry settings, having entered the secular workplace directly or after additional post-Emmanuel education. The College cites with pride over 2,200 alumni who are a strong influence for God and good throughout the world.
Pathways School of Ministry
Pathways School of Ministry exists to equip Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused leaders for vocational ministry in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The program consists of 10 courses broken out into 7 academic courses and 3 field placement courses. These courses can be taken at either the graduate, or undergraduate levels. Courses are delivered utilizing a combination of intensive in-class time, on-line discussion, and distance learning. In-class sessions take place at the Central Canadian District Ministry Centre in Burlington ON.
Graduate level studies are delivered in partnership with McMaster Divinity College, and completion of the Pathways program provides the student with a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies from MDC. Students can apply the credits earned from their Graduate Certificate towards further studies in a Graduate Masters degree (MTS or MDiv) at McMaster Divinity College.
Undergraduate studies are delivered in partnership with Emmanuel Bible College. Students completing the Pathways undergraduate program will receive an Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry from EBC. Students will receive 30 advanced standing credits which can be applied towards any undergraduate degree at Emmanuel.
Primary requirements include: a heart for God, a desire to serve others, and a yearning to grow deeper in your faith.
Visit our website to discover if Pathways can help you go where God is leading you, or give us a call at 905-639-9615!
Rocky Mountain College Pathways
Rocky Mountain College has now undergone a transformation while remaining true to its heritage.
Over the years, other Christian colleges have come and gone in the Calgary region. Rocky Mountain College has adapted to the realities of a booming city and the presence of other institutions serving the Christian market in Calgary. It has also recognized the potential for taking Christian education and Biblical training “outside the box” to extend the reach and impact of the College.
In 2010, the Board of Rocky Mountain College saw and pursued the opportunity to take Rocky Mountain College to a new place with a new model. That new place and model is “Pathways: Powered by Rocky Mountain College” which was officially launched at the beginning of 2015. Based on a “distributed learning model”, Pathways enables the College to provide academic courses and training online to students anywhere in the world.
Kerry Belt, President of RMC says, “We started with a question, ‘what if we could take education to people where they are at, instead of expecting them to come to us?’ RMC has always had discipleship and leadership as its genetics. Pathways is another step in pursuing that passion. We believe leaders are best developed as they practice leadership. Pathways takes that idea to a new level.” Pathways’ motto is, “Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.”
Additional Schools and Educational Opportunities
Kairos is a kingdom tool for mobilizing the global church to bless the nations (Genesis 12:1-3). The C&MA partners with Kairos Canada to see the whole church mobilized for cross-cultural mission to the world’s least-reached peoples.
Originally started in the Philippines in 1994 (as the Condensed World Mission Course) is based on the material in the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course. Kairos has been revised, updated and translated into multiple languages, with classes running in over 45 nations.
The Kairos Course is an interactive, ten-session course on world Christian mission, designed to educate, inspire and challenge Christians into a truly Biblical worldview. It utilizes a variety of learning styles including group discussions, session introduction, devotions, video teaching and student participation in specially designed activities. Kairos looks at four main areas of mission concern—the Biblical, Historical, Strategic and Cultural dimensions of mission.
Perspectives in Canada has been active since 1992, reporting to the Perspectives headquarters in the USA. In January of this year, a group of Canadian Perspectives leaders and advocates agreed together to take leadership of the Perspectives Movement in Canada. We work together under a guiding Covenant to see Perspectives develop as a national movement for mobilizing the church in Canada.
Our Common Purpose is to mobilize the Canadian church for mission. Specifically, we seek to mobilize the Church through the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement study program. The result we seek is a Canadian Church that is increasingly engaged in God’s mission, locally, regionally, nationally and globally. We desire to see the Perspectives course grow and become available in all regions and key metro areas of Canada.
Transform! Prayer Course
The Transform! Prayer Course (TPC) has been created by the Alliance Pray! Team to do for prayer what the Kairos course (kairoscourse.org) has done and is doing for missions. Using an interactive, application-focused and facilitative approach to learning deeper prayer habits, TPC will be a creative new way to engage the people and churches of the Alliance in the deeper life through prayer.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NIV)
The purpose of this course is to dramatically deepen and accelerate the prayer life of the participants and both inspire and motivate them towards world transformation through prayer. To that end, The Transform! Prayer Course (TPC) is an exciting, interactive and multi-week course you can complete over a few months with an on-line cohort of like-minded believers!