PL 115 Intro to Liturgy & Practicum

An initial study of the foundations and practice of worship in Christian communities with introduction to leadership in enacted Christian symbols.


  • to trace the biblical and historical roots of the practices of the Christian assembly
  • to reflect the communal, ecumenical spirit of Christian liturgy
  • to examine the central matters of the gathering: baptism, reading and preaching of the scriptures, intercession, thanksgiving and sending.
  • to learn the full contents of the current worship sources of the ELCIC, as resources
  • to set this examination within a context of lively care for inclusivity and the mission of the church
  • to gain practice from the practicum experiences and contextual education experiences in chapel and in local parishes.

PE 131 Spiritual Formation (Limited enrolment)

This course will offer the student a wide variety of opportunities to develop their own spiritual life. Various methods of prayer and praying will be discussed and practiced. At the conclusion of the course the student will be encouraged to develop his or her own Rule of Life so necessary for spiritual maturity and to minister effectively. (TBA)

PA 132 Pastoral Care I

The purpose of this course is to create a basic understanding of pastoral care, including the development of skills appropriate to the delivery of pastoral care in a congregational setting. The course includes lectures and reading, visitation in parish homes, written verbatims, and participation in group learning. (TBA)PA 133 Pastoral Care II: Spirit Caregiving in An Acute Health Care Environment

Prerequisite: PA 132/PE233 or equivalent

This course adds focus on skill development within an institutional setting. It includes visitation in hospital wards, written verbatims, reading and participation in group learning. Pastoral responses to crisis and long term illness, to dying, and to the needs of families will be considered. (TBA)

PL 135 Spiritual Formation

Participants will explore diverse forms of Christian spirituality in patterns of daily living. Examining baptism and their own faith journeys, students will study biblical and classical sources of Christian spirituality. This personal and communal reflection will include small group experiences, journaling, and the personal discipline of daily prayer. The group process will include planning of the Seminary Winter Retreat. TBA)

PL/SL 155 Globalization/Ethics

This course explores the theological, economic, cultural and developmental aspects of globalization in the context of ethical enquiry. We will look at the theological perspectives of principalities, powers and apocalypticism; the ecclesiological implications of globalization; developmental issues. Readings, discussions, group and individual presentations, and input by experts/practitioners from a variety of related fields will prepare (hopefully) participants for a cross cultural experience in Madagascar and for parish ministry that recognizes and welcomes our relationship to the world community. (J. Boyd)



PA 210 Introduction to Worship

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to encounter the meaning and theology of worship, especially as practiced in the United Church of Canada. Topics covered include the functions of liturgical leadership, the role of the Session or Worship Committee, and worship in small churches and multipoint charges. (TBA)

PA 212 The Act of Preaching

This course will concentrate on preaching theory, technique and models for preaching for regular Sunday worship as well as the occasional services of the church. Preparation and delivery of sermons will be required. (TBA)

PL 215 Intro to Homiletics & Practicum

This course is designed to provide an introduction to a theology of the practice of the oral communication of the Gospel, and to the processes of exegesis, design, and method in relationship with preaching. The course will explore several different exegetical models, systems of narrative preaching, and theological underpinnings in order to open up the homiletic endeavour. (J. Boyd)

PL 230 Pastoral Care and Counselling

Course objectives are to provide a basic introduction to pastoral care and counselling, drawing on our theological heritage, scripture, behavioural sciences, family systems theory, the individual and family life cycle and to provide a theoretical framework for pastoral practices and to take a look at selected areas of pastoral care. (TBA)

PE 233 Introduction to Pastoral Care

This course will introduce a student to the practice of pastoral care; its biblical, historical and Anglican context, as well as to its practical aspects. The student will be exposed to different styles of leadership and various issues that arise in ministry. The skill of listening will be taught and practiced throughout the course. By the conclusion of the course, the student will have had the opportunity to refection upon her/his own style and practice of ministry in various pastoral situations. (TBA)

PL 240 Vocational Formation

A focus on an understanding of the call to ministry from the point of view of the church in general and more specifically from Lutheran perspectives. Attention will also be given to the distinction between the office of ministry to word and sacrament and baptismal vocational ministry as it impacts upon the church and the individual. (TBA)

PL 242 Pastoral Integration

This course aims to help students integrate their experience of ministry in the parish and in parachurch organizations with the theology and theory that they have taken in previous seminary training. Drawing on resources from several disciplines, it will introduce tools to equip congregations for effective ministry in the church and in the community. It will also help students to prepare for their first call. The course will be conducted as a seminar, requiring students to reflect deeply on their internship and contextual education experiences to present case studies and integrative reflection papers. Field trips and interviews, films, small group work, teaching one another, class dialogue, workshops by outside resource people and reflection on key texts will be among the learning modes used. (C. Harder)

PL 244 Youth Ministry

Seminary students often assume that youth ministry is an option that they do not have to take in their preparation for ordained ministry. The reality, however, awaits them when they get into the parish. And can we honestly say as a church that we are serious about ministry to the youth in our congregations and communities and are doing something to reverse the trend of declining numbers when only a handful of graduates are trained in ministering to young people? This course introduces students to youth ministry and is intended to help them understand the nature of youth ministry. It will acquaint them with the various models of youth ministry and also equip them with the tools and resources that will help them organize and run an effective youth ministry. (TBA)

PE 249 Ministry in the Face of Abuse and Addiction

Many of the people to whom we ministry have suffered various forms of trauma. This course will examine various forms of trauma such as sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence and war or terrorism. Appropriate pastoral response to trauma and its effects will be studied. Many respond to trauma by developing addictive behaviour. This course also will look at various kinds of addictions and twelve step programs that help to heal the addictive behaviour. This course will use a seminar format with guest lecturers at various points in the course. (TBA)

PL 260 Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Christian Education

This course examines the nature and task of Christian Education. It looks at the ways in which the church has understood Christian education. Students will learn about the various definitions and theories of Christian education. While the scope of the course will cover the theory and practice of Christian Education in general, the focus will be on how the ministry of Christian Education is understood and carried out in a congregational context. In particular, it will examine the role of the pastor and the congregation in the educational process of the church. In terms of praxis, students will consider new models and paradigms of teaching and learning and how they can help facilitate and strengthen this ministry. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the teaching ministry of the church as part of their contextual learning experience. (TBA)

PA 261 Christian Education With Children

Students will be encouraged to set their own goals for the course based on their perceived needs in such areas as the purpose and goals of Christian Education, educational methods and resources, developmental and faith stages of children, practice of teaching, curriculum building, intergenerational education, and issues in rural communities. (TBA)

PA 262 Adult Education in the Church

This course assists students in developing their knowledge, skills and attitudes in offering educational experiences in congregational settings. It explores theories of adult faith development and education, styles of learning, dealing with conflict, and course design, as well as topics such as Bible study, curriculum selection, and the arts and education. Students will be expected to develop learning covenants as part of the process. (TBA)



PE 315 Pastoral Liturgy

Prerequisite: PE 112; Parish Internship

This course will focus on liturgical leadership and practice. Attention will be given to many of the liturgical forms of worship in the Anglican Church of Canada at this time. This will be done through both theory and the practical aspects of worship leadership. Ample time will be given to actually practicing the “how to” of liturgy. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on the coordination of liturgical ministries. (TBA)

PL 330/430 Marriage and Family

The focus of this course is on systemic and family of origin approaches to pastoral care and counselling with individuals, couples, and families. The implications of these models for premarital counselling, divorce counselling, and working with single parent and remarried families also will be explored. This course anticipates that students will have graduate or senior status, PL 230 and the permission of the instructor or clinical training and experience in other helping professions, and /or experience in individual, marital or family therapy and the permission of the instructor. (TBA)

PL 332 Crisis counselling

This course focuses on theory and practice of counselling individuals and families in crisis situations. Topics include: Theory of crisis, intervention models, crisis of divorce and separation, crisis of death and dying, suicide, and anxiety and depression. Experiential as well as theoretical learnings will be offered. (TBA)

PE 333 Pastoral Issues and Understandings in Death and Dying

This course will explore in depth the ministry of pastoral care in times of grief and loss. To do so, we will examine the biblical understandings of death, how one “dies well,” what is palliative care as well as other topics. We will explore how one ritualizes death both in funerals and in other rites. In looking at the First Nations’ understanding of death we will explore how culture influences death and dying. A special emphasis will be placed on the ethical principles involved in the resolution of complex problems for individuals with life threatening illnesses and their families as caregivers and/or decision-makers. (TBA)

PL 342 Resolving Conflict in the Parish

This course offers models for conflict resolution with particular focus on the parish setting. Attention will be given to case studies, group interactions and buildings skills (such as mediation), for handling conflict and help move us from disharmony towards healing relationships. (TBA)

PE 345 Pastoral Counselling in a Congregational Context

Prerequisite: PE 233 or equivalent, Internship and/or CPE or permission of professor

Initially the course will focus on the context in which we minister and some specific ministry issues surrounding resource based communities. Then three models of pastoral counselling (Family Systems, Cognitive Behaviour and Solution-Focused Therapy) will be studied. Following this various issues faced by a parish minister will be examined and possible responses will be explored based on one of three appropriate models. The participants will have the opportunity to use role playing and video taped “sessions” to examine and practice their understanding of the material. (TBA)

PL 345 Women in Counselling

Designed to explore a variety of pastoral counselling concerns of women, this course models a relational, healing approach to the more difficult life challenges that women may encounter. Beyond listening and support, students will participate in experiential exercises, rub shoulders with community resources and be encouraged to do theological reflection on a selection of feminist writers in pastoral counselling. (TBA)

PA 381 Learning Circle I: Skills in and Identity in Pastoral Ministry

Prerequisites: Two years of theology or permission of instructor. All students must be currently working at least halftime in a pastoral ministry setting.

This course is required for all St. Andrew’s Phase Three students, and is open to anyone engaged in congregational ministry who wishes to explore the theological meaning, purpose, and identity of the parish pastoral minister. Using a variety of praxis-based approaches, including critical incidents; discussion of books, articles and film; workshops; in-class exercises; and written work, the course will address core aspects of pastoral identity: history, leadership, vocation, and models of ministry. (S. Beardsall)

PA 382 United Church History, Theology and Polity

Prerequisites: HA/Hl 111 and 112, SA 113, their equivalents or permission of the instructor. 

This course explores the history, theology and ethos of the United Church through an overview of where the United Church has been and how it has got to where it is now. Students will gain an enriched understanding of how the United Church was formed, the journey it has traveled to the present, how it is organized and how its polity functions. (D. Schweitzer)

PA 384 Learning Circle 4: Who am I in Pastoral Ministry?

This learning circle will provide closure to the internship and Phase 3 of the MDiv program. It will combine focused biblical work with completion of tasks in the students’ learning covenants, culminating in a statement of personal pastoral identity. A substantial piece of individual work is also expected. As well, there will be time spent looking forward to ordination and settlement, and expectations of new clergy.



PL/HL 429 Preaching the Catechisms

In Luther’s Preface to the 1526 “The German Mass” he proposed that the Monday and Tuesday morning worship services have as their focus for preaching and teaching, the catechisms. The purpose of these services was to acquaint people with the basics of the Christian Faith, and to develop in the participants a “Lutheran hermeneutic” by which to approach both scripture and daily life.

This course, which can be taken for credit as a history or pastoral course, will begin with an overview of the practice of preaching on Lutheran and other reformer catechisms, and then look at their theology. Participants will gain experience in incorporating their discoveries about the catechisms through the preaching of sermons based on common lectionary texts. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the theological themes and communicating them effectively in their preaching. (J. Boyd and G. Jensen)

PL 445 Addiction and Possession: The Ministry of Deliverance and Healing of an Increasingly Globalized Church

As the church in Canada becomes increasingly globalized through immigration and the advances in technology, it is confronted with new challenges that it seldom or rarely had to deal with before. While problems of addiction are not new, the proliferation of modern conveniences such as the Shopping Channel, Online Shopping and Video Gaming or Gambling have given these problems new expressions. Also, immigrants from Asia and Africa with their background of spiritualism have brought with them the challenge of dealing with ‘spirits’ that have taken possessions of some. Cases of spirit possessions are not always easy to distinguish from those of mental or personality disorders. This course seeks to explore cases of addiction and possessions and how the church has and can engage these new (and old) challenges in its ministry of healing and deliverance. (TBA)