Have you read the latest issue of Faith Today? Don’t miss the article A Memorandum of Unity.
The article discusses the value of denominational partnerships. In particular, it highlights the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (C&MA) and Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC).
The memorandum of understanding sets forth the terms and conditions whereby two church denominations and three educational institutions come into synergistic and mutually beneficial association for the purpose of training leaders for the Christian Church in Canada.
Why are we mentioned?
Because of this partnership, Emmanuel is now the C&MA’s school in Eastern Canada! Previously, C&MA church leaders needed to attend Ambrose University in Calgary for their training. The distance posed an obstacle for students from this side of the country.
The MOU between the EMCC and C&MA led to a partnership between their academic institutions. Dr. Stephen Roy, Emmanuel’s President & Dean, signed this historic partnership agreement earlier this year.
“It’s the natural alignment of two denominations who understand the urgency to invest in the next generation of godly leaders in the Church,” says Dr. Roy. “Emmanuel is pleased to be on the front lines addressing that need for Eastern Canada.”
Students who feel called to serve in either of these two denominations can complete their theological training at whichever institution is more convenient for them. They can also transfer from one school to the other, as Emmanuel Bible College and Ambrose University accept one another’s credits. They also recognize credits from online courses taken through the EMCC’s Pathways program at Rocky Mountain College.
Called to Collaborate
Dr. Roy believes God is calling Emmanuel to emphasize three particular values:
Over the past 18 months, Emmanuel has undergone many changes. In response to the evolving landscape of biblical higher education, we now operate on a smaller campus with fewer staff. However, we are exploring exciting new partnerships that will help the College respond to new patterns in church life and training needs.
In January we’ll be launching the first of six non-credit courses through a partnership with Be In Christ Church of Canada for the purpose of training their church leaders. The Be In Christ Certificate in Practical Theology, which features courses that are online and self-paced, will be offered through our new Open Learning Division.
We hope to see many more collaborations with our denominational partners in the years to come!