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Be in christ certificate in Practical Theology

A key part of the future of any organization is the leaders they train, develop and deploy. As part of our passion to have pastors who love God and their people, who are life long learners and are committed to the art of pastoral leadership we are delighted to partner with Emmanuel Bible College to assist in the development of our pastoral leaders over the next 5 years.
Doug Sider, Executive Director of BIC CanadaMr. WordPress
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Telling Your story

What is the BiC Certificate?

You may know the story of your family, where your grandparents lived and how your parents met. Or you may have traced your lineage back a dozen generations, perhaps even through DNA testing, to people in a dozen regions of the earth! For better or worse, their stories are part of your story!

As a Christian attending a BIC Church, you also have a story….quite a few stories actually. There’s the story of God and His people in the Old Testament and the stories of Jesus and His disciples in the New Testament. There’s the 2,000 year history of the church and also the 230 year history since the ‘River Brethren’. Want to know those stories better? Want to tell those stories better? Consider taking the BIC-Emmanuel Certificate in Practical Theology. This certificate is a self-paced online certificate of six courses: 4 courses that help you learn 4 big stories and 2 courses that help you tell those stories better.

Why Story-Telling?
For traditional education, writing papers is a good way to measure how well a learner is doing. For non-traditional learning, like this certificate, it’s a more practical approach to see if you can tell a story. Complete the online activities, then practice with a friend over coffee, then practice with a church supervisor to hone your knowledge and skills and heart by hearing the stories you tell. Then you’re more confident to lead Bible studies, discuss important issues and help others learn by discussion too.

Building on the success of 79 years of quality biblical education, we have responded to a request from our denominational partner Be In Christ Church of Canada to envision an alternate path towards denominational credentialing. The Be In Christ Certificate in Practical Theology is the result of that collaboration, and will be available in both an accredited and non-accredited format that to lay leaders as well as prospective Pastoral / Ministry Staff. We are excited to announce that the first course will be available for January 2019, with the full certificate ready for enrolment by May 2019.
-Stephen Roy, President & Dean

The Certificate consists of 6 self-paced online courses. Five of the courses are based on Emmanuel Bible College degree courses that have been adapted from their for-credit version. The final course has been developed in collaboration between Emmanuel Bible College and Be In Christ denomination. It serves to trace the history and people and convictions of the BIC people since the 1770s to present day, and asks the learner to discuss the BIC convictions in relation to the other 5 courses.

Features of the BIC Certificate

  • Same type of content as Bible College but without taking exams or writing research papers.
  • Developed by Bible College faculty.
  • Take quizzes to know you’re getting the details right.
  • Write reflection papers to know you’re improving in telling yOur story.
  • Self-paced – take the 6 courses at your own pace.
  • Recorded videos, short readings.
  • Practical ideas for practicing telling the stories.

This is for you if you want to…

  • More confidently express your faith..
  • More ably articulate different faith perspectives.
  • Appreciate others’ points of view within the church.
  • Celebrate your own church’s distinctives.
  • Lead bible studies with more clarity.
  • Learn from other sources more effectively.
  • Deepen your walk with Christ.
  • Be on a track towards licensing and Pastoral ministry.

Should I do this Certificate, or get a theological degree?

Not everyone who serves or even works in a church position needs a theological degree, but you do need theological training and understanding. A Certificate can more easily fit into your schedule, and does not require the same time commitment as a degree. In the Certificate courses, you will receive instruction from the same Professors who teach our college courses. This Certificate explicitly integrates Be In Christ distinctives into each of the six courses. You can take these courses for credit as part of a theological degree if you prefer. Come talk to us about how!

KNOW yOur story better…

  • The story of God's people in the Old Testament.

    Describing the history of God’s people from Genesis to Malachi.

  • The story of God’s people in the New Testament.

    Explaining how Jesus changed everything from Matthew to Revelation.

  • The story of God’s people in Church History.

    Arranging major themes, events and people from 2,000 years of church history.

  • The story and distinctives of BIC Canada.

    Telling the Story of Be In Christ from the River People to your own congregation.

TELL yOur story better…

  • The Ways Theologians Talk about God.

    Identifying some of the major ‘ologies’ in theology, such as Christology and Ecclesiology, can help you connect God’s stories better.

  • The Ways the Bible Tells its Stories

    Identifying some of the major genres of biblical writing, such as poetry and history, can help you interpret the Bible’s stories better.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The fee for each course is $350, which is due as you register to take them.