COLLEGE GUIDE Five Key Questions to Help Discern Your Calling Leaving Ministry Work to Answer God’s Call Ways to Practice Embodied Worship
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CONTENTS THE HANDSHAKE: A REFRESHER A bit rusty with this timeless social ritual? This is for you. FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO PRACTICE EMBODIED WORSHIP Five ways to worship God in a physically-present way. LEAVING MINISTRY WORK TO ANSWER GOD’S CALL
Trusting God’s plan for your life when your vocation changes. THE COUNTER-ECONOMY OF GOD’S KINGDOM
The need to order our lives according to a Godly economy. FIVE KEY QUESTIONS TO HELP DISCERN YOUR CALLING
Practical career advice from a certified vocational coach. STUDENT ORIENTATION: TURNING FROM FEAR TO LOVE
A challenge to choose love in a culture of reactionary fear and hate. HOW TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THIS SCHOOL YEAR
Tips and resources for students from Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. COLLEGE MAP
All 80+ schools and their location in Canada. SCHOOL PROFILES WEST
Get to know the top Christian educators in Western Canada. SPECIAL INTEREST FEATURE: TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
Dare to ask for more from your education at Trinity Western. SCHOOL PROFILES EAST
Get to know the top Christian educators in Eastern Canada. SCHOOL SERVICES OVERVIEW
Key info on the top Christian educators in Eastern Canada. MEDIA SELECTIONS
Converge’s picks for the best media of 2021. COLLEGE INDEX
All Christian post-secondary institutions in Canada. THE LAST WORD
A reflection on how our troubled times signal the coming Kingdom.
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way. Loss of work drove many to reflect on what is worth doing in life, even starting new careers, projects and business ventures. Meanwhile, world leaders are pushing new agendas that
not be discouraged. The Lord your
This year’s college guide seeks to give
would radically transform human
God will be with you wherever you go”
guidance and support for students who
societies and cultural divisions are
will be navigating uncharted territory
running deeper than ever. God’s creation and our human systems of economy, industry and government have become strained at the seams. At the same time, healthy conversations about the meaning of justice and restitution have become front-andcentre in public forums. Quoting Rabbi Edwin Friedman, pastor John-Mark Comer said that we are called to be a “non-anxious presence” in our communities. At Converge, we believe that God is calling his Church to be a voice of peace and reconciliation for this troubled time.
Whenever we feel uncertain about our direction in life, God is doing
along with the rest of us. We hope it will be a blessing to all.
something new in us. How will we respond? What work is there for us to
Peace of Christ,
do? In his article “Leaving Ministry Work to Answer God’s Call”, Tad Inboden tells about how he trusted God when called to change careers from pastoral ministry to sales. What does it mean to follow Jesus in what comes next? (see the article “The
Sam Hindmarsh Creative Director
Counter-Economy of God’s Kingdom” to read about moving towards a godly economy). Elizabeth Ojo Martens (of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries)
There are both amazing opportunities
has written an excellent article about
and uncertainties on the horizon. God
prioritizing your mental health during
commanded Joshua before heading
your busy school life. After all, we can
into the Promised Land, “[b]e strong
only engage our community well if we
and courageous. Do not be afraid; do
care well for ourselves.
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THE HANDSHAKE: A Refresher Greeting new people can be awkward or intimidating at the best of times. And after spending most of our social lives online during the pandemic, it’s easy to feel like Gollum, crawling out of our blanket cocoons for the first time in centuries. Worried you might goof up your introductions now that you’re back out in the real world? Here is our refresher on a timeless social ritual: the handshake.
STEP 1 Smile! Say hello.
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STEP 2 Extend your arm and firmly grip their hand(6 out of 10 on the firmness scale), shake gently up and down 2-3 times, then let go.
All power to you if you plan to elbow-bump your way through 2022!
STEP 3 Finally, ask them what they have been up to!
Did they get a pandemic pup? And was it a Corgi?
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FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO PRACTICE EMBODIED WORSHIP
Despite its benefits during the pandemic, the convenience of online video conferencing platforms has tended to make us lazier in our relationship with God and his church. Here are some tips to kickstart your worship of God in real life.
1. JOIN A BIBLE
2. GO TO CHURCH
3. SHARE YOUR
Studying the Bible together
This is the most obvious
Stepping out and sharing
helps us draw near to Christ
one, but it may be the
your faith will impact you, not
in community. It also helps
hardest. Since our church
just the non-Christians we
us question our own (often
doors have been reopened,
connect with. That’s because
faulty) conclusions about
the lead-up on Sundays can
building relationships with
who God is. Consider getting
feel unwelcome or tiring.
people outside the church
plugged into a small group or
But getting out the door to
walls can help you think
Bible study this year, if you
participate in a physically-
freshly about how the
aren’t already. You’ll grow in
present gathering of
gospel speaks into the real
wisdom and be blessed by
Christians will encourage you
messiness and goodness of
and feed your soul. So fight
the world. If you have the
through the apathy and start
courage to evangelize, don’t
that habit again!
go it alone—find a faithful mentor to support you along the way.
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Photo by Dylan Ferreira.
4. GO FOR PRAYER
5. READ YOUR
BIBLE AND PRAY
Screens tend to make our
WITHOUT A DEVICE
minds scattered and our
Take time away from your
bodies sluggish. Moving your
devices to read your physical
legs and paying attention
Bible. If you don’t have one,
to the world outside your
get one! Research shows
window will enliven your
that our brains process
“Fruit has to be tinned if it is to be transport-
mind, helping you be more
information better when we
ed, and has to lose thereby some of its good
cognizant of what Jesus is
read from physical sources.
qualities. But one meets people who have
doing in you. Take a friend
Taking time without the
learned actually to prefer the tinned fruit to
or go by yourself; solitude
visual stimulation of the
and companionship are
screen will create the right
both important parts of our
mindset, helping you absorb
spiritual lives. Jot down Bible
Scripture inwardly and
verses on index cards to
allowing the incarnate Word
memorize and recite aloud to
to transform your heart and
God as you walk.
- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
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Leaving Ministry Work to Answer God’s Call By Tad Inboden
For a lot of us, COVID-19 appeared, at first glance, to have
ty. But rather than crushing my career and calling, God used
crushed our commitments, careers, and callings. Many
the timing of the pandemic to create the conditions for a
of the activities and aspirations that brought purpose and
whole new way of life to be born in me. Rather than totally
meaning to our lives came to a screeching halt almost over-
freaking out (which I did at various points), I chose to have
night with the onset of the pandemic. For many, the dreams
faith. By God’s grace, I trusted that he would provide the
and plans we had for our lives died. All of a sudden we had
right job for me, and he did. I’ve been in this new career
to think of a new kind of life—one we didn’t necessarily
now for almost a year, and I love it. But it wasn’t easy to
imagine. And a lot of us, if we’re honest, felt hopeless and
get to this point. God had to teach me some lessons about
helpless. Maybe you’re one of those people. You might think
new beginnings along the way. And it’s those lessons I want
your dreams are shattered. You might think your hopes
to share with you as you attempt to navigate life after the
are dashed. You might think your career is ruined. But no
matter where you’re at, the amazing news is that God is in the business of helping you redefine your life, expand your imagination about what it looks like to serve him, and open up new possibilities for your career and calling. He specializes in giving you a fresh start and a new beginning. I believe he can do that for you after this global pandemic. When the pandemic hit, I was in the process of transitioning out of full-time vocational ministry into a career in business. It was scary. I had spent my whole life preparing to be a pastor, but God was asking me to trust him with something new. It was a time of many unknowns and great uncertain-
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FOCUS ON JESUS NOT THE FRESH START. This may sound counter intuitive, but focusing on the fresh start (that new job or career or whatever new place you’re heading) will only stress you out. Trust me—I know from experience. It is very overwhelming to start a new job or career when you feel underprepared and underqualified. I felt overwhelmed when I interviewed for a new job in sales. I lacked any business education or sales experience to prove that I was qualified for the job. All I had was my service to the church and my seminary degrees. I found the more I focused on on my deficencies, the more I saw impossibilities.
Would I be able to start a new career with so little going for me? The prospect of excelling at something I knew next to nothing about just didn’t seem possible. But by slowly shifting my focus on Jesus and away from all that I thought I lacked, I was able to trade my fears for faith. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I asked Him to help me see how my past experiences in ministry could provide new possibilities in business. I asked Him to give me the right job that would maximize my talents and give me the freedom to serve the church. And guess what? When I set my eyes on Jesus and His accomplishments rather than my (lack of ) accomplishments, He opened the doors for me and provided the perfect job. As you aspire to try something new, focus on Jesus, first. Ask Him to help you find that job or career that is just
out and ask for help!
TRANSFORM YOUR THINKING ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND CALLING. For years, I thought I would only be happy doing full-time vocational ministry. I couldn’t imagine what life would be like if I wasn’t doing ministry. My mindset was stuck in a limited understanding of what it meant to serve God. But God wants us to have a holistic understanding when it comes to serving him with our life and vocation. Changing
“I couldn’t imagine what life would be like if I wasn’t doing ministry. My mindset was stuck in a limited understanding of what it meant to serve God.”
right for you.
our thinking and getting the right understanding starts with God’s word. Reading the word expands your mind and imagination, and as a result, you can enjoy God in more creative and life-giving ways in your work, ministry, and play. Scripture also talks a great deal about transforming your mentality (Romans 12:2). It is so important to trans-
FIND PEOPLE WHO CAN
form your thinking about what constitutes a career and
calling that will make you “happy.” You might not even be
After focusing on Jesus, you need to find people who know
scratching the surface of the deep joy and satisfaction God
you and love you. This is especially true when making big
has in store for you. Try this: Ask God to open your mind
life decisions or when those decisions are forced upon you.
to consider new possibilities (school, career, ministries)
It’s because people who know us and love us can speak
which will unleash and expand all your latent creativity and
into our lives and help guide us as we attempt to navigate
uncharted territory. Proverbs 15:22 says “plans fail for lack of counsel but with many advisers they succeed.” I can honestly say I could not have made the decision to leave ministry without the help of wise men and women around me confirming that it was the right decision. I also would not have gotten a job without some of my close friends opening the doors for me. We need other people who love Jesus and love us to help us make a successful fresh start. So ask yourself: “who are the people in my life who can help me as I attempt to venture into something new?”. Once you’ve identified those people, don’t hesitate to reach
TRUST GOD KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING. The Bible tells us that we are God’s “masterpiece” and that he has planned good things for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). I have found that God tends to know what will make us flourish and come alive far better than we do. And for us to experience what we were created for, we must let go of the old and trust God with the new. I needed to let go of my vision of full-time ministry to experience a whole new life and calling in business. And when I did, God showed me what I was created for and capable of. Are you holding on
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“God tends to know what will make us flourish and come alive far better than we do.”
God knows what he’s doing. He designed you. He has a plan and purpose for you. Maybe you have been trying to live a life you think will make you happy and it just isn’t working. Have you considered that maybe the pandemic puts you in a perfect position to trust God with something new? “I am doing a new thing,” God says in Isaiah. Will you let him do something new in you after the pandemic? Or better yet,
to an old vision of your life? Your career? Your calling? What
right now? Will you trust him with a fresh start and new
would it look like for you to let those go and trust God with
beginning? Will you rest assured that God knows what he’s
an entirely new vision for you? You are God’s “masterpiece.”
doing in you? My prayer for you is that you will.
Will you trust him with all the “good things” he has in store for your life?
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THE COUNTERECONOMY OF GOD’S KINGDOM WRITTEN BY: SAM HINDMARSH
Earthmovers mining for lignite in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Photo by Albert Hyseni.
MARCH 2020—less than a month after the world went into
While the Great Reset may solve some socio-economic is-
lock-down and the economy crashed dramatically, Klaus
sues, it would exacerbate others. The ambitions of modern
Schwab, the CEO of the World Economic Forum, made this
techno-industrial economies have always been to redesign
announcement: “To achieve a better outcome, the world
global societies in a way that removes any natural limits on
must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our so-
production and profit. Schwab postures the Great Reset as
cieties and economies, from education to social contracts
the best solution to myriad social and economic woes that
and working conditions… In short, we need a “Great Reset”
have plagued humankind—corporate greed among them—
of capitalism” (weforum.org). Schwab makes the Great Re-
and yet its outcome would be no different. A cursory read
set sound like the logical step to make our economies more
through Schwab’s other writings will reveal a salvific
resilient post-pandemic. But his ambitious aim to “revamp
narrative about not only how to recover from economic
all aspects of our societies and economies” indicates an
recession, but eliminate debt entirely. Money is power, and
even greater goal to redesign global societies in a way that
if money is no obstacle, there is nothing that monolithic
removes any natural limits on innovation, production, and
agencies like the WEF cannot achieve. The Great Reset
profitability. Schwab does not wish to eradicate Capitalism,
would tip the already-uneven scales of power around the
but “reset” it in a new, global private-public partnership.
world, and take away freedom from the grassroots econo-
The expansive agenda of the WEF is for a trans-humanist
mies of local communities.
fourth industrial revolution in which the digital, biological and technological are fused.
At bottom, the ambitions of our techno-industrial economy are incompatible with following Jesus. This may sound
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radical, but please hear this: it may no longer be enough of a
this level of intimidation and control, our lives are subject to
witness to live Christianly in a secular economy. The game
the interests of these same powerful actors.
has changed, and being a faithful witness to Christ. The plans of economists like Schwab are not chiefly concerned with preserving sacred, localized histories, traditions, and ecologies. Their only concern is with long-term economic growth. In his essay Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community, Wendell Berry warns that elevating economic concerns over people and places inflicts damage on communities. He says, “[t]he global economy does not exist to help the communities and localities of the globe. It exists to siphon the wealth of those communities into a few bank accounts. To this economy, democracy and the values of religious tradi-
C.S. Lewis anticipated this callous destruction of local communities in his science fiction fantasy novel That Hideous Strength—the third and final part of his Space Trilogy. There’s a scene where research fellow Mark Studdock discusses the plans of the N.I.C.E. (National Institute for Co-ordinated Experiments) to divert the River Wynd with his colleague Cosser. When told that the river Wynd will be diverted through the village of Cure Hardy, Mark asks Cosser, “But what happens to Cure Hardy?”
tions mean absolutely nothing.” A local economy is part and
“That’s another advantage. We build a new model village
parcel of a community’s common life—those shared rituals
(it’s to be called Jules Hardy or Wither Hardy) four miles
and livelihoods are what make a community. Local com-
away. Over here, on the railway.”
munities and their economies are born from one place; they know that place intimately, and how to care for it. These communities are in danger of being swallowed up and their cultural values rewritten by globalists like Schwab.
— Lewis, 83 This conversation between Mark and Cosser appears to be prophetic about the sad fate of places like Immerath and Fairy Creek. In the same conversation, the “small rentier”
JUNE 2018—a 19th-Century Gothic cathedral in the Ger-
and the “agricultural labourer” are seen by the progressive
man village of Immerath was demolished (“19th-Century
N.I.C.E as antiquated relics of the human past. Cosser
German Church Is Demolished To Make Way For Coal
describes the farmer as “a very recalcitrant element in
Mining”, Huffpost.com). The church was the last remaining
a planned community” who is “always backward.” The
building in the historic village, which had been purchased
N.I.C.E. sees all biological life—especially human life—as
by the German energy corporation RWE for the expansion
ugly, dirty and “backwards”. Similarly, the WEF wants to
of their lignite coal mine. RWE’s nearby mining operations
eliminate any sort of limit on human existence, from death
slowly edged out the townspeople from their own homes,
to financial debt.
making the land unusable to its local farming economy. The residents of Immerath were relocated to a new town, Immerath Neu. The village was a historic piece of German culture, over 1,000 years old.
In contrast, Mark’s wife Jane joins a counter community at St. Anne’s Manor led by Dr. Ransom from the previous novels. This community models a pre-industrial economy that is connected to the land and cares for its people. By
The same story is unfolding here in Canada. After the court
choosing this economic model, the community at St. Anne’s
approved the logging of old-growth forests in Fairy Creek,
practices quiet faith in the return of Maleldil (the extrater-
BC, peaceful protesters were cuffed and tear-gassed, having
restrial name for Jesus). Lewis’s novel reminds us that in
their face-masks ripped off by police officers (“Fairy Creek is
order to faithfully follow Jesus, we will likely have to resist
set to become the largest act of civil disobedience in Cana-
the cultural powers that be. That resistance, counter-intui-
da’s History”, thenarwhal.ca). While we may not experience
tively, means waiting on the Lord to act.
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If, as Lewis suggests, the economy is at odds with the reali-
disciples to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righ-
ties of human life, we need to reevaluate our understanding
teousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mat-
of what the word economy means. Politicians typically use
thew 6:33). The counter-cultural economy of the kingdom
it to describe the passing of money between entities, but it’s
that Jesus calls us to is one that ranks profit last, and puts
meaning goes far deeper. The etymological root of economy
faithful love and obedience first.
means “management of one’s resources” or, literally, “management of the home” (Oxford Dictionary). Understood this way, the economy is deeply human. Whenever we talk about any economy, what we are really talking about is the best way to order our society. The right aim of an economy is not ever greater wealth, but ensuring that individuals and
“The counter-cultural economy of the kingdom that Jesus calls us to is one that ranks profit last, and puts faithful love and obedience first.”
The itinerant preacher A.W. Tozer knew this well in his
As human beings, our created purpose is to cultivate our
own life. In his book The Pursuit of God, Tozer admonishes
neighbourhood according to the Creator’s will for it. To ap-
followers of Christ that “[t]he blessed ones who possess
proach our work as cultivation is not to rule like an author-
the kingdom are those who have repudiated every external
itarian regime, but an ordering of existence that helps the
thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of pos-
Creation flourish. A faithful witness to Christ must include
sessing.” The counter-economy of God’s kingdom begins
this neighbourhood mindset.
rooting in our lives with the painful work of self-denial. Only
“The right aim of an economy is not ever greater wealth, but ensuring that individuals and communities flourish.”
then can we have true peace in Christ who holds all things together. The kingdom of God breaks into this world through communities that have been changed by Christ, and not through any human plans. As the community at St. Anne’s waits
We rightly want everyone to get what they need to thrive.
in simple faith for the return of Maleldil in That Hideous
However, this should not come at the cost of overall com-
Strength, quietly tending their gardens and loving their
munal health. Berry writes, “[i]n a viable neighborhood,
neighbours, so must the Church. It has always been the
neighbors ask themselves what they can do or provide for
responsibility of God’s people to love and care for our com-
one another, and they find answers that they and their place
munity, and that responsibility is an essential part of our
can afford. This, and nothing else, is the practice of neigh-
witness in the world today. By ordering our lives according
borhood.” A faithful Christian, Berry’s conviction is rooted
to God’s good design, I believe that we will see a ripple ef-
in the command to love our neighbours (Matthew 19:19;
fect of renewal in our communities. And it begins when we
22:39). Cultivating this neighbourliness in your life begins
respond to God’s call to seek Him first.
with small acts of service—turning from a large-scale economy to an economy of smallness and locality. When Jesus called his disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow him (Matthew 6:24-27), he identified a counter-cultural economy that orders our lives according to the will of the Creator. For this reason, Jesus told his
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5 KEY QUESTIONS TO HELP DISCERN YOUR
LL NG. I CA By: Amy Wilson-Roberts
Most of us have no clue what we want to do with our lives.
solitary effort. Vocation is best worked out in the ecosys-
Even after we go to school. Even after we get a job! And
tem of our relationship with ourselves, with God, and with
most of us will probably be asking some form of this voca-
the people and context in which we are placed. In that vein,
tional question for the rest of our lives. Did you know that
I highly recommend that you discuss these questions with
only about 14% of people are in a job they want to stay in?
your friends, family, and mentors.
Or that between the ages 18-24, people change jobs on av-
Discerning our calling comes down to asking five core
erage 5.7 times? What these stats tell us is you are not alone
questions at different stages throughout our lives. By no
if you are having difficulty with questions about vocation.
means is this list of questions exhaustive, but these ques-
This struggle is part of what it means to be human, and
tions may provide a few signposts to help us take that one
a person will have to face it at least once, if not multiple
times in their life. Part of the problem is that we equate questions around vocation with larger cosmic questions like “what is my life’s purpose?”. It can all feel very overwhelming. So, what if we think about vocation in smaller, more manageable terms? I believe that discerning our calling comes down to asking some core questions at different stages throughout our lives. By no means is the following list of questions exhaustive, but they should provide a few signposts to help us take that one next step. One of the things I have learned through my work as a career coach is that discerning vocation should not be a
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QUESTION 1: WHO IS YOUR CALLER? The word vocation is the Latin word for “call”. What I love about this is the notion that there is a “Caller”. This changes everything. It means that someone else is in this with us. It means our vocation is linked relationally to our Creator. It means the first and most formidable way of knowing our vocation is to know God! So, the first and most important question to ask ourselves is, “whose voice am I following?” That is, who or what am I aligning my life to? The God of creation invites us to respond to his deep and wide love and be formed by the person of Jesus. It means our very first life purpose is to respond to God’s love for us. In responding to
his invitation, the pressure of needing to create a life of our
What did you have a natural inclination for? Ruth Haley
own is taken away. We can begin to trust that he will lead
Barton says that “vocation is woven into our being”. So
us in our daily work, whatever that is. God generously gives
spend some time reflecting on your past. Ask God to bring
us our first job offer! He offers us his love and his leader-
to mind what brought you the most joy as a child. You are
ship, inviting us to walk in faith with him in this life, to do
much the same person you were back then, so be attentive
the work that he has had in mind for us for a long time.
to how you were uniquely made!
“Vocation is best worked out in the ecosystem of our relationship with ourselves, with God, and with the people and context in which we are placed.”
QUESTION 3: WHICH WRONGS DO YOU WANT TO RIGHT IN THE WORLD? We live in a broken world with injustices all around. Of the issues you see in your world, which disturb you the most? When you are around the dinner table, what problems do you want to talk about? Do you think a lot about the effects of loneliness, or find yourself getting enraged when people ignore climate change ignore climate change? Do you dream about fixing the education system or healthcare? Do you hate when churches don’t allow women to preach? Do you always notice when there are no closed captions on websites? Noticing what gets you worked up can help sharpen your sense of calling.
QUESTION 2: WHAT DID YOU LOVE TO DO AS A CHILD? Think back in your life—like when you were 15 years or younger—before you had all the pressure of making a living, of pleasing people or trying to prove yourself. What did you love to do? What could you do for hours on end? I grew up sharing a room with my sister. Every night before going to sleep she would line up all twenty of her stuffed animals around her bed and say goodnight to each one by name. She was naturally organized and highly relational. Meanwhile, if you went down to my brother’s room you could barely get the door open because his room was covered with those little green army men (like in Ted Lasso). My brother had created little worlds all over his room. With a natural love for stories and a vivid imagination, he would create different scenes and storylines for his characters.
“The first and most formidable way of knowing our vocation is to know God!” As Christians, we are a part of God’s grand redemptive history. God’s plan is to restore this broken world and bring his shalom (peaceful flourishing), and one of the ways God does that is in partnership with us. God puts his desire for justice in us and it moves us toward that good goal. C.S. Lewis puts it this way: “just as the universal sense of hunger suggests the reality of food, so the universal longing for a better, more just, peaceful healthy world suggests that there
Can you tap into that younger self and picture what you
either once was one or there one day will be one”. So what is a
played with? What role did you have with your friends?
problem that you really want to fix?
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“God generously gives us our first job offer! He offers us his love and his leadership. ”
will feel a growing resonance inside. Oftentimes people describe living their values as feeling at peace with themselves and their lives. On the flip side, when someone’s and values do not align, they will feel dissonance or uneasiness. Some may even feel anger, which is often a sign that our values are being stepped on. For example, if a news report about a trusted financial planner embezzling money from people makes you really angry, then perhaps trust and loyalty are high values to you. Many of life’s decisions are
QUESTION 4: WHAT BRINGS LIFE AND
really about determining what you value most. You can
JOY TO YOU?
use your values as a strong guiding force to point you in the
Frederick Buechner said,“The place God calls you to is
right direction. And when your behaviour and values begin
the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep
to align, you will feel a growing resonance inside.
hunger meet”. Joy is an emotion we notice in our body, like when we smile or when we feel butterflies or lightness in our belly. It is a sense of pleasure and well-being that creates energy and generosity, making you more likely to want to contribute or share with others. Joy’s main message is “let’s find more of that!” Think back to the past month. What brought you joy? I love playing ultimate frisbee. It brings me joy. Why? Well, for me it’s not about winning, although I like that. The joy comes because I get to be outside in the fresh air, using my body at full tilt, and collaborating with others to accomplish something. I also just like throwing a frisbee. So, what brings you joy? Find out and don’t ignore it, because the things that make you come alive are a big vocational signpost.
Let me finish by reminding you of one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. In the book of Ruth we find a story about people like you and I, trying to make life work. They are people who make some bad decisions and some good ones. The interesting thing about Ruth’s story is that God is rarely mentioned. Is it because he is absent or disinterested? Not at all. The author wants us to know that God’s providence is mostly unseen. It’s the same today in our lives. In the background, whilst we agonize over big decisions, God is quietly weaving everything together for our ultimate good. He is able to wonderfully work all our poor choices and troubled circumstances into his grand plan for us and the world. So perhaps after going through the questions above, you could remind yourself that when it
QUESTION 5: WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT
comes to vocation, you are not on your own. The peace and
courage of Christ to you as you discern your calling.
If you had a year to live, what would you do? It’s a morbid question, but it will help you discover what you value most. And when your behaviour and values begin to align, you
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STUDENT DISORIENTATION TURNING FROM FEAR TO LOVE
Words by Revd Dr. Calum Macfarlane Artwork by Bailey Hindmarsh
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What follows are observations, aspirations and hopes
However, for Christians, fear can never be the polestar.
gleaned from thirty-five years of teaching theology and
Even a cursory read through both Old and New Testa-
interdisciplinary studies at the same college (half of those
ments (Ps. 27; Isa 12:2; Isa 41:10; Lk 12:32; Jn 14:27; Heb
as an ordained priest). This means that what I am offering
13:6) reveals a consistent response to fear: our security and
comes from a very particular perspective. My experienc-
peace lie only in our willingness to trust in God. One of the
es, formed by my field of study and my calling, make me
important ways the Gospel throws us off balance and re-
concerned for both the intellectual and spiritual formation
orients us concerns the way we approach adverse circum-
of my students. That concern has deepened and broad-
stances. The question we need to be asking as Christians
ened in light of the events of the past eighteen months. It
is not “What is the quickest way around adversity?” but
has sharpened my attentiveness to the ways in which I am
rather “What is the best way through adversity?” We must
being called to provide care for the souls of my students
learn to turn from being driven by fear and instead be
in the midst of their intellectual formation. So, this is my
drawn by love.
take on how you as a student entering, or continuing in, Christian post-secondary education might best face the challenges that lay before you this year. My first hope for you this year is that you will be disoriented. This is a crucial and necessary part of all education, particularly education that purports to submit itself to the claims of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit exclaims in A Good Man is Hard to Find, “He thown [sic] everything off balance. If He did what He said, then it’s nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow Him. . .”. The Gospel of God’s kingdom is
“The most challenging reorientation that lays before professors and students this academic year is the turning from fear toward love.”
intended to throw us “off balance”, but that is only half of its effect because that same movement of disorientation
Here are three particular fears that I have observed driving
requires a life-altering reorientation, involving what the
my students, my colleagues, and me: 1) The fear that we
Apostle Paul calls in Romans 12, “the renewing of your
are not in control; 2) The fear that our world is unsafe;
3) the fear that we are vulnerable to the outcomes of the
I think the most challenging reorientation that lays before professors and students this academic year is the turning from fear toward love. Our culture is frequently driven by fear and, from what I can observe, our Christian community has not been exempt. The extreme ends of response to the current pandemic play on our fears to solicit our support.
previous two fears.
THE FEAR THAT WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL I want you to understand that this is true: we are not in control. I would firstly like to disorient you from a culture that is ruled by scientism, technicism, and economism; a culture that mistakenly believes that these three idols will afford humanity the control necessary to bring about human flourishing. They will not, because they cannot, and pursuing them diminishes our humanness. These three things rule us harshly and transform us into something
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sub-human: consumers in economic systems, users in
little flock, for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you
technological systems, or data pools for statistical/scientif-
the kingdom” (Lk 12:32) and “Peace I leave with you, my
peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
In contrast, I want to turn you toward the reality that to
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be
be truly human is to relinquish control to the one who has
afraid. (Jn 14:27). Again, our resilience, perseverance, and
made us, loved us, and given himself wholly for us. For
hope do not spring from our own strength or bravado — we
we are not initiators, we are responders. Our existence is
are not the initiators — they are provided to us by the Lord
contingent upon God’s love for us and is best approached
as we respond to him in trust and obedience.So how do we
both as gift and as calling.
begin these turnings? How, in the midst of being shaped
THE FEAR THAT OUR WORLD IS UNSAFE
intellectually, do we pay attention to gift and call of God’s
Second, I want to disorient you from a culture that
kingdom within each of us? Well, I think it takes us back
measures much of its success and happiness in term of
to the trajectory of the journey from fear to love. You and
“health” and “safety”. While I think the current pandemic
I often begin in a state of fear, but we are made for love,
has exacerbated this misapprehension, we have been mov-
and we need to find ways this year to pursue our love for
ing in this direction for decades. We are a culture afraid of
God and for each other in our academic communities. That
suffering and dying. Unable to face our inability to control
pursuit will look different for each of us but the telos—the
everything, suffering and death become “unnatural”,
end, the goal—will be the same.
the central enemy of our lack of control. I want rather to turn you toward the reality that suffering and death are part of the present human condition. While they will be ultimately defeated when the Lord returns in the glory of his consummated kingdom, they presently accompany us on this earthly journey. We need to find redemptive ways to approach death and suffering, for they do not have the last word.
THE FEAR OF FRAGILITY Third, I want to disorient you from a culture that, building on the two fears expressed above, would have you believe that you are a vulnerable and fragile victim who is easily crushed. I want rather to turn you toward a life marked by resilience, perseverance, and hope. The Lord’s words to Joshua after the death of Moses and preceding the crossing of the Jordan into the Promised land are words that we need to hear afresh “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:9) And Jesus’ own words echo this confidence: “Do not be afraid,
“...we are made for love, and we need to find ways this year to pursue our love for God and for each other in our academic communities.” A good place to start is to ask the Lord how he wants to steward your gifts and calling this year. When I asked the Lord that question earlier this summer, I received an interesting response. The call that I felt was being placed on me was the call to approach my teaching this year as friendship. I am being called to be a friend to my students. Hear me carefully though, I am not being called to be their “buddy” or their “bro”. I am called to be their friend in the Old English sense of the word, “the loving one”. Of course, when we turn to other languages like Latin (amicus), Italian (amico), French (ami), or Spanish (amigo) the connection between love and friendship is much easier to trace.
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And even in John 15:15 when Jesus tells his disciples that
So, let me encourage you to ask that same question as this
he no longer sees them as “servants” but as “friends” (the
year gets underway: “Lord, how do you want me to steward
Greek word is philous, “loved ones”).
my gifts and my calling this coming year?” And, if you hav-
So, the challenge for me personally this year will be to find ways in the midst of the uncertainties of our current situation to love my students, to make my classroom a place of welcome and hospitality that fosters mutual learning. I have some ideas about how that might be accomplished,
en’t yet wrestled with what your particular gifts and calling are, don’t be afraid to ask the Lord to show you, even in the day-to-day details of your life as a student, what you have been given and what you are being called to do with those gifts.
but if I am really honest, much of what lies ahead is still
As you set out this year, I offer you this priestly benedic-
a mystery that will only be fleshed out in the day-to-day
tion: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his
moments with my students. This will mean that I cannot
face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift
just turn once toward love and expect that my trajectory
up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
will never change. In my own brokenness, I will have to turn and return throughout this coming year. I will have to pay close attention to the movements of God’s Spirit in me and in my students. I will have to learn in new ways what it means to trust in the Lord and find peace in Him.
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How to Prioritize Your Mental Health This School Year
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What a whirlwhind this year has been! It’s likely that the last school year looked very different for you than previous years. Perhaps you had to leave campus, attend classes on Zoom, or graduate virtually. While being back in school may conjure up some excitement about that new textbook smell and seeing familiar faces, there may also be some trepidation. How can you transition back into some semblance of ‘normal’ life? And how do you prioritize your wellbeing in the midst of change and uncertainty? If you’ve had a hard time with your mental health during
“Throughout Scripture, we
see that God cares about our
minds, emotions, bodies, and
relationships. This tells us that we should prioritize these things as well.”
the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. Results from a US CDC survey indicate that young adults aged 18-24 are the most likely age group to experience a mental health challenge during the pandemic (Czeisler, et al., 2020). Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries equips the Church to support mental health and wellbeing. That includes your mental health and wellbeing as a Christian student. And one of the best frameworks for incorporating this into your everyday life is the five ways to wellbeing: learn, take notice, be active, connect, and give. Based on a research review conducted by the New Economics Foundation, these are evidence-based actions that can help you feel good and function well (Aked et al., 2008). These ways are also congruent with God’s desires for our lives. Throughout Scripture, we see that God cares about our minds, emotions, bodies, and relationships. This tells us that we should prioritize these things as well. It can be tough to focus on your mental health when you’ve got midterms to cram for and papers to write. But God loves and values you; taking care of yourself acknowledges your inherent God-given value. Below are some ideas for incorporating the five ways to wellbeing into your everyday life as a student. We encourage you to view them as a way to receive and engage with God’s love for you.
LEARN Learning is about more than passing your required classes. It’s also important to expand your knowledge in other areas. Research shows that learning as an adult can help you increase self-confidence, self-esteem, open-mindedness, and social engagement (Campbell, 2006; Motschilnig et al., 2012). You can kickstart your learning by taking electives in subjects outside of your major. You can also try learning a new language using a free app, learning how to fix your bike, listening to insightful podcasts (may we suggest The Sanctuary Podcast?), or taking up a hobby like photography or crafting.
TAKE NOTICE Taking notice is about being present in the moment. Be aware of your surroundings; soak in the sounds, sights, and scents that you experience. Connect with your thoughts and feelings to ground yourself in the present. The emotions wheel is a fantastic tool that can help you identify and name your emotions. Being able to name and express how you feel, whether they’re positive or difficult emotions, can help you understand, process, and respond to your experiences. It can also help you have conversations with others about mental wellbeing. Open dialogue surrounding mental health and wellbeing reduces the stigma around this topic. If you want to connect this action item to your faith,
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try reading through a Psalm and identifying the emotions that are present in the text. You can also watch an IGTV from Sanctuary Ambassador Dr. Hillary McBride on emotions and their connection to the body on Instagram, @ sanctuarymentalhealth.
camera, while reducing screen time.
GIVE Throughout the Bible we see how God gives to us—his children—out of love (John 3:16-18) and encourages us to do the same so that we may be blessed (Acts 20:35). Giving makes
us feel good and has also been shown to positively impact
Exercise can help improve your mood and take your mind
our overall wellbeing. For example, one 2018 study found
off any worries (Weir, 2011). Being active doesn’t have to be
that volunteering is predictive of “better mental and phys-
complicated — move in ways that feel good and honour the
ical health, life satisfaction, self-esteem, [and] happiness”
body and capabilities that God has given you. As a student,
(Yeung et al., 2017) . Finances can be tight as a student, so
you likely have access to discounted gym memberships or
you don’t necessarily have to give money. You can give your
cheaper classes, so take advantage! You may want to join a
time, energy, or skills to a cause that’s important to you.
student club/activity such as an outdoors club, recreational
Serve in your church and consider volunteering at a food
sports league, dance class, or martial arts studio. If your re-
bank, shoreline cleanup, tutoring club, or seniors’ home.
lationship with your body and exercise is complicated, you
You could also encourage a friend who’s feeling down, or
may want to focus on movement that simply brings you joy.
give your time and attention to someone having a hard
Try taking a walk, stretching, skipping stones, gardening—
day. However, it may feel difficult to serve if you’re feeling
anything that feels comfortable and fun.
anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed. God invites you into
CONNECT Social relationships are crucial for emotional support and
dialogue with him; consider asking Him about the ways in which you can give that still prioritize your wellbeing.
creating a sense of belonging. God created us as relational
There you have it — five concrete ways to wellbeing that you
beings with a need to connect to others. Yet that need has
can start implementing today. As you learn, take notice,
been disrupted by the pandemic and social distancing
be active, connect, and give, be encouraged that you’re
measures. You may be missing loved ones, having been
taking proactive steps to prioritize your physical and mental
unable to see or touch each other for a long time. Per-
wellbeing. Invite God into your journey through prayer
haps restrictions are changing where you are and you’re
and reading scripture as you nourish your mind, body, and
wondering how to reconnect with people. Sanctuary
soul. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or experiencing mental
Mental Health’s free app, Together Again, is one way to
health challenges, please take advantage of mental health
ignite conversations surrounding mental health and faith.
and crisis resources available on your campus.
Featuring a virtual deck of conversational cards filled with both light-hearted and serious questions, you can use these to connect with your friends and family as you navigate the transitions and challenges of the year together. Search for it on the App Store or Google Play. If you’re experiencing Zoom fatigue, try going on a walk or bike ride with loved ones who live close by. Simple phone calls work too and can relieve the pressure of being on-
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ABOUT SANCTUARY MENTAL HEALTH If you’d like to continue learning about mental health and faith, head to sanctuarymentalhealth.org. Sanctuary creates quality mental health resources in collaboration with theologians, mental health professionals, and people with lived experiences of mental health challenges. Their flagship resource, The Sanctuary Course, is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and faith. It’s an eight-week course designed for small groups that features a thought-provoking discussion guide and engaging videos. This resource is a great place to start as you prioritize your mental health and wellbeing this school year. You can also follow along on Instagram (@sanctuarymentalhealth), Facebook (@sanctuarymentalhealth), and Twitter (@sanctuarymh), to find more content and resources about mental health and faith. You can find a copy of the emotions wheel in The Sanctuary Course. Learn more at sanctuarymentalhealth.org/sanctuary-course.
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15 20 22
18 13 12 23
37 40 47
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WESTERN SCHOOLS 1. ACTS SEMINARIES
17. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SEMINARY
33. PEACE RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE
3. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & SEMINARY
19. ESTON COLLEGE
35. PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & SEMINARY
2. ALBERTA BIBLE COLLEGE
4. BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
5. BRIERCREST COLLEGE & SEMINARY 6. CATHOLIC PACIFIC COLLEGE
7. CANADA INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS 8. CANADIAN BAPTIST SEMINARY
9. CANADIAN LUTHERAN BIBLE INSTITUTE 10. CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY
11. CANADIAN SOUTHERN BAPTIST SEMINARY & COLLEGE 12. CAPERNWRAY HARBOUR BIBLE SCHOOL 13. CAREY THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
14. CLEARWATER COLLEGE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 15. COLLEGE OF EMMANUEL & ST. CHAD 16. COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE
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18. CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE
20. FAITH ALIVE BIBLE COLLEGE
21. HOME CHURCH BIBLE COLLEGE
22. HORIZON COLLEGE & SEMINARY 23. KALÉO
24. LIVING WORD BIBLE COLLEGE
25. LUTHER COLLEGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA 26. MB BIBLICAL SEMINARY
27. MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
28. NAIITS-INDIGENOUS PATHWAYS
34. PRAIRIE COLLEGE 36. REGENT COLLEGE
37. ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIBLE COLLEGE 38. ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 39. ST. MARK’S COLLEGE
40. ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
41. STEINBACH BIBLE COLLEGE 42. SUMMIT PACIFIC COLLEGE
43. TAYLOR COLLEGE & SEMINARY 44. THE KING’S UNIVERSITY
29. NEWMAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
45. TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY/CANIL
31. NORTHWEST BAPTIST SEMINARY
47. VICTORY BIBLE COLLEGES INTERNATIONAL
30. NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE
32. PACIFIC LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE
46. VANGUARD COLLEGE
E A S T NL QC
MONTREAL OTTAWA 3 4
32 33 34 35
9 11 12
EASTERN SCHOOLS 1. ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE
16. INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES
31. TORONTO SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
3. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE
18. KNOX COLLEGE
33. UNIVERSITY OF ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
2. ATLANTIC SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 4. CANADA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
5. CANADIAN REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
17. KINGSWOOD UNIVERSITY
19. MASTER’S COLLEGE & SEMINARY 20. MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE
6. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
21. NEW BRUNSWICK BIBLE INSTITUTE
8. CRANDALL UNIVERSITY
23. THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
7. CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
9. ÉCOLE DE THÉOLOGIE ÉVANGÉLIQUE DU QUÉBEC 10. EMMANUEL BIBLE COLLEGE
11. FACULTÉ DE THÉOLOGIE ÉVANGÉLIQUE 12. FACULTÉ DE THÉOLOGIE RÉFORMÉE 13. GLOBAL UNIVERSITY CANADA
14. HERITAGE COLLEGE & SEMINARY
15. INSTITUT DE THÉOLOGIE POUR LA FRANCOPHONIE
32. TYNDALE UNIVERSITY
34. WORD OF LIFE BIBLE INSTITUTE 35. WYCLIFFE COLLEGE
22. PAROLE DE VIE QUÉBEC
24. PROFAC ÉCOLE THÉOLOGIQUE
25. INSTITUT BIBLIQUE DU QUÉBEC 26. QUEEN’S COLLEGE
27. REDEEMER UNIVERSITY 28. ST. PAUL’S UNIVERSITY
29. ST. STEPHEN’S UNIVERSITY
30. TORONTO BAPTIST SEMINARY & BIBLE COLLEGE
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1. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY 2. CANADA INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS 3. CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY 4. CAPERNWRAY HARBOUR BIBLE SCHOOL 5. COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE 6. MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE 7. NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE 8. PEACE RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE
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9. PRAIRIE COLLEGE 10. PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & SEMINARY 11. ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE 12. ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 13. SUMMIT PACIFIC COLLEGE 14. THE KING’S UNIVERSITY 15. TRINITY WESTERN COLLEGE 16. VANGUARD COLLEGE
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“Faith-Filled Community, Building Character, Equipping Careers.” COMMUNITY CULTURE At CMU you will join a “big
enough/small enough” university community that reflects an expanding network of significant and diverse relationships. You will develop leadership skills, strengthen your academic experience and achievement, cultivate impactful relationships, and engage spiritually and ethically with critical issues like racism, climate change, and reconciliation.
PRACTICUMS & INTERNSHIPS Unique among Canadian
universities, CMU degrees feature a required practicum and supervised off-campus work experience for students. CMU’s Practica Program partners with 500+ local and global partners in education, healthcare, business, church, legal, social service, agriculture, government, and NGO organizations. These placements enrich academic learning and offer hands-on work experience.
CAREER EXPECTATIONS CMU’s Centre for Career and
FEATURED PROGRAM BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSc)
Explore the “hows” and “whys” of matter and life! This interdisciplinary program studies the world’s beauty and complexity through the lens of science, the arts, humanities, and theology.
Vocation is committed to working with students to help them figure out who they are and who they want to be in the world. Through courses, workshops, one-on-one career advising, peer coaching and more, the centre supports you on your journey of career exploration. STUDENT TESTIMONY “The depth of courses at CMU, the opportunity to participate in faculty research, and methods of analyzing situations from an interdisciplinary perspective, have been critical as I prepare for medical school.”
Student population: 1,290 Student-faculty ratio: 18:1 Average class size: 19 Degrees: BA, BBA, BSc, BMus, BMT, MA, MDiv, MBA Affiliation: Mennonite
Application fee: $80 Early admission: Yes
Application deadline: Open
Tuition (domestic): $6,104 Tuition (intn’l): $9,461 3 credit hours: $763
1-877-231-4570 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cmu.ca 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2
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CAPERNWRAY HARBOUR BIBLE CENTRE THETIS ISLAND, BC
“Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Life!” WEST COAST SETTING Capernwray Harbour is located
on 97 acres of woods, meadows and seashore on Thetis Island, a Gulf Island off the coast of Vancouver BC. From the mountaintops to the rainforests to the open sea, there is something for everyone to explore!
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY LIFE Students and staff of
varying nationalities and denominational backgrounds join together to form a community that seeks to discover the character of Jesus Christ and to experience His indwelling Life. Community living through work days, daily duties, outdoor recreation and outreach opportunities offers handson experience to apply the classroom teaching.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS The curriculum covers nearly
A PLACE FOR GROWTH Each year, Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre welcomes about 100 students of various ages, nationalities and denominations for the Bible School Program. Together with our full-time staff team, students form a community that seeks to discover the character of Jesus Christ and to experience the transforming power of His indwelling Life.
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all books of the Bible. Although students are required to prepare assignments, the emphasis is on personal discovery of Jesus Christ through discipleship rather than on academic achievement. Study Projects, Seminars, Work Days, Outreaches, Extracurricular Activities and Field Trips are intricate parts of the learning experience. STUDENT TESTIMONY “I’m learning to trust God as supplier and satisfier but also to let Him live that out in and through me!” — Sarah, First Year Program (2018 – 2019)
OVERVIEW: Student population: 100
Student-faculty ratio: 4:1 Average class size: 100 Degrees: Certificate
ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early admission: No
Application deadline: Open
Tuition (domestic): $13,500 Tuition (intn’l): N/A 3 credit hours: N/A
1-250-246-9440 email@example.com www.capernwray.ca Box 1-10
Thetis Island, BC V0R 2Y0
COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE ABBOTSFORD, BC
OVERVIEW: Student population: 360
Student-faculty ratio: varies Average class size: 22 Degrees: BA
ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes
Apply by: Aug 30th, 2022
“A Bible College for Life.” Columbia Bible College in beautiful BC, provides a close-knit community to grow deeper in faith and knowledge together. Program choices include certificates, diplomas, or BA options. Scholarships and bursaries open annually. Columbia offers basketball, volleyball, chapel, student lead worship nights, themed activities and events all pointing you closer to Jesus.
Tuition (domestic): $10,080 Tuition (intn’l): $10,080 3 credit hours: $1,080
CONTACT: 1 (800) 283-0881 (Toll Free)
2940 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 2Z8
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MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
PAMBRUN (SK) SUNNYBRAE (BC) WINNIPEG (MB)
OVERVIEW: Total students (all schools): 300 Student-faculty ratio: 11:1 Average class size: 18
Degrees: Bachelors, Masters
Application fee: $50 Early admission: No
Application deadline: Open
“Developing Passionate, Relevant Servants of Jesus Christ.” At Millar College of the Bible, our desire
is to see young people not only learning about God through the Bible, but that their entire lives would be changed
by God through the Word. In teaching Life Skills, Relationships, Character
Development and Bible Knowledge we
see the whole person changed to become more like Jesus.
Tuition amounts vary depending on location. Please inquire.
1-306-582-2033 firstname.lastname@example.org www.millarcollege.ca Tappen, BC Pambrun, SK Winnipeg, MB
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NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE NIPAWIN, SK
“Developing Passionate Followers of Jesus Christ With A Heart To Serve.” COMMUNITY CULTURE Time at NBC is a Matthew 7:24
discipleship journey of building the foundation of your house on the rock. You’ll hear the Word of God consistently in class, chapel, personal devos, student life, and more, while learning to obey and apply it in our family-sized community that does ‘life-on-life’ learning together.
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT 90% of our staff live right on our campus. Faculty have an open-door policy, and all students are part of weekly staff-led discipleship groups. NBC staff don’t just “teach” in the classroom, but also live life alongside students. Students spend time in staff homes every couple weeks in ‘home groups’. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES NBC has started men’s
FEATURED PROGRAM FOUNDATIONS FOR LIFE is a discipleship year that equips you with a solid foundation before pursuing university, career, or vocational training. Focus is on Christian growth, foundational understanding of the Bible, and life application. We have both academic and non-academic options so virtually anyone can fit into the program.
basketball and futsal programs, and many of the staff and students play in our weekly intramural league. Each student is assigned a weekly student ministry - many of which happen in the community of Nipawin (5000 people) and students attend local churches there as well. STUDENT TESTIMONY “The whole experiece at NBC as a collective contributed to my spiritual growth. If you took anything out (dorm life, classes, 7-24 discipleship groups, events), the entire experience would sink a little. Everything works together to create a well-rounded experiece.”
Student population: 40-65 Student-faculty ratio: 4:1 Average class size: 10-25 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors Affiliation: Interdenominational
Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes
Application deadline: Open
Tuition (undergrad): $7,600 Tuition (graduate): $7,600 3 credit hours: $300
1-888-862-5095 email@example.com www.nipawin.org Box 1986 Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0
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PEACE RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE SEXSMITH, AB
OVERVIEW: Student population: 50 Student-faculty ratio: 10:1 Average class size: 13 Degrees: Cert. Dipl., BA Affiliation: Inter-denom. ADMISSIONS: Application fee: None Early admissions: No Application deadline: Open COST: Tuition (domestic): $8,200
“A Bible College for Life.” The PRBI Community values and fosters Authentic Relationships! Live on campus, experience weekly community life groups where you bond through fun, service, or ministry. Engage in discipleship with staff and other students. Make life-long friendships in community where we support and encourage one another in our shared goal of living for Christ.
Tuition (intn’l): $8,200 3 credit hours: N/A
CONTACT: 1-780-568-3962 firstname.lastname@example.org www.prbi.edu 9601 100 Street Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0
Peace River Bible Institute
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ENERGIZE YOUR CHURCH
IMPACT YOUR WORLD
“To Know Christ and Make Him Known.”
THREE HILLS, AB
WHY PRAIRIE? Prairie has a rich legacy of preparing
students to meet the greatest needs of the world. As Canada’s oldest Bible College, Prairie has long been a leader in inviting students to become lovers of God who make disciples, and influence the culture around them. Prairie has continued to remain relevant with our world-class, Biblically integrated professional programs.
OVERVIEW: Student population: 400
Student-faculty ratio: 1:9
COMMUNITY CULTURE Prairie’s warm community
Average class size: 15
encourages students to delve deeper into the unique story that God is writing with their lives. Student small groups, community events, and Prairie’s friendly faculty contribute to an intentional community of discipleship. Here we encourage one another, correct one another in love and press on together in a life of faith.
Degrees: BA, MA
ADMISSIONS: Application fee; $50 Early admission: Yes
Apply by: Aug. 15th, 2022
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Prairie offers professional
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Bachelor of Arts in Ministry: Pastoral/Youth Ministry Biblical Studies and Bachelor of Theology Practical Nursing Associate of Arts in Mission Aviation Bachelor of Arts in Ministry: Outdoor Leadership
programs such as Aviation, Worship Arts, Outdoor Leadership, Nursing, Primary Care Paramedic, and Digital Media. These programs complement our traditional programs such as Church Ministry, Biblical Studies, Theology and Intercultural Studies. Not sure what program is for you? Consider a gap year in Biblical Studies or Outdoor Leadership
COST: Tuition (domestic): $10,080 Tuition (intn’l): $13,110
3 credit hours: $ 1,008
PO Box 4000
“I always say you will go to Prairie for an education but you stay because of the community. There is no safer place to explore your personal relationship with God. “
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CALGARY, AB
OVERVIEW: Student population: 250
Student-faculty ratio: N/A Average class size: N/A
Developing Christian Leaders Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.
Degrees: BA, Dipl., Cert. Affiliation: EMC Canada
ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes
Application date: Rolling
COST: Tuition (domestic): $9,000
“Anyone... Anywhere... Anytime...” Rocky Mountain College delivers the
learning you desire where you are. RMC
is an online Bible college that allows you to stay engaged in your life, community and ministry while completing your
education from anywhere in the world.
We give credit for experience and offer a competency-based education model.
Tuition (intn’l): $9,000
Taking classroom courses out of the box and down the road to where you are. Interactive, online courses can be taken:
3 credit hours: $900
CONTACT: 1-877-YOUNRMC enrolment@
www.rockymountaincollege.ca 4039 Brentwood Rd NW Calgary, AB T2L 1L1
As a Cluster
Customized to fit around your life
With others from your community or ministry
Take courses while engaged in ministry
Certificate • Diploma • Degree • Continuing Education
r mcpathways.ca • 403.284.5100 ext. 222 email@example.com
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PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OTTERBURNE, MB
OVERVIEW: Student population: 440 Student-faculty ratio: 10:1 Average class size: 10-15 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate Affiliation: Non-denominational ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 (domestic) Application deadline: Open High school required: Yes Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Aviation Business Counselling Health Science Psychology
COSTS + FINANCIAL AID:
“Your Story Starts Here.” WE LOVE WHERE WE LIVE As you arrive on our 100-acre campus, you notice our iconic bell tower rising prominently over prairie fields of canola and corn. Relax and study in our new residence hall with views overlooking a winding, tree-lined river. Our campus is rural and peaceful, but only 30 minutes from Winnipeg. CHRIST-CENTRED COMMUNITY Learning happens best in community. Since Providence offers a student experience with smaller class sizes and professors who know you by name, you’ll be able to establish a network of close-knit mentors and friends. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Whether you’re attending a chapel service, joining in a residence hall activity, watching a Pilots game, performing in an ensemble, participating in student leadership, or serving others through field education, you will grow and learn in a supportive and diverse community.
STUDENT TESTIMONY “At Providence, you’re more than a number. You know everybody by name. It’s a tight knit community. That’s what kept me here… the connections I made with professors, coaches and peers.” — Kaitlyn Warkentine, BSc in Biology 2021
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PROGRAM FEATURE Are you looking for a medical career such as nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy or medicine? A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Health Science is one of Providence’s newest majors, offering foundational courses in biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy/physiology, sociology, genetics and psychology. This major will help you find your pathway to specialize in the discipline of your choice. ATHLETICS Members of the CCAA, MCAC, NCCAA and NIAC leagues, the Providence Pilots travel extensively across Canada and the US to compete in basketball, volleyball, soccer and futsal. Our full-time coaches will mentor you in your athletic abilities as well as in your faith and leadership skills.
3 credit hours: $963 Tuition (domestic): $9,630 Tuition (international): $15,750 Textbooks: $1,400 Dorms: $2,078 Average meal plan: $5,508 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes CAMPUS LIFE: Chapel services Outdoor soccer fields Gymnasium Student jobs Spiritual Mentorship Library on campus Cafe/student lounge CONTACT: 1-800-668-7768 firstname.lastname@example.org www.prov.ca Providence University College & Theological Seminary 10 College Crescent Otterburne, MB, R0A1G0
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YOUR STORY STARTS HERE AT PROVIDENCE Discover an education designed to prepare and connect you to a meaningful career. Providence will provide you with the highest quality of academic programs and prepare you for a career that impacts this world. Here you will find your community and surround yourself with people that support and strengthen each other. We learn and grow better together!
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ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ROSEBUD, AB
“Be Transformed, Transform Culture.” COMMUNITY CULTURE Rosebud is a place where faith
and art intersect. Your instructors are fellow believers and working artists who will guide you on a Spirit-filled path towards a career in the industry. With an average class size of ten students, you can count on personal attention to hone your skills.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES A student elected Rep team organizes regular events to connect the student body. Other student-led activities include a Bible study, prayer group, and a GSA. In addition to the regular curriculum, RSA organizes annual study trips to the West Coast, Toronto, New York City, and London to see theatre and participate in workshops. CAREER EXPECTATIONS Grads are found in acting, stage
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Certificate in Theatre Foundations Open Studies Mentorship Training in Acting, Music, and Technical Theatre King’s College Theater Semester in New York City Briercrest and Crandall University Transfer Program
SUMMIT PACIFIC COLLEGE ABBOTSFORD, BC
management, and design positions with major theatre companies in Western Canada as well as film and TV. The rate of Rosebud graduates working in the theatre and film industry is one of the highest in Canada. Most importantly, our graduates know who they are and the stories they want to tell. STUDENT TESTIMONY “I am hungry for training that practically prepares me for a career in the arts and values me as a journeying child of God.”
Student population: 30 Student-faculty ratio: 1:1 Average class size: 10 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, FRSA
Application fee: $75 Early admission: Yes
Apply by: May 15th, 2022
Tuition (domestic): $8,250 Tuition (intn’l): $8,250 3 credit hours: $825
CONTACT: 1-800-267-7553, EXT. 232 email@example.com rosebudschoolofthearts.com 106 Railway Ave. P.O. Box 654 Rosebud, AB T0J 2T0
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“Educate. Equip. Enrich.” WHY SUMMIT PACIFIC? Summit is dedicated to raising
up Christians who are prepared for leadership roles in the local church, global missions’ field, social services sector, not-for-profit agencies and education. Through intentional discipleship and quality education we strive to see our students possess the passion, character and skills for a life of impactful leadership.
COMMUNITY CULTURE The SPC campus is home to approximately 170 students who have a desire to live more like Jesus. We offer a holistic and immersive campus experience. Our relational campus pastors, program directors and faculty greatly contribute to the spiritual formation of our students.
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NEXT STEPS If you’d like to find out more information about student life, our programs or financial aid, feel free to send us an email. Our Admissions Team would be happy to schedule a virtual meeting or campus tour with you.
Non-Profit Global Leadership Youth Leadership Child and Family Leadership
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OVERVIEW: Student population: 280 Student-faculty ratio: 10:1 Average class size: 25 Degrees: Dipl., Cert., BA, MA Affiliation: Pentecostal
ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early Admission: No Application deadline: Open COST: Tuition (domestic): $4,050 Tuition (intn’l): $4,050 3 credit hours: $690 CONTACT:
Pastoral Theology Counselling Foundations
FEATURED PROGRAM: OMEGA GLOBAL OMEGA Global is a one-year discipleship and missions-based program. Through accredited academics, mentorship and local and global missions, students develop a solid foundation in their faith and theology while forming lifelong friendships.
1-604-851-7222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.summitpacific.ca 35235 Straiton Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 7E7
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TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY LANGLEY, BC
OVERVIEW: Student population: 5,000+ Student-faculty ratio: 16:1 Average class size: 25 Degrees: Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate
Affiliation: Non-denominational ADMISSIONS: Application fee: None Application deadline: Open High school required: Yes Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Business Education Human Kinetics Nursing Biology
“It’s not just what you do. It’s who you become.” STUDENT-FOCUSED EXPERIENCE Your time at TWU is about discovering your purpose—who you are, what you believe, and what you’re called to do in the world. As you learn in small class sizes, you’ll enjoy access to professors and staff who mentor and care for you. Our promise: “Every graduate is equipped.” CHRIST-CENTRED COMMUNITY The best way to grow your faith as a child of God is in a caring, inclusive community. At TWU we cherish our rich cultural mosaic of Christian believers. Students from all over the world come here to walk with God and prepare for a life of transformation. LIVE FAITHFULLY TWU has resources to coach you through your personal and professional growth. Our liberal arts core will give you critical thinking skills; our Centre for Calling & Career Development will help you make informed decisions about your future; and our co-op and mentorship programs will prepare you for employment.
STUDENT TESTIMONY “Trinity is an exceptional school. They’re supportive of my growth in my faith. They’re passionate about helping me achieve the dreams God is putting on my heart for His kingdom.” — Xelian Louw
PROGRAM FEATURE Your studies are backed by our 50+ years of academic excellence. But it’s more than a degree. TWU’s whole-person approach integrates faith and learning so you can connect your scholarly pursuits to your calling in Christ. Use your experiences to lead and serve your peers, community, and the world. EXPERIENCE BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA Experience God in nature and recreation by studying at an internationally acclaimed destination with sea-to-sky access. Every season offers healthy ways to take a break from your studies. Ski, surf, hike, swim, and travel as you explore mountains, ocean beaches, lakes, islands, and local attractions.
ADMISSIONS: 3 credit hours: $2,226 Tuition (domestic): $22,260 Tuition (international): $22,260 Textbooks: $1,500 Dorms: $4,400 Average meal plan: $4,908 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes CAMPUS LIFE: Daily Chapel Services Student Jobs Cafe / Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship CONTACT: 1-888-468-6898 email@example.com www.twu.ca Trinity Western University 22500 University Drive Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1
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THE KING’S UNIVERSITY
“Bright Hope for Tomorrow”
WHY KING’S? Awesome relationships are at the heart of
what we do. Students have opportunities to know professors and mentors by name and work closely with them. Life-long friendships are formed through unique campus experiences. Each of our programs prepare you to bring hope and renewal in any field of work.
EXPLORE EDMONTON Edmonton is a place where people
take risks and start new things. The city started Canada’s first food bank and numerous global corporations. It’s famously home to big things such as North America’s largest mall, fringe festival, and urban park system. The shops and pubs of Old Strathcona are just ten minutes from campus!
EXPERIENCE ACADEMICS AT KING’S Participate in field
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trips, internships, and practicums. Conduct lab projects, work in the field, or assist professors with research and scholarship—many of our undergrad students are academically published! Connect your degree to employment opportunities through King’s Career Centre.
Biology Computing Science Psychology Business Education
STUDENT TESTIMONY “Being a student at King’s gave me the opportunity to grow academically, establish myself in faith, and become rooted in a lifelong community while pursuing my career goals as a teacher. King’s was a time of challenge, discovering myself, and making incredible memories.” — Chanelle Porter, B.Ed. Graduate
OVERVIEW: Student population: 910 Student-faculty ratio: N/A Average class size: 22 Degrees: Bachelors Affiliation: CRC ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early admissions: No
Apply by: August 15th, 2022 COST: Tuition (domestic): $13,082 Tuition (intn’l): $21,245 3 credit hours: $1,266 CONTACT: 1-780-465-3500 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kingsu.ca 9125 50 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3
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VANGUARD COLLEGE EDMONTON, AB
THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE.
OVERVIEW: Student population: 255 Student-faculty ratio: 6:1 Average class size: 20 Degrees: Dipl., Cert., BA, After-Degree
ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $75 Early admissions: No Apply by: August 15th, 2022
“Developing & Mobilizing Spirit-Empowered Leaders.” Vanguard College offers students an enriching and faith-based education in the heart of Edmonton. Whether students choose a four year degree or a one year certificate program, they leave feeling equipped for a future in ministry. Vanguard develops and mobilizes Spirit-empowered leaders to be fruitful in God’s mission.
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Tuition fees are program dependant. Please inquire. CONTACT: 1-866-222-0808 email@example.com www.vanguardcollege.com 12140 103 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5G 2J9
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Two months of high impact, high adventure, and thousands of changed lives! The ministry possibilities are amazing.
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Special Interest Feature
DARE TO ASK FOR MORE BY: VESNA MIROSAVLJEV
Going to university is about so much more than doing well
“Trinity Western University is where I discovered what my
in school, earning a degree, and getting a good job. It’s
life is really about and for,” says Jericho. Before he knew
true—workplaces demand more and our hurting world
it, he was involved as a student leader and finding ways to
needs more. But more importantly, our souls long for more.
serve others while also focusing on his studies. “I came here
Because at the core we all want purpose. Regardless of our
as a student with a good life, and Trinity has given me the
age or where in the world we call home.
opportunity to experience the Good Life by introducing
That’s why when it comes to getting a university education, Trinity Western University believes in daring to ask for more.
Jesus to me on a personal level, to have me believe in God, to be a part of God’s glorious purpose,” says Jericho. Something Jericho didn’t expect was how much he would end up embracing the leadership opportunities that came
Jericho grew up in Guangzhou, China, and had a great child-
his way. “I remember the one-on-one sessions with my
hood. After completing his high school education abroad,
mentors, student leadership supervisors, and many others,
he wanted to attend an international Christian university
who encouraged me to be a part of student leaders. These
that offered excellent academic degrees and professional
sessions have helped me so much in the journey of following
career preparation. But more than anything, he wanted to
God.” Jericho especially enjoyed leading as peer instructor
start his adult life off “right.” So he came to Trinity Western
in a first-year intro course.
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Trinity Western University
TWU’s professors take their students to the edge of new discovery and help them apply their studies in practical ways that prepare them for life beyond graduation. The safe, open, supportive space allows voices to be heard and hearts to be nurtured, and it allows students to find themselves, find God, and find the leader within.
“As soon as I stepped on this ‘Trinity Ground’, I knew this was the place; Trinity was the place for me.” — Jericho “I’ve found that the student leadership options offered at Trinity Western University have helped me experience my
own leadership potential,” says Parker, who came to TWU after attending a Christian high school in Kelowna, B.C. “I’m able to express myself through the many opportunities that Trinity gives me. Not only through the people, but also
Ellen came to TWU for similar reasons as Jericho. She grew up in a loving Christian home and a vibrant church life in
the countless opportunities that there are to be involved in leadership. Trinity for me will never just be a school that
Cameroon. But mounting civil unrest disrupted her life and forced her to move to another city to finish her high school studies at an international Christian school. “It was there that my desire to study abroad strengthened and since I was at a Christian high school I enjoyed, I wanted a similar experience in university,” says Ellen. “So during my search for a school, I looked for ‘Christian universities with great business programs.’” A thorough search on Google and a hungry heart for God led Ellen to Trinity Western University. When it comes to a high-quality post-secondary education, TWU delivers beyond most students’ expectations. Intentionally small class sizes, professors who truly care about their students’ success, and degree programs that are informed by the latest research are just a few of the many things students appreciate at Trinity Western University.
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gave me just a degree. It also gave me practical life skills
him. “I could already feel the warm, welcoming environ-
through those leadership opportunities. When I leave
ment that Trinity Western University offers. Being able
TWU, I can leave knowing that I not only left with a degree
to connect with the faculty and other students around me
but also practical life experience.”
by feeling so welcomed and invited is truly a heartwarm-
TWU stands on over 50 years of academic excellence in
ing feeling. I’ve been able to make many friends who are
research and education. Many popular programs, such
willing to be a part of my life and make me feel loved and
as the business, leadership, and nursing science degrees,
cared for,” says Parker.
have achieved national and global recognition. Part of the reason is that at TWU, students experience a seamless blend of academics, personal development, and professional preparation. The University has a strong history of community involvement and has partnerships with local businesses that allow students to apply their learning through practicums and internships. In addition to the 48 undergraduate degrees, TWU also offers 19 excellent master’s degrees. No matter what their passion, students can come here knowing they’ll discover their purpose and calling beyond a four-year degree.
“When I leave TWU, I can leave knowing that I not only left with a degree but also practical life experience.” — Parker
Why is it that undergraduate students come to Trinity
He adds, “That community experience impacted me by
Western University to find their purpose, fresh faith per-
giving me an environment where I can be myself.”
spectives, and lifelong friends and then end up growing in
The same was true for Ellen, who found so much more
more ways than they ever imagined?
than the professional business program she was looking
One reason: community.
for. She found a place of peace where she felt like she
For Jericho, it was TWU’s kind, supportive community that ties it all together. It’s something he experienced on Day 1.
belonged and a safe haven that sheltered her during the global pandemic.
“As soon as I stepped on this ‘Trinity Ground’, I knew this
“My most meaningful experience at TWU is the genuine
was the place; Trinity was the place for me.”
love, care, and support I received from the TWU commu-
He’s not the only one to share this. For Parker, the first impression he got when he stepped foot on campus confirmed he was right where God wanted
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nity during the global pandemic. Trinity stood up for its students, especially us international students. I knew that several [other] university campuses shut down completely
Trinity Western University
and didn’t allow anyone, including international stu-
As a result, these three students and countless others have
dents, to live on campus. But TWU came through for us by
experienced the TWU difference: a university education
letting us stay on campus, keeping Student Life open as an
that transformed them not just intellectually but emotion-
extra place for support and inquiries, pairing us with staff
ally, socially, and spiritually —because it’s only when our
members who would check in on us, and give us support
hearts and minds are integrated that our highest potential
where and when needed. They made grocery gift cards that
is ignited and developed.
subsidized housing costs for those challenged in that area,
Students from all walks of life and from all parts of the
and had gifts sent to us.”
world come to Trinity Western University just as they are
Ellen adds, “I’m glad that of all the places I could have
and find what they need to build a solid foundation for
been at during such a time, it was Trinity that I found
their future. They discover how to live their best life and
use their education and talents for the good of the world
Ellen says that Trinity Western University is a place of
and the glory of God.
not just thought but action, where leadership is expressed
There are times in our life journey when God calls us to
through humble, heartfelt service. Her personal experi-
join a new community, because it’s exactly what we need to
ence at TWU during a global health crisis taught her “how
learn and grow during a new phase of life. TWU specializes
important taking action is. It’s one thing to say you care
in giving students an unforgettable experience during one
for someone and it’s another to show it. If you can’t do
of the most important segments of their lives.
something big, do something small … just do something. Actions, no matter how small, speak louder than words.”
“Trinity Western University is a place not just of thought but action, where leadership is expressed through humble, heartfelt service.” — Ellen Jericho, Parker, and Ellen are not the only students who’ve found TWU to be a warm, safe, and supportive place to learn and grow. That’s because TWU’s distinct community
To see what’s on the horizon, go to twu.ca/apply to get started.
is not an accident. The University is intentional about helping every student discover who they are, what they believe, and what they’re called to do in the world.
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EAST school profiles
1. ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE 2. CRANDALL UNIVERSITY 3. EMMANUEL BIBLE COLLEGE 4. HERITAGE COLLEGE & SEMINARY 5. MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE 6. REDEEMER UNIVERSITY 7. THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 8. TYNDALE UNIVERSITY 9. WYCLIFFE COLLEGE
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ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE
“Equipping Christians to Serve.”
OUR STORY From our roots in the beginning of the 19th
century, Acadia Divinity College has evolved in faith and changed with purpose. Our East Coast flavour of Theology continues to prepare strong, compassionate leaders to serve communities around the globe. As the Faculty of Theology for Acadia University, ADC is a diverse, creative, and forwardthinking academic institution.
Student population: 205 Student-faculty ratio: 15:1 Average class size: 12 Degrees: BTh, MDiv, MA(Th), DMin, Diploma, Certificates Affiliation: CBAC
LOCAL HOSPITALITY, GLOBAL REACH Nestled in the heart
of the Annapolis Valley, Wolfville’s community is quaint, inviting, and loaded with charm. Visiting the downtown core is a weekly rite of passage for Acadia students and you’ll almost certainly see a familiar face. Hospitality is part of who we are - our community is a place where everyone feels at home.
Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes
Apply by: August 1st, 2022
Tuition (undergrad): $8,482 Tuition (graduate): $9,011 3 credit hours: $969 $969 (undergraduate) $1,023 (graduate)
EQUIPPING CHRISTIANS TO SERVE In a world that is rapidly
FEATURED PROGRAM The MASTER OF DIVINITY will set you on a path to equip you for ministry in today’s ever-evolving world. It will prepare you to serve in a mosaic of contexts including local churches, chaplaincy, mission fields, and more.
changing, the gospel remains ever relevant. As we change in response to cultural, environmental, and social shifts, we don’t do so simply for the sake of change. We change with purpose. Whether from a distance or on site, let us equip you to make a difference for Christ.
1-866-875-8975 firstname.lastname@example.org www.acadiadiv.ca 38 Highland Avenue
STUDENT TESTIMONY “As a pastor studying part-time, I’m able to learn and apply new skills in real-time. God is teaching me more about my own walk with Him and how to lead in healthy and informed ways.”
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
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— Sarah Cogswell, Master of Divinity
Grow in your faith, be rooted for life.
Apply today ACADIADIV.CA
Learn more about Heritage exists to equip men and women for life and ministry.
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CRANDALL UNIVERSITY MONCTON, NB
“Transforming Lives Through Quality Christian Education.” WHY CRANDALL? With over 70 years providing educa-
tion that integrates faith and learning, Crandall University offers a welcoming atmosphere, as well as a commitment to students, academic excellence, and the Christian faith. Crandall’s exceptional faculty, favourable student-to-professor ratio, and renowned academic programs make it a campus students are proud to call home.
CAREER EXPECTATIONS We are proud to have alumni in a wide variety of professions across Canada and beyond. From teachers, to pastors, to doctors, lawyers, marketing moguls, research analysts and non-profit thinkers, our grads are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers (and further education) in a variety of areas. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Whether you’re looking to study
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Psychology
Psychology, Biology, or Business Administration, become a teacher through our Education program, or pursue our dual degree Bachelor of Theology, you can find the right fit at Crandall. Our ClayStone Certificate program even lets you earn credits while pursuing outdoor adventure and cross-cultural ministry experiences.
Sociology Kinesiology ClayStone Education
STUDENT TESTIMONY “My time at Crandall was transformational as my professors and peers supported me and pushed me to pursue excellence, providing me with life-changing relationships and preparing me for life after university.”
Student population: 960 Student-faculty ratio: 13:1 Average class size: 19 Degrees: Certificate, Undergraduate, Graduate Affiliation: Baptist ADMISSIONS:
Application fee; $40 Early admission: Yes Application deadline: Open COST:
Tuition (domestic): $9,200 Tuition (intn’l): $17,900 3 credit hours: $920 CONTACT:
1-888-968-6228 email@example.com www.crandallu.ca 333 Gorge Rd Moncton, NB E1G 3H9 FIND CRANDALL ON:
— Amy West, BBA ’21
EMMANUEL BIBLE COLLEGE KITCHENER, ON
“Your Gifts, Your Growth, His Glory.” WHY EMMANUEL? Opportunities for work and service are as diverse as Emmanuel’s students. That’s why our curriculum grants students the freedom to customize or design their program to fit their God-given educational goals. We also offer an enhanced New Student Bursary of at least $1,000 per semester for full-time students.
Emmanuel is committed to fostering an environment of intentional, Christ-centred community. Through weekly chapel services, student leadership opportunities and extracurriculars, students learn what it means to love one another and be part of the body of Christ. We also offer free, on-campus counselling to help students needing additional emotional support. STUDENT LIFE
Upon graduating, 90% of alumni find employment or pursue studies at seminaries or other academic institutions. Emmanuel provides a sound academic foundation whether you feel called to pastoral ministry, counselling, missions or service within a ministry organization. Over 2,200 Emmanuel alumni are a strong influence for God throughout the world. FINDING YOUR PLACE IN GOD’S KINGDOM
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Bachelor of Religious Education in Counselling Bachelor of Theology in Christian Ministries Bachelor of Theology in Intercultural Studies Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Ministry Bachelor of Theology in Youth & Family Ministry
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FEATURED PROGRAM: ADDICTIONS COUNSELLING (PROFESSIONAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE)
This program prepares counsellors to engage with addiction from a Christian perspective. Emmanuel is the only Christian institution offering a program certified by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.
OVERVIEW: Student population: 70
Student-faculty ratio: 8:1 Average class size: 7
Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors
ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $75 Early admission: Yes
Application deadline: Open
COST: Tuition (domestic): $11,552 Tuition (intn’l): $11,552 3 credit hours: $1,083
CONTACT: 1-519-894-8900 admissions@
emmanuelbiblecollege.ca emmanuelbiblecollege.ca 100 Fergus Avenue
Kitchener, ON N2E 2H2
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HERITAGE COLLEGE & SEMINARY CAMBRIDGE, ON
“Pursuing God with Passion & Excellence.” FIND YOUR PROGRAM Heritage offers Bachelor’s Degrees
in Theology, Religious Education, and Music with the option to specialize in Intercultural Studies, Children, Youth, or Family Ministries. Or you can choose to take one year of biblical education in one of our certificate programs to become grounded in your faith before heading to university.
VIBRANT STUDENT EXPERIENCE Grow and learn
within a loving student community. Participate in Chapel, outreach, intramurals, and weekly activities, while learning in interactive classrooms with experienced, knowledgeable, and accessible professors who are there for you. Living in residence gives further opportunity to develop meaningful relationships while living with a close-knit community of believers. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Heritage wants students to get
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Certificate of Christian Studies Bachelor of Religious Education Bachelor of Theology — Pastoral Studies Bachelor of Church of Music Worship Leader’s Ceritficate
hands-on ministry experience outside of the classroom. Our two-year internship program gives students the chance to work in churches, ministries, and missions agencies where they will learn through participating in practical ministry opportunities while growing under the mentorship of experienced pastors and ministry leaders. FEATURED PROGRAM: THE SERVE. EXPERIENCE
The Serve. Experience is a discipleship program designed to foster personal, spiritual, and relational growth as you prepare to serve God and others ending in a cross-cultural ministry trip to Quebec.
OVERVIEW: Student population: 350 Student-faculty ratio: 13:1 Average class size: 30 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Masters Affiliation: Fellowship Baptist ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $100 Early admission: No
Apply by: July 31st, 2022 COST: Tuition (domestic): $12,210 Tuition (intn’l): $12,210 + fees 3 credit hours: $1,110 CONTACT: 1-800-465-1961 firstname.lastname@example.org www.discoverheritage.ca 175 Holiday Inn Drive Cambridge, ON N3C 3T2
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MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE HAMILTON, ON
OVERVIEW: Student population: 250 Student-faculty ratio: 15:1 Average class size: 14 Degrees: PhD, DPT, MA, MTS, MDiv, Graduate Certificates Affiliation: Evangelical
Application fee: None Early admissions: Yes Apply by: June 1st, 2022
“Knowing, Being, Doing.” Why McMaster Divinity College? Located in Hamilton, Ontario, the “city of waterfalls” and one of Ontario’s best food destinations, MDC is located on a diverse campus of a major university. We provide training that creates flexible and responsive graduates, equipped to serve wherever God calls them—pastoral ministry, counselling, chaplaincy, education, and beyond.
Tuition (domestic): $6,201 Tuition (intn’l): $12,645 3 credit hours: 689
CONTACT: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24402 email@example.com mcmasterdivinity.ca 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
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While Gaining Lifelong Skills! Spend your summer on the shores of Lake Rosseau, gaining friends and work experience. Whether you work with kids, in hospitality, or serve in another area at camp, choose an employment experience that prepares you for what’s next!
APPLY NOW jobs.muskokawoods.com @lifeatmuskokawoods
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TYNDALE UNIVERSITY TORONTO, ON
OVERVIEW: Student population: 1500 Student-faculty ratio: N/A Average class size: 22 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s Affiliation: Non-denominational ADMISSIONS: Application fee: None Application deadline: rolling High school required: Yes Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Music
Health and Human Services Psychology
Biblical Studies and Theology
“Redefining Community & Learning.” WHY TYNDALE? At Tyndale University, you’ll explore ways to generate change in the world. You’ll challenge yourself to think differently and find ways to shape your surroundings. With small class sizes and opportunities to connect, you won’t just be a number. Our professors teach with excellence and become valued mentors. EXPLORE YOUR FAITH IN COMMUNITY Whether in-person or online, Tyndale is well-equipped to connect you with faculty and students using the latest technology for quality learning. As a leader in online education, Tyndale ensures you don’t miss out on opportunities to learn, pray, and grow throughout your university experience. EXPAND YOUR CAREER OPTIONS Gaining a degree from an accredited university creates many opportunities upon graduation. Join a global community of alumni living out their faith dynamically in their graduate studies and careers. Tyndale alumni can be found in virtually every profession serving around the world.
STUDENT TESTIMONY “Tyndale is a place that will prepare you for whatever career you’re going into. Be prepared for a season of transformation and growth as you are challenged in the best way possible.” —Rebekah Ledlie (BA 2021)
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CUSTOMIZE LEARNING TO SUIT YOUR GOALS Tyndale offers a wide range of study options to meet your unique learning style and personal goals. Choose from a variety of majors and courses including Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Business Administration, Music, Biology, Biblical Studies and Theology, International Development, and more! TAKE THE NEXT STEP Applying to Tyndale is quick, easy, and open year-round. Visit www.tyndale.ca to schedule a campus visit, take a virtual tour, and start your application.
COSTS + FINANCIAL AID: 3 credit hours: $1,593 Tuition (domestic): $15,930 Tuition (international): $15,930 Textbooks: $1,000 Dorms: $3,200 Average meal plan: $1,950 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes CAMPUS LIFE: Student Jobs Church on Campus Cafe / Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre CONTACT:
1-877-TYNDALE firstname.lastname@example.org www.tyndale.ca Tyndale University 3377 Bayview Ave Toronto, ON M2M 3S4
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“If you want an experience that changes lives and aligns you with your purpose, then coming to Tyndale is the best choice you will ever make.” At Tyndale University, students are challenged and inspired to think differently, see in new ways, and generate change in the world. Professors are mentors, students become family, and the experience changes lives. Undergraduate programs include Music, Linguistics Psychology, Health and Human Services, and more! Applying to Tyndale is quick, easy and open year-round.
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REDEEMER UNIVERSITY HAMILTON, ON
OVERVIEW: Student population: 1003 Student-faculty ratio: 16:1 Average class size: 20 Degrees: BA, BBA, B.Sc., B.Ed. Affiliation: Non-denominational ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $40 (domestic) Application deadline: Open High school graduate: Yes Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes
TOP 5 PROGRAMS BA in Psychology BBA in Business - Management BA in Urban and Intercultural Ministry BSc in Environmental Sciences BSc in Kinesiology
“A Degree You Can Believe In.” EXPAND YOUR PERSPECTIVE Broaden your
understanding while grounding yourself in a Christian worldview. Your degree includes a ten-course core curriculum with students from every major that promotes a diverse and cross-functional set of knowledge and skills. It will set you apart as a wellrounded, critical thinker, ready to contribute to a team.
EXAMINE YOUR INTERESTS God gifted you with
FEATURED PROGRAM HEALTH SCIENCES - PRE MED Learn about the factors that impact human health and well-being, preparing you to exemplify Christian compassion, integrity, and respect to those who are unwell, disabled, chronically ill, or mentally ill.
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COSTS + FINANCIAL AID: 3 credit hours: $326.66 Tuition (domestic): $9,799.80 Tuition (international): $17,334 Textbooks: $1,000 Dorms: $6,480 Average meal plan: $2,554 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes
unique passions and talents and your major is an opportunity to dig into those deeply. Earn a degree with 34 majors leading to BA, BBA, B.Sc., and B.Ed. degrees. Mentorship from expert faculty will help you find the shape of your career and calling.
CAMPUS LIFE: Cafe / Student Loungs Varsity Sports Service opportunities Mentorship from faculty Weekly chapel services Ministry groups
EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE Learning is about knowing and putting knowledge into practice. Each student has the opportunity to get involved in real-life learning, work alongside experts, and test out using their studies in the real world. Co-ops, internships, research and more help prepare you for career and graduate program options beyond Redeemer.
CONTACT: 1-800-263-6467 email@example.com www.redeemer.ca Redeemer University 777 Garner Road East Ancaster, Ontario L9K 1J4
ENGAGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS How you spend your time and who you spend it with are also elements of learning. Plug in to the people and places who will become part of your journey. Live and learn outside the classroom through varsity sports, clubs, ministry groups and other student life activities. ENCOUNTER YOUR COMMUNITY You will make connections that last a lifetime on Redeemer’s warm, caring, spiritually vibrant campus. The residence life program provides one-of-a-kind community living that deepens your faith and learning. Live, pray, study, worship, play and grow with others and be forever changed by the strength and beauty of faith-filled relationships.
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THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
WHY THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE? Studying at The Presbyterian College, Montreal also means studying at a world-cass university (McGill), paying among the lowest tuition fees in North America, and growing spiritually through life in Christian community. You have a vision to serve Christ in the world, and we are here to support your vision. LIFE IN MONTREAL Montreal is a beautiful, liveable city
with a wonderful mix of English and French. It is known as a city of festivals (film, music, and comedy). The Presbyterian College and McGill are steps from Mount Royal, a green oasis in the city. Come explore diverse neighbourhoods and quaint cafes.
MISSION EXPERIENCE Students in the M.Div. program
TOP 5 PROGRAMS Bachelor of Theology Master of Divinity
participate in a study tour to Cuba, meeting with seminary students, cultural organizations, and congregations in Havana and Matanzas. B.Th. students are also eligible to participate. The M.Div. program also includes a significant internship in a local congregation or community organization. Mission defines our programs.
Master of Sacred Theology
FEATURED PROGRAM: BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY
Master of Theological Studies
The B.Th. is a McGill University program, with registration through The Presbyterian College. Study theology, scripture, and Christian history, with minor concentrations possible in areas such as Communications, Psychology, or Music.
Maîtrise d’études théologiques en théologie pratique
OVERVIEW: Student population: 60 Student-faculty ratio: 15:1 Average class size: 25 Degrees: BTh, MDiv, MSTh Affiliation: Presbyterian ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes
Apply by: May 1st, 2022 COST: Tuition (domestic): $6,000 Tuition (intn’l): $7,500 3 credit hours: $600, $750 CONTACT: 1-514 288-5256 firstname.lastname@example.org www.presbyteriancollege.ca 3495 University Street Montreal, QC H3A 2A8
Preparing visionary leaders with Good News for a vibrant church and a changing world.
WHY WYCLIFFE? Wycliffe College could lead you to: • • • • • •
Be Shaped by Scripture Draw Closer to God Find Your Calling Lead with Conviction Share the Good News with a World that’s Hungry for it Be an Instrument of Change
WE LOVE WHERE WE LIVE Situated at the heart of
Canada’s largest university, Wycliffe offers access to the largest research library system in Canada. Athletic facilities, restaurants, parks, museums, and other cultural institutions are all located within easy walking distance.
CHRIST-CENTRED COMMUNITY Participate in field trips,
TOP 5 PROGRAMS
Certificate in Theological Studies Master of Theological Studies Master of Theological Studies in Development Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies Master of Divinity
internships, and practicums. Conduct lab projects, work in the field, or assist professors with research and scholarship— many of our undergrad students are academically published! Connect your degree to employment opportunities through King’s Career Centre.
STUDENT TESTIMONY “It was through my studies that I finally found what had long been a missing piece in my heart—a faith that is not merely ‘head knowledge’ but something that abides in my innermost being.” — Kimberley Lai, Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies (Ph.D.)
OVERVIEW: Student population: 250 Student-faculty ratio: 1:13 Average class size: 15 Degrees: Masters, PhD, Certificate, Diploma Affiliation: Evangelical Anglican ADMISSIONS: Application fee: $50 Early admissions: No
Apply by: May 31st, 2022 COST: Tuition (domestic): $6,300$12,025 Tuition (intn’l): see website 3 credit hours: $602 CONTACT: 1-416-946-3535 admissions @wycliffe.utoronto.ca www.wycliffecollege.ca 5 Hoskin Ave Toronto, ON M5S 1H7
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STATISTICS: SCHOOL SERVICES
Tyndale University campus
What services do Christian schools in Canada offer to you?
How do you decide what school is right for you? Wherever you go, you should know what different schools can offer to support your personal and academic journey. Check out these statistics for a side-by-side comparison of Christian schools in Canada.
CO-OPS / INTERNSHIPS
LIBRARY ON CAMPUS
JOBS ON CAMPUS
ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE
CANADA INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS
CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY
COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE
HERITAGE COLLEGE & SEMINARY
MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE
CRANDALL UNIVERSITY EMMANUEL BIBLE COLLEGE
MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE
PEACE RIVER BIBLE COLLEGE PRAIRIE COLLEGE
ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
SUMMIT PACIFIC COLLEGE
THE KING’S UNIVERSITY
THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
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MEDIA selections MUSIC BOOKS MOVIES PODCASTS
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MUSIC THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS // JOHN PRINE Country legend John Prine passed away due to complications from Covid-19 this year. We want to celebrate his life and music by recommending his final album, The Tree of Forgiveness. The album is a humorous yet poignant reflection on getting old, love, reconciliation, death, and hope. Prine’s famously gravelly voice—the result of throat cancer late in his career—calls listeners to remember those forgotten on the margins of society, the importance of forgiveness for those that have hurt us, and the unsurpassable love of God.
is the “ Love rebel song.
Standout Tracks: Egg + Daughter Nite, Lincoln, Nebraska (Crazy Bone), Lonesome Friends of Science, Boundless Love, When I Get to Heaven
In a world at war,
— JON FOREMAN
SELF-TITLED // SEAN WATKINS & MATT CHAMBERLAIN This self-titled project from multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) and jazz drummer Matt Chamberlain is a perfect addition to your all-nighter study playlist. The tracks on this album feature some slick bass and percussion, covering a range of genres like jazz, rock and folk. Watkins & Chamberlain have created a bangin’ instrumental record that provides some fun surprises along the way. Don’t miss out. Standout Tracks: 7Thing, Three Brothers and the Golden Apple
DEPARTURES // JON FOREMAN Jon Foreman’s latest project cements his status as a true troubadour walking between the cultural divisions of the secular and the sacred. After several excellent EP’s and anthologies, Departures marks Foreman’s first full-length solo album. The album is a refreshingly honest journal of faith and doubt that will find appeal for Christians and non-Christians alike. Foreman’s artistry provides a prayerful voice for our deepest longings, sorrows and joys, and this album may be his best solo work yet. Be sure to check it out. Standout Tracks: A Place Called Earth (Feat. Lauren Daigle), Jesus I Have My Doubts, The Valley of the Shadow of Planned Obsolescence
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OIL + WATER
// TRAVIS GREENE
Travis Greene’s new gospel album brings fresh energy to Christian worship music. Greene rejoices in the abundant love of God that anoints us like oil and refreshes us like water. The album effortlessly blends African-American gospel music with contemporary R&B and Hip-Hop, with features from gospel greats like Kirk Franklin and Anthony Hamilton. Oil + Water will invigorate your heart and mind, stirring your spirit in worship of God for the new life he has given you in Christ. Standout Tracks: Oil & Water (Feat. Anthony Hamilton), Easter (Feat. Todd Mulaney), Love Song
IN // WILL MCPHAIL Will McPhail’s In is a deeply personal reflection on the difficulty of making genuine connections with others in our modern world, one that may resonate with readers during the pandemic. McPhail’s beautiful illustrations make sparing use of colour to contrast the vast interior worlds of those around us with the seemingly mundane, muted tones of the world in which we live. In will remind you that everyone has a rich tapestry of experience inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. A note on content: IN contains some adult themes and images. However, it is the editor’s view that they are executed tastefully to demonstrate the shallowness of relationships in our culture today.
God moves in our hearts to be experienced and then
JAYBER CROW // WENDELL BERRY This novel from Wendell Berry is the fictional autobiography of Jayber Crow, Esq., town barber of the town of Port William, Kentucky.
us all to be artists “ofmakes the kingdom. ” — Makoto Fujimura
The story is an Augustinian-esque narrative about a lost soul seeking for pleasure, meaning and purpose in the world before returning home. Tender and yet full of humour and wit, Berry’s novel is about a man finding his place in a close-knit community even as it is slowly disrupted by the onset of industrialization. Jayber Crow is a reminder that one’s journey in life, however wayward and seemingly out-ofcontrol, is never outside of God’s redemptive power and love.
ART + FAITH: A THEOLOGY OF MAKING // MAKOTO FUJIMURA Makoto Fujimura’s Art + Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale University Press, 2021) is part two of a series he is writing on his concept of culture care, first introduced in his book of the same name (Culture Care, IVP, 2017). Fujimura’s thesis is that the artist’s vocation is deeply creational, deeply Christian, and calls us all to frame our life and work in the idea of culture care. Art + Faith bears insights for anyone interested in healing and hope for culture, whether or not you are Christian and an artist.
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NOMADLAND (2020) // CHLOE ZHAO Based on the book by Jessica Bruder, Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland (2020) tells the story of Fern, a recent widower who hits the road after her hometown gets wiped off the map. Fern falls in with America’s nomads, a community of people living life on the open road. Memorable scenes simply feature May, and other nomads like Swankie and movement pioneer Bob Wells, recounting parts of their lives to Fern. Zhao’s style is at once improvisational and structured, blurring the lines between documentary and art . Nomandland is less a conventional story than it is a poetic meditation on the tensions between the longing for home and the freedom of the open road.
I don’t ever say goodbye. I always just say,
‘I’ll see you down the road.’ — BOB WELLS
Poster: Searchlight Pictures.
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (2021) // DESTIN DANIEL CRETTON Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings made a big splash as the first stand-alone Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rich mythological imagery from Chinese folklore, great martial arts stunts performed by Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience), and a deeper narrative about family and identity all come together to make this film stand out from the rest of the MCU. The hero’s father Wenwu—played by martial arts veteran Tony Leung—may be Marvel’s most compelling and human villain yet. There are sure to be even bigger things to come for this hero in the MCU’s new multiverse. If you missed Shang-Chi in theatres, you can watch it on Disney+ starting November 2021.
MINARI (2020) // LEE ISAAC CHUNG Perhaps it says something about 2021 that we had to dig back into 2020 for some of our picks... but Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari is a worthy selection. A highly personal film, Chung’s directorial debut follows the struggles of a first-generation Korean American family in a small Kentucky town as they start a farm. Full of funny, sweet, and heartbreaking moments, Minari is a moving story about faith, resilience, and family that will resonate with many.
Poster: Disney/Marvel Studios.
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PODCASTS THE FRIENDSHIP ONION Real-life Hobbits and best friends Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan reminisce about their experiences on the set of The Lord of the Rings. In the show, they shoot the breeze with old friends and guests like Elijah Wood, Stephen Colbert, Sean Astin, and Weta Workshop founder Sir Richard Taylor. Highly entertaining, raucous, and a wonderful reminder of the value of true friendship (one might say, a Fellowship…). Our Favourite Episodes: Six O’Clock Twinkies, Sir Richard Taylor: An Kast Media.
Unexpected Guest (Part 1 and 2), Who’s Buzz Lightyear?
STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW
This one is for the all the philosophy students out there. Queue
Looking to expand your knowledge of the world, or learn some weird
this one up for your bus route or long road trips. Each episode of
facts to pull out at a party? Stuff You Should Know is the podcast for you!
Philosophize This! dissects complex movements and ideas from key
Avowed nerds Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant deliver fascinating facts
philosophers throughout history. Show host Stephen West’s wry wit
and stories mingled with entertaining banter. With topics like history,
and humour makes heady philosophical concepts entertaining and
philosophy, economics, marketing and more, there is something in this
explores what they mean for us today. And it might just save you
podcast for everyone. Here are some of our favourites: Les Paul & Leo
when cramming for that mid-term or major essay...
Fender (Part 1 and 2), Y2K: Much Ado About Something, How Ketchup
Our Favourite Episodes: On Media Pt. 1 & 2, Max Weber—Iron
Cage, Hannah Arendt—The Banality of Evil, Heidegger Parts 1 -3
RECENTER WITH CHRIST Chaplain Jared guides listeners through prayerful meditations on Scripture using the spiritual disciplines of Lectio Divina and free form prayer. While no podcast can replace a regular life of prayer and Bible reading, this app can help build a strong foundation by centering yourself each day on the truth of Jesus and his love for you. Recenter with Christ is available both as an app on Google Play and for iPhone, or as a podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts—new meditations are uploaded every Sunday. Our favourite meditations: 382—In Him All Things Are Held Together (Colossians 1:16-20), 340—I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Psalm 139:13-16)
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COLLEGE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL SEMINARY DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL
A ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE
CATHOLIC PACIFIC COLLEGE
CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY
WOLFVILLE, NS 902-585-2210 acadiadiv.org
OTTAWA, ON 613-237-9870 augustinecollege.org
LANGLEY, BC 604-88-7727 actsseminaries.org
WINNIPEG, MB 204-487-3300 cmu.org
CANADA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
CANADIAN REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
LANGLEY, BC 604-513-2044 actsseminaries.org
TORONTO, ON 416-391-5000 canadachristiancollege.org
HAMILTON, ON 905-575-3688 canadianreformedseminary.ca
ALBERTA BIBLE COLLEGE
CANADA INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS
CANADIAN SOUTHERN BAPTIST SEMINARY & COLLEGE
CALGARY, AB 403-282-2994 abccampus.ca
WINNIPEG, MB 204-947-6701 boothuc.ca
LANGLEY, BC 1-800-513-2129 canil.ca
COCHRANE, AB 403-932-6622 csbs.edu
AMBROSE UNIVERSITY & SEMINARY
BRIERCREST COLLEGE AND SEMINARY
CANADIAN BAPTIST SEMINARY
CAPERNWRAY HARBOUR BIBLE CENTRE
CALGARY, AB 1-800-461-1222 ambrose.edu
CARONPORT, SK 1-800-667-5199 briercrest.ca
LANGLEY, BC 604-513-2015 canadianbaptistseminary.com
THETIS ISLAND, BC
ATLANTIC SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
CANADIAN LUTHERAN INSTITUTE
CAREY THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
HALIFAX, NS 902-423-6939 astheology.ns.ca
CAMROSE, AB 780-672-4454 clbi.edu
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CLEARWATER COLLEGE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES
FAITH ALIVE BIBLE COLLEGE
HORIZON COLLEGE & SEMINARY
CAROLINE, AB 403-722-2225 clearwatercollege.com
MONCTON, NB 506-858-8970 crandallu.ca
SASKATOON, SK 306-652-2230 fabc.ca
SASKATOON, SK 306-374-6655 horizon.edu
COLLEGE OF EMMANUEL & ST. CHAD
FACULTÉ DE THÉOLOGIE RÉFORMÉE
SASKATOON, SK 306-975-3753 usask.ca/stu/emmanuel
MONTREAL, QC 514-831-3138 farel.net
COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE
ÉCOLE DE THÉOLOGIE ÉVANGÉLIQUE DU QUÉBEC
INSTITUT DE THÉOLOGIE POUR LA FRANCOPHONIE
ABBOTSFORD, BC 604-853-3358 columbiabc.edu
MONTRÉAL, QC 514-831-3138 eteq.ca
LONGUEUIL, QC 450-646-4238 itf-francophonie.com
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SEMINARY
EMMANUEL BIBLE COLLEGE
GLOBAL UNIVERSITY CANADA
INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES
EDMONTON, AB 780-474-1468 concordiasem.ab.ca
KITCHENER, ON 518-894-8900 (224) emmanuelbiblecollege.ca
OAKVILLE, BC 1-855-745-7911 globaluniversity.ca
TORONTO, ON 516-979-2331 icscanada.edu
CONCORDIAN LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
ST. CATHERINES, ON 905-688-2362 brocku.ca/concordiaseminary
ESTON, SK 306-962-3621 estoncollege.ca
CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
HERITAGE COLLEGE & SEMINARY
WATERLOO, ON 519-885-0220 uwaterloo.ca/grebel
CAMBRIDGE, ON 1-800-465-1961 DiscoverHeritage.ca
CROFTON, BC 1-800-667-5199 kaleo.ca
CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE
ÉCOLE DE THÉOLOGIE ÉVANGÉLIQUE
HOME CHURCH BIBLE COLLEGE
THE KING’S UNIVERSITY
VANCOUVER, BC 604-822-6862 corpuschristi.ca
MONTRÉAL, QC 514-526-2003 fteacadia.com
RED DEER, AB 403-343-6570 homechurchbiblecollege.com
EDMONTON, AB 780-465-3500 kingsu.ca
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MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE
NEWMAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
SUSSEX, NB 506-432-4400 kingswood.edu
HAMILTON, ON 905-525-9140 x24401 mcmasterdivinity.ca
EDMONTON, AB 780-392-2450 newman.edu
THREE HILLS, AB 604-443-5511 prairie.edu
MB BIBLICAL SEMINARY
NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE
THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
TORONTO. ON 1-416-978-5306 knox.utoronto.ca
LANGLEY, BC 1-855-252-3293 mbseminary.ca
NIPAWIN, SK 1-888-862-5095 nipawin.org
MONTRÉAL, QC 514-288-5256 presbyteriancollege.ca
MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
NORTHWEST BAPTIST SEMINARY
PROFAC éCOLE THéOLOGIQUE
PAMBRUN, SK 306-582-2033 millarcollege.ca
LANGLEY, BC 604-888-7592 nbseminary.org
MONTRÉAL, QC 816-691-4185 ecoleprofac.com
LIVING WORD BIBLE COLLEGE
MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE - SUNNYBRAE
PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
SWAN RIVER, MB 204-734-3836 livingword.mb.ca
TAPPEN, BC 250-835-8889 millarcollege.ca
OTTERBURNE, MB 204-433-7488 prov.ca
LUTHER COLLEGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
PACIFIC LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE
REGINA, SK 306-585-5333 luthercollege.edu/university
SURREY, BC 604-597-9082 pacificlife.edu
PAROLE DE VIE QUÉBEC
INSTITUT BIBLIQUE DU QUÉBEC
WINNIPEG, MB 1-888-704-3824 naiits.com
SHERBROOKE, QC 819-823-8435 pdvb.org
LONGUEUIL, QC 450-651-4200 ibq.ca
MASTER’S COLLEGE & SEMINARY
NEW BRUNSWICK BIBLE INSTITUTE
PEACE RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE
PETERBOROUGH, ON 705-749-0725 mcs.edu
VICTORIA CORNER, NB 506-375-9000 nbbi.org
SEXSMITH, AB 780-568-3962 prbi.edu
ST. JOHN’S, NL 709-753-0116 queenscollegenl.ca
COLLEGE DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL
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ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
TORONTO BAPTIST SEMINARY & BIBLE COLLEGE
CALGARY, AB 403-531-9130 stmu.ca
TORONTO, ON 416-925-3263 tbs.edu
ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY
TORONTO SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
ANCASTER, ON 905-648-2131 redeemeruniversity.org
OTTAWA, ON 1-800-637-6859 ustpaul.ca
TORONTO, ON 416-978-4039 tst.edu
EDMONTON, AB 780-452-0808 vanguardcollege.com
COLLEGE DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL
ST. STEPHEN’S UNIVERSITY
TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
VICTORY BIBLE COLLEGES INTERNATIONAL
VANCOUVER, BC 1-800-663-8664 regent-college.edu
ST. STEPHEN, NB 506-466-1781 ssu.ca
LANGLEY, BC 1-888-468-6898 twu.ca
CALGARY, AB 403-286-8337 vbci.org
ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
STEINBACH BIBLE COLLEGE
CALGARY, AB 403-284-5100 rockymountaincollege.ca
STEINBACH, MB 204-326-6451 sbcollege.ca
TORONTO, ON 1-877-TYNDALE tyndale.ca
ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
SUMMIT PACIFIC COLLEGE
WORD OF LIFE BIBLE INSTITUTE
ROSEBUD, AB 403-677-2350 rosebudschoolofthearts.com
ABBOTSFORD, BC 604-851-7222 summitpacific.org
OWEN SOUND, ON
ST. MARK’S COLLEGE
TAYLOR COLLEGE & SEMINARY
VANCOUVER, BC 604-882-4463 stmarkscollege.ca
EDMONTON, AB 780-431-5200 taylor-edu.ca
UNIVERSITY OF ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
TORONTO, ON 416-926-1300 stmikes.utoronto.ca
TORONTO, ON 416-946-3535 wycliffecollege.ca/converge
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LAST WORD by sam hindmarsh
“and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” ROMANS 8:22-23 (ESV)
Unprecedented times. During the pandemic, that phrase
is not a sign of God’s absence, but of our union to Christ
has been overused in the news, on social media, in con-
and his suffering. He wants us to know that our suffering,
versations with friends, family, and co-workers. I’ll admit
like his, has great purpose in this present world and the
that I’m pretty tired of hearing it. Perhaps the reason it
has become so commonplace is that we have run out of
Our Christian hope has never been in our present circum-
anything else to say, feeling overwhelmed from trying to
stances, nor has it been in some future utopia of our own
absorb all the changes in our world that have happened in
construction. Our hope is confirmed for us when we face
a short period of time. Or perhaps it is because we have
hardship and pain; they are the signs of something new
all been anxiously anticipating some large-scale threat to
coming. That something new is God’s Kingdom, here on
strike our planet, and now that it has come, we struggle
earth as it is in heaven. Transformation and change will
in coming to terms with it. So we say, “Ah yes, these are
come like the awkward, messy image of childbirth used by
unprecedented times.” Only we must not forget that Jesus
Paul. Our pain is the sign of the birth of the Kingdom.
told his disciples to expect danger, suffering, and hardship on the road ahead. Learning resilience in difficult circumstances is a part of life. But for the faithful disciple, danger and hardship are not unprecedented outcomes. Indeed, it should encourage us that the Kingdom is drawing ever nearer. “Ok,” you may ask, “if following Jesus does not mean less suffering and hardship, then is faith in Christ even worth it? Why am I waiting around for the already-but-not-yet?” Maybe you encountered deep suffering and loss during the last two years. Or maybe your story is one of God’s faithful providence for you during this time—if that is the case, I rejoice with you in that. Whatever place you are in right now, Jesus wants his followers to recognize that hardship
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Creation groans—the earth is stretched and worn and weary. Justice falters, tensions rise, peace wains. Jesus knew these things would happen, that these patterns would play out in history, and so he told his disciples, and is commanding us, to persevere in faithful love and obedience to Him no matter how bleak things look. So, to all who are in Christ, continue to look to him, the author and finisher of your faith. Continue to seek his grace while you speak the truth in love as peacemakers. Continue to build your life on the foundation of the Word. Know that in your suffering you are being prepared for his coming Kingdom. Will you be ready?
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R E D E E M E R . C A SOME SAY THE university years are the best years of your life. That makes them sound easy — and they’re definitely not. They are the years when faith starts to matter more, and you take your first steps towards your career and who you will become. When you look ahead, you can see adventure and opportunity on one hand — and a broken world on the other. How do those things fit together? The answer begins with the truth that Jesus is king over all of it. At Redeemer University, you’ll have time to learn and prepare but also to experiment and explore. It’s where your faith and future come together so you’re ready for the road ahead. Down that road, you might look back and say that these were the best years of your life. And you’ll remember there were ups and downs, but that going there was the best thing you did to get ready.
READY FOR WHAT? ANYTHING.
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