2023 Christian College Guide for Canada

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FIND YOUR SCHOOL THE REAL VALUE OF A CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BAD CONNECTION Smartphones vs Real Community FINDING YOUR TRUE IDENTITY IDENTITY Media Selections Books Music Movies Podcasts HOPE AS AN ANCHOR College Map and School Index Inside CHRISTIAN COLLEGE GUIDE YOUR TRUE FINDING

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

BAD CONNECTION

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FINIDING YOUR TRUE IDENTITY

How our smartphones keep us from real community. In pursuit of meaning and belonging on the college campus.

COLLEGE MAP

The location of over 80 Christian Higher Education Schools in Canada.

SCHOOL PROFILES WEST

Get to know the top Christian educators in Western Canada.

SCHOOL PROFILES EAST

Get to know the top Christian educators in Eastern Canada.

THE REAL VALUE OF A CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Why Christian studies matter and will continue to be essential for the Church.

SCHOOL SERVICES OVERVIEW

Key services and opportunities provided by Canada’s top Christian educators.

MEDIA SELECTIONS

Our best media picks for 2023 including some tried and true favourites.

SCHOOL INDEX

A comprehensive list of Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Disci pleship Schools in Canada.

THE LAST WORD - HOPE AS AN ANCHOR

Choosing a mindset of hope in Christ instead of the flimsy alternatives of optimism or cynicism.

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How Our Smartphones Keep Us From Real Community

I’m at dinner with my friends. I momentarily glance up from my mushroom risotto, only to see everyone else glued to their phones. They’re busily picking the best filter to accompany the latest upload of the food they’re about to eat.

And then I wonder: if I enjoy a meal and none of my Insta followers see it—did it really happen?

Social media and smartphone technology are amazing, powerful, and helpful tools: I’m able to receive videos of my nephews taking their first steps, Facetime my mom from across the country, and search for hostels on the other side of the world. All while I’m sprawled across my living room couch.

Although technology continues to advance rapidly, the change in social interaction has been more of a gradual process. Technological progress has impacted users in ways of which we are just becoming aware. So how does this all affect the Christian community? How can we, as Christians, use social media and smartphone technology well?

We’re relational people, meant for deep and sacrificial relationships with one another. But the tricky thing with social media is that what feels like social connectivity can sometimes look a lot like loneliness.

A past study from the University of Michigan confirms that rather than fulfilling needs to be connected, excessive Facebook use may undermine one’s feelings of well-being and satisfaction. The individuals in the study who checked Facebook constantly were more likely to feel unsatisfied

with their own lives than those who didn’t check it as much.

To mask these feelings of loneliness, the anonymity of social media lets us present the best version of ourselves to our friends and followers. The more time we spend engaged with one another through our screens, the more inward-focused we become. We obsess over ourselves: our image, our connections, our time, and our comfort.

And so the endless scroll gives way to insidious comparisons: we measure our own worth against our friends’ public displays of affirmation. Hanna Krasnova, a researcher who led a study on the phenomenon, says that passively consuming all of this information creates envy through “comparison with a person or group who possess” (or at least seem to possess) “something we desire.” We’re jealous, because we want to be cared for in a real and meaningful way.

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“Although we crave love, we often settle for likes.”

Although we crave love, we often settle for likes.

Frankly it’s embarrassing how long it can take me to choose a profile picture. And doubly embarrassing: how many times I check back to see what people are saying about it.

As Christians we are called to participate in radically different kinds of relationships. This connection can only be found face-to-face.

Social media encourages a culture of constant access to a wide network of people and all-consuming entertainment. Our fear of missing out (FOMO) is fueled by social media; so we‘re consumed by our phones, catching up on all the fun things other people are doing. As Kristi Hedges says in her article in Forbes, FOMO leads to second-guessing the decisions we’ve made, ranging from our down time to what career we choose or when we decide to have kids. So here’s the irony: the fear of missing out means we’re actually missing out on our own tangible experiences.

We’re constantly documenting what we’re doing, promoting ourselves with images, statements, and articles that we think are worthy of attention. But what about life behind the perfectly positioned profile picture? Because we are made to be loved and to be known, we are also supposed to be vulnerable with one another, to be held accountable to one another. It’s so easy to both present and protect ourselves through our phones.

Social media has become our quick fix for a desire to be accepted and emotionally supported.

Despite being able to stay up-to-date, our constant access to a wide network of friends fools us into thinking that it’s good enough. Being a true friend takes time. Apps like Zoom and Facetime are the closest thing we have to faceto-face interaction, and they can be used to maintain a deep friendship when loved ones are apart. But most often, we use a like on a photo or a retweet as a substitute for actually talking to friends in person.

I’ve become really good at being passively engaged in friendships. I have forgotten (and am desperately trying to remember) what it’s like to be present with people, to offer them the dignity they deserve by simply paying attention.

Social media and phone interaction do not exempt us from spending time with our friends. But what does the word “friend” mean anymore? Is there any intimacy or investment involved?

My phone is my time-filler. Whenever there is a moment of free time, I jump to check my email, Instagram, or the news. I also pull out my phone in any social situation that starts to feel mildly uncomfortable. Real social interaction can be awkward and messy, but my phone has become a source of both comfort and control in these settings. And let’s be honest, we all like to control things. If we need space or alone-time, we can physically and symbolically create that distance.

Our society has created expectations of being constantly available, of being informed about the latest happenings online, and of establishing a presence on social media. This makes it that much more difficult to unplug. It’s hard to imagine that before this current generation people often left their homes without a phone, without any way of staying in touch.

The love we want to receive and the love we are supposed to offer is not a simple, accidental thing: it is an intentional and personal connection. Be present enough to engage with what God is putting before you. Be present enough to let things get awkward sometimes, to put yourself out there, to love those around you more boldly and more sacrificially than you are comfortable with.

Because that’s community. It’s messy, it’s a bit scary, but it’s what’s real.

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“Social media has become our quick fix for a desire to be accepted and emotionally supported.”

FINDING YOUR TRUE

I will never forget my first day of university. “O-day,” as we called it. A friend of mine and I were the only two from my small Ontario Christian school to make the trip out to the west coast for University. We got lanyards and swag bags and met our orientation groups. There was a DJ on the lawn playing “Harder Better Faster Stronger” by Daft Punk. I was going to become a Theatre teacher in a high school. I was going to get a girlfriend and become a vegetarian. My mentality was something along the lines of the classic song from the hit musical Annie “I think I’m gonna like it here.”

It didn’t take long, however, for my starry-eyes to become disillusioned. It rains 179 of the 365 days of the year in the Fraser Valley, and most of those rain days happen during the school year. Things fell apart with my long-time high school friend. I didn’t feel like I fit in with the Theatre department. I had to withdraw from my first Education class for fear of failing. I got my first girlfriend, but then I got mono, and then I broke up with that girlfriend (not because of the mono)—all in one semester.

Second semester wasn’t much better. I was tossed on the waves of anxiety. I was lonely. I abandoned the Education program and soon after I was thinking of abandoning Theatre. I wanted everyone to like me but I didn’t really like myself. Only by looking back can I see what was truly happening in my life—I was grasping for an identity and a place of belonging. It was a painful journey with many steps and missteps along the way.

MISSTEP #1: MAKING OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY IS NOT THE SAME AS LOVING THEM

My first big mistake in searching for a place to belong is that I spent a lot of time and made a lot of decisions based on the fear of people. I lived out of a constant desire for the approval of my Theatre professors and had a persistent need to be well-liked by all of my friends. I felt like if I wasn’t perfect I would be disqualified from relationship with them, so I spent a lot of time trying to be the perfect friend. Living life based on a desperate need to make other people happy felt a lot like the humble servitude of the Bible, but it was all an idol because I was serving humans rather than God. I often left feeling frustrated when my acts of “selfless love” were not recognized.

I see now that I was doing all this in order to find a place of belonging, a community of people who loved me. But the ironic thing is, in my attempts at being the perfect friend

“Living life based on a desperate need to make other people happy felt a lot like the humble servitude of the Bible, but it was all an idol because I was serving humans rather than God.”
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or student, I wasn’t being honest about who I truly was. I was hiding parts of myself, and trying to project a false perfection instead. The problem with performing perfection is that even when you finally succeed in achieving an outward “perfection” in your relationships, you still feel alone because you haven’t shown people the real you.

MISSTEP #2: BEING A VEGETARIAN DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE YOU A GOOD PERSON

We live in a world of social causes and for the most part that’s a very good thing. People are waking up to the damaging effects of greenhouse gasses and pollution on the planet, the unethical treatment of animals, the danger of giving our privacy up to megacorporations and the government, and the systemic injustices with regard to race, gender, and sexuality. University provided the perfect environment to discuss hot button issues with friends, join clubs, and rally behind causes.

One of the best ways I found to protest the evil in the world was to boycott. I boycotted meat, I boycotted sweatshops, and I switched from Microsoft to Linux. I felt awakened to the injustices in the world—they gave me a cause and a circle of like minded people to protest with. Being a part of these activist communities brought me a sense of identity. No longer was I just another average guy, I was Erik deLange: Vegetarian, Eco-activist, and advocate for Social Justice.

But no matter what I did, the voices in my head that I am not doing enough, that I am not good enough, vegan enough, carbon neutral enough, green enough, tolerant enough, or kind enough did not stop. In the same way that my pursuit of belonging turned people into my idol, my pursuit of social causes had the same result. It was a problem not unlike that of the Pharisees: paying attention to the outward works of doing right rather than my inner relationship to God. These identities were not truly transforming me, but instead they were “layered on”

externally. This discovery led to some hard but rewarding self-knowledge.

ENTER JESUS

My false identities began to disintegrate while simultaneously relationships fell apart due to my inability to keep up my perfect friend persona. I began to see that brokenness and corruption were not just in the institutions around me, but also in myself. My fierce need to fix the world’s problems actually stemmed from an inability to examine my own. But here was the good news from Jesus’ own lips: “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick, I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners”.

I discovered that in Jesus I don’t have to please everyone, navigating my relationships with perfectionism in order to belong. I discovered in Jesus that I don’t have to layer on pretentious identities in order to have an identity.

I found Jesus to be the only one who can put an end to my sin and–not only mine–also the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Trusting in Christ and not my own efforts for this salvation not only freed me from sin and perfectionism but provided me with what I’ve been looking for this whole time: a true identity and place of belonging as a beloved child of God.

Of course once this Gospel began to ring true in my life I did not automatically give up pursuing false identities

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“I began to see that brokenness and corruption were not just in the institutions around me, but also in myself. My fierce need to fix the world’s problems actually stemmed from an inability to examine my own.”

and trying to get people to like me. When I began to take my faith more seriously I found myself tempted to please my pastor or find identity in my particular denomination. God is still purging my life of these idols, and it is a slow and arduous journey. But here are some of the steps he has led me on to navigate this journey toward an authentic self.

STEP #1: ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE

“A [person] is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility” wrote C.S. Lewis. The same stands for any sin. The more we try to dig ourselves out of it in our own strength, the more entrenched we become. The first step in accepting our own brokenness is coming face to face with the one who loves us as we are, before we change. But that can be a really hard thing to accept. As psychologist Carl Jung noted, “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” University provides an opportunity to learn about the world and about God, but it is also a time when you will discover a lot about yourself. Some of the things that you’ll learn about yourself won’t feel very nice. As you begin the process of letting God and others see you and love you in your imperfections, you’ll begin to love others in theirs as well. This process leads to real and honest relationships. Slowly, a sense of true belonging rooted in the knowledge of God and of each other emerges.

STEP #2: ACCEPT WHO GOD IS

I remember Christmas break in my fifth year of university. Because of my Christmas plans I remained on campus long after all of my classes were done and my friends had left for home. With no assignments to do and no friends around to impress, I felt like my hands were outstretched grasping in vain for some kind of identity and belonging. It was at that moment, when I felt most lost and alone, that God spoke to me. It dawned on me that all of my attempts at grasping for an identity and a place of belonging were worth absolutely nothing compared to this reality: that I was grasped by God.

In Christian communities, you can leave behind your false identities and people pleasing and instead enter into authentic connections with other human beings—with fellow students whose identity is first and foremost as children of belonging, made for relationship with God.

STEP #3: IT’S A JOURNEY

Though it dawned on me so clearly in that moment, the path to this discovery was long and difficult, and in many ways I am still learning it. At this very moment you might feel bogged down by the weight of the world, your unknown future, and your own personal shortcomings. That is why it’s so important to plug into a good church community to be reminded often that you are accepted, loved, and held by God just as you are right now. And God promises that he will see you through the valleys of deep darkness—He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion (Phil 1:6). You can count on God to bring you to where you need to be in order to be who you truly are. That is because it is his work from start to finish.

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“The first step in accepting our own brokenness is coming face to face with the one who loves us as we are, before we change.”
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“Through all of my attempts at grasping for an identity and a place of belonging were worth absolutely nothing compared to this reality: that I was grasped by God.”

WESTERN SCHOOLS

BC AB SK MB 42 36 40 37 18 13 VANCOUVER 33 16 43 LANGLEY 1 6 7 8 26 32 46 2 3 38 41 48 CALGARY 11 14 21 35 39 9 17 27 30 44 45 47 EDMONTON 9 34 15 20 22 SASKATOON 31 19 25 REGINA 5 28 28 24 4 10 29 28 WINNIPEG 12 23 29 WEST 17. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SEMINARY 18. CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE 19. ESTON 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. MOUNT CARMEL BIBLE COLLEGE 28. MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE 29. NAIITS-INDIGENOUS PATHWAYS 30. NEWMAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 31. NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE 32. NORTHWEST BAPTIST SEMINARY 33. PACIFIC LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE 34. PEACE RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE 35. PRAIRIE COLLEGE 36. PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & SEMINARY 37. REGENT COLLEGE 38. ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIBLE COLLEGE 39. ROSEBUD
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INTERNATIONAL 1. ACTS SEMINARIES 2. ALBERTA BIBLE COLLEGE 3. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & SEMINARY 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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ON QC NL NB NS HAMILTON TORONTO OTTAWA MONTREAL HALIFAX 20 5 27 13 6 3 28 4 16 18 19 30 31 32 33 34 35 11 12 9 23 24 25 15 22 21 29 17 8 1 2 10 7 1. ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE 2. ATLANTIC SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 3. AUGUSTINE COLLEGE 4. CANADA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE 5. CANADIAN REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 6. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 7. CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE 8. CRANDALL UNIVERSITY 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 16. INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES 17. KINGSWOOD UNIVERSITY 18. KNOX COLLEGE 19. MASTER’S COLLEGE & SEMINARY 20. MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE 21. NEW BRUNSWICK BIBLE INSTITUTE 22. PAROLE DE VIE QUÉBEC 23. THE PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 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 31. TORONTO SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 32. TYNDALE UNIVERSITY 33. UNIVERSITY OF ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE 34. WORD OF LIFE BIBLE INSTITUTE 35. WYCLIFFE COLLEGE EAST EASTERN SCHOOLS 14 CHRISTIAN COLLEGE GUIDE - 13
1. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY 2. CANADA INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS 3. CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY 4. CAPERNWRAY HARBOUR BIBLE SCHOOL 5. COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE 6. NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE 7. MILLAR COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE 8. MOUNT CARMEL BIBLE COLLEGE 9. PEACE RIVER BIBLE INSTITUTE 10. ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 11. PRAIRIE COLLEGE 12. PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE & SEMINARY 13. ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE 14. THE KING’S UNIVERSITY 15. TRINITY WESTERN COLLEGE school profiles W e s T 14 - CONVERGEMEDIA.ORG

Top 5 Programs

Education

Business Administration Behavioural Science School of Ministry Biology

“Personal Confidence, Promising Future.”

Why Ambrose When you study at Ambrose, you’ll learn from knowledgeable faculty, discover your community and develop your faith alongside others who are also becoming the people God created them to be. Develop deep roots in your beliefs and gain employable experience and skills that will open the doors to your future.

Community Experience At Ambrose, you’re included in a community that truly cares about who you are and what you’re capable of achieving. Get involved on campus through student clubs, athletics, recreational activities and campus events. Want to learn how to take professional videos? We have a club for that. Need a fun study break? Come to one of our puppy days or game nights. Looking to make memories with friends? Create lasting relationships through worship evenings, student events and more! Our Student Life team is here to enhance your experience of university life and provide support along the way.

Academic Excellence Interact one-on-one with your professors and fellow students. Because class sizes are small in size, you are invited to be part of the conversation, to explore and offer new perspectives and innovative ideas. Your learning will be shaped by faculty who are experts in their fields, having researched and published in diverse areas. Develop a unique set of soft-skills desirable to employers upon graduation.

Student Testimony

“I was able to do amazing research, get some experience presenting at a conference and get the research on my resume. This helped me land a job, this previous summer, which is biology focused.”

— Sarah, Bachelor of Science in Biology program

Overview

Student population: 920 Student-faculty ratio: 19:1 Average class size: 18 Degrees: Cert., Dip., BA, BBA, BTh, BSc-Biology, MA, MCS, Mdiv, MLM Affiliation: Multi-Denom.

Campus Life Chapel Services

Student Jobs Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Fitness Centre Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing

Admissions

Application fees: $70 (domestic), $100 (int’l) Early admission: Yes Apply by: August 1st, 2023

Cost Tuition (domestic): $13,855 Tuition (int’l): $20,155 3 credit hours: $1,296 Contact 1-800-461-1222 enrolment@ambrose.edu www.ambrose.edu

PERSONAL CONFIDENCE PROMISING FUTURE

Open the door to your future at Ambrose University! You will graduate with the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in your future career path. And, you’ll learn how to address the life-shaping questions of purpose and faith in a close-knit community.

Calgary, Alberta

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Top 5 Programs

MA in Linguistics & Translation

MA in Linguistics

BA in Applied Linguistics

PhD of Ministry (Bible Translation)

Training Tracks

CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY WINNIPEG, MB

More Than Words.”

Why CanIL? CanIL graduates are currently working in over 40 countries serving alongside teachers, health providers, aid organizations, churches, and local leaders. We are a generation of linguistic scholars using our skills to work alongside marginalized language communities around the world so they can flourish.

Practicums & Internships CanIL offers experiential education opportunities both domestically and internationally for BA and MA students. For students pursuing Bible translation ministry, trips that are part of the academic program qualify for partial funding.

Community Culture CanIL is very much a COMMUNITY. We know students choose their school for excellent academics, but we also know that community is a critical part of the learning experience. We make community life a high priority as you will be engaging with your classmates as colleagues for life!

Featured Program: CanIL Launch

Interested in Bible translation ministry? CanIL Launch, a mentorship in the fundamental life skills of partnership development, offers additional financial aid for students as they seek to serve in a ministry context.

Overview

Student population: 120

Student-faculty ratio: 5:1

Average class size: 15-20 Degrees: Casual Studies, BA, MA, PhD Affiliation: Non-denomational

Campus Life

Student Jobs

Cafe/Student Lounge

Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities

Mentorship from Faculty Chapel Services Co-ops/Internships

Admissions

Application fee: $35

Early admission: Yes Apply deadline: Open Cost

Tuition fees are programdependent. Please inquire for more information.

Contact 1-800-513-2129 inquiry@canil.ca www.canil.ca

“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.”

“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 Practicum 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 a hands-on work-integrated learning experience.

Overview

Student population: 1,200 Student-faculty ratio: 18:1 Average class size: 19 Degrees: BA, BBA, BSc, BMus, BMT, MA, MDiv, MBA Affiliation: Mennonite Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs

Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Service Opportunities

Mentorship from Faculty Study Abroad Opportunities Student Housing Co-ops/Internships Fitness Centre Ministry Groups

Admissions

Career Expectations

CMU’s Centre for Career and 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.

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.

Application Fee: $80

Early Admissions: Yes Application Deadline: Open Cost

Tuition (domestic): $6,152 Tuition (int’l): $9,536 3 credit hours: $769

Contact 1-877-231-4570 admissions@cmu.ca www.cmu.ca

Student Testimony
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ISLAND, BC

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 hands-on experience to apply the classroom teaching.

Overview

Student population: 100 Student-faculty ratio: 4:1 Average class size: 100 Degrees: Certificate

A Programme of Discovery

Each year, Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre welcomes about 100 students of various ages, nationalities and denominations for the Bible School Programme. 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.

Programme Highlights

The curriculum covers nearly 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 and Extracurricular Activities are intricate parts of the learning experience.

Student Testimony

“It is in Christ alone that I will be satisfied.”

— Anonymous, First Year (2021 – 2022)

Affiliation: Non-denominational Campus Life Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Chapel Services Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Online Courses

Admissions

Application fee: $50 Early admission: No Application deadline: Open

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $13,900 Tuition (int’l): $13,900 3 credit hours: N/A

Contact 1-250-246-9440 chbc@capernwray.ca www.capernwray.ca

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Columbia Bible College in beautiful BC, will equip you for a life of discipleship, ministry, and leadership in service to the church and community. Columbia offers outdoor adventure programs, student lead worship, basketball, volleyball, internships, mentorship, and studentlife activities—all drawing you into a close-knit community and to Jesus.

Overview

Student population: 320 Student-faculty ratio: 14:1

Average class size: 20 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, BA Affiliation: Anabaptist

Campus Life Spiritual Mentorship Ministry Groups Student Housing Chapel Services Cafe/Student Lounge Mentorship from Faculty Student Jobs Church on Campus Varsity Sports Library on Campus Fitness Centre Co-ops/Internships

Admissions

Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes Apply by: Aug 30th, 2023

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $11,977 Tuition (int’l): $11,977 3 credit hours: $1,125

Contact 1 (800) 283-0881 (toll free) admissions@columbiabc.edu www.columbiabc.edu

NIPAWIN BIBLE COLLEGE

NIPAWIN, SK

Community Culture Time at NBC is a Mt. 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, etc, while learning to obey and apply it in our family-sized community that does ‘life-on-life’ learning together.

Faculty Spotlight 75% 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’.

Overview

Student population: 40-65 Student-faculty ratio: 4:1 Average class size: 10-25 Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, BA Affiliation: Interdenominational

Campus Life

Chapel Services

Cafe/Student Lounge

Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities

Student Testimony

“The whole experience 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 wellrounded experience.”

— Dana Willson, 4th Year

Extracurricular Activities NBC has started club basketball and futsal programs, and many of the students and staff play in our weekly intramural leagues. 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.

Featured Program: Foundations for Life

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 nonacademic options so virtually anyone can fit into the program.

Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Online Courses Offered

Admissions

Application fee: $50

Early admission: Yes Application deadline: Open Cost

Tuition (domestic): $7,800 Tuition (int’l): $7,800 3 credit hours: $325

Contact 1-888-862-5095 admissions@nipawin.org www.nipawin.org

EST. 1934
“Developing Passionate Followers of Jesus Christ With A Heart To Serve.”
“Be
Known. Make a Difference.”
COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE ABBOTSFORD, BC EST. 1936 18 - CONVERGEMEDIA.ORG

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.

MOUNT CARMEL BIBLE COLLEGE

EDMONTON, AB EST. 1968

Overview

Total students (all schools): 300 Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

Average class size: 45 Degrees: Bachelors, Masters Affiliation: Non-denominational

Campus Life Chapel Services Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing

Admissions

Application fee: $50 Early admission: No Application deadline: Open

Cost

Tuition amounts vary depending on location. Please inquire

Contact 1-306-582-2033 admissions@millarcollege.ca www.millarcollege.ca

Mount Carmel is about everyday Christian faith. Our focus is on helping people connect their faith in Jesus to the normal events and relationships of their lives. Our unique one-year program mixes college level learning with hands-on service and deep community designed to help bring faith to life.

Overview

Total students: 15-25 Student-faculty ratio: 3:1 Average class size: 15-25 Degrees: Diploma, Certificate Affiliation: Non-denominational

Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs Cafe/Student Lounge Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Study Abroad Opportunities

Admissions

Application fee: $50

Early admission: No Application deadline: Open

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $4,000 3 credit hours: $500 Tuition (int’l): N/A

Contact 1-780-465-3015 mail@mountcarmel.net mountcarmelbiblecollege.com

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FAITH IN CHRIST AND CARE OF HIS WORLD
TOGETHER
THE BIBLE PAMBRUN (SK), SUNNYBRAE (BC), WINNIPEG (MB) EST. 1932
MILLAR COLLEGE OF
“Developing Passionate, Relevant Servants of Jesus Christ.”
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“Where Faith Meets Life.”

“A Bible College for Life.”

PRBI 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.

ROSEBUD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ROSEBUD,

AB

Certificate in Theatre Foundations

Open Studies

Mentorship Training in Acting, Music, & Technical Theatre

King’s College Theater Semester in New York City

Briercrest & Crandall University Transfer Program

Overview

Student population: 60

Student-faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size: 13 Degrees: Cert. Dipl., BA Affiliation: Inter-denom.

Campus

Life Chapel Services

Student Jobs Cafe/Student Lounge Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Study Abroad Opportunities

Admission

Application fee: No Early admission: No Application deadline: Open Cost

Tuition (domestic): $8,200 Tuition (int’l): $8,200 Housing & Meals: $5,300

Contact 1-780-568-3962 admissions@prbi.edu www.prbi.edu

ENCOUNTER CHRIST

IMPACT YOUR WORLD

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 Annual study trips to the West Coast, Toronto, New York City, and London to see theatre and participate in workshops. A student elected Rep team organizes regular events to connect the student body. Other activities include a GSA, bible study, and prayer group.

Career Expectations Acting, stage 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.”

— Anna, Certificate in Theatre Foundations

Overview

Student population: 30 Student-faculty ratio: 1:1 Average class size: 10 Degrees: Cert., Dip., FRSA Affiliation: Non-denom.

Campus Life

Chapel

Services

Student Jobs Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Co-ops/Internships Study Abroad Opportunities

Admissions

Application fee: $75 Early admission: Yes Apply by: May 15th, 2023

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $8,400 Tuition (int’l): $8,400 3 credit hours: $840

Contact

1-800-267-7553, EXT. 232 recruitment@rosebud schoolofthearts.com rosebudschoolofthearts.com

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EST. 1933
AB
EST.
1988
“Be Transformed, Transform Culture.”
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Top 5 Programs

Top 5 Programs

BA in Ministry: Pastoral/Youth Ministry

Biblical Studies and Bachelor of Theology Practical Nursing

Associate of Arts in Mission Aviation

BA in Ministry: Outdoor Leadership

“To

Know Christ and Make Him Known.”

Why Prairie? Prairie has a rich legacy of preparing students to meet the greatest needs of the world. Celebrating our 100th anniversary this year, 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.

Community Culture Prairie’s warm community 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.

Program Highlights Prairie offers professional 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.

Student Testimony

“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. “

— Ted Lantz (BA in Ministry – Pastoral, ‘20)

Overview

Student population: 435 Student-faculty ratio: 9:1 Average class size: 15 Degrees: Diploma, BA, MA Affiliation: Multi-denom.

Campus Life Chapel Services

Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Online Courses Study Abroad Opportunities

Cost Tuition (domestic): $10,530 Tuition (int’l): $13,500 3 credit hours: $1,053

Contact 1-800-661-2425 admissions@prairie.edu www.prairie.edu PO Box 4000 Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

LIFE LAUNCH

PRAIRIE COLLEGE THREE HILLS, AB EST. 1922
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(Seminary)

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 with views overlooking a winding, tree-lined river. Our campus is rural and peaceful, but only 30-minutes from the city of 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 will 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 activity, watching a Pilots game, performing in a choir/band, participating in student leadership, or serving others through field education, you will grow and learn in a supportive and diverse community.

Undergraduate Degrees & Majors At Providence, you can earn a three-year or a four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Bachelor of Theology (BTh). You can choose a major in Aviation, Business, Biology, Health Science, Psychology, TESOL and more!

Overview

Student population: 440

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Average class size: 10-15

Degrees: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate Affiliation: Non-denominational

Campus Life Student Jobs

Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campius Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Chapel Services Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Online Courses Gymnasium Outdoor Soccer Fields

Admissions

Application fee: $50 (domestic) Application deadline: Open High school required: Yes

Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes

Costs + Financial Aid

3 credit hours: $993 Tuition (domestic): $9,930 Tuition (international): $14,880 Textbooks: $1,400 Dorms: $2,140 Average meal plan: $5,810 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes

Contact 1-800-668-7768 info@prov.ca www.prov.ca Providence University College & Theological Seminary 10 College Crescent Otterburne, MB, R0A1G0

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

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

Featured Program: BSc in Health Science

A BSc in Health Science is one of Providence’s newest majors, offering foundational courses in biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy, genetics (and more) to help you find your discipline of choice.

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OTTERBURNE, MB
“Your Story Starts Here.”
SEMINARY
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EST. 1925
Aviation Business Counselling Health Science Psychology Top 5 Programs
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“Anywhere...

Overview

Student population: 250 Student-faculty ratio: N/A Average class size: N/A Degrees: BA, Dipl., Cert. Affiliation: EMC Canada

Admissions

Application fee: $50 Early admission: Yes Application date: Rolling

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $9,600 Tuition (int’l): $9,600 3 credit hours: $960

Anytime...”

Contact 1-877-968-6762 enrolment@ rockymountaincollege.ca www.rockymountaincollege.ca 4039 Brentwood Rd NW Calgary, AB T2L 1L1

WE DEVELOP CHRISTIAN LEADERS

RMC delivers quality academic programs to where students live via PATHWAYS or REALIZE learning models so that students can achieve their potential.

LEARN MORE!

www.rockymountaincollege.ca 1.877.YOUnRMC | 403.284.5100 Calgary, Alberta enrolment@rockymountaincollege.ca

“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.

Practicums & Internships Programs are known for handson experiences. For example, our education students spend a total of 18 weeks in classroom practicums! Conduct lab projects, work in the field, assist professors with research and scholarship—many of our students are academically published! Connect your degree to employment opportunities through King’s Career Centre.

Overview

Student population: 942

Student-faculty ratio: 15:1

Average class size: 26 Degrees: Bachelors Affiliation: Non-denom. Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge

Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Recording Studio Drama Production Studio Knoppers Recital Hall Service Opportunities Ministry Groups Student Housing Admissions

Application fee: $50 Early admissions: Yes Apply by: August 15, 2023

Top 5 Programs

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

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $13,702 Tuition (int’l): $22,927 3 credit hours: $1,326

Contact 1-780-465-3500 admissions@kingsu.ca www.kingsu.ca

THE KING’S UNIVERSITY EDMONTON, AB EST. 1979
ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CALGARY, AB EST. 1992
RMC removes barriers and brings Biblical learning to you so you can stay engaged. Study at your own pace; when it is convenient for you. Let our practitionerbased faculty train, mentor and inspire you. RMC accepts your transfer credits, and you’ll receive credits for experience. 24 - CONVERGEMEDIA.ORG

Top 5 Programs

Business Education

Human Kinetics Nursing Biology

Student Testimony

“Trinity Western 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

“Equipped for Life.”

Student-Focused Experience At TWU, we are deeply committed to providing a whole-person education where you will develop practical professional skills while exploring bigger questions about who you are, what you believe, and what you’re called to do in the world. We promise to equip you for life.

Christ-Centred Community With our rich cultural mosaic of Christian believers from over 70 countries, there are many ways you can engage in our diverse TWU community. Being part of a global Christian university means you get to walk with God and make lifelong memories with students from all over the world.

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 and Career Development will help you make informed decisions about your future; and our co-op and mentorship programs will prepare you for employment.

Think Truthfully and Act Justly Backed by TWU’s 60 years of excellence, you’ll gain more than a degree. Our whole-person approach to education integrates faith and learning so you can create connections between biblical truth and every area of your life. You’ll be equipped to lead and to serve with confidence and compassion.

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.

Next Steps

We’ve made it easy—and free—for you to apply today. After you submit your application, an admissions counsellor will get in touch with you to discuss your goals and help you find the perfect program. At TWU, it’s not just what you do; it’s who you become.

Overview

Student population: 5,000+ Student-faculty ratio: 16:1 Average class size: 25

Degrees: Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate

Affiliation: Evangelical Free Churches of America

Campus Life

Chapel Services

Student Jobs Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Online Courses Study Abroad Opportunities

Admissions

Application fee: None Application deadline: Open High school required: Yes Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes

Cost

3 credit hours: $2,226 Tuition (domestic): $22,260 Tuition (international): $22,260 Textbooks: $1,500 Dorms: $4,400 Average meal plan: $5,154 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes

Contact 1-888-468-6898 admissions@twu.ca www.twu.ca

Trinity Western University 22500 University Drive Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY LANGLEY, BC
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Featured Program

to Serve.”

Our Story Over nearly two hundred years, 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 forward-thinking academic institution.

Accessible & Flexible Locations All our courses are available to take online and include synchronous and asynchronous content. Most of our courses include a mixture of online teaching and pre-recorded elements to accompany in-class discussion. In the Maritimes? Study on campus in Wolfville or take intensive format courses in various locations in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Equipping Christians to Serve Regardless of where you are called to serve, ADC will equip you to navigate ministry opportunities and wrestle with complicated social and ethical issues well into the future. Whether you’re leading a church in your community, serving in the mission field, or working in an industry setting, we will prepare you to meet your moment.

Overview

Student population: 200 Student-faculty ratio: 15:1 Average class size: 12 Degrees: BTh, MDiv, MA(Th), DMin, Diploma, Certificates Affiliation: CBAC

Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs

Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Study Abroad Opportunities Online Courses Student Housing

Admissions

Application Fee: Yes Early Admissions: Yes Apply by: August 1, 2023

Cost

The MDiv will set you on a path to equip you for ministry in today’s ever-evolving world. It will pre pare you to serve in a mosaic of contexts including local churches, chaplaincy, mission fields, and more.

Master of Divinity –

Student Testimony

“During my time studying at ADC, every course I have taken thus far has helped me develop my cultural intelligence, strengthen my current understanding of urban church ministerial dynamics and structures, and learn how to properly lead through times of conflict and times of triumph.”

Tuition (undergrad): $8,736 Tuition (graduate): $9,281 3 credit hrs (UG): $998 3 credit hrs (G): $1,054 Contact 1-866-875-8975 adcadmissions@acadiau.ca www.acadiadiv.ca

EST. 1968 “Equipping
ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE WOLFVILLE, NS
Christians
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“Transforming Lives Through Quality Christian Education.”

Why Crandall? With over 70 years providing education 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-toprofessor ratio, and renowned academic programs make it a campus students are proud to call home.

Overview

Top 5 Programs

Psychology Sociology Kinesiology ClayStone Education

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 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.

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.”

— Amy West, BBA ’21

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.

Student Life 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.

Finding Your Place in God’s Kingdom 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.

Featured Program: Addictions Counselling (Professional Studies Certificate)

This program prepares counsellors to engage with addiction recovery from a Christian perspective. Emmanuel is the only Christian institution offering a program certified by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.

Student population: 1,200 Student-faculty ratio: 13:1 Average class size: 19 Degrees: Certificate, Undergraduate, Graduate Affiliation: Baptist Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Study Abroad Opportunities

Admissions

Application fee: $40 Early admission: Yes Application deadline: Open Cost

Tuition (domestic): $9,200 Tuition (int’l): $17,900 3 credit hours: $920 Contact 1-888-968-6228 admissions@crandallu.ca www.crandallu.ca

Overview

Student population: 70 Student-faculty ratio: 8:1 Average class size: 7 Degrees: Cert., Dip., Bachelors Affiliation: Non-denom.

Campus Life Chapel Services Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Co-ops/Internships Online Courses Offered

Admissions

Application fee: $75 Early admission: Yes Application deadline: Open

Cost

Tuition (domestic): $12,160 Tuition (int’l): $12,160 3 credit hours: $1,110

CONTACT: 1-519-894-8900 admissions@ emmanuelbiblecollege.ca emmanuelbiblecollege.ca

CRANDALL UNIVERSITY MONCTON, NB EST. 1949
EST. 1940
“Your Gifts, Your Growth, His Glory.”
EMMANUEL BIBLE COLLEGE KITCHENER, ON B.R.E in Counselling BTh in Intercultural Studies BTh in Pastoral Ministry BTh in Youth
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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

Find Your Program Heritage offers Bachelor Degrees in Theology, Religious Education, and Music with the option to specialize in Intercultural Studies, Children, Youth, or Biblical Counselling. 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.

Equipping Future Church Leaders Heritage wants students to get 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.

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: 12:1

Average class size: 30

Degrees: Cert., Dip., Bachelor’s, Master’s

Affiliation: Fellowship Baptist Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs

Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre

Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Admissions

Application fee: Yes Early admission: Yes Application deadline: Open Cost

Tuition (domestic): $13,300 Tuition (int’l): $13,300 + fees 3 credit hours: $1,140 Contact 1-800-465-1961 admissions@heritagecs.edu www.discoverheritage.ca

Grow in your faith, be rooted for life

At Heritage, our mission is to prepare and equip our students for life and ministry.

From our one-year certificates to our college and seminary degree programs—discover all the ways you can study at Heritage.

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EST. 1993
“Pursuing God with Passion & Excellence.”
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Featured Program: The SERVE. Experience

Top 5 Programs

Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies

Master of Divinity

Master of Theological Studies

Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

Doctor of Practical Theology

Preparing You For God’s Calling Located in Hamilton, Ontario, McMaster Divinity College is located on a diverse campus of a major university. Our mission is to develop effective evangelical Christian leaders for the Church, academy, and society through graduate-level education, spiritual development, and vocational formation.

Study at MDC We offer a quality education at an affordable cost for students looking to deepen their understanding of God and His Word. The training we provide creates flexible and responsive graduates, equipped to serve where God calls them, in fields like pastoral ministry, counselling, chaplaincy, teaching, and beyond.

Next Steps Choosing the right school is an important decision for your future. Visit our website at mcmasterdivinity.ca to learn more about our flexible study programs or contact our Admissions Team, available by phone, text, email, or Zoom, to learn more about how MDC can help you reach your goals.

Featured Program: Graduate Certificate

Our Graduate Certificate program can be completed in just one year, focusing on ministry areas including: Spiritual Care, Spiritual Formation, Worship Studies, Church Leadership, Biblical Languages, and Christian Studies.

Overview

Student population: 250 Student-faculty ratio: 13:1

Average class size: 10 Degrees: PhD, DPT, MA, MTS, MDiv, Graduate Certificates

Affiliation: Evangelical Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs

Cafe/Student Lounge Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Online Courses

Admissions

Application fee: None

Early admissions: Yes Application deadline: Open Cost

Tuition (domestic): $6,370 Tuition (int’l): $9,000 3 credit hours: $707 Contact (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24402 divadmit@mcmaster.ca mcmasterdivinity.ca

Further your education

Developing Christian leaders for the church, academy, and society Learn more at mcmasterdivinity.ca

“Knowing the Word of God, Being Transformed in Christ’s Image, Doing the Work of Ministry.”
EST. 1887 MCMASTER DIVINITY COLLEGE HAMILTON, ON
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Top 5 Majors

Music (BA)

Psychology (BA)

Health & Human Services (BA)

Biblical Studies & Theology (BA) Business Administration (BBA)

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)

Why Tyndale? Choosing Tyndale means your educational experience is more than academic. It becomes transformational. Over the course of your studies, you will receive a distinctly Christian undergraduate experience where you will develop the skills to think analytically and respond to the issues of today and tomorrow.

Local Features Whether you’re living on residence or off campus, Tyndale’s central Toronto location makes it easy to explore the downtown core or head to the suburbs. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Gain new perspectives from professors and peers of various ethnicities and backgrounds.

Grow in Community Tyndale provides a safe, diverse community, with opportunities to grow deeper in your faith. Through Tyndale’s House system, new students can connect with people from various programs through activities. Smaller class sizes also make it easier to engage in discussion with your professors and peers.

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.

Programs to Suit Your Goals Tyndale offers a wide range of study options to meet your unique learning style and personal goals. Programs include: Social Service Work, Education, Philosophy, International Development, and more! Applying is quick, easy, and open year-round. Schedule a campus visit, take a virtual tour and start your application today.

Featured Program: Bachelor of Business Administration

Tyndale’s BBA degree opens multiple career options in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Discover how to combine your faith with business to make a positive difference in the world.

Overview

Student population: 1,400

Student-faculty ratio: N/A

Average class size: 22 Degrees: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Graduate Diploma, Master’s, Post-Graduate Diploma, Doctoral Affiliation: Non-denominational

Campus Life

Chapel Services

Student Jobs Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge Varsity Sports Library on Campus Spiritual Mentorship Fitness Centre Service Opportunities Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops/Internships Student Housing Online Courses Offered Study Abroad Opportunities

Admissions

Application Fee: None

Application Deadline: Rolling High School Required: Yes Early Admissions: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes

Costs & Financial Aid

3 credit hours: $1,464 Tuition (domestic): $14,640 Tuition (int’l): $14,640 Textbooks: $1,000 Dorms: $3,200 Average meal plan: $1,950 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants & loans: Yes Internships: Yes

Contact 1-877-TYNDALE admissions@tyndale.ca www.tyndale.ca

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REDEEMER UNIVERSITY HAMILTON, ON

Top 5 Programs

BA in Psychology

BBA in Business - Management

BA in Urban & Intercultural Ministry

“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 well-rounded critical thinker, ready to contribute to a team

Overview

Student population: 1,003

Student-faculty ratio: 16:1

Average class size: 20

Degrees: BA, BBA, B.Sc., B.Kin., B.Ed. Affiliation: Non-denominational

Campus Life

Chapel Services

Student Jobs

Cafe / Student Lounges

Varsity Sports Library on Campus Fitness Centre

Service Opportunities

Mentorship from Faculty Ministry Groups Co-ops / Internships Student Housing Study Abroad Opportunities

Admissions

Application fee: $40 (domestic) Application deadline: Open High school graduate: Yes Early Admission: Yes Interview: No Conditional Acceptance: Yes

Examine Your Interests God gifted you with unique passions and talents and your major is an opportunity to dig into those deeply. Earn a degree with 37 majors leading to BA, BBA, B.Sc., B.Kin., and B.Ed. degrees. Mentorship from expert faculty will help you find the shape of your career and calling.

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.

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.

Costs + Financial Aid

3 credit hours: $326.66

Tuition (domestic): $9,799.80

Tuition (Int’l): $17,334

Textbooks: $1,000 Dorms: $6,480

Average meal plan: $2,682 Scholarships: Yes Bursaries: Yes Grants and loans: Yes Internships: Yes

Contact 1-800-263-6467 admissions@redeemer.ca www.redeemer.ca

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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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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.

Ready to take the leap and apply for university? It’s quick, easy and open year-round. Our admissions team is here to guide you through the process. You can begin an application at any time through our website at redeemer.ca/apply.

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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, internships, and practicums. Whether sharing laughter in the hallways, shouting over sports games in the common room, catching up over family-style meals, or having fellow residents drop by during a study break, the built-in community at Wycliffe offers the feeling of family.

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, PhD in Theological Studies

Overview

Student population: 250 Student-faculty ratio: 13:1

Average class size: 15 Degrees: MTS, MTSD, MA, PhD, MDiv, Cert. in Theological Studies

Affiliation: Evangelical Anglican Campus Life Chapel Services Student Jobs Church on Campus Cafe/Student Lounge

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Admissions

Application fee: $50 Early admissions: No Apply by: Dec. 1/Jun 30

Cost Tuition (dom.): $6,300-$12,025 Tuition (int’l): varies by program 3 credit hours: $602 Contact 1-416-946-3535 admissions@wycliffe.utoronto.ca www.wycliffecollege.ca

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THE REAL VALUE OF A Christian Education

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I remember entering university in a state of abso lute anxiety. So many decisions had to be made, and I had so many questions. Where would I move? What would I study? Were those studies going to pay off someday? What classes should I sign up for? Will I get accepted? These were big questions that I knew had the power to shape my life’s journey, my community, and my mind.

My undergraduate experience was split between two worlds. I began my studies at a Christian university, where dorm worship services and bible classes and church dates were all a thing. I finished at one of the largest universities in the U.S., a school infamous for its party culture. On both campuses I made great friends, received quality education, and stayed in touch with Jesus.

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CHRISTIAN VS SECULAR UNIVERSITIES

Some parents insist their kids go to Christian universities because, you know, while drugs and sex and raging parties are happening in “the world,” surely nothing of the sort ever makes its way onto a campus with mandatory worship attendance.

While there are many reasons to choose a Christianbased education, I’m not sure shelter should be one of them. Particularly because it’s naïve to think these places actually provide any kind of shelter. But even more so, as Christians, I don’t think our goals should be negative— meaning, I don’t think they should be stated in terms of what we’re trying to avoid and what we’re against. Rather than talking in a way that makes us sound like pompous, holier-than-thou weirdos, why not talk about what we gain with a Christian-based education?

The first thing you gain with any college campus is a community. University is the place where you meet friends that you’ll stay in touch with for the rest of your life. It’s where many people meet their to-be spouses, and it’s a place for professional networking as well. Campuses that profess Christian values have a different quality of community. Not that they’re necessarily tighter knit or friendlier, but the community is tied in with the body of Christ. The campus is an extension of the church. It’s where the church goes to be trained.

Don’t get me wrong: we need Christians in public universities. We can’t just go off and hide in our exclusive private schools and turn our nose up at everyone else. We have to relate.

But we also need places where Christian scholarship is taken seriously. And not only that, we need places where the Christian worldview can be fairly critiqued and shaped for our present day.

THE CHRISTIAN MIND

The Christian mind thinks a bit differently. It has to. This doesn’t mean it can’t engage in meaningful interactions with a secular mind. This isn’t to say that the Christian mind is somehow better or worse, more intelligent or simpler. What it means is that every thought and logical process of the Christian is (or should be) subject to the conviction that humans are created in the Image of God and have been reconciled to Him through the Incarnation and Resurrection of God’s son. This has radical ramifications for students entering the academy.

“The campus is an extension of the church. It’s where the church goes to be trained.”
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Harry Blamires, a student of C.S. Lewis at Oxford, wrote a popular book about this in the 60s, called The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? The basic premise of his book is that Christians have sold out to the secular world. Basically, the secular world stopped respecting Christian intellect and then Christians themselves followed suit, downplaying their beliefs and convictions whenever they engaged in dialogue in a college or university setting.

Blamires argues over and over that there is no longer a Christian mind. Sure, we still ascribe to certain ethics, and spiritual practices, “but as a thinking being,” he writes, “the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization. He accepts religion—its morality, its worship, its spiritual culture; but he rejects the religious view of life, the view which sets all earthly issues within the context of the eternal, the view which relates all human problems— social, political, cultural—to the doctrinal foundations of the Christian Faith.”

What we believe is essential to who we are, and whether we like it or not, it will shape how we view the world and how we engage in any kind of study. Unbiased thought is some thing we can imagine, but not something we can actually engage in; it’s impossible.

I’m convinced that a commitment to Jesus and to a present Creator should lead us to ask good questions, engage in sound scientific reasoning, and send us on an insatiable quest for what is good and what is true. The university is a great place for this to happen.

THE BIBLE WAS NOT WRITTEN TO YOU

The gist is that we’ve gotten used to the idea that the Christian worldview should be confined to the church. For the most part, the secular spaces of learning today demand that you set your faith aside in order to engage in unbiased thought. As if our faith is some accessory we wear.

A big benefit of Christian universities and colleges is nearly all of them make you take biblical studies or theology courses. That means as part of your general education, on top of basic academic skills and knowledge, and on top of the specialization required for your program, you’re required to think critically and academically about the Scriptures and about the intricacies of God. When I was first introduced to this, I didn’t like it. I had studied the Bible in church contexts and had been told that every word was written so that God could speak to me. Therefore, I had been taught to treat the Bible as the textbook to life, the Good Book with all the answers. But in academia, all this was stripped away. It was at Christian University that I

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“We’ve gotten used to the idea that the Christian worldview should be confined to the church.”

learned the messy history of the Bible’s various characters. I learned about context. I started paying attention to the more difficult parts of Scripture, while being taught how to exegete and pick sentences apart, word by word. No longer was the Bible an easy to use manual of any kind—it was a gross collection of stories that were hard to make sense of. So I stopped reading it.

It wasn’t until I realized the Bible was not written to me, that I picked it up again in interest. This was a huge mental shift and therefore bears repeating: THE BIBLE WAS NOT WRITTEN TO ME. BUT… it was—as one of my professors puts it—written for me, and for every believer in every generation to come. I realized that these stories had been passed down for thousands of years, preserving a mystery and majesty that nobody has fully understood. Finally, I was approaching the text with humility.

TRUE WISDOM FROM GOD

Academic theology and Biblical studies, at their best, give you the tools to look at the message of the Scriptures crit ically, while acknowledging that you are part of the story. You can never be outside of it. And within this story of the people of God, we find a consistent call to wisdom and un derstanding. We are told that in our ignorance, God has be come wisdom for us. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “It is because of [God] that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Cor 1:30).

Christians these days have a reputation for being ignorant and foolish, and it’s not the good kind of foolishness that topples arrogance and pride like Paul talks about. The Scriptures tell us that if we are teaching Jesus—his life and

works—then we are teaching wisdom itself. If we’re going to talk to our non-believing friends, or our friends who are wavering on the road of faith, we must do so intelligently and humbly, respecting the mysteries of God by seeking out the resources for this discussion.

A good Christian-based education will challenge your beliefs rather than simply tell you what you should believe, or repeat what you’ve always believed. Studying God in an academic context is a bit like pulling back the curtain in The Wizard of Oz. What seemed like an intense encounter

with a smoky green face in the air becomes a confusing and questionable experience. You realize that the Scriptures didn’t fall from the sky after being penned by God Himself. You realize that church history has been messy and tragic and beautiful. You begin to see that God isn’t some great legendary wizard, but that He’s a Person. And once you realize He’s a person, that’s when you’ll understand that mystery abounds and good learning can begin.

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“A good Christianbased education will challenge your beliefs rather than simply tell you what you should believe.”
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MUSIC

IN THESE SILENT DAYS Brandi Carlile (2021)

Country singer Brandi Carlile wrote much of this album during the early lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic. Carlile’s lyrics are some of her best, sharing from her heart the experience of isolation and longing for real connection and love. If you’re looking for a musical panacea for your woes, this just might be it.

Best songs: Stay Gentle, You and Me on the Rock (feat. Lucius), Right On Time.

KINGDOM BOOK ONE Kirk Franklin (2022)

The gospel legend Kirk Franklin is the gift that keeps on giving. His latest album Kingdom Book One is a collaboration with Maverick City Music and features many guest artists, including Brandon Lake and Chandler Moore. If you liked Jesus Is King and are hungry for more, then be sure to put Kingdom Book One in your rotation.

Best songs: Bless Me, Why We Sing, The Name, Fear is Not My Future.

CLIMATE VIGIL SONGS

The Porter’s Gate (2022)

Socially-conscious worship collective The Porter’s Gate is back with a rousing cry for God’s creation. As usual, the tracks boast an impressive array of guest musicians like Josh Garrels, Liz Vice, Matt Maher, and newcomer Terrian. The lyrics combine lament and prayer with lines of Scripture, offering worship up to our Creator God.

Best songs: Bring in the Year of Jubilee (Psalm 37), Brother Sun (Giving Glory!), Hosanna! (Will You Rise?), The Kingdom is Coming.

TEASER AND THE FIRECAT Cat Stevens (1971)

Best songs: Peace Train, Tuesday’s Dead, Morning Has Broken, Moonshadow.

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MOVIES

NOPE (2022)

In Nope, siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) try to get the “money shot” of an ominous alien presence hiding above their ranch. The film opens with Nahum 3:6, a verse about judgement for the sin of Nineveh, a nation that became greedy and corrupt. Peele’s film explores the consequences of the human desire for spectacle, and will open up fruitful conversation about God’s justice and redemption with others. You won’t look at the sky in the same way.

Content warning: there are two disturbing sequences, one involving a chimpanzee on a children’s TV show set. Viewer discretion is advised.

FIRST COW (2019) Dir. Kelly Reichardt

FATHER STU (2022)

Father Stu is based on the life of Father Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg), a boxer who became a Catholic priest before being diagnosed with a deteriorating muscle disease. The movie is a raw, honest, and moving portrayal of how one man’s faith in Christ helps him endure a life of suffering and pain. Features rough language and alcoholism.

Set during the Gold Rush, this movie is about the origins of the American dream. A travelling cook and a Chinese man (John Magaro and Orion Lee) partner together to steal milk from a wealthy Englishman in order to make some money. It’s a story of a sweet friendship and a get-rich-quick scheme gone wrong. The simplicity of the plot allows the story to clearly illustrate how social barriers to wealth have been part of America from the beginning. Its spare score and storytelling masterfully build tension to the very end.

ELVIS (2022) Dir. Baz Luhrman

While Baz Luhrmann’s film takes some creative liberties with Elvis’ life, the singer’s family gave Austin Butler’s performance their blessing. Butler may not be a dead ringer for Elvis, but he has captured the spirit and charisma of the musician. The film highlights Elvis’ influence by Christian spirituals, blues/ jazz, and the role of racism in censoring his music. Viewers are also brought to see the exploitative relationship between Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).

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BOOKS

PIRANESI

Susanna Clarke (2020)

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi is about the memory of a place we once knew and our desire to return. The childlike Piranesi lives in a House with an infinite number of rooms and a surging ocean, and is enchanted by its beauty and power. Referencing both C.S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and the Greek philosopher Plato, Clarke’s captivating writing slowly unfolds the story, revealing new mysteries of the House. By the end of this novel, you will care deeply for Piranesi and his House.

EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY

Pete Scazzero (2014)

Pastor and spiritual theologian Pete Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is a practical study guide for individuals and groups to reflect on how their thoughts, habits, and beliefs shape their spiritual lives. We are often unaware of these hidden factors, and Scazzero provides personal stories, advice and guided questions for reflection.

In college, it can be spiritually disorienting to encounter tough intellectual questions and new worldviews. In his book After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith Without Losing It, professor and former pastor AJ Swoboda argues that while the deconstruction experience can lead to loss of faith, it is also an opportunity to mature spiritually. Having pastored people through deconstruction, Swoboda manages to be sensitive to personal experience and faithful to Christian orthodoxy. Pick up his book for a thoughtful guide through the murky topic of deconstruction.

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PODCASTS

MORTIFICATION OF SPIN Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Show hosts Todd Pruitt and Carl Trueman deliver weekly banter about challenging subjects. Tune in each week to hear funny, honest, and intellectually stimulating conversations about topics such as suffering, technology, injustice, and headship in marriage. Make sure to give this one a listen!

Recommended episodes: The Metaverse Church, Life After Roe, Situating our Suffering.

GLOBAL WEIRDING WITH KATHARINE HAYHOE

Texas Tech Public Media

LANGUAGE OF GOD BioLogos

Did you know that many of the first scientists studied the universe in order to learn more about the Creator behind it? BioLogos’ podcast Language of God continues in this vein, with each episode featuring interviews with prominent Christian figures, including Makoto Fujimura, Bill McKibben, N.T. Wright, Francis Collins, and Jane Goodall. This podcast is a great listen for anyone with questions about how faith and the sciences intersect.

Recommended episodes: Bill McKibben, N.T. Wright, Reconciling Evolution Pts 1 and 2.

Host Katherine Hayhoe is both an evangelical Christian and climate scientist at Texas Tech University. In her show Global Weirding, Hayhoe communicates calmly and respectfully about the topic of climate change. Each episode answers common questions from a range of worldviews and offers ideas about how we can all work together to care for the earth. Check this one out for a positive take on a tough topic

Recommended episodes: The Bible Doesn’t Talk About Climate Change, Right?, I’m Just One Person! What Can I Do?, How Do We Know Climate Change Is Even Real?.

CREATIVE PEP TALK Andy J. Miller

This one is for all the artsy folks out there. Struggling to get your creative endeavours off the ground? Check out illustrator Andy J. Pizza’s podcast Creative Pep Talk for hot tips and conversations about different aspects of creative practice. Andy’s show is fun, energetic, sometimes silly, and full of good advice for every artist trying to build their career.

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SCHOOL INDEX

AACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE

WOLFVILLE, NS 902-585-2210 acadiadiv.ca

SEMINARY

ACTS SEMINARIES

LANGLEY, BC 604-513-2044 actsseminaries.org

SEMINARY

AUGUSTINE COLLEGE

OTTAWA, ON 613-237-9870 augustinecollege.org

COLLEGE

CCATHOLIC PACIFIC COLLEGE

LANGLEY, BC 604-88-7727 actsseminaries.org

COLLEGE

CANADA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

TORONTO, ON 416-391-5000 canadachristiancollege.org

COLLEGE SEMINARY

COLLEGE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL

SEMINARY

DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL

CANADIAN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY

WINNIPEG, MB 204-487-3300 cmu.org

UNIVERSITY

CANADIAN REFORMED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY HAMILTON, ON 905-575-3688 canadianreformedseminary.ca

SEMINARY

ALBERTA

BIBLE COLLEGE

CALGARY, AB 403-282-2994 abccampus.ca

COLLEGE

AMBROSE UNIVERSITY & SEMINARY

CALGARY, AB 1-800-461-1222 ambrose.edu

UNIVERSITY SEMINARY

ATLANTIC SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

HALIFAX, NS 902-423-6939 astheology.ns.ca

SEMINARY

BBOOTH UNIVERSITY

WINNIPEG, MB 204-947-6701 boothuc.ca

UNIVERSITY

BRIERCREST COLLEGE AND SEMINARY

CARONPORT, SK 1-800-667-5199 briercrest.ca

COLLEGE SEMINARY

CANADA INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS

LANGLEY, BC 1-800-513-2129 canil.ca

UNIVERSITY SEMINARY

CANADIAN BAPTIST SEMINARY

LANGLEY, BC 604-513-2015 canadianbaptistseminary.com

SEMINARY

CANADIAN LUTHERAN INSTITUTE

CAMROSE, AB 780-672-4454 clbi.edu

DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL

CANADIAN SOUTHERN BAPTIST SEMINARY & COLLEGE COCHRANE, AB 403-932-6622 csbs.edu

SEMINARY

CAPERNWRAY

HARBOUR BIBLE CENTRE

THETIS ISLAND, BC 250-246-9440 capernwray.ca

DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL

CAREY THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE VANCOUVER, BC 604-224-4308 carey-edu.ca

SEMINARY

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CLEARWATER COLLEGE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

CAROLINE, AB 403-722-2225 clearwatercollege.com

COLLEGE

COLLEGE OF EMMANUEL & ST. CHAD

SASKATOON, SK 306-975-3753 usask.ca/stu/emmanuel

COLLEGE

COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE

ABBOTSFORD, BC 604-853-3358 columbiabc.edu

COLLEGE

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN

SEMINARY

EDMONTON, AB 780-474-1468 concordiasem.ab.ca

SEMINARY

CONCORDIAN LUTHERAN

THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ST. CATHERINES, ON 905-688-2362 brocku.ca/concordiaseminary

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CONRAD GREBEL

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

WATERLOO, ON 519-885-0220 uwaterloo.ca/grebel

UNIVERSITY

CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE

VANCOUVER, BC 604-822-6862 corpuschristi.ca

COLLEGE

CRANDALL UNIVERSITY

MONCTON, NB 506-858-8970 crandallu.ca

UNIVERSITY

FAITH ALIVE BIBLE COLLEGE

SASKATOON, SK 306-652-2230 fabc.ca

COLLEGE

FACULTÉ DE THÉOLOGIE RÉFORMÉE

MONTREAL, QC 514-831-3138 farel.net

SEMINARY

EÉCOLE DE THÉOLOGIE ÉVANGÉLIQUE DU QUÉBEC

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HOPE AS AN ANCHOR

This morning I woke up to see the sun reflecting the arch of a rainbow across my entire wall. “Hope! God is present and active today and tomorrow,” it seemed to say over me. I wondered why living with hope is a modus operandi so easily forgotten in my life.

Maybe I don’t trust the word ‘hope’ because its truest meaning is often diluted into mere wishful thinking by the way we throw it around.

When we use the word hope to describe less than the redemptive power of God, we invite ourselves into a pingpong game between optimism and cynicism. But aren’t these concepts prescribed by our world in newspapers, music and films actually enemies of true hope? Neither optimism nor cynicism really grapples with the world we live in.

Optimism is that hanging cherry air freshener I put in my car rear view mirror that hides the stench of my moldy Starbucks coffee cup with a stronger, artificial smell. In other words, it asks me to ignore the vile realities in and around me in order to focus my attention on an idea that may not be trustworthy. Sometimes it’s a good, spiritual idea that I am meant to adopt because it sounds like some thing the Bible or other Christians would say.

However, optimism is suspect because it never invites me to walk into the complexities of life. Instead of acknowl edgement, optimism ignores so much of my experience.

Cynicism is just as unhelpful. It decides the last chapter by how the current chapter is turning out. It invites me to ignore the genuine good of life, from the thrill of a baby’s birth or meeting someone special to the most basic experi ences of life, such as a hard laugh or cry, delicious wine, or the smell of the forest.

When consumed by cynicism, I am numbed to the experi ence of living as an embodied soul surrounded by beauty within and without. I have predicted my downfall, and that of the entire world around me. I think I know all there is to know and conclude that it’s just not worth it. To put it bluntly, cynicism makes me arrogant.

So, before I got out of bed, I declared war. Optimism is out. Cynicism is out. Simply put, I need hope!

Let’s get clear that to be a believer means that I walk through the world with eyes that trust that redemption has begun in and all around me and will be completed in full. And it also means that I walk with my eyes open to the world, not ignoring the depth of pain in my heart and in my neighbours.

I don’t get to ignore hardship to avoid trusting God at the level my deepest pain resides. I don’t get to decide that because I can’t see a way, there isn’t one. I can’t let cyn icism prove that hope is a false advertisement by killing my desire for a full life. My new way of being requires humility, courage and friends like Father Time and his wife Patience.

Hope is difficult. It often feels like a burden because we have to keep choosing it, even when we don’t feel like it or when it doesn’t seem reasonable. However, hope will not let us down because hope is not a mind trick or spiritual gymnastic routine. It is our decision to trust in Christ.

As Christians, we have no alternative but hope because it is the Way we have accepted. So may our modus operandi be not a flimsy optimism, nor an arrogant cynicism, but full trust and belief that we can truly put our hope in the promise that all things are being made well and will be made well.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
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