Course Spotlight: Spiritual Formation of Leaders

2023-05-31T10:35:01-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Amma Syncletica said: "In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it's smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort." "Our primary calling as followers of Christ is by him, to him, and for him. First and foremost we are called to Someone (God), not to something (such as mother, politics, or teaching) or somewhere (such [...]

Where are the leaders?

2023-04-26T10:22:16-06:00Categories: Articles, Newsletters|Tags: , |

Horizon College & Seminary's Spring Newsletter, March 2023 Printable Version "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."(Jesus, Luke 10:2) As you read this, the denominations partnered with Horizon are looking to fill 32 pastoral vacancies in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario. Each of these vacancies represents a faith community whose weekly gatherings and fellowship bear witness to the world around it that Jesus offers people another way – a way that is truth and life. [...]

Course Spotlight: Preparing Sermons that Connect

2023-03-13T10:31:40-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

"5 minutes into the sermon, I knew I was in trouble. People weren't with me. At the 10-minute mark, people were falling asleep. One man near the front began to snore. And worse, he didn't disturb anyone. No one was listening." (Paraphrase from Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson.) Most preachers have these kinds of experiences where the congregation is not connecting with them. What would it take to become a more effective communicator of God's Word? Horizon Seminary offers a course to help you engage your listening audience. This course will consist of weekly reading; presentations; discussions; and assignments. Participants will [...]

Course Spotlight: Integration of Theology & Counselling

2023-03-22T12:41:00-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

How does biblical theology fit with present-day counselling theory? What does it mean to be a Christian counsellor? Biblical scholar Dr. Susan Wendel and registered psychologist Heather Tomes team up to bring theological reflection into the world of counselling practice. How do biblical perspectives about God's purposes and plans for redemption shape our understanding of counselling? As students reflect on these questions of integration and articulate their own approach, it will help to align their hearts with the heart of God. The Course June 5 - 9, 2023 (Monday - Friday) 9:00 [...]

Course Spotlight: Technology & Communication for Ministry

2023-08-30T15:08:15-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Some churches use technology well; some do not. Many use it simply because it is done by other churches or because it is common in western culture. Rarely do questions around theological and philosophical implications of the power of technology arise. For example, the screen increasingly functions as a primary epistemological source in Western society, eclipsing "hard copy" print (i.e., books). What does this mean for faith that has held a book as a central epistemological source for centuries? The Technology & Communication for Ministry course provides practical skills in using key technologies and will also build a framework for [...]

Auditing: A Great Way to Grow

2023-03-13T10:32:10-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Horizon delivers the very best in competency-based education, preparing Christian leaders for Spirit-empowered life and ministry in the 21st century. Students at both the undergrad and graduate levels receive exceptional Christian leadership training as they work towards their individual goals; perhaps discovering and fulfilling their calling, preparing for a career in ministry, and certainly, growing deeper in their relationship with God. Enrolling as a full-time student is a transformational and worthwhile endeavour, and Horizon is working very hard to make Christian education more accessible. But what about those who desire to grow but aren't able to commit to even part-time [...]

Two New Seminary Degrees

2023-03-13T10:32:36-06:00Categories: Articles, Promotions|Tags: |

Horizon Seminary is introducing 2 new degree programs in 2023. Here is a quick overview of each and what makes them distinct: Master of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies (MABT) The MABT equips students with the skills needed to interpret and communicate the scriptures and theological truth effectively in various ministry settings. 48 credit-hour program (16 courses) The degree is designed for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the Bible and theology and grow in their relationship with God. MABT Program Details Master of [...]

Working Together for Change

2023-03-13T10:32:50-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

(Continued from Part IV) A Future for Christian Higher Education, Part V Collaborating Across the Christian Higher Education Sector There is often a spoken or assumed expectation by those outside the sector that Christian higher education institutions ought to find deeper ways to collaborate. The sentiment is affirmed by those within the sector44 and in practice institutions are generally generous about things like sharing policy, referring students to rival institutions that better suit the student's academic aims, and offering friendship, moral support, and prayer across the aisles. For deeper collaboration, however, it needs to be [...]

Ministry Modules

2023-04-06T12:44:21-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Horizon has a variety of ministry-related modular courses to empower Christian leaders in their work of serving the Kingdom. Offered in the spring of 2023, these can be taken for credit OR can be audited for a more relaxed, informative format. Online options are available for those who can't attend in person. Consider sending your church's ministry team members or lay people! The Courses April 24 - 28, 2023 (Monday-Friday) 9:00am - 4:00pm College course. Pre-course reading and assignment required. Effective public speaking in any forum is a combination of art and [...]

Christian Higher Education Must Adapt

2023-03-13T10:33:07-06:00Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

(Continued from Part III) A Future for Christian Higher Education, Part IV Practically speaking, how can Christian higher education overcome its lower enrolments and decreased financial supports and continue to fulfil its leadership pipeline mandate in Canada?   Solutions: Christian higher education must adapt, collaborate, and secure new support. There are many possible solutions to the Christian higher education crisis, but all of them need to own up to the commonplace perception of "how little my [Christian higher] education had actually prepared me for the day-in, day-out responsibilities of leading a church."32 For Daniel O. Aleshire, [...]

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