Course Requirements

Semester I12

  • Life Planning Strategies3
    P3515 This course is designed to help students develop or refine a personal life plan that integrates the full spectrum of life experience into the plan. It includes addressing the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of life. It touches on work, family, personal, and relational experiences. This course will present a variety of assessment tools, including interests, life gifts, personality, and spiritual gifting. Students will be challenged to look at their dreams, passions, values, and mission in life. Biblical perspectives will be incorporated into the course at each stage. The course will lead a student through a process that will culminate in a personal life plan. (1st year course)
  • Introduction to Worldviews3
    G3515 This course is a consideration of major philosophies and significant religious movements with an aim to understanding the concept of ‘worldview’. The biblical worldview and its approach to other worldview perspectives is presented. (1st year course)
  • Grasping God’s Word3
    B3025 This course will help each student better understand God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible and, therefore, how to live more faithfully in today’s world. The course will include a study of the formation of the Bible and will teach a method for independent Bible study, including an emphasis on grammatical-historical scripture interpretation.
  • Biblical Foundations of Counselling3
    P3525 This course provides students with foundational Biblical concepts of counselling, providing practical application of principles learned through lecture, small group and whole class interatcion as well as self-study and oral presentation formats. The student will ultimately be challenged to examine his/her worldview towards counselling in the light of biblical principles. (1st year course)

Semester II13

  • Life and Teachings of Jesus3
    B3275 The life, teaching and work of Jesus of Nazareth will be examined according to the gospels. Students will be encouraged to explore Jesus’ life and death in relation to their own faith journey. (1st year course)
  • The Books of Poetry and Wisdom3
    B4115 This course studies Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs emphasizing the genius of Hebrew poetry and the doctrinal depth, spiritual value and ethical implications of these books. (1st year course)
  • Christian History: The Global Expansion of the Church3
    G3215 This course considers the worldwide history of the church, highlighting key turning points related to the global expansion of the Christian church from New Testament times to the present. A primary goal is for the student to understand their own roots in Christian history and how they can participate in the vitality and mission of Christ’s church. (1st year course)
  • Spiritual Disciplines & Discipleship3
    G4425 This course explores historical spiritual formation practices, the sociological dynamics of small communities, the psychology of personhood, theories of people helping and the theology of transformation.The purpose of the course is to develop a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to spiritual growth and renewal and to take you further in your own personal journey of intimacy with Christ in order to enhance your ability to enter into God’s mandate to be engaged in the making of disciples of all nations.
  • PACE Practicum1
    P4000 PACE Practicum is intended to provide an opportunity to connect theologyand counselling (depending on program) with daily living; a venue for expressing learning. Practicum takes place in a ministry or para-church setting usually over a three-month period, 1 credit per semester. 3 credits in a Practicum are required.

Semester III13

  • Christian Ethics 3
    G4525 Using the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament, this course examines various theological and philosophical approaches to ethics in working towards developing a personal and communal Christian ethic. Attention will be given to contemporary moral issues.
  • Counselling Skills3
    P3545 This course is designed to blend personal growth and practical experience, through developing the understanding, knowledge and skills necessary in an effective counselling relationship. The underlying foundation will be from a Christian perspective, with integration of beliefs and practice. Lectures, discussions, skill building activities, role-plays, case studies, oral presentations, and personal reflections will be used to facilitate learning. Since this course has an experiential component, active participation will be expected and encouraged.
  • Acts of the Apostles3
    B3285 This course is a study of the history of the beginnings of the Christian church as described in the New Testament book of Acts. The faith, practises and teaching of the first churches will be the focus of this study, as they are born in Judea, then expand beyond Judaism across the Greco-Roman world. Special attention will be made of the historical contexts, the key players, and the strategies employed in the missionary expansion of these new communities.
  • Christian Theology3
    B3325 This course focuses on the classical passages of the Old and New Testaments. The student will study the basic theological concepts related to Scripture, God, Jesus Christ and His work, humankind and their salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the church. The text will explore the historical development of these doctrines as well as the biblical basis for them.
  • PACE Practicum1
    P4000 PACE Practicum is intended to provide an opportunity to connect theologyand counselling (depending on program) with daily living; a venue for expressing learning. Practicum takes place in a ministry or para-church setting usually over a three-month period, 1 credit per semester. 3 credits in a Practicum are required.

Semester IV13

  • Crisis Counselling3
    P4515 This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the dynamics, components, goals, and process of crisis counselling, providing practical application, through the use of triads, of strategies, and interventions learned through lectures, class interaction, self-study, and fieldwork. This course will primarily focus on suicide crisis, crisis within family dynamics, divorce crisis, and crisis arising out of grief and loss.
    Prerequisite: P3525 Biblical Foundations of Counselling
  • Counselling Theory3
    P3535 This course will provide an overview of major theories in counselling and psychotherapy from a biblical perspective. This course will examine the historical context of secular psychology and the rise of Christian Counselling. Students will develop criteria for evaluating theories using a biblical framework and formulate their own theory of Christian Counselling.
    Prerequisite: P3525 Biblical Foundations of Counselling
  • Conflict Resolution3
    P4545 This course provides students with a basic knowledge of conflict theory, as well as a beginning understanding of conflict resolution skills. Students will also be equipped with a framework of bringing Biblical counsel and resolution to conflict situations at home, work and the church.
  • Family and Marriage Counselling3
    P4555 This course concludes the program on the importance of the family as a foundational Biblical and social institution. Students will develop understanding of the Biblical teaching on family and marriage, skills for assessing, counselling and resources for referring as necessary to build healthy families.
    Prerequisite: P3525 Biblical Foundations of Counselling
  • PACE Practicum1
    P4000 PACE Practicum is intended to provide an opportunity to connect theologyand counselling (depending on program) with daily living; a venue for expressing learning. Practicum takes place in a ministry or para-church setting usually over a three-month period, 1 credit per semester. 3 credits in a Practicum are required.

General Education36

  • Communications3
  • Church History3
    G321 An overview of church history.
  • Introduction to Psychology3
    G241 This course will provide an introduction to the concepts, theories, and practices of North American psychology. Students will be expected to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of these theories from a Christian perspective.
  • Social Science3
  • Philosophy3
  • General Education Electives21

Program Electives41


Counselling and Ministry

3 Academic Years
2.00 G.P.A. Minimum

This diploma is offered uniquely through the PACE (Professional Adult Christian Education) program and is designed to equip learners 25 years old and over with the biblical foundation and counselling skills / resources with the following goals:

  1. Lay the groundwork for graduate studies in Counselling.
  2. Prepare for associate ministry positions where strong skills are needed in pastoral care.
  3. Prepare for employment in para-counselling and care ministries and organizations.
  4. Provide foundational counselling skills for pastors who wish to enlarge their skills and resources in pastoral counselling and care.
  5. Prepare for careers requiring a non-specific college degree, where relational skills are an asset.


Adults completing the PACE Program in Counselling and Ministry will:

  1. Have a clear understanding of their goals, their mission for life derived from an explored faith in God, and skills to accomplish these.
  2. Possess and be able to articulate a biblical worldview.
  3. Be able to relate biblical, theological and historical truths to their own life decisions and to those touched by their care-giving ministry.
  4. Apply the character, values and compassion necessary for Christian care-giving consistently in their lives.
  5. Have demonstrated these skills in a practical ministry setting.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a Diploma in Counselling & Ministry, you must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 semester hours in the PACE Program in Counselling & Ministry with a grade of “C” or better in each course.
  2. Complete 36 semester hours of General Education as follows:
    1. Communications (3)
    2. Church History (3)
    3. Social Sciences (6): Intro to Psychology (3), Social Science Elective (3) — Courses from history, economics geography, political science, ethics, psychology, cultural anthropology and sociology.
    4. Philosophy (3): a course in worldviews or ethics may also be acceptable.
    5. General Education Electives (21): additional credits from any of the areas listed above and also including literature, natural sciences, information technology, mathematics, some fine arts, physical education and college orientation courses.
  3. Complete at least 51 hours of course work at Alberta Bible College.
  4. Complete the Counselling Practicum.
  5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  6. Satisfactory Christian character, recommendation of the Administration and approval of the Board.