Vancouver School of Theology

An affiliate of the University of British Columbia

Introduction

DENOMINATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Vancouver School of Theology has been part of theological education in British Columbia for over 100 years—a rich, pioneering tradition upon which to build. We are a direct descendant of a number of denominational institutions founded in Vancouver over the years.

The core work of our school is to prepare students for congregational ministry and leadership.

DID YOU KNOW ...

  • At VST international students pay the same tuition rate as Canadian students?
  • VST is located on the campus of the Univesrity of British Columbia. We are close to the ocean, beaches, lots of recreational and artistic activities, and we live in a temperate climate.
  • There are a number of affordable housing options on and near the campus?

INDIGENOUS STUDIES

The School established its partnership with First Nations more than 30 years ago and offers the innovative Native Ministries M.Div. Degree Program by extension, reaching out to Western Canada and the Pacific North-West and Hawaii in the U.S.A.

INTER-RELIGIOUS STUDIES

In 2010, VST established Inter-Religious Studies, with new courses and programs that teach students to engage with other faith traditions for the good of the world that God loves.

VISION

The Vancouver School of Theology is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders.

OUR THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS

  • God calls a people from and around the world to be a blessing for all creation.
  • The God revealed in the history of Israel and in Jesus Christ, calls us to think together with tradition for the sake of the present and the future.
  • We meet God’s image in our neighbor and in all creation.

MISSION

An education at VST invites:

  • Faithful discernment of the demands of Christian service.
  • Rigorous engagement with Christian tradition and contemporary learning.
  • Hospitable and respectful collaboration with Indigenous spiritualties and other cultures and faith traditions for the good of all creation.

VALUES

As a community of faith, we commit to:

  • Theological education (theological, biblical, pastoral, ethical, historical, Indigenous and inter-religious studies) and formation for the flourishing of God’s people.
  • Inspiring lives of discerning Christian discipleship within and outside this community.
  • Respect for the dignity of every person.
  • Learning and scholarship are undertaken with diligence and openness.
  • Encouraging prophetic speech and just action for the love and welfare of creation.

GOALS

  • Increase our commitment to educating and forming ministry-bound students for transformative leadership, while continuing to support existing research-oriented programmes.
  • Inspire excellence in teaching and learning for God’s people, and share that learning in multiple venues.
  • Cultivate our relationships with denominations that currently support us and continue ecumenical expansion, locally and internationally.
  • Increase our capacity to use information technologies for teaching, and research and programmatic outreach with diverse external publics.
  • Build the VST reputation and nurture a greater community of relationships, e.g., with Indigenous peoples, other religious traditions, UBC, neighborhood theological colleges.
  • Strengthen our recruitment of ‘first-choice’ applicants from Canada, the Pacific North West and draw students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create long-term financial strength, stability and confidence in the school with responsible stewardship.
  • Enhance full-time faculty through deliberate recruitment and retention, to complement our current faculty.
  • Sustain and develop a staff, faculty, and board who enthusiastically support the vision and mission of the school.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

This school also offers:

MA

MA in Public and Pastoral Leadership

Campus January 2019 Canada Vancouver

The Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons engaged in various forms of leadership, from congregations to social entrepreneurship, faith-based social services, NGOs, community-based development, mediation services and community-based justice initiatives. [+]

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons engaged in various forms of leadership, from congregations to social entrepreneurship, faith-based social services, NGOs, community-based development, mediation services and community-based justice initiatives. A unique specialization in Spiritual Care prepares students for a variety of chaplaincy ministries (see the MAPPL in Spiritual Care program description).

This degree is anchored in practice-based learning, action-reflection, and contextual analysis. Attention is given to developing religious literacy for working in pluralistic contexts, honing the theological intellect for forming public theologians and leaders, providing biblical, ethical and spiritual foundations for inspiring the visionary capacities of organizers and ecclesial change agents, and practicing ritual, rhetorical and communitarian skills needed for offering vital, artful, generous leadership in both inherited and emerging pastoral and public contexts.... [-]


MA PPL in Spiritual Care

Campus Full time January 2019 Canada Vancouver

The concentration in Spiritual Care is designed for those intending to pursue vocations as spiritual care practitioners in settings such as healthcare facilities, prisons and correctional facilities. This specialization has been designed to be in sync with the BC provincial government framework standards as well as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care certification requirements. Within 24 months students can meet the BC standards requirements for a spiritual health practitioner. [+]

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The concentration in Spiritual Care is designed for those intending to pursue vocations as spiritual care practitioners in settings such as healthcare facilities, prisons and correctional facilities. This specialization has been designed to be in sync with the BC provincial government framework standards as well as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care certification requirements. Within 24 months students can meet the BC standards requirements for a spiritual health practitioner. An additional Advanced Unit and residency are required by CASC for certification as a specialist. These are normally completed post-degree.

This program provides an integrated approach to learning in which pastoral studies are intentionally integrated with clinical experience in therapeutic methods. Student/interns are immersed in the modernhealthcare team context and learn the pastoral leadership skills essential to ministering within an institutional setting. All students must pass a readiness interview with one of the VST adjunct faculty CPE supervisors prior to being accepted into the program. Persons wishing to enroll should be aware of the emotional rigour that is part of CPE and be prepared for focusing full time on their studies if they wish to complete the program in 24 months.... [-]


Master of Arts in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies (MAIIS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 7  January 2019 Canada Vancouver + 1 more

Vancouver School of Theology continues its long-standing partnership with First Nations communities and its partnerships with inter-religious communities to make possible an M.A. in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies. [+]

Overview of Program

Vancouver School of Theology continues its long-standing partnership with First Nations communities and its partnerships with inter-religious communities to make possible an M.A. in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies.

Purpose

The purpose of this degree is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in research and writing in a context where three major monotheistic faith traditions meet North American Indigenous traditions and vice versa. The degree will prepare students to participate in an increasingly pluralistic world and equip them to meet the challenges of religious diversity.

Primary goals of the program

To enhance theological expertise that is interdisciplinary in nature and cross-cultural in expression. To foster innovative theological research, transcending comparative study, to develop integrative faith-based knowledge and skills which address critical local and global needs in such areas as ecology, conflict, colonialism and globalization. To acknowledge the historical and contemporary role of the indigenous North American spiritual and intellectual tradition(s) as a world religion. To equip people for engagement in Indigenous and inter-religious community life. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 7  January 2019 Canada Vancouver + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree program is for those wishing to develop further perspectives in theological thought for personal or professional enrichment, for those interested in further academic study, or for those seeking further development in their spiritual journey in relation to other professions. [+]

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree program is for those wishing to develop further perspectives in theological thought for personal or professional enrichment, for those interested in further academic study, or for those seeking further development in their spiritual journey in relation to other professions. This program allows students to concentrate their studies in one of five areas. Students will choose one of the following areas before beginning their courses:

Biblical Studies – This concentration is intended for those seeking an in-depth and rigorous analysis of Scripture from various perspectives along with biblical language training. Students choosing the Biblical Studies concentration are required to complete 6 credit hours of either Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Greek as part of their coursework and write a major exegetical paper.... [-]


Master

Master of Divinity / Master of Divinity by Extension

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 3 - 7  January 2019 Canada Vancouver + 1 more

The Master of Divinity and Master of Divinity by extension, degree programs are for those seeking an academic program with practical applications within which to explore the depth of their faith and prepare for a variety of public and pastoral ministries. VST’s Master of Divinity program is accepted for ordination by the Anglican, United and Presbyterian denominations in Canada and by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. [+]

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Master of Divinity, and Master of Divinity by extension, degree programs are for those seeking an academic program with practical applications within which to explore the depth of their faith and prepare for a variety of public and pastoral ministries. VST’s Master of Divinity program is accepted for ordination by the Anglican, United and Presbyterian denominations in Canada and by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Many other denominations accept all or part of this degree program, though some require at least a year in their denominational schools. Students should check with their denomination for specific ordination requirements.

A graduate of the MDiv program at VST will be equipped and prepared to exercise a vocation of theological scholarship in the service of the flourishing of God’s people:... [-]


Master of Theology (Th.M)

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 10  January 2019 Canada Vancouver + 1 more

The Master of Theology degree is a post-graduate degree designed to provide the student with an advanced understanding of one area or discipline within the general context of the theological study, and the development of research methods and resources appropriate to the area or discipline chosen. [+]

Overview of Program

The Master of Theology degree is a post-graduate degree designed to provide the student with an advanced understanding of one area or discipline within the general context of the theological study, and the development of research methods and resources appropriate to the area or discipline chosen.

The program may serve to prepare a student for further graduate study at the doctoral level, preparation for some forms of teaching, the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or disciplined focus in an area of theological study for personal interest. Two streams of study are available:

One option requires the writing of a scholarly thesis; this is the option generally recommended for those preparing for doctoral work. The other option, the General Research Option, requires additional coursework and a significant project. The program requires specialization in the area of study in which the thesis is written but allows for diversity in the selection of courses. It is offered in any field in which a student’s interests and the School’s resources coincide. Length of Program ... [-]

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