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Welcome to the VBCI Equipping Week 2018 (Degree Week).

REGISTER FOR DEGREE/EQUIPPING WEEK 2018

For any questions contact VBCI Registrar at:
+1 (403) 286-8337
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Dates: February 20-24, 2018

“Live-Streaming” may be available for selected courses and seminars.  Contact Registrar for specific details

Course Titles & Full Descriptions: (In order of date):

Feb 20 | UNDERSTANDING TODAY'S RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Instructor: Pastor Terry Murphy, MTh

  • Course Description: A modern take on Comparative Religions.
    Contending for the truth is an age-old battle. In order to preserve and promote the truth of the Gospel, we need to understand contemporary distortions and detractions that influence our culture of diverse religions, philosophies, and beliefs. This course will teach students to recognize the hallmarks of heresy, understand the dangers of false doctrine, and how to engage people who embrace differing belief systems.

  • Audience: Degree students.  Available for audit to pastors and students of the Bible.
  • Cost: For credit: $450 | For audit: $150 | VCI Pastor for audit: $99

Feb 21 | ENGAGING YOUR CHURCH IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS

  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Instructor: Doug Sharpe, President, Canada Family Action

  • Course Description: As the political landscape shifts, so too must our tactics and strategies if we want to have influence in the arenas of government and politics. The instructor will review some of the challenges and strategic opportunities we face on the road ahead.  Doug will use real-time examples of issues we, as Christians, are currently confronted with and show church leaders how to mobilize their people to get involved.

  • Audience: Open to all- pastors, church leaders, and anyone looking to influence the political process.
  • Cost: $30.00

Feb 21 | MARKETING THE CHURCH IN THE DIGITAL AGE

  • Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Instructor: Heather Pinay, President, Authentic Business & Life Solutions

  • Course Description: Marketing is a vital part of the church’s commission to reach out with the Gospel. Smart marketing strategies allow the local church to control how others view the church and its mission; and can open many different doors of evangelistic opportunity. This seminar is designed to help churches understand proven principles of successful marketing and how to implement them online and through social media.

  • Audience: Church leaders, church planters, and church staff.
  • Cost: $40

Feb 22 | WHO RUNS THIS PLACE?

  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Instructor: Pastor Sheldon Ball, B. Mgt; CPA; CA; Associate Pastor Royal Oak Victory

  • Course Description: Practical Tips For A Functional Office.
    Behind every successful organization is an organizer! Many churches struggle, not for lack of commitment or passion, but because of a lack of sound organizational procedures that allow the work of God to move ahead readily. This seminar will instruct senior leaders and staff members alike in how to design efficient and effective systems for managing the ministry.

  • Audience: Church leaders, church planters, and church staff.
  • Cost: $30

Feb 22 | COUNSELLING SEXUAL LIFESTYLE ISSUES

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Instructor: Dr. Dustin Nau, Ph.D

  • Course Description: Current Real Life Issues that Pastors and Therapists Face today with the LGBTQ"

  • Audience: Degree students and those wishing to audit.
  • Cost: For credit: $450 | For audit: $150 (Contact Registrar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for availability) | VCI Pastor for audit: $99

Friday Feb 23 | HEALTHY BOUNDARIES = HEALTHY LIVES

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Instructor: Pastor Sherry Loewen, MCC

  • Course Description: Setting healthy boundaries, recognizing codependent behaviours in ourselves and others.
    Boundaries exist to give us a sense of ourselves and help us to build healthy relationships. They are there for our protection. They are flexible, not fixed, and can change - with how we feel and who we are with, but - they are our boundaries. Lack of boundaries can lead to co-dependent behaviours which can be very dysfunctional. As a result, co-dependent people experience emotional abuse in relationships because they are not able to form firm boundaries and allow others to walk all over the weak ones that they have. In this course, we will discuss the many areas in which we ourselves can set boundaries in our own lives and help others as well.
    Specifically:
  • Relationship Issues due to lack of boundaries
  • Co-dependency: what is it? And how lack of boundaries leads to co-dependant issues
  • Recognizing co-dependent behaviours, in ourselves and in others
  • How to set healthy boundaries, and to be freed from co-dependency

  • Audience: Degree students. Available for audit to pastors and students of the Bible
  • Cost: For credit: $450 | For audit: $150 | VCI Pastor for audit: $99

Friday Feb 23 | CULTURAL CONUNDRUMS: LESSONS FROM CORINTHIANS

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Instructor: Pastor Brad Dewar, M. Th.
  • Course Description: Sexual promiscuity? Doctrinal revisionism? Power politics in church? None of these things are new to our times! Paul the Apostle addressed these and many other familiar-sounding problems in his letters to the Corinthian church. This course will examine these epistles with a view to applying their lessons to contemporary issues facing the church today.
  • Audience: Degree students and those wishing to audit.
  • Cost: For credit: $450 | For audit: $150 | VCI Pastors: $99

Saturday: Feb 24 | EFFECTS OF ANXIETY, STRESS & DEPRESSION

  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Instructor: Dr. Jaime Scutchings, Ph.D
  • Course Description: This course will look at the effects of anxiety and depression on the individual - mentally, physically and spiritually. Also, we will look at the effects that these issues have on the family and relationships.
  • Audience: Degree students and those wishing to audit.
  • Cost: For credit: $450 | For audit: $150 | VCI Pastor for audit: $99