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Bachelor of Theology

The Bachelor of Theology is an accelerated program designed for applicants pursuing a second degree at PLBC or for applicants who have extensive ministry experience. Those who meet the qualifications for this program can usually complete their BTh in two to three years, if studying full-time.

"I left PLBC impacted the most by the lifelong friendships"

While I grew in my intellectual knowledge and achieved a life long goal of earning my Bachelors Degree, I left PLBC impacted the most by the deep, rich, and life long friendships of fellow students and staff.

Steve Belzner

The Specifics.

Purpose

Degree Upgrade is one of our two Accelerated Programs specifically geared to students who already hold a degree from a secular college. Students are allowed to integrate their background in general studies with a concentration of biblical studies and specific ministry  courses.

Program Length
  • 69 credit hours
  • 2 years full-time
Program Director

Les Warriner, BTh

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning objectives required for all objectives required for all programs, the Bachelor of Theology will enable graduates  to:

  1. Know the contents and methods of understanding the Bible and theology in its original  language.
  2. Interpret the Bible using sound exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological methods in its original language.
  3. Evaluate differing biblical, theological, cultural, and historical views at an advanced  level.
  4. Formulate a Christian worldview demonstrated in life and ministry at an advanced  level.
  5. Appraise and exhibit sensitivity to the global community in biblical and theological dialogue at an advanced level.
  6. Apply the Bible in teaching and preaching to specific issues in various contexts in its original language.
  7. Display a commitment to grow biblically and theologically.
Qualifying

Transcript evaluation is required to ensure qualification for program requirements. Students who  successfully qualify for this program will be awarded 64 credits from PLBC towards a 128 credit Bachelor of Theology degree. The 64 credits are only awarded once the student’s 64 academic credits have been earned. The normal procedure is as  follows:

  1. Complete and send to the college the Application for Admission with the $35 CDN fee for the Degree Upgrade program.
  2. With the Application for Admission, also have an “official copy” of the transcripts from where you received your degree sent to us.
  3. We will evaluate your application and transcript(s) to determine if you qualify for the program. If you qualify, we will inform you by official letter and indicate to you what courses you will need to complete.
Degree Requirements

GENERAL STUDIES

History of Christianity I
History of Christianity II

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY COURSES

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Pentateuch
The Gospels
Biblical Interpretation
Advanced Biblical Interpretation
Survey of Christian Beliefs
Theology I: God the Father
Theology II: God the Son
Theology III: God the Holy Spirit
Theological Method
4 Bible or Theology Electives

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Spiritual Formation II
Evangelism Strategies
4 Ministry Electives

SERVICE MINISTRY

Service Ministry (2 semesters)

Purpose

Leader’s Track is our second Accelerated Program. The Leader’s Track provides advanced leadership development for mature students who may lack academic background, but have demonstrated leadership qualities, Bible study disciplines, spiritual gifting, and proven ministry  skills.

Program Length
  • 126 credit hours (30 exempt)
  • years full-time
Program Director

Les Warriner, BTh

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning objectives required for all objectives required for all programs, the Bachelor of Theology will enable graduates  to:

  1. Know the contents and methods of understanding the Bible and theology in its original  language.
  2. Interpret the Bible using sound exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological methods in its original language.
  3. Evaluate differing biblical, theological, cultural, and historical views at an advanced  level.
  4. Formulate a Christian worldview demonstrated in life and ministry at an advanced  level.
  5. Appraise and exhibit sensitivity to the global community in biblical and theological dialogue at an advanced level.
  6. Apply the Bible in teaching and preaching to specific issues in various contexts in its original language.
  7. Display a commitment to grow biblically and theologically.
Qualifying

Leader’s Track is for mature students (30 years +) with an equivalence of five years full-time ministry leadership experience (or a minimum of 5000 hours of ministry leadership experience). This ministry experience must be detailed in the Ministry Report Form of our Student Application   for Admission.

Students who successfully qualify for this program will be awarded 64 credits from PLBC towards a 128 credit Bachelor Theology degree. The 64 credits are only awarded once the student’s 64 academic credits have been earned. The normal procedure is as  follows:

  1. Complete and send the Application for Admission with the Ministry Report Form and other Reference Forms to our office with an accompanying Leader’s Track Application Fee of $250 CDN (non- refundable).
  2. Successfully complete an English Proficiency Test and Advanced Bible Knowledge Test.
  3. We will assess and evaluate your application and should you qualify for the Leaders Track program, you will receive an advanced standing of 64 credits towards a Bachelor of Theology degree (applied at the completion of the 64 earned credits through PLBC).
  4. There is also a $250 CDN Leader’s Track Matriculation Fee at the completion of your academic  studies.
Degree Requirements

In addition to completing a 66 credit core, Bachelor of Theology students on the Leader's Track also take the following:

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY COURSES

Theological Method
1 to 3 Bible and Theology Electives

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Pastoral Ministry
Homiletics I
Senior Seminar
3 to 5 Ministry Electives

OPEN ELECTIVES

1 Open Elective

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