Diploma in Theology
The Diploma in Theology is awarded to students who successfully complete 65 credits of prescribed course work.
Most courses at HBCM are offered in an extension format, together with the occasional week-long intensive course and some workshops. Students must complete the required learning and assignments to the satisfaction of the course instructors.
Courses at other schools
Our students have always been encouraged to speed their progress by taking courses at other approved schools. Normally, a maximum of 21 credits may be taken at other schools. Please contact the college for information about which schools are recommended, and which courses would be considered equivalent to the above requirements.
Wisdom and Tradition of the Elders
Relating Christian tradition to one’s own culture (including spirituality) is an important part of all theological education, and this is a part of all of our courses. For students who are not already immersed in their own language and culture, the college will require electives which include this component.
Formation for Ministry
Formation is important in the student’s preparation for ministry. HBCM does not provide for this specifically, but through formal and informal contact among students and teachers, formation is a part of the process of earning the Diploma. Most of the students are located in a small geographic region and have a great deal of contact with other clergy, students, and faculty outside of the classroom. The student’s bishop or other church authority may have additional requirements in formation or field education prior to ordination.
Areas of Study
The course work covers a wide range of topics, which will assist students in developing greater knowledge, and skill in:
● understanding and interpreting the Bible;
● ministering in and giving leadership to the life of the church in aboriginal communities, and in the wider church in Canada;
● leading Anglican worship in aboriginal languages and English,
● preaching and teaching the Christian faith;
● the theology, history, and practices of the Anglican Church;
● pastoral ministry, helping and counselling people;
● the tradition and wisdom of the elders.
In addition to the faculty of Henry Budd College for Ministry, or another scholar or teacher engaged by the College from the wider Canadian Anglican community, students will attend the annual Native Ministries Consortium Summer School at Vancouver School of Theology. Students will be exposed to an ecumenical, international, and multi-cultural learning experience which will enhance their understanding of their own culture and traditions as well as expanding their experience of the wider world.
Master of Divinity
Vancouver School of Theology offers an M. Div. by extension that is fully accredited with the Association of Theological Schools. With a combination of summer school and extension courses taught in the home community students may complete this program in 4—6 years. Operating on the basis of competencies rather than credits, evaluation is based on a combination of achieving learning goals, understanding and comprehension of theory and practice. The program is taught from a First Nations perspective, incorporating traditional methods of learning with western scholarship. Students who have a minimum of twenty credits and are progressing towards the Diploma in Ministry may be admitted to the M. Div. program.