Congregational Leadership

One-week intensive: January 15 to 19, 2018 in Montreal
Jan. 15 and 16: 9am to 4pm; Jan 17, 18, 19: 9am to 12pm

Leadership in congregations is one of the most pressing needs of the church. This course provides students with lenses to study their congregations, explores various models of leadership, and encourages students to think about the ways Christian leadershipdiffers from other models in society.

About the instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dale Woods is principal of Presbyterian College and founder of the College’s Leadership Centre. He consults and speaks widely about leadership, congregational change, and revitalization.

Cost: $355

Debating Mission, Marriage, and the Eucharist in the Anglican Communion

One-week intensive: January 22 to 25, 2018 in Montreal
Jan. 22, 23, and 25: 9am to 4pm; Jan. 24: 9am to 12pm.

Fifty years ago, Anglican worship centred on Morning Prayer, priests were male, marriages were only between a man and a woman, and the word mission was hardly used. In Anglican churches today, worship centres on the Eucharist, the church ordains women and men, some churches marry couples of the same sex, and the word mission is in widespread use. Drawing on Anglican and ecumenical authors from around the world, this course introduces students to the history and theology that lies behind these changes. Students will be enabled to make critical judgements about the recent evolution of Anglicanism and think in new ways about the future directions of the Anglican churches.

About the instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink is principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College. He has traveled and written widely about Anglican history and theology, including his book Backpacking through the Anglican Communion: A Search for Unity.

Cost: $355


Ancient Christian Tales about Jesus: (His)Story through the Eyes of Peasants, Bards, and Biographers

Online course: every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.15pm beginning January 10, 2018 and ending April 11, 2018

Students must have reliable Internet access to participate in the class.

Who was Jesus? This course offers a sustained examination of the Christian Gospels in their historical, social, and literary contexts and their resonance in the contemporary world. Students will learnmore about ancient social values, politics and the Roman Empire, the relationship of the gospels to one another, and the diversity of portrayals of Jesus.

Dr. Frederick Tappenden teaches at Concordia University in Edmonton. His research on the early church won the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlager Award for Theological Promise.

Cost: $355

General information

Credit: The courses may be taken for credit or audited. (The price is the same.) Ancient Christian Tales about Jesus can be offered towards the Certificate in Theology from the Montreal School of Theology. The two intensive courses may be offered towards the Diploma in Ministry from Montreal Dio. Letters certifying attendance at these classes can also be provided for those seeking continual ministerial education credit.

Admissions: These courses are open to students with an undergraduate degree (in any subject) or equivalent. They are suitable for people engaged in lay or ordained ministry, those preparing for ministry, or those looking for continuing ministerial education. Please contact the college if you have any questions about whether you are eligible to apply.

Accommodation in Montreal for intensive courses: Please contact the college for information on reduced cost accommodation in Montreal during the two intensive courses in January.

Application and registration: To apply for any of these courses, please contact Beth Reed ( or 514.849.3004 x221) who can assist you in the next steps of the process. Once the application process and registration are complete, students will receive more information about the course including readings and assignments.

For more information, including application and registration, please contact the college: 514.849.3004 x221 and