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Foundations for Ministry Certificate

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Students are required to take five courses in at least three different areas.

  • Understanding the Bible
  • The Christian Faith
  • Personal Formation and Development
  • Foundation of Ministry
  • Mission and Evangelism
What are the FMC Courses offered?

Twice a year, a variety of specific Foundations for Ministry (FMC) courses are offered to students. The choice of course offered will depend on each Alliance District and what is being offered that year. Once determined, FMC courses available for registration will be listed on our website by District. You can also contact your local District Office as well.

What is the Foundations certificate?

The FMC is relevant and practical instruction for men and women engaged in ministry across Canada.

Who is the Foundations certificate for?

The FMC is for Church workers and lay individuals involved in ministry.

When and where will the Foundations certificate be offered?

The FMC will be offered twice a year in each of five regions across Canada.

What format is the Foundations certificate?

The FMC will be seminar-style involving 10 hours of instruction, plus 30 hours of addition reading and written work. Unfortunately, there is no option for completing this courses online. 

How much will the Foundations certificate cost?

The cost of the FMC will be set by the host church or district.


Full-time Ambrose faculty and select ministry professionals.

Level of Instruction and Transfer

Courses are aimed at adult learners and are assessed on a pass/fail basis. Syllabi are available one month prior to course offering.

Participants who wish to continue their studies at Ambrose, and who are accepted into one of its seminary programs, will be granted one elective credit hour for each Foundations for Ministry course completed, up to a maximum of 6 credits. 

In addition to the five areas of study, individuals wishing to be credentialed for ministry in the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada are required to complete the course "Alliance History and Thought" at either the undergraduate or seminary levels.


Contact to your local Alliance District Office, or Diane Quapp at


Upcoming FMC Courses

Canadian Pacific District

Next Offering - October 23-26, 2019

Oct. 23 (6:30-9:30pm), and Oct. 24 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Course title: The Christian Faith:  What is the Bible and Why Do We Teach It?  A Doctrine of Scripture for Leaders
Instructor: Derek Geerlof

Oct. 25 (9:00am-4:00pm) and Oct. 26 (9:00am-noon)

Course title: Foundations of Ministry: Leadership and Change

Instructor:  Terry Young

Location: C&MA Pacific District Office

Contact Office to register

Western Canadian District

Fri. Nov. 8 (6:00-9:00pm) and Sat. Nov. 9 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Course title: Foundations for Ministry, Understanding the Bible:  Intro to the Old Testament

Instructor:  Colin Toffelmire

Location: First Alliance Church Gr. 5/6 Theatre, 12345 40 St. SE Calgary, AB

Students taking this course for FMC credit must register with both First Alliance Church at AND with Ambrose University on Eventbrite at

Fri. Feb. 7(6:30-9:30pm) and Sat. Feb. 8, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Course title: Foundations for Ministry:  Leadership and Change

Instructor:  Terry Young

Location: First Alliance Church, 12345 40 St. SE Calgary, AB

For more information, please contact Shelby Keith at the District Office