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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.

How do I register for classes?

Below you will find information on upcoming FMC courses offered through different districts. To register, click on the yellow button beneath the district's course offerings you are interested in. This will redirect you to the district registration page, which is separate from Ambrose University's webpage, for you to complete your registration. Please follow the instructions as provided by each 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.


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Upcoming FMC Courses

The Christian Faith: Theology in the Time of Pandemic, Instructor:  Rev. Ben Elliott, PhD

(5 x 2 hr class sessions; live at Deer Park Church, Red Deer, AB and online)

Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm, February 25, 4, March 4, 11, 18, & 25 2021

What do the classical themes of Christian theology have to offer in response to the real world challenges that we have been -- and are -- facing in 2020 and 2021? Drawing on traditional Christian sources, this course will explore practical applications of Christian doctrine to our present context, and provide opportunities for discussing contemporary issues in the light of the history of Christian thought.

Class themes:

a) Despair -- Revelation: Encountering God
b) Race -- Christology: The Mind of Christ
c) Polarization -- Trinity: Is there an Alliance Doctrine of the Trinity?
d) Change -- Creation and the Image of God within Humanity
e) Burn Out -- Theological Method: Theology within our Communities

Cost for the courses is $150 if taking for FMC credit or $50 to audit.

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Missions and Evangelism:  Missions on the Move (Principles of Evangelism and Discipleship), Instructors: Ernie and Marilyn Klassen

Thursdays at 6:30-8:30pm, April 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20 2021

5 x 2hr. sessions by zoom

(course description to follow)

Cost for the courses is $150 if taking for FMC credit or $50 to audit.